Asian Para Games gold medallists Siti Noor Lasah and Nasharuddin Mohamed would lead the Malaysian charge at the INAS Global Games 2019 (GG2019) in Brisbane from 12-19 October.
Twelve national para athletes have been selected for the athletics, swimming and table tennis events for the Games for athletes with intellectual impairment.
Malaysia will be among the forty-seven countries confirmed for the Games that will see approximately 1,000 athletes vying for honours in 10 sports. The other sports being competed in Brisbane includes basketball, cricket, cycling, futsal, rowing, taekwondo and tennis.
Siti Noor had won 400m T20 event at the Palembang Asian Para Games last year in a time of 59.49s. Likewise, Nasharuddin bagged the men’s 400m T20 event in 49.32s.
The 22-year-old Nasharuddin finished fifth at the 2017 World Para Athletic Championships but managed to gain the gold at the World Para Athletics GP in Dubai last year.
Teenager Anas Zul Amirul Sidi would be among the Malaysian swimmers to look out for in Brisbane.
Anas, the son of former Malaysian Paralympian Zul Amirul, will be down to compete in seven events at the Games. Anas won the gold in the men’s 100m freestyle (S14) at the Asean Para Games in Kuala Lumpur two years ago.
Fifteen-year-old Ethan Khoo would be also gunning for a good outing. He rewrote the national record in the 214/SB14/S14 class Open 200m freestyle event with his winning time of 2:11.24 earlier this year. He also won three more golds in the Under-15 category (backstroke, breaststroke and freestyle), in addition to two silvers (Open 200m individual medley, Under-15 butterfly) as well as a bronze (Open 50m backstroke).
The Malaysia Paralympic Council (MPM) has not set any targets as the Games is seen as a avenue for the team members to gain invaluable experience.
National Sports Council’s deputy Director General Suhardi Alias handed over the national flag to the team in a simple ceremony earlier today.
THE MALAYSIAN TEAM
Muhamad Nurdin bin Ibrahim (800m)
Nasharudin bin Mohamed (400m)
Zulkifly bin Abdullah (Long Jump)
Nani Shahiera binti Zawawi (Long Jump)
Siti Noor Lasah binti Muhamad Ariffin (400m)
Anas Zul Amirul Sidi (50m, 100m, 200m Freestyle; 50m, 100m Backstroke; 50m, 100m Butterfly)
Chung Wei Yoong (1,500m Freestyle; 50m, 100m Breaststroke; 50m Butterfly; 200m Medley)
Ethan Khoo Yin Jun (400m Freestyle; 50m, 100m Backstroke; 50m Butterfly)
Mohd Adib Iqbal bin Abdullah (50m, 100m, 200m Freestyle; 50m, 100m Breaststroke; 50m Butterfly)
Zadrian Zhi Weng Chan (50m, 100m, 200m, 400m, 1,500m Freestyle; 50m, 100m, 200m Backstroke)
Jennahtul Fahmi bin Ahmad Jennah
Mohd Hazlin bin Abdullah