World silat champion Al-Jufferi Jamari is still reeling in from the excitement of being selected as a flag-bearer at the 2017 Kuala Lumpur SEA Games’ opening ceremony.
Al-Jufferi Jamari will be leading the Malaysian contingent alongside world keirin champion, Azizulhasni Awang and diving champion Cheong Jun Hoong; who are also named as flag-bearers by the Youth and Sports minister Khairy Jamaluddin.
“I never thought that I would be chosen as a flag-bearer for the opening ceremony. But I’m honoured and proud.”
Al-Jufferi, who is no stranger to winning gold medals at SEA Games, is looking to bag his fourth consecutive gold medal at the 2017 KL SEA Games this year.
The 25-year-old is best known for his SEA Games “hat trick”, where he won three gold medals in three SEA Games consecutively.
He first bagged gold in the 2011 SEA Games in Indonesia, and repeated his feat at the 2013 SEA Games in Myanmar. He clinched his third gold medal at the 2015 SEA Games in Singapore.
“I have achieved a hattrick, winning three times consecutively in the SEA Games previously and a hattrick in the world championships.
“My target now is to go for the fourth gold medal consecutively in this championship,” he told Bernama.
Speaking of his toughest competitors, Al-Jufferi said that Indonesia and Vietnam has some of the best silat practitioners who might make it tough for him.
“I will try my best to outdo all my competitors, especially the ones from Indonesia and Vietnam. They are my toughest rivals.” he added.
Al-Jufferi will be competing in the Putra E Class (65-70kg) in the upcoming KL SEA Games. The silat event will take place at KLCC Hall 2 from 21st until 28th August.