KUALA LUMPUR: More than Rio de Janeiro.
Newly elected Paralympic Council of Malaysia (PCM) president Datuk Seri Megat D. Shariman Zaharudin wants to see a bigger representation of athletes at the Tokyo Paralympics compared to the previous edition in Brazil in 2016.
In Rio, Malaysia were represented by 21 athletes and returned home with three gold medals and one bronze.
For next year’s Paralympics, only five have qualified so far.
“We want to see more athletes making the cut for the Games, ” said Megat.
But the para athletes’ next major assignment is the Asean Para Games in the Philippines from Jan 18-25.
“I will be the chef de mission for the Asean Para Games. We’ll discuss with all the sports associations before setting a target, ” said Megat.
Malaysia will feature in 16 sports in the Asean Games - archery, athletics, badminton, boccia, chess, football CP (cerebral palsy), cycling, netball, weightlifting, sitting volleyball, swimming, table tennis, tenpin bowling, wheelchair basketball, triathlon and judo.
Yesterday, Megat succeeded SM Nasarudin SM Nasimuddin, who did not seek re-election in June.
With his election, Megat now becomes one of the few sports officials who holds several top positions in a sports association.
He is the president of the Malaysian Canoe Association and also the Kuala Lumpur Hockey Association (KLHA) president.
Office bearers from 2019-2021
President: Datuk Seri Megat D. Shariman ZaharudinDeputy president: Dr Radha Krishnan
Vice-presidents: Hadfizah Abd Khafidz, K. M. Rajendran, Mohd Iqbal Sulaiman, Dr Ang Kean Koo
Secretary: Datuk Subramaniam Raman, Chang Irene.
Treasurer: S. Kumarusamy.
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