Ziyad targets Sea Games
“THIS year, I will qualify for the Sea Games as a normal athlete.”
These are the profound words of Paralympian Muhammad Ziyad Zolkefli who is determined to achieve his target of participating in the 2017 Sea Games as an ablebodied athlete, a mission which he has spoken of since 2013.
Ziyad, who is intellectually impaired since pre-school, will be allowed to qualify if he excels at his training camp in Germany from March 14-April 8.
“He’s currently in the process of qualifying and he will do so through training and hard work,” said Ziyad’s coach Mohd Faizol Harun.
The world record holder for the men’s F20 shot put, a feat achieved at the 2016 Rio Olympics, Ziyad has set his sights on breaking the record with a target of 17.50m.
“I would like to break the current record and I will focus on a greater distance although my training routine has become packed due to family and training commitments, but I will still give it my all,” said Ziyad.
The 27-year-old’s achievements include a gold medal at the 2013 World Athletics Championship and the 2014 Asian Para Games.