Malaysia sends 12 paralympic athletes to INAS Global Games
Last update: 10/10/2019
KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 10 -- Twelve paralympic athletes will be representing the country at the International Federation for Athletes with Intellectual Impairment (INAS) Global Games in Brisbane, Australia from Oct 12 to 19.
National Sports Council (NSC) deputy director-general, Suhardi Alias said Malaysians would be making a debut at the quadrennial meet and it would be a good exposure before the 10th ASEAN Para Games in the Philippines from January 18 to 25, 2020.
"We hope our paralympic athletes would bring honours to the country even though it is the first time we are taking part in INAS Global Games.
“NSC hopes it would be an appropriate platform for our athletes to get exposure and experience and to improve their performance at the 2020 ASEAN Para Games,” he said.
He was speaking at a media conference after handing over the Jalur Gemilang to the head of the contingent, Law King Kiew who is the vice-president of the Paralympic Council of Malaysia at the Paralympic Excellence Centre in Kampung Pandan here today.
In this regard, national para athletics head coach R Jeganathan said he did not put any targets on national para athletes but he hoped they could create positive results at the championship.
He said the participation of Malaysian paralympic athletes is as early preparations for 2020 Tokyo Paralympics.
“We want to see the strength and weaknesses of national para athletes at INAS even though my primary focus is still to prepare them to quality for 2020 Tokyo Paralympics,” he said
Malaysia will be taking part in three of the 10 events , namely athletics, swimming and table tennis at the games which will see 66 countries vying for medals.