Archer's death shocks paralympic community
PETALING JAYA: National No 1 paralympic archer Salam Sidik (pic) has taken his final breath. News of his death comes as a shock as he was said to be in good health and a good bet for a medal at the 2012 London Paralympics.
The 28-year-old died on his way to the University Malaya Medical Centre. He was complaining of a headache while resting at his residence in the National Sports Council (NSC) vicinity and was found to be in a serious condition by a friend, who later called the ambulance.
"He never showed any discomfort during training and seemed fit," said NSC paralympic programme coordinator Mohamad Nadzri Zakaria.
"He was a dedicated athlete who had big dreams. His passing is a huge loss to the national paralympic community."
Salam won the national Male Paralympian-of-the-Year award in 2005, 2007 and 2009. He was also ranked as world No 1 in the sport until July this year, a position now held by Iranian Ebrahim Ranjbarkivaj.