SEPANG: National paralympic squad head coach R. Jaganathan said the exploits of Malaysian athletes in the 2016 Rio Paralympic Games has resulted in a total change to their image.
This was evident at the 2017 London World Para Athletics Championship recently as the movement of the Malaysian athletes were the focus of the contingents of other competing nations.
Jaganathan said the paralympic athletes never stop to strive to achieve a better performance to stand on par with other powerful nations.
“This is the most significant change that we have to face. We used to look at people, now they are looking at us. The athlete’s performance is constantly improving from year to year.
“Many athletes are eligible for this tournament but I only chose six athletes to bring glory to the country, ” he told a press conference after the arrival of the paralympic squad at Kuala Lumpur Airport (KLIA) today.
In London, Malaysia created history by winning two world titles through Muhammad Ziyad Zolkefli in the men’s F20 shot put and Abdul Latif Romly in the T20 long jump.
Muhammad Ziyad broke another world record with a throw of 17.29m while Abdul Latif made a jump of 7.37m, erasing his own record of 7.35m in 2015 in Qatar.