Malaysian Abilympics squad targets three gold medals in Moscow

KUALA LUMPUR, The Malaysian Abilympics squad is targeting to win three gold medals in the 10th International Abilympics in Moscow, Russia, scheduled to be held in September next year.

Malaysian Council for Rehabilitation (MCR) president, Datin Paduka Khatijah Sulieman hoped that the 15 disabled participants (Abilympians) representing the country in the competition would at least obtain podium finishes.

My expectations are high indeed because in France (in 2016), we got four medals. But with the cooperation from training institutions, as well as the intensive training we provide, I am positive that we have the framework, and are complying with international procedures, she said to reporters at the International Abilympics Hi-Tea hosted by MCR to raise funds for Malaysian Abilympians here, today.

Abilympics which originates from the words, Olympics of Abilities, is a competition of work and vocational skills for disabled people, held every four years.

Khatijah also said that the international championship would help bring the public’s attention to the talents and potentials of persons with disabilities.

Malaysia will be participating in 15 of the 30 events at the championship in various categories of skills for disabled people such as cooking, sewing and photography.

For the record, Malaysia has been participating in the championship since the edition in 1995 in Australia and clinched its best performance of one gold, one silver and two bronze medals in the 2016 edition in Bordeaux, France.

Source: BERNAMA (News Agency