Thursday, June 11, 2015

National sailor Khairulnizam says sorry

SINGAPORE: National sailor Khairulnizam Mohd Affendy has apologised for his criticism of the SEA Games race juries.

On Tuesday, Khairulnizam slammed the juries for being biased after he failed to defend his Laser Standard gold medal and had to settle for silver at the Singapore National Sailing Centre.

He had claimed that while he and Thailand’s bronze medallist Keerati Bualong were penalised for aggressive sailing, gold medallist Colin Cheng Xinru of Singapore got off scot-free.

Khairulnizam’s remark in the post-match interview has landed him in hot water.

He faces a charge of gross misconduct for breaching the International Sailing Federation’s (ISAF) Rule 69.

Under Rule 69, Khairulnizam faces disqualification from his next race, which is the Laser Standard team event beginning on Thursday. He also risks having his silver medal from the individual event revoked.

At a press conference on Wednesday, a remorseful Khairulnizam, who was accompanied by deputy chef de mission Dr S. Shamala, said he would wait for the organiser’s decision on his fate and hope for an amicable conclusion.

“I was harsh with my comments on the juries ... It was a spontaneous outburst.

“I regret it and apologise for the statement,” said Khairulnizam at the Marina Bay City Gallery.

“I would like to say that the juries have been fair with their judgment and my competitor won the race fairly.”

The Star Online

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