MEDFORD, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio) — A Massachusetts man who is trying to qualify for the 2020 Paralympic Games says he will not press changes against the person who stole his prosthetic limb.
Muji Karim told WBZ NewsRadio that one of his running blades was stolen from his vehicle in Burlington, Vermont on Saturday night when someone reached into his car through an open window. "I have some blame in it because I left the window open in my car," Karim said. "So it is what it is. I just want it back so I can continue on the path that I have projected."
A former UNH football player, Karim lost both of his legs in a car accident in 2011. But he didn't let that stop him from taking part in competitive sports.
"I've been training throughout, doing Spartan races, and doing all type of crazy things like that," said Karim. "Not having that [blade] for most of this month... will have an effect on my performance that first week in April."
Karim said he is not looking to press any charges, he just wants the blade to be returned. "If somebody has it, or somebody knows who has it, if you can just drop it off at the Burlington Police station.... there's no hard feelings, nobody's going to get arrested, I'm not going to press any charges."
Despite the setback, Karim said he still plans to compete for the Paralympic Games Tokyo qualifier in Arizona in April.
WBZ NewsRadio's James Rojas (@JamesRojasWBZ) reports: