Sprinters take to social media wishing coach Poad speedy recovery | New Straits Times

By Mohd Khairie Khalid – December 26, 2017 @ 7:04pm

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By Mohd Khairie Khalid – December 26, 2017 @ 7:04pm
KUALA LUMPUR: National athletics coach, Mohd Poad Md Kassim who has been credited with nurturing a new generation of record breaking sprinters such as Khairul Hafiz Jantan and Badrul Hisyam Abdul Manap is reported to be warded for treatment at the Sultanah Aminah Hospital on Johor Bahru, Johor.

It is rumoured that the 48-year-old coach is suffering from a lung infection and he has been hospitalized for the past two days to undergo treatment.

“Cikgu Poad has been warded at the Sultanah Aminah Hospital in Johor Bahru for the past two days already,” said Tunku Mahkota Ismail Sports School (SSTMI) principal Suhaimi Sun Abdullah.

“He is currently undergoing treatment and the doctor treating him has advised him to be warded for the necessary treatment. Insya-Allah hopefully it is nothing serious. I pray that he makes a full, speedy recovery with no complications whatsoever because we have a lot of challenges to shoulder next year,” said Suhaimi when contacted earlier today.

Referring to Badrul Hisyam Abdul Manap and Asnawi Hashim’s posts on popular social media website Facebook, along with Khairul Hafiz’s Instagram account, the three athletes asked for members of the public to pray for their coach’s speedy recovery.

“Assalamualaikum, please pray for my coach (Poad) so that he is protected and given recovery back to good health as before … today the doctor will put him in a medically induced coma because of bacteria spreading in his lungs which is worsening … Hopefully with all your prayers answered by Allah S.W.T., Amin,” read the posting.

For the record, Poad is a teacher who hails from Chabau, Jasin in Melaka, who holds a degree in physical education from the Open University of Malaysia (OUM).

Among his notable achievements are unearthing and nurturing 2017 Kuala Lumpur Sea Games 100m gold medalist, Khairul Hafiz Jantan.

Poad helped to nurture and mold ‘The Speedy Jantan’ into the blisteringly fast sprinter that he is today to end a 14-year gold draught in the blue ribbon event when the youngster clocked 10.38s to win the gold, thus defeating defending champion Eric Shauwn Cray of the Philippines who clocked 10.43s and Thailand’s Kritsada Namsuwun (10.43s).

Poad also helped Khairul Hafiz to break the 49-year-old national 200m record at this year’s Malaysia Open Athletics Championship on July 18 with a time of 20.90s to eclipse to long-standing record of 20.92s set by legendary former sprinter, Tan Sri Dr. M. Jegathesan at the 1968 Mexico Olympic Games.

Apart from Khairul Hafiz, other athletes under his charge are Badrul Hisyam who once broke the national 100m record at the Asean Schools Games (ASG) held in Brunei in 2015 before the run and ensuing record were not recognised.

Malaysia Athletics Federation bid to host 2018 Asian Grand Prix

KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 30 ― The Malaysia Athletics Federation (MAF) will be sending its bid to the Asian Athletics Association (AAA) to organise one of the circuits of the Asian Grand Prix Athletics next year.

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Its president Datuk Karim Ibrahim said he would be submitting the proposal when attending the AAA Council meeting in Jordan soon.

“We will seek the government’s support to organise several Asian level competitions such as Asian Grand Prix and the Asian Athletics Championships next year.

“The move is triggered by the presence of several athletes of calibre such as Khairul Hafiz Jantan and high jumper, Nauraj Singh Randhawa who were in action at the World Championships in London recently,” he said.

Karim told reporters after chairing the 14th MAF Annual General Meeting here today.

In this regard, he claimed national athletes based in the state could not undergo regular training at certain venues which had to give way to other activities.

Without mentioning the state, Karim stressed the matter made it difficult for MAF affliated members to hold state level meets especially to scout for new talents in athletics.

“Many stadiums were used for other activities and they (MAF affliated members) had to cancel their programmes at the last minute to give way to other events.

“We hope to seek the good office of the state government to give leeway to our affliated member to use the facilities at certain venues without any disruption,” said Karim.

Meanwhile, Karim announced that the governing body would be sending its official application to the Youth and Sports Ministry soon to realise the need of having its own athletics stadium.

He stressed that an athletics stadium would facilitate MAF in conducting activities or organising international championships without the need to rent venues in future. ― Bernama

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Poad’s recipe for producing speed demons | New Straits Times | Malaysia General Business Sports and Lifestyle News

KUALA LUMPUR: Being assertive, disciplined, respecting the elders and performing ones’ religious duties and obligations is part of the recipe in nurturing successful athletes, including Southeast Asia’s new sprint king Khairul Hafiz Jantan.

Apart from this, a strong character and prioritising on duties and responsibilities given are also part of the recipe, from 1997 until now, used by coach Mohd Poad Md Kassim.

Poad started from the bottom until he received his level three coaching certificate from the National Sports Council (NSC) and the Malaysian Athletics Federation (MAF).

Despite the sheer ambition of a teacher bent on building towards a brighter future for his “students” at both domestic and international levels, the “students” themselves as athletes, too, play an important role.

They should not carry out training half-heartedly and instead channel their focus and energy towards performing excellently on the running track or field, as athletics is a sport that requires total dedication and commitment.

Khairul Hafiz’s success in being Southeast Asia’s fastest man in the 100m at the Kuala Lumpur Sea Games on August 22 is a good example of how coaches of calibre like Poad are needed, even though he is a local coach.

Khairul Hafiz, popularly known as “The Speedy Jantan” – is a “‘student” of coach Poad who ended Malaysia’s 14-year long wait for the 100m gold medal in front of thousands of Malaysians when he won the blue ribbon event at the National Stadium in Bukit Jalil. .

The 19-year-old Melaka-born sprinter sped to the finish line in a time of 10.38s, ahead of favourite Eric Cray of the Philippines who clocked 10.43s for the silver and Thailand’s Kritsada Namsuwun who took bronze with 10.43s. .

The same venue was also where Poad’s star disciple broke the 49-year-old 200m national record during the Malaysia Open Athletics Championship on July 18. Khairul Hafiz rewrote the national record with a time of 20.90s, 0.02s faster than the previous record set by legendary former sprinter Tan Sri Dr. M. Jegathesan during the 1968

Mexico Olympics.

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