KUALA LUMPUR: Former TV personality Ras Adiba Radzi will embark on a 398km-trip covering four states on her wheelchair to help promote sports among the disabled.
Once accomplished, the feat, over 14 days under the Kembara Kerusi Roda 2003 event will make her the countrys first female long distance wheelchair athlete.
Sports and Youth Ministrys deputy secretary-general Datuk Talaat Hussain said the event, starting Aug 7, was also to encourage the able and disabled to join the mission and foster closer ties among them.
He said Ras Adiba would start her journey from Johor Baru and she would wheel herself through Malacca, Negri Sembilan before arriving in Putrajaya on Aug 20.
We hope to enter the feat in the Malaysia Book of Records, he said, adding that there would be various activities at each stop in the four states where local residents would be invited to join them.
This would help spread the message that the disabled could still take part in sports, he told a press conference yesterday.
Ras Adiba said she started her training five months ago by swimming 10 to 20 laps a day and practising weightlifting.