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Tuesday October 8, 2013 MYT 7:12:47 PM
by shamshul fitri
Zulfahmi Khairuddin showing his injured wrist and hand to his dad Khairuddin Weji as his mum Zarinah Parijan looks on. – Bernama Photo
KUALA LUMPUR: Sepang International Circuit (SIC) chief executive officer Datuk Razlan Razali feels that it was a mistake to have allowed Malaysian Moto3 rider Zulfahmi Khairuddin return home for treatment at the National Sports Institute (NSI) after his crash in Spain.
He said that it would have been better to let Zulfahmi stay on in Spain for a while for treatment as “the medical personnel there are more familiar with motorsport injuries”.
“We have talked with the team and we feel that it was a mistake to let Zulfahmi return home early after his surgery. Maybe he would have received better treatment in Spain,” said Razlan.
Zulfahmi fractured his right wrist and left hand in action in the Aragon Grand Prix on Sept 29. He underwent surgery to insert a titanium plate in his right wrist last Tuesday and returned home on Thursday.
“I’m not taking a swipe at the NSI because they have been helping us all this while ... but the doctors in Spain are much more familiar with motorsport injuries whereas they (NSI) are only about to set up a division for motorsport injuries,” Razlan said after the unveiling of the winner’s trophy for this weekend’s Malaysian Grand Prix.
The trophy was designed and created by Royal Selangor.
Present at the unveiling ceremony were SIC chairman Datuk Mokhzani Tun Mahathir and Royal Selangor Marketing executive director Chen Tien Yue.
Also there were Moto3 wildcard riders Amirul Hafiq Azmi and Husni Aizat Abdul Malik as well as Moto2 wildcard entrant Hafizh Syahrin Abdullah and Azlan Shah Kamaruzaman (Honda Team Asia). Zulfahmi was conspicuously missing from the ceremony as he was undergoing intensive physiotherapy at the NSI.
NSI chief executive officer Datuk Ramlan Abdul Aziz had said last Friday that it was unreasonable to expect Zulfahmi to recover in time for the home Grand Prix.
“I respect Dr Ramlan’s view on this but there have been instances where an injured rider returned to racing barely 48 hours after undergoing surgery,” said Razlan, referring to Jorge Lorenzo.
Lorenzo broke his collarbone during practice in the Dutch Grand Prix in Assen on June 27, underwent surgery the next morning and went on to finish fifth in the race a day later.
“The final say will still come from Zulfahmi ... on whether he wants to race or not on Sunday. We will not push him to race. A final medical check-up with the MotoGP doctors will be done on Thursday before we can confirm his attendance.”
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