SEA Games: ‘Below the belt’ disqualification delivers silat gold to ‘Boy’

Muhammad Faizul (left) in his bout against Nanthachai Khansakhon. — AFP pic
Muhammad Faizul (left) in his bout against Nanthachai Khansakhon. — AFP pic

SINGAPORE, June 14 — National silat exponent Muhammad Faizul M. Nasir, more fondly known as “Boy” by family and friends, dedicated his gold medal win in the 28th SEA Games here today to his mother.

In the final of the Putra B class (50-55kg category) at the Singapore Convention and Exchibition Centre, Muhammad Faizul, who hails from Petaling Jaya, Selangor, won the gold after the chief empire disqualified his Thai opponent.

The bronze was shared by Indonesian Aprin Ardianto and Duy Phuong Vo of Vietnam.

Muhammad Faizul dedicated the victory to his mother Inang Zuarmi Amir who came to Singapore two days ago to give him moral support.

“This is also the first time my mother came to see me in action. Before this she was afraid to come because she can’t bear to see me getting hurt,” said Muhammad Faizul, who could hardly hold back his tears.

He also thanked his teammates, friends and coaches for their support. He added that because of the “below the belt” blows by his opponent, he was now having intestinal pains and would seek medical treatment with the National Sports Institute when he got back home. — Bernama

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