FORMER national athlete Nordin Jadi is calling on all Malaysians to support our athletes in the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.
The 59-year-old said no matter what their results, they had done Malaysia proud.
“I understand the pressures of representing our country in the Olympics as it is the biggest sporting event in the world,” he said in Johor Baru.
Nordin represented Malaysia in athletics in the SEA Games and was part of the Malaysian contingent in the Los Angeles 1984 Olympics and Seoul 1988 Olympics, where he was also the flag bearer.
“Participating in the Olympics for their country is the greatest honour any athlete can ever have.
“What our athletes need is support and encouragement from every Malaysian, if we are to win that elusive first gold medal,” he said.
He added that mental strength was as important as physical strength when taking part in any sports event.
When asked if Malaysia could win a gold medal this year, Nordin said anything was possible.
“We still have world-class athletes such as cycling ace Datuk Mohd Azizulhasni Awang and we must cheer him and other Malaysian athletes on.
“Even if we do not win a gold medal this time, there will be other Olympics and we can do better but the preparations must start now,” he said.