National runner Zaiful returns to training on deadline day

KUALA LUMPUR: National 400m runner Mohd Zaiful Zainal Abidin, who went AWOL two weeks ago, has returned for training on Friday – the deadline set by the Malaysian Amateur Athletic Union (MAAU).

The 27-year-old took part and won the 400m bronze medal in the Malaysian Open at the National Stadium in Bukit Jalil on Oct 10 before going missing the next day.

MAAU then warned him that he had until Friday to rejoin training or risked being dropped from the national team.

Zaiful had been selected to compete in the Asian Track and Field (ATF) Championships in Guangzhou, China, from Nov 10-14 and the Laos SEA Games in December.

MAAU deputy president Karim Ibrahim said that Zaiful called him on Thursday to apologise for missing training.

“Zaiful said he had some personal matters to settle and that was why he could not attend training. We accept his apology and reason for missing training. But I have warned him that we would not tolerate such excuses anymore,” said Karim.

Zaiful is a member of the men’s 4x400m that won the gold medal at the Korat SEA Games in 2007. The other members of the team were Mohd Zafril Mohd Zuslaini, K. Amran Raj and S. Thipan.

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