National shot putter Paralympian Muhammad Ziyad Zolkefli has had his gold medal revoked after delivering a record-breaking performance at the 2020 Tokyo Paralympic Games.
Ziyad, 31, was disqualified over a technically protest from Maksym Koval, a Ukrainian athlete, after the event, who claimed that Ziyad was amongst three other athletes who were late to the call room before the event started.
The Ukrainian Maksym was awarded the gold medal instead.
"I want to apologise to all Malaysian," said Ziyad.
"Thank you for your support to me," Ziyad added to his Facebook page.
Malaysians were shocked by the decision. Some took it to Twitter to protest.
Khairy Jamaluddin, the current Health Minister, also tweeted, "This is a shameful decision. An absolute disgrace that goes against the spirit of the Paralympics. If it was a room violation, you should not have allowed them to compete in the first place. Mean-spirited and petty. A stolen gold medal and world record."
This is a shameful decision. An absolute disgrace that goes against the spirit of the Paralympics. If it was a call room violation you should have not allowed them to compete in the first place. Mean spirited and petty. A stolen gold medal and world record.— Khairy Jamaluddin ???????????? (@Khairykj) August 31, 2021
Shameful and disappointing decision. Why would you allowed Ziyad to participate after the alleged call room violation?— Syed Saddiq (@SyedSaddiq) August 31, 2021
This is unacceptable. https://t.co/vngfgiS8X6
Update: The appeal was rejected by the committee. Ziyad remains disqualified.
Keputusan penarikan semula Emas ???? Ziyad kekal & rayuan kita ditolak. ???? Keputusan yang bukan diinginkan tapi harap Ziyad kuat. Walau apa pun terjadi, Ziyad tetap JUARA di hati rakyat #MAS! ???? #Athletics #Paralympics #Tokyo2020 #KamiLuarBiasa #unifiedMalaysians #DemiMalaysia https://t.co/498UFLT9ja— Team Malaysia (@TeamMsia) September 1, 2021