MALAYSIA will be represented by a contingent of 350 (259 athletes and 91 officials) in the fifth edition of the Asean Para Games in Kuala Lumpur from Aug 15 to 19.
The Malaysian contingent co-ordinator P. Mohan said the athletes were selected after a series of selection process.
“We have 195 men and 64 women athletes in the contingent. Most of them are training at the National Sports Council (NSC) training centre in Bukit Jalil.
“Those unable to attend the training programme have been granted permission to train at their respective centre of excellence,’’ said Mohan.
Malaysia will be taking part in all 11 sports — athletics, swimming, wheelchair basketball, wheelchair tennis, table tennis, sailing, sitting volleyball, bowling, badminton, chess and powerlifting.
At the last Asean Para Games in Korat, Thailand, 14 sports were contested. Malaysia, represented by 191 athletes (145 men and 46 women), won 82 gold, 74 silver and 46 bronze medals.
However, Mohan said they were not prepared to make any forecast yet.
“The coaches and athletes are involved in an intensive training programme.
Full support: Former Prime Minister’s wife Tun Jeanne Abdullah who is also the patron of Malaysian Paralympic Council having a light moment with an athlete for the Asean Para Games, Law King Kiew, 48, after launching the Proud Support Programme, in conjuntion with the upcoming 5th Asean Para Games.
“They are committed towards giving a good account in the Asean Para Games.
“We will also be pleased if the the public come in full force to cheer the Malaysian athletes,’’ said Mohan.
Besides Malaysia, Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Myanmar, Laos, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam and Timor Leste have confirmed their participation in the Asean Para Games.
The 5th Asean Para Games programme (Aug 15-19)
Athletics: National Stadium, Bukit Jalil
Swimming: National Aquatics Centre, Bukit Jalil
Bowling: Megalanes, Endah Parade, Sri Petaling
Wheelchair tennis: National Tennis Centre, Jalan Duta
Wheelchair basketball: German Institute Hall, Bangi
Badminton: Juara Stadium, Bukit Kiara
Chess: Commonwealth Hall, Bukit Jalil
Powerlifting: Putra Stadium, Bukit Jalil
Table Tennis: OCM Indoor Arena, KL
Sailing: Admiral Marina & Leisure Club, Port Dickson
Sitting Volleyball: Titiwangsa Stadium, Kuala Lumpur.
Source: The Star