National Paralympic athletes set sights on Rio 2016 success

The success of nation’s paralympic squad at the 2015 IPC World Athletics Championship in Doha has proved that Malaysia is on the right track ahead of the Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro next year.

Chief Director of National Sports Council, Datuk Ahmad Shapawi, said the achievement is something to be proud of for the national paralympic side, who brought home two gold medals and three bronzes.

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“Our paralympic athletes have bettered their achievement in France in 2013, where we only gained one gold medal. This is the right motivation for them.”

“I’m confident they will do well in Rio. For those who have been impressive, I’m sure they will be considered to join the podium program soon,” he said, as quoted by Harian Metro.

Shapawi added that through the podium program, the paralympic athlete will be able to receive more attention and incentive, besides full support on their work.

In the IPC games this year, gold medals came courtesy of Abdul Latif Romly in the T20 long jump category and Mohammad Ridzuan Mohamad Puzi in the T36 100m event.

While three bronze medals came through Muhammad Ziyad Zolkefli (F20 lontar peluru), Mohamad Saifuddin Ishak (T12 long jump) and Siti Noor Iasah (T20 400m).

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