These Malaysian athletes will change the way you look at disability

National player Muhammad Azzwar Hassan Asaari in a Wheelchair Basketball tournament at the ASEAN Para games in Singapore. Photos: Bernama

The recently concluded ASEAN Para Games in Singapore, the biggest para sports event in Southeast Asia, is a celebration of the achievements and potentials of athletes with disabilities. This is the eighth edition of the games with the first one held in Malaysia back in 2001.

The word para in the Para Games comes from parallel and is used to show how athletes with disabilities are equal to those who are able-bodied.

Football superstar David Beckham, who was present at the games, said that he was inspired by the 1,200 athletes from 10 countries.

Malaysia won 52 gold, 58 silver and 37 bronze medals at the games. Here are some highlights of the the games.


Hairulfozi Saaba and Cheah Liek Hou celebrate after winning the gold medal for the men's badminton doubles team. They defeated Indonesia.

SINGAPURA, 7 Dis -- Perenang kebangsaan Yoong Chung Wei ketika beraksi dalam acara renang lelaki 50 meter gaya bebas S14 di temasya Sukan Para ASEAN Kelapan hari ini. -- fotoBERNAMA (2015) HAK CIPTA TERPELIHARA

In swimming, Yong Chung Wei won the gold for men's 200-metre individual medley.


In Wheelchair Basketball, our national athletes put up a good fight but ultimately lost to Thailand. Malaysia won the silver medal.


Razali Cantik was injured during the tournament. Check out the excitement of the match in the video below.


Doriah Poulus used great focus and physical strength to win the gold in women's shot put. Her distance? An impressive 8.90 metres.


National runner Mohamad Ridzuan Mohamad Puzi, 28, celebrated his win after bagging the gold for, not one but two, events – the men's 100 and 200 metre races.


Giving his all, 39-year-old Madzlan Saibon is seen here in top form. He took home the gold after winning a match against Vietnam in badminton, men's singles.

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