Surabaya: National sprinter Muhammad Azeem Mohd Fahmi wants to focus on his recovery process before resuming training for the Paris Olympics, which begin on July 26.

The 20-year-old athlete said he will discuss his preparations for Paris 2024 with the National Sports Council (NSC) and the National Sports Institute (NSI).

“I want to do my best in training and recovery. During this period my focus is on recovery and taking care of my body.

“After returning from Indonesia, I might sit down with NSI and NSC to plan my trip to the Olympics,” he told reporters when met here yesterday.

On Monday, Muhammad Azeem said he had sustained several minor injuries, which he had to recover from February to April.

Muhammad Azeem said that although he is now injury-free, he still suffers from trauma during competitions on the track.

The young sprinter says he knows some of his potential opponents in Paris, having regularly competed in championships in the United States.

“This is my first time at the Olympics, but I already know who my competitors will be. I have met most of them before, and some of them were in the same heats before.

“This is my best chance to compete. It’s quite difficult to qualify for the final, but it’s been a long time since we had a 100-meter sprinter at the Olympics. If I get this chance at 20, I’ll do my best,” he said.

Malaysian Athletics Federation president Datuk Seri Shahidan Kassim announced yesterday that Muhammad Azeem has been given a wildcard for the 100 metres at the 2024 Paris Olympics.

Muhammad Azeem defeated national 400m runner Shereen Samson Vallabouy to win the only wildcard awarded to Malaysia.