Malaysia aim for 50 para gold to end Thailand’s domination

THE national contingent aim to win as many as 50 gold medals at the Asean Para Games in Kuala Lumpur in September.

The Malaysian Paralympic Council and National Sports Council have identified 80 athletes who will represent Malaysia at the games, and national coach R. Jeganathan is pleased with their performance to date.

“Our athletes are all across the country and I have been in continuous contact with state level coaches to keep track of their performances,” said Jeganathan.

“We have set a target of winning 45 to 50 gold medals at the Asean Para Games this time compared to the 28 gold we won in Singapore two years ago.

“Hopefully we will be able to challenge the dominance of the Thai athletes, especially in athletics.”

Jeganathan added that he hoped to see big names such as Ridzuan Mohd Puzi, Abdul Latif Romly and Ziyad Zolkefli not only winning their events but also setting new games records and personal best.