Further Personal Information
||Kuala Lumpur, MAS
Sport Specific Information
|Why this sport?
||His family encouraged him to take up the sport.
|Club / Team
||Nusa Mahsuri: Kuala Lumpur, MAS
|Name of coach
|Coach from which country?
|Coach from what year?
||Shopping. (NOCM, 02 Nov 2003)
|Memorable sporting achievement
||Winning the All England Open in 2003. This win made him the first Malaysian player in 37 years to win the singles title, he also became the first unseeded player to win in 15 years. (Rediff 16 Feb 2003, NOCM, 02 Nov 2003)
|Most influential person in career
||His coach, Misbun Sidek. (NOCM, 02 Nov 2003)
|Hero / Idol
||Misbun Sidek. (NOCM, 02 Nov 2003)
||He suffered a knee injury in 2005 and in 2007 he suffered a leg injury that kept him off the court for eight weeks. (bam.org.my, 16 Jun 2005, famemas.org.my, 23 Mar 2007)
||His brother, Roslin, is also a badminton player. (The Star, 23 Mar 2002)
||To become Olympic champion. (NOCM, 02 Nov 2003)
He shocked top-seed Chen Hong when he was unseeded to win the All-England Championship, becoming one of the most surprising winners of the event in its 104-year history (Telegraph, 17 Feb 2003)
When he played his brother Roslin in the second round of the 2003 World Championships in Birmingham, it was the first time two brothers played against each other in a World Championships match. Roslin won the contest 15-11, 15-8. "I know I gave 100 per cent but I felt that Hafiz just did not play his usual game," said Roslin. "I'm not accusing him of throwing the match but maybe, the pressure and tension got to him." (Dawn, 31 Jul 2003, NSTP, 31 Jul 2003)
He has been a scholarship holder with the Olympic Solidarity program since November 2002. (IOC 25 Jun 2003)