Sazali is our pride and role model


HE may be 48 years old, but he does not complain about his age and delivers both at work and in all bodybuilding competitions that he takes part in.

Malaysia’s most successful bodybuilder, Sazali Samad won his 10th Mr Universe title at the World Bodybuilding and Fitness Physique (WBFP) Championships in Mumbai, India, last week.

Sazali, who won the world title in six consecutive years, said it was not easy for him to maintain excellent performance as the other bodybuilders gave him stiff competition.

A man of his age has competitors who are half his age. Yet, he surmounted the challenge and brought fame for our nation.

Sazali said winning the Mr Universe title for the 10th time was not easy.

“It is all because of my hard work and sacrifices. I have been active in bodybuilding for 27 years and am proud of my achievements.”

Despite the knee and shoulder injury, he persevered to bring the medal to our nation.

Sazali has the right frame of mind and body, which gives out a positive signal for every athlete and sportsman. He is a role model to emulate, where he trains quietly besides being in a rigorous job as a policeman, and participates in all the competitions and wins them without making any noise of complaint.

He sticks to his diet, loves his wife and is a caring father of five children. These are wonderful qualities for every generation, particularly Gen Y.

In today’s society which is riddled with socio-economic issues like drugs, gangsterism, alcoholism, gambling and all sorts of vices, we have among us a role model to emulate.

Sazali has proven to be a quiet winner. He is a winner who is hyperfocused.

In today’s environment where many man give up, saying that they are old, Sazali held the torch for all, proving many wrong.

He is an exemplary man for every Malaysian. Keep going, Sazali. We are all proud of your deeds and feats.

RAVINDRAN RAMAN KUTTY

Kuala Lumpur

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