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Thursday October 17, 2013 MYT 8:44:00 PM
Thursday October 17, 2013 MYT 8:45:50 PM
KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia will send 200 athletes and officials for the Third Asian Youth Para Games (AYPG) from Oct 26-30.
Malaysian Paralympic Council (MPM) president Datuk Zainal Abu Zarin said that the national athletes would compete in all 14 events.
The 14 events are archery, athletics, badminton, boccia, chess, goalball, judo, powerlifting, swimming, tenpin bowling, ping pong, sitting volleyball, wheelchair basketball and wheelchair tennis.
“I cannot say exactly the medal target as many are new events but I’m confident our youth paralympic athletes will do well in badminton, boccia, athletics and wheelchair tennis.
“Most of our athletes are participating for the first time as it was difficult for us to find athletes aged between 14 and 21,” he told reporters at a presentation of sponsorship for the Games here on Thursday.
Zainal, who is the Games committee chairman, said MPM would give youth paralympic athletes with the potential to represent the country more opportunities to take part in more competitive championships in the future.
“They need to prove their capabilities in the National Paralympiad in Perlis next year before we field them in other international meets,” he said.
A total of 1,200 youth paralympic athletes and officials from 30 Asian countries will take part in the Games, themed “Where Passion Grows, Dreams Fulfilled, Friendship Strengthened”.
The Games were first held in Hong Kong in 2003, followed by Tokyo in 2009. – Bernama
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