KUALA LUMPUR: Hari Raya Aidilfitri celebrations will have to take a back seat for national athletes who are preparing for the Rio de Janeiro Olympics in Brazil next month, especially for those who are based overseas.
For these athletes, their sacrifices are boundless since they will not only miss the celebrations, they will also miss their families and loved ones back home.
Some took to social media apps like Instagram and Facebook to touch base with families and friends here.
National cyclist Mohd Azizulhasni Awang and Fatehah Mustapa, who are currently undergoing training in Portugal for the Olympics were among those who had to forego the celebrations to prepare for their respective events.
“I Fatehah Mustapa and Azizulhasni Awang would like to wish…Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri, maaf zahir dan batin…do not forget to see us in action during the Olympics in August,” said the duo who uploaded a video clip on Fatehah’s Instagram: tehacycling.
National elite diver Ahmad Amsyar Azman who is currently in Dongguan, China to prepare for the Olympics also took to Instagram to offer his greetings.
“Selamat Hari Raya to all Muslims…we are preparing for the Rio Olympics to represent our beloved country…pray for our success,” said Amsyar in his Instagram: amsyaroo.
This is the third year Amsyar has not been able to celebrate Hari Raya Aidilfitri with his family members.
His team mate Pandelela Rinong also wished all Muslims in the country ‘Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri.’
National weightlifters Mohd Hafifi Mansor and Zulhelmi Pisol who are in China with their coach told Bernama when contacted today that they were able to celebrate among them.
“Selamat Hari Raya to all Muslims, this is the third consecutive year I am not able to celebrate Aidilfitri with my family…wish us success in the Rio Olympics,” he said.
Athletes preparing for the Rio Olympics have less than a month since the event is scheduled from Aug 5-21.
More than 20 athletes have qualified for the Olympics.