KUALA LUMPUR: Former national athlete Adi Alifuddin Hussin (pic) is back after three years to keep a vow that he had made to his late coach Mohd Nazar Abdul Rahim.
The 32-year-old shot putter said he is finally ready to take up the challenge as a coach just like his mentor after working on getting a coaching certification following his retirement in 2017.
“He was a former national shot putter too and wanted me to become a coach after I retire.”
“I think, the time is right to become a coach. I want to contribute back to my country. I want to produce a national champion just like my late coach. I held on to my status as the national champion for almost a decade due to him, ” he said.
Despite Adi’s absence, he still holds the national record of 17.53m.
“I’ve 11 years of experience as an athlete and I’ve completed my Level 1 coaching course, ” said Adi, who has been working as an administration officer at the Universiti Sultan Zainal Abidin in Terengganu since his retirement.
“Surprisingly, the national champion now is a para athlete Ziyad (Zolkefli), who has a personal best of 17.29m, ” said Adi.
“He became the first Malaysian para athlete to win a bronze medal in the Kuala Lumpur SEA Games in 2017 and in the Philippines SEA Games he bagged silver.
“It’s sad that in Malaysia a para athlete can perform better than able-bodied athletes.”
For a start though, Adi wants to coach at state level.
“I can help identify athletes and guide them to become national junior champions. Ultimately, I will find a star to break my record, ” said Adi, who made his SEA Games debut in 2007, where he finished fourth.
Two years later at the Laos SEA Games, he did well to win the silver. He rewrote his national record with a throw of 17.53m in Palembang in 2011 to win the silver. He also won silver at the 2013 Myanmar SEA Games.
He bagged a bronze in Singapore SEA Games in 2015 before retiring after finishing fourth at the KL Games in 2017.