Bodybuilder Syarul struggling to stay alive without competitions


PETALING JAYA: With no competitions this year, reigning world and Asian bodybuilding champion Mohd Syarul Azman Mahen Abdullah is finding it difficult to make ends meet.

Syarul was looking forward to competing at the World Bodybuilding and Physique Sports Federation event in Kazakhstan and the Asian Bodybuilding and Physique Championship in Maldives at the end of the year but both have been cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Hence, Syarul is hoping that the National Sports Council can help ease his burden.

“I’m using my own money to buy food supplements as bodybuilding is not in the national sports programme.

“NSC director general Datuk Ahmad Shapawi Ismail did say he will look into the matter.

“Despite my financial issue, I have not stopped training as I need to be prepared for competitions if and when they take place next year.

“I’ve never gone through this before where there is no competition for the whole year. Even national level competitions have been scrapped.

“But I have to accept this situation and hope things will be better next year,” said the 47-year-old, who clinched his fourth consecutive world and fifth Asian titles last year.

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