SHANGHAI: Malaysia won four gold, eight silver and seven bronze medals in the Special Olympics World Summer Games, which ended yesterday.
The gold medals came from Mohdd Nasrullah Ramdan (men’s long jump), Mok Kwang Chien (men’s shot putt), Cory Chua Li Eng (women’s bowling – singles) and Vishnu Kumar Alagu (men’s bocce – singles).
The silver medallists were Nasrullah (athletics – men’s 400m), the men’s 4x100m athletics team, Nur Zubaina Zubir (women’s long jump), the women’s bowling team, Tan Seng Kit (men’s bowling – singles), Jaysaminth Savinder (men’s bowling – singles), Nurul Azirah Gapar (women’s bocce – singles) and the women’s bocce doubles.
Held every four years, the Games aim to provide athletics competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities. About 10,000 athletes and coaches from 167 countries and regions participated in the event from Oct 2-11.
Deputy Youth and Sports Minister Datuk Liow Tiong Lai, who was at the Games to support the 20-strong Malaysian contingent, said his Ministry would, from now on, provide financial assistance to the development of the Special Olympics movement in Malaysia.
“There are different categories in the Games so that the athletes can compete fairly. We must remember this is not the Paralympics. After taking over from the Social Welfare department in 2002, the ministry will look into the whole set-up of the special athlete development programme to produce more athletes,” said Tiong Lai.