Zolkefli and two different opponents have been initially allowed to take part within the occasion as a result of “they could have had a logical motive for being late,” mentioned International Paralympic Committee (IPC) spokesman Craig Spence.
“Therefore, we allowed them to compete and have a look at the details of the matter afterward,” Spence added.
As a end result, Zolkefli’s title was trending on Twitter, with some customers lamenting his loss.
Others directed their anger at Ukraine’s Maksym Koval, who had received silver however was awarded gold after Zolkefli’s disqualification. Spence described the feedback as “very abusive.”
“Ridiculous for my part. I imply, sure you may be sad with the choice however what I now see is feedback on all our social media posts which don’t have anything to do with the boys’s shot put F20 occasion,” Spence mentioned.
“Rules are guidelines, the choice was taken, and it wasn’t the Ukrainian’s fault. The Malaysian was late to the decision room,” Spence added. “Really disappointing that such abuse occurs on social media.”
Koval’s Ukrainian teammate Oleksandr Yarovyi clinched silver, whereas Greece’s Efstratios Nikolaidis claimed bronze.