zizah Fadzil: 'Malaysia have never sent a women’s team before. So, the onus is on us to go out there and prove ourselves.'
KUALA LUMPUR: Palembang, Indonesia, has been a happy hunting ground for weightlifter Azizah Fadzil.
At the 2011 SEA Games, Azizah set a national record in the 53kg category with a lift of 97kg in the clean and jerk and equalled Raihan Yusof’s lift of the 79kg in the snatch event for a a total of 176.
And now, the Penangite is making a return to Palembang with the Malaysian weightlifting team to take part in the third edition of the Islamic Solidarity Games from Sept 2-Oct 1.
As it is the first time Malaysia are sending a women’s team to the Games, the weightlifters are determined not to come home empty-handed.
“Malaysia have never sent a women’s team before. So, the onus is on us to go out there and prove ourselves,” said Azizah.
“We’re still in the dark over who’s competing but there is no doubt that Turkey and Indonesia are the strong bets. I’m hoping we’ll be able to win a medal. It all boils down to how we perform come competition day ... anything can happen. Most importantly, I’d like to break the national record,” added the 22-year-old.
“Palembang has been quite special for me. I set the national record during the SEA Games there two years ago and if I can do it again this time ... that would be even sweeter.”
Besides Azizah, the other weightlifters participating in the Games are Siti Zaleha Yusof (48kg), Freancay Titus (58kg), Elonye Matin (63kg), Nor Khasida Abd Halim (69kg), Siti Aishah Mohd Rosli (75kg), and Nur Jannah Batrisyah Abdullah (above 75kg).