By Nia Natasha Hasenan
KUCHING: Sarawak has set its sight on four gold medals for ten-pin bowling category in the coming Para Sukma which will be held in March next year.
Minister of Welfare, Community Wellbeing, Women, Family and Childhood Development Datuk Seri Fatimah Abdullah, however, said usually before competing in Para Sukma, its athletes will have the opportunity to compete on other platforms outside of Malaysia.
“Unfortunately, due to Covid-19, athletes had lost a platform where they could measure their standard of abilities,” she said.
She said this when officiating at the prize presentation ceremony of Sarawak Para Bowling Association (PBA) Bowling Carnival 2020 held at Megalanes Emart Batu Kawa here on Sunday (Oct 11).
She also expressed her gratitude to Persatuan Tenpin Boling Para Negeri Sarawak (PTBPNS) for organising the carnival.
“It is a great opportunity for the athletes where they can compete and evaluate the standard of their performance,” Fatimah added.
Despite the setback, Fatimah still believes that the athletes must be earnest in terms of preparation.
“Their fighting spirit must high. They must also listen to their coaches’ instructions, train at home, keep themselves in good physical shape, and prep themselves mentally as well,” she added.
She said with all these, it is not impossible for the athletes to perform even better than most.
“Look at our para athletes’ abilities, not their disabilities,” said Fatimah.