NSC clear Mohd Irfan of assault after apology


National record holder in discus Mohd Irfan Shamsuddin in action at the Sukma last year in Perlis. - Filepic

KUALA LUMPUR: Mohd Irfan Shamsuddin has been let off the hook for assaulting fellow athlete A. Kavee Alagan last month.

High jumper Kavee alleged that Irfan, a gold medallist discus thrower at the Myanmar SEA Games, had knocked him unconscious during an argument in their National Sports Council (NSC) hostel in December. Both athletes then lodged police reports.

The Malaysian Athletics Federation (MAF) president Datuk Karim Ibrahim said Irfan has apologised for his actions.

“We had a meeting with the NSC over Irfan’s case and decided not to take any action after both athletes withdrew their police reports,” said Karim.

“However, the police have submitted the reports to the deputy public prosecutor.

“And Irfan will have to meet the deputy public prosecutor to settle the matter before he can attend a five-week training-cum-competition stint in Australia.”

The burly 19-year-old has been given the green light to feature in the Singapore SEA Games from June 5-16.

Irfan holds the national record of 54.26m which he set at the Malaysia Games (Sukma) in Perlis last June.

Meanwhile, Karim said that the first batch of nine athletes would leave for Brisbane on Monday for six weeks while the second batch would depart on Feb 10 where they will compete in six competitions.

There will be five men in the contingent: Rayzam Shah Wan Sofian (110m hurdles), Harith Amar Sobri (100m, 200m), Arif Zulhilmi Alet (400m), Nauraj Singh Randhawa and Lee Hup Wei (high jumpers).

The women athletes are Zaidatul Husnia Zulkifli (100m), Raja Nursheena Raja Azhar (100m hurdles), Siti Nur Afiqah Razak (400m) and Yap Jeng Tzan (discus).

They will return to feature in the National Championships at the National Stadium in Bukit Jalil from March 27-29.

To date only five athletes have qualified on merit for the SEA Games. They are Irfan, Arif Zulhilmi, Nauraj Singh, Zaidatul Husnia and Jeng Tzan.

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