Muhamad Ashraf Muhammad Haisham
Type of Impairment
Origin of Impairment
Further personal information
Kuala Lumpur, MAS
Sport specific information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up Para athletics in 2014 in Perlis, Malaysia.
Why this sport?
He had competed in able-bodied athletics at school, and was encouraged to continue pursuing the sport after his accident by one of his teachers. "At first I wasn't keen on it because I found running with just one hand very uncomfortable. But I slowly got used to it."
Name of coach
R Jaganathan [national], MAS
Swimming. (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning a silver medal in the T45/46 1500m at the 2018 Asian Para Games in Indonesia. (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019)
Most influential person in career
His parents. (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019)
Hero / Idol
Italian motorcycle rider Valentino Rossi. (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019)
He has sustained two ankle fractures during his Para athletics career. (bharian.com.my, 15 Sep 2017)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"We should be courageous in life. I want my story to be a lesson to others not to give up and to chase their dreams." (challengesmedia.com, 04 Nov 2014)
He lost his left hand after he was involved in a road accident in 2013. "I lost my direction after losing my left hand. I spent six months shutting myself away at home and studying on my own. I only went to school to take the final examination to graduate. Fortunately I was surrounded by supportive family and friends. And ever since I got into the Para sports programme, I became more motivated to resume life." (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019; mstar.com.my, 24 Jan 2019; sinarharian.com.my, 12 May 2015)