Chin Kiat’s voice heard – idea of sports school for disabled athletes to be looked into

IPOH: Former national para badminton head coach Moe Chin Kiat’s wish for a sports school for disabled athletes in Malaysia may be fulfilled.

The 84-year-old Chin Kiat, who had worked with the para athletes for decades, had hoped for Malaysia to build a sports school similar to the ones in Bukit Jalil so that the country would always have talents to replace the Tokyo Paralympics gold medal winners like Cheah Liek Hou (badminton) and Abdul Latif Romly (athletics).

And yesterday, the Youth and Sports Ministry announced that they would hold a discussion with the Education Ministry to scrutinise the proposal to build a special sports school for persons with disabilities (PwDs).

Youth and Sports Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Faizal Azumu said the discussion was expected to be held soon to assess all requirements needed before the proposal could be finalised.

“The Sports Ministry always hold discussions with various ministries to enable youth and sports-based activities or programmes to be held together,” said Faizal.

“The establishment of this sports school, Insya Allah, one day it will become a reality, providing better initiatives for para sports to grow,” he said after visiting the Perak Para Athlete Archery Training Centre at the Perak Veterinary Department yesterday.

On Sept 7, Senator Datuk Ras Adiba Radzi, who represents the PwD community in Dewan Negara, had also proposed the setting up of the first sports school for PwDs to unearth new talents.

The National Alliance of Mental Health (NAMH) patron also proposed the provision of PwD-friendly facilities and amenities at stadiums, sports complexes and fields, as well as giving para athletes who are no longer competing the opportunity to become coaches. — Bernama

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