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Pesaka deny Malaysian exponent Robial is at wrong over his 'unsporting' kick


Singapore’s Sheik Ferdous grimacing in pain after receiving an illegal kick to the back by Malaysia’s Muhammad Robial Sobri in the Pencak Silat Men’s Class I semi-finals in Jakata, Indonesia, on Aug 26, 2018. He won the match 5-0. – The Straits Times/ANN

Singapore’s Sheik Ferdous grimacing in pain after receiving an illegal kick to the back by Malaysia’s Muhammad Robial Sobri in the Pencak Silat Men’s Class I semi-finals in Jakata, Indonesia, on Aug 26, 2018. He won the match 5-0. – The Straits Times/ANN

JAKARTA: Malaysia National Silat Federation (Pesaka) have leapt to exponent Muhd Robial Sobri’s defence. 

Pesaka general manager Datuk Osman Nok denied that Robial had been unsportsmanlike during the semi-final bout against Singapore’s Sheik Ferdous Sheik Alau’ddin during their 85-90kg at the Indonesia Asian Games. 

A video of Robial kicking his Singapore opponent – who had fallen to the ground – in the back, leaving him writhing in pain had gone viral and drew flak from the social media community for the unsporting act. 

Sheik Ferdous defeated Muhammad Robial 5-0 in the bout.

Osman said the incident had been misconstrued.

“This is a contact sport, so it’s normal for the athletes to get hurt during bouts. Robial evaded the Singaporean’s sliding kick and retaliated with a kick to get points. Nothing is wrong,” said Osman. 

“All these things are normal in a bout. Four jurors were there to award points and penalties based on the technique executed by the exponents. Points were deducted and out exponent lost.”

“The athletes are highly charged during a fight and sometimes, they may not even hear the referee’s instruction as they are too focused.”

 
   

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