KUALA LUMPUR – A mishap which resulted in serious injuries and a five-day coma to national highway back up cycling athlete Nur Rosi Yanti Mat Rodzi did little to break her spirit.
Nur Rozi, 17, who was hit by an accompanying van during a training session on Sept 5, nevertheless, has demonstrated a high fighting spirit by setting a medal target at the Asian Cycling Championship)(ACC) in January.
Nur Rozi, who reported in at the National Sport Council (MSN) today, will undergo rehabilitation at the National Sports Institute (ISN) for two months before being allowed to continue training with the national back up squad.
“I have undergone examination by a ISN medical officer, dressing and rehabilitation must be done at ISN from Monday and my condition will be determined later. The doctor said my right shoulder and right knee have to be reviewed as they are still tight.
“I can resume training after getting the approval of the ISN medical officer. Right now my condition is good, except for a little pain in my right leg,” she told reporters when met at MSN, Bukit Jalil, here, yesterday.
The athlete, who is from Perlis, spent almost a week at the Kajang Hospital’s Intensive Care Unit and appeared very thin as her weight had dropped by 10 kg after the accident, but was still enthusiastic about carrying the name of Malaysia to the world stage.
On Sept 5, Nur Rozi was seriously hurt in the head and had a broken right thigh after she was hit by the accompanying van tailing her after falling off her bicycle. The van driver was nursing his numb leg when the mishap took place at KM19 of the SILK Highway, Kajang.
After undergoing surgery at the Kajang Hospital and her condition stabilised, she was transferred to the KPJ Damansara Hospital on Sept 13 to get specialist treatment related to muscles and bones before being allowed to go home on Sept 19.
The Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) candidate, who aspires to be a Police Inspector, said her family was her major motivator to continue her participation in sport.
She has set a medal target at the ACC in the sprint event and the gold medal in the highway event at the Malaysia Games (SUKMA) next year.