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.”