Ziyad will not get RM1mil reward over Paralympic disqualification, says Sports Minister

Sports minister clarified that is not a form of punishment for Ziyad.

National shot putter and Paralympian Muhammad Ziyad Zolkefli will not be qualified for the RM1 mil reward under the National Sports Incentive Scheme(SHAKAM) following his disqualification in the 2020 Tokyo Paralympics Game, TheStar reported.

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Ziyad at the paralympics game (2)
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Earlier in August, the athlete’s tardiness costed him a gold medal in the men’s F20 (intellectual disability) shot put event in the Paralympics game.

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‘No reward for Ziyad’ – Ministry of Youth and Sports

Youth and Sports Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Faizal Azumu told media during a conference at Menara KBS on Tuesday(9 Nov) that the ministry will not reward Muhammad Ziyad under the SHAKAM initiative.

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Ahmad Faizal clarified that is not a form of punishment for Ziyad after his exit at the Tokyo Paralympics 2020.

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Furthermore, the minister assured that other parties have offered to reward the Paralympian for his contributions to the Game.

Ziyad will not get rm1mil reward over paralympic disqualification, says sports minister | weirdkaya
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I will get in touch and discuss with Ziyad regarding rewards that have nothing to do with the government’s financial allocation,” he reportedly said.

Ziyad denied gold

Ziyad Zolkefli broke the T20 Short Put record in the Paralympic game in August this year with a 17.94m throw but was denied the gold medal under the protest of a Ukrainian athlete.

Ziyad at the paralympics game
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Read also: Malaysia Loses Appeal Over Ziyad’s Disqualification At The Paralympics Shot Put Final

He was eventually classified as Did Not Start (DNS) after allegations that Ziyad was late to the call room.

Hence, Ukraine’s Maksym Koval was announced as the gold medallist of the event.

No strong evidence

Last week, NST reported that an internal investigation conducted by KBS concluded that Ziyad and his coach were unable to prove that they arrived the call room on time.

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Numerous interviews with those involved were carried out before the case was closed.

Unfortunately with no solid proof, Malaysia is forced to accept the World Para Athletics’ (WPA) decision, said Sports Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Faizal.

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