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P. MARIAPPAN has dedicated almost 34 years of his life to powerlifting – and bringing glory to the country. And the 56-year-old has seen many ups and downs in his life. But at the moment, he's just down on his luck.
Veteran powerlifter Mariappan Perumal wants to leave the sports stage with a bang and he will be making a final push for the gold medal in the 2008 Paralympics in Beijing.
A total of 41 athletes who have been shortlisted to represent Malaysia in aquatics, fencing and bodybuilding at the SEA Games in Korat, Thailand, completed their first phase of motivational training at a camp in Asahan, Malacca, yesterday.
Malaysia won four gold, eight silver and seven bronze medals in the Special Olympics World Summer Games, which ended yesterday.
Powerlifter P. Mariappan, the 1994 Melbourne World Wheelchair Championship triple gold medallist, is out of a job and penniless.
Our system is not too bad. We always see the grass to be greener on the other side but we do have an “okay” structure as far as the junior and senior programmes are concerned.