Athletes rewarded for good showing at 19th Para Sukma

The Selangor para athletes gathering for a group photo with their mock cheques after the incentive award ceremony.

SELANGOR para athletes who won medals in the 19th Para Sukma Games received an incentive of RM71,730 from the state government.

The reward is meant to motivate the athletes to continue training diligently for the 20th Para Sukma in Johor next year.

Selangor placed eighth overall at the 2018 Games with a haul of 61 medals – 17 gold, 17 silver and 27 bronze.

Muhammad Amirul Alif Abdul Raof clinched the contingent’s Best Athlete award after winning gold medals in discus and javelin throw and a silver in shot put.

He also broke the national record for discus throw at the 2018 Games. He said holding the new national record would not stop him from trying harder.

Amirul suffered spinal cord injury in a road accident when he was four years old.

“At first I participated in wheelchair tennis, then I switched to powerlifting and finally moved to athletics,” he said.

He threw the discus a distance of 18.45m to erase the previous record of 16m.

“I did not expect to break the record. I was only focused on winning the gold medal.

“I am happy that I managed to achieve a new record at the same time,” said Amirul at the incentive presentation ceremony in Shah Alam.

The 19th Para Sukma gathered 2,046 para athletes in Ipoh, Perak.

Selangor was represented by 110 athletes who had various types of disabilities, including the visually impaired and those with cerebral palsy.

Meanwhile, Shaikh Hashim Shaikh Mahmud was named Best Manager in tenpin bowling.

Selangor Youth, Sports Development and Human Capital Development Committee chairman Mohd Khairuddin Othman said the Selangor government and Selangor Disabled Person Sports and Recreation Association (Pesron) were always ready to help disabled sportsmen.

“Selangor’s performance has been improving with each Para Sukma. In 2014, Selangor was 11th. We were in ninth place in 2016 and we moved up a spot in 2018,” he said.

“I am very proud of the determination shown by these athletes as well as their coaches and managers.”

Under the incentives, gold

medallists received RM1,500 each, silver medallists got RM1,000 each and bronze medallists got RM700 each.

The Best Athlete and Manager winners each received RM500.

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