The 46-year-old sub inspector said he decided to opt for a higher weight class as he had gained weight due to consumption of bodybuilding and dietary supplements.
“As I had won world titles in the 65kg and 70kg categories, why not take a new challenge by competing in the 75kg category,” he told Bernama today.
On his outings this year, Sazali said the Malaysian Bodybuilding Federation (PBBM) had yet to issue the national and international bodybuilding calendars.
“I will only know which competitions to enter after I get the calendars.
Anyway, bodybuilding will not be included in the South Korean Asian Games and Scotland Commonwealth Games,” he added.
The eight-time Mr. Asia, who hailed from Batu Pahat, Johor, said he was undergoing a pain relief treatment in his left knee at the National Sports Institute (NSI), apart from getting medical advice from a doctor from the National Sports Council (NSC).
“The pain in the left knee happened a long time ago, but it became really painful during the SEA Games in Myanmar recently.
“To prevent the injury from aggravating, medical officers from NSI and NSC advised me to reduce intensive training for the time being,” he said.