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Boost for State Paralympic athletes
Published on: Friday, May 19, 2017

Kota Kinabalu: The State Paralympic athletes received a boost with the setting up of development as well as a training centres here, which was officially launched by Youth and Sports Ministry Permanent Secretary Awang Damit Awang Anak representing the Minister Datuk Tawfiq Abu Bakar Titingan at the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Centre in Putatan, Thursday.

In his speech, Awang said the latest efforts by the government are to lay the foundation for the development of Paralympic athletes from the grass roots level.

"The training centre for archery and weightlifting will be set up at the Sabah Sports School (Sepanggar) here and the placement hopefully will help the athletes to excel in their academic as well.

"The development centre on the other hand will begin with the introduction of badminton, archery, athletics, table tennis, swimming and seven coaches will be appointed by the National Sports Council to carry out the tasks.

"We have high hope that the programmes will inspire other districts to continue to contribute in the development of Paralympic athletes," he added. He called on the Sabah Sports Council to implement programmes that can produce more quality athletes for the State in the future.

He hoped the 59 athletes currently shortlisted for the State back-up programme under National Sports Council will continue to progress to international level.

He also congratulated those athletes who have been identified at the Inspire i-Talents programme held over two days at the centre that saw a total of 60 Paralympic athletes participated. – GL Oh

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