Paralympic Athlete Has Gold Medal Taken Away For Being 3 Minutes Late


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For all the glorious things about the Olympics, there always seems to be some kind of ridiculous and arbitrary controversy that gives it a black eye. This appears to be one of the latter.

Muhammad Ziyad Zolkefli, a shot-putter at the Paralympic games is devastated. He set a world record with his attempt and won a gold medal. But they took it away.

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The 31 yr-old Malaysian athlete had his gold medal taken away because he was three minutes late to the final.

The decision was appealed, but his pleas were rejected by World Para Athletics. It will be appealed again.

Muhammad Ziyad Zolkefli has an intellectual disability diagnosed at birth. The disability is labeled T20.


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