Former Olympians band together for charity

KUALA LUMPUR: Former Olym­pians are coming together to contribute back to the nation in a special way and continue to be the ambassadors of their respective sports.

For a start, several old-timers will be conducting a charity event in aid of the underprivileged children at Lighthouse Bangsar on Saturday.

Sporting greats such as Tan Sri Dr M. Jegathesan, Datuk Dr S S Cheema, Dr K. Balathevan, to mention a few, will be conducting medical clinics and also inspire the children.

A total of RM5,000 will be donated to the children’s education fund and another RM2,000 will be provided to the Petaling Jaya Club to run coaching clinics for the children.

Malaysian Olympian Association (MOA) president Karu Selvaratnam is looking forward to the gathering of former Olympians for their first activity this year.

“We have 367 Olympians in the country and over 70 members in MOA. We are looking at ways to contribute back to the society,” said the former athletics star.

“We’ve asked our members to gather at the charity event and we have more plans in the pipeline.”

The excitement in Karu’s voice is understandable as MOA are slowly making a comeback since they were deregistered in 2016.

“Many former greats have been forgotten. Some of them are doing odd jobs and some are retired without pension. We want these stars, who have contributed to the nation in the past, to be appreciated,” he added.

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