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Free entry for Beijing Paralympics athletes

PARTICIPANTS and delegations will not be charged entry fees at the Beijing 2008 Paralympics, a leading official from the Beijing Organising Committee for the Games of the XXIX Olympiad (Bocog) revealed.


Taiwanese test for disabled shuttlers

Last year, the Malaysia Paralympic shuttlers performed well in the inaugural Asia Paralympic Cup held in Kuala Lumpur and proved they were among the best in Asia. For the next few days, they have to go one step better when they compete in the ongoing International Badmin-ton Association for the Disabled (IBAD) World Championships in Hsin Shu City, Taiwan.


Lending a hand to disabled footballers

FOUR years ago, Alan Lim gave up his career as an accountant to take up full-time coaching in football. Today, besides coaching junior players, the Football Association Malaysia (FAM) A-class licence holder has extended his assistance to disabled athletes.


Run lures the disabled

A group of disabled athletes will be having their own rivalry in the Subang Jaya 10km Run on June 26. In previous events, the men's wheelchair category had always been a personal battle between Mat Sani Kasbun and Mohd Sani Harun. They have been challenging each other for the top two positions.

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FedEx and Holmes win top Laureus honours

World number one tennis player Roger Federer and Britain's double Olympic athletics gold medallist Kelly Holmes won the two top individual honours at Monday's annual Laureus World Sports Awards ceremony.

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Disabled powerlifter Mariappan left out in the cold

Powerlifter P. Mariappan, the 1994 Melbourne World Wheelchair Championship triple gold medallist, is out of a job and penniless.


From dream to reality

SHEELA CHANDRAN finds out how the four I>Nescafe Kick-Start Reality TV/Ifinalists have been using their prize money of RM30,000 in achieving their dreams.

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Greeks promise to crack down on the hooligans

Greek sports undersecretary Giorgos Orfanos said on Monday that hooliganism such as that which occurred on Sunday forcing the postponement of the first division match between Panionios and Olympiakos will not be tolerated in the future.


IDD a special day indeed

Last week's International Day of Disabled Persons (IDD) celebrations were a timely opportunity for the world to take notice of disabled people who live in societies that have yet to make their environs barrier-free for them. ANTHONY THANASAYAN takes stock of the celebrations here in Malaysia.


Sarawak to stop giving land to athletes

Sarawak will offer other incentives instead of just giving land to reward outstanding sportsmen, said Social Development and Urbanisation Minister Datuk William Mawan.