It’s business next for Siti as she draws curtain on para athletics career

PETALING JAYA: Runner Siti Noor Iasah Mohd Ariffin (pic) has bid farewell to the Malaysian para athletics scene after a rewarding career spanning 16 years.

The two-time Paralympian will not be defending her women’s 400m T20 title at the Hangzhou Asian Para Games next year.

Siti said she has plans to open her own sports massage centre in Johor after this.

“I’ve already taken up a course which will help me manage the business and I’ve not been training for some time.

“I think that 16 years of involvement in para athletics is enough for me and I want to spend more time with my family after that.

“The Covid-19 pandemic made things hard the last two years as I was away from my family for a long time.

“Before this, I usually get to go back every week but then I had to remain in the training base in Bukit Jalil because of the Covid-19 SOPs,” said the mother to nine-year-old Nur Iman Qaisara.

Siti’s last competition for the country was at the Tokyo Paralympics in August last year.

She reached the women’s 400m T20 final but finished eighth with 1:01.05.

Her performance was far from her best as she arrived in Tokyo without any competitive action for more than two years.

Her biggest achievement was winning one bronze in the women’s 400m T20 event at the World Para Athletics Championships in Doha in 2015.

She will also cherish her achievements on the Asian Para Games stage with two golds and one silver.

Siti also has nine golds and two silvers from five Asean Para Games.

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