KUALA LUMPUR: Malik Tobias has the potential to be a good decathlete. However, he has an attitude problem.
The 22-year-old from Malacca, who holds the national record in decathlon, has been skipping training and German classes as well.
Malik is among four athletes selected for a six-month training stint in Germany. The others are Mohamed Zaiful Zainal Abidin (400m), Moh Siew Wei (100m hurdles) and Noraseela Khalid (400m hurdles).
They are scheduled to leave for Germany tomorrow to prepare for the Vietnam SEA Games in December and the next year's Athens Olympics.
Besides missing training, Malik also failed to undergo a medical check-up at the National Sports Institute (NSI).
As a responsible athlete he should had done the medical check-up, which is for his own benefit,'' NSI director Dr Ramlan Aziz said.
Malaysian Amateur Athletics Union (MAAU) president Datuk Khalid Yunus was not amused. He said he would talk with Malik before the athlete leaves for Germany.
I want full commitment from the athletes and will not take any nonsense from them. We will check his progress every month in Germany. If any of them fail to show improvement after the training, they would not be sent to Germany anymore, he said.
Malik, who trained in Halle, Germany for five months last year, will return to the same place this year while Zaiful, Noraseela and Siew Wei will be placed at the Olympic training centre in Leipzig.