Monday, October 07, 2013

Zulfahmi told to focus on recovery, not GP

Zulfahmi Khairuddin having his injuries assessed by the NSI's Dr Kamarul Hashimy Hussein.
Zulfahmi Khairuddin having his injuries assessed by the NSI's Dr Kamarul Hashimy Hussein.

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysian Moto3 rider Zulfahmi Khairuddin may be itching to get right back into action in next week’s Malaysian Grand Prix but it may not be the right thing for him to do.
Not as far as National Sports Institute (NSI) chief executive officer Datuk Dr Ramlan Abdul Aziz is concerned.

Zulfahmi fractured his right wrist after a crash in the Aragon Grand Prix last weekend. Surgery was conducted to insert a titanium plate to secure the fracture. He also fractured his left hand but it did not require any surgery.

The rider, who returned home on Thursday, went to the NSI on Friday and was attended to by Dr Kamarul Hashimy Hussein.

Dr Ramlan said that the main objective would be to focus on the recovery of the injury and not meet the deadline of competing in the home GP.

“He underwent surgery on Tuesday and he’s hoping for recovery by next weekend. Do you think that’s a reasonable expectation?

“I wouldn’t put it as a reasonable expectation,” said Dr Ramlan when contacted Friday.
From the medical point of view, the NSI would prefer to see the athlete fully recovered before continuing competing as he may be adversely affected if the injuries are not fully healed.

“We are not thinking about getting him prepared to race next week. What we are thinking of is just his recovery. He will be coming in every day to undergo physiotherapy and we’ll advise him on his condition,” said Dr Ramlan.

“But, being a young athlete with a high level of discipline, he would be able to concentrate on his recovery ... so it could heal quicker.”

The Malaysian Grand Prix will be held at the Sepang International Circuit from Oct 11-13.

 By shamshul fitri - THE STAR

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