Sheik Ferdous Emerges Triumphant Despite Unsportsmanlike Incident at Asian Games

A tumultuous uproar has swept the international sports community following a shocking incident at the Asian Games held in Indonesia. Sheik Ferdous, a 22-year-old Singaporean silat athlete, was on the receiving end of an unlawful kick from his 25-year-old Malaysian counterpart, Sobri Muhammad Robial. The dramatic incident has sparked a storm of criticism and calls for disciplinary action.

A video of the incident has been circulating online. In the video, 22-year-old Singaporean silat athlete Sheik Ferdous Sheik Alauddin squaring off with his 25-year-old Malaysian counterpart Sobri Muhammad Robial in the Asian Games’ silat competition’s Class I (85-90kg) semi-final when he fell to the ground.

Suddenly and quickly, Sobri delivers a brutal kick to Sheik Ferdous’s back, causing the Singaporean to writhe in pain. This kick is not only unjustified, it is an illegal move.

(MALAYSIAN PENCAK SILAT ATHLETE KICKING THE BACK OF SINGAPOREAN ATHLETE AFTER 5 -0 DEFEAT)#AsianGames2018CornerMEMALUKAN!VIDEO VIRAL, video aksi atlet pencak silat Malaysia yang melakukan tindakan tidak sportif kepada pesilat dari Singapura.Pesilat Malaysia kecewa itu setelah kalah telak 0-5 dari atlet Singapura pada pertadingan Pencak Silat Asian Games 2018.Kekalahan itu membuat atlet asal Malaysia melakukan tindakan tidak terpuji dengan menendang punggung dari atlet Pencak Silat Singapura.

Posted by Indonesian Football News on Monday, 27 August 2018


The spectators at the stadium immediately boo Sobri as soon as he makes the illegal kick. Despite the commotion in the stands, another video from the match shows that Sobri appears unremorseful following the kick and even seemed confrontational to Sheik Ferdous’ coach and team-mate:


Despite Sobri’s kick, his Singaporean opponent won the match 5-0. In fact, he later told reporters that Sobri perhaps kicked him because he was frustrated that he couldn’t get close to Sheik Ferdousd during the match.

Revealing that he saw Sobri’s frustrations mounting and that he anticipated the kick, Sheik Ferdous said: “I could see (my opponent’s) frustration because my game plan meant he couldn’t touch me at all. I managed to compose myself and I saw the kick coming and braced myself for it. After he kicked, I thought, ‘Ah, he actually did it… I’m just going to take this time to absorb the pain’.”

Sheik Ferdous snagged a silver medal in the Pencak silat competition after beating Sobri. He lost 5-0 to Indonesia’s very own Aji Bangkit Pamungkas in the finals.

Despite his loss in the finals, members in the international sports communities have expressed their support for Ferdous and have condemned Sobri for his unsportsmanlike behaviour. One of the videos capturing the incident quickly went viral on social media after it was shared on the Indonesian Football News Facebook page, garnering at least 132,000 views so far.

Hundreds of netizens from both Singapore and Malaysia have slammed Sobri and have asked the authorities in Malaysia to ban him from the sport: