Asif Sulleman

One win and he was off

It all started 2 years ago at age 17 when Asif Sulleman decided to do long jump as his main event.

When I did it for the first time I just loved it, it’s exciting to take part in it. After my first win, I couldn’t stop”

His first season went well and he ended it with a 3rd place jump of 6.60m at the Clover Top 20 meeting in Bloemfontein, October 2012. This is a competition where some of the best athletics schools in the country compete. Asif continued at the age of 18 years and saw himself flying on top of his distances, but unfortunately was hampered by injury.

Asif managed to compete at the Boland junior champs and he had a 6.90meters leap, he looked set for South African junior champs but sadly during that meeting he had a torn ligaments in his ankle.

Everything’s possible for one who believes “

There is a saying in athletics that says “good things come to those who work hard”. Asif didn’t stop competing at Boland junior champs, he managed to qualify for the final with his first jump, which was very impressive but Sulleman stopped competing because of the injury. Whatever the mind of man can conceive and believe, it can achieve. This year fresh out of school, the first year student of Marketing Management has been on form. He made his mark with his last jump at this year’s Boland junior champs.

The only way to do great work is to love what you do!!!’

Sulleman came back with full power out to compete at South African Senior champs as junior in the colors of Maties athletics. He managed to qualify for the final and got position 7. He improved his pb from 6.90 to 7.27metres and this puts him the number one long jumper in the Western Cape province, not only for his junior age group but also for the u/23 age group as well as the senior men category. We saw Jason Farao from central Gauteng taking gold by jumping 7.38metres at this year’s junior champs. 7.27metres would’ve placed Asif in the 3rd position.

Long jump is something that needs mental strength, the technical ability and power.

Not only should we encourage kids to daydream, but also to jump-in and build those dreams, dreaming is largely lost among adults drowning in self-imposed realities!!!”

His mission is to compete at the All Africa games as well as the Commonwealth games.

If you are a kid and want to jump then go ahead and do it, make sure your heart is in it”

that was message to the kids by Asif Sulleman. South Africa’s Long jumping has been one of the best in the world over the last couple of years with Khotso Mokoena leading the athletes into world class performances. This year alone Zarck Visser and Ruswahl Samaai have both jumped further than 8.30m and looks set to medal at the World Championships. The young generation like Asif Sulleman and Jason Farao look up to these athletes and they to work and dream of reaching those lengths. And with SA athletics on the rise nothing seems impossible anymore. Asif, Backtrack wishes you all the best and never stop chasing your dreams!

Written by Nelson Tramp