Gold Medalist Sailor Was Canned For Not Attending Training - Mother 

Tarikh kemaskini: 29/08/2017

LANGKAWI, Aug 29 (Bernama) -- Like all athletes, the Malaysian Optimist Boy gold medalist Muhammad Fauzi Khan has his fair share of learning the importance of discipline.

His mother, Hasni Muhammad, 57, recalled Muhammad Fauzi was initially not interested in sailing and she sometimes had to cane him to get him to go for training at the sailing complex where she worked as cook for three years in 2007.

"It was tough, as I am a single mother trying give my son the best, so I even threaten to send him to Baling if he did not show any interest in sailing," she said when met by Bernama here today.

"It was a long hard struggle bringing up Muhammad Fauzi and his pursue of the sport,? Hasni added.

Looking back, Hasni said all their sacrifices and efforts then were worth it as she saw her 15-year-old son stood at the podium to receive his gold medal.

Since the SEA Games sailing event began, Hasni was seen at the venue as early as 8am until the race closed for the day to support Muhammad Fauzi and another son, national sailor Ahmad Latif Khan Ali Sabri Khan.

Meanwhile Muhammad Fauzi when met after the Optimist Boy medal presentation said nothing could repaid what his mother had sacrificed for him.

"Thanks to the coach, teammates and especially my mother who never failed to accompany me when I was undergoing training," said Muhammad Fauzi who successfully defended his Optimist gold in this SEA Games.

-- BERNAMA