Tokyo 2020: Anger After Paralympian Is Stripped Of Gold Medal For Being Late


The IPC have no respect for persons with intellectual disabilities and those who made to disqualification decision should have no association ever again with any disability events.

If a disqualification was going to be made it had to be before the event commenced not after the result of the event was announced.

Would the Ukrainian representatives have raised an objection had Muhammad Ziyad Zolkefli not won, I think not so it appears it is just because of his success at the event, this is not what the Olympics should be about, but unfortunately in this modern world it appears that it is.

The disqualification is a stain on the Olympics and all those who were party to the disqualification decision.

Same Difference

The International Paralympics Committee (IPC) has defended a decision to strip a Malaysian athlete of his gold medal.

Shot putter Muhammad Ziyad Zolkefli won gold in the F20 class, but was later disqualified for arriving three minutes late for the event.

Mr Zolkefli was allowed to compete because at the time he had a “logical” reason for being late, the IPC said.

However, a referee later found there was no “justifiable reason” for him to be late.

The decision to strip Mr Zolkefli of his medal has been met with much anger on social media, especially from Malaysians.

“Absolutely disgraceful! You should not have allowed the athletes to compete if they were late. Don’t steal this hard-earned, world record-breaking medal from Ziyad,” said Malaysian MP Fahmi Fadzil.

Malaysia’s Youth and Sports Minister Ahmad Faizul Azumu said the country’s National Sports Council had been ordered to investigate. He added that he…

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