National sepak takraw legend, Abdul Jalil Aziz, who dominated the scenes of the sport during the 70s, passed away yesterday at the Sultanah Bahiyah Hospital (HSB) due to internal bleeding in the bowels.
The 66 year-old Abdul Jalil stopped breathing at approximately 6.30am, after two weeks of prolonged treatment due to his critical condition – which has been plaguing him since July.
Abdul Jalil started representing the nation in 1970 and proved his brilliance when he inspired Malaysia to clinch the gold medal in four different SEA Games tournament – 1971 edition in Kuala Lumpur, 1973 in Singapore, 1975 in Bangkok and 1977 in Kuala Lumpur again.
He also led the team towards winning the 1980 Asian Sepaktakraw Tournament in Kuala Lumpur and proceeded to clinch the MAYC Malaysia Prime Minister Abdul Razak Hussein’s Challenge Trophy in 1976. In 1975, he was crowned Negri Sembilan Sportsman of the Year.