KUCHING: Sarawakians are cheering for the para-athletes to bring glory to the state by winning gold medals in the upcoming SUKMA Para Games.
A total of 6,606 athletes will take part in the 20th SUKMA which will be held in Kuala Lumpur from September 16 to 24.
It will feature 426 events in 31 sports — 223 events for men, 184 for women, and 19 mixed events.
According to the National Sports Council’s Sukma Management Committee, the Federal Territories has the highest athlete participation at 579, followed by Sarawak with 569, and 538 from Johor.
Out of the total athletes sent by Sarawak, 165 are paralympians who will compete in the SUKMA Para Games. On this, the New Sarawak Tribune met some members of the public to record their hopes with regards to the state para-athletes.
Shaun Menon Ayu, 24
Technically speaking, Para athletes are pretty underrated. The world sees the greatest in other people but on the other hand, para-athletes are very unique in terms of their dedication to become true athletes. My hope for them is that they continue to pursue their dreams. To all the para-athletes out there, I say we are truly grateful for you achievements, and we appreciate your dedication and belief in your purpose in life.
Ashley Tan, 22
I hope to see our para-athletes give it their all with the constant training they have done thus far. It is also wise to remember the value of sportsmanship between other athletes and enjoying themselves while participating. To all the athletes participating, I wish you all the best, give it your all and don’t forget to enjoy yourselves when you are out there. At the end of the day, you have done your best!
Diana Marie Wei, 21
I hope the athletes will win gold medals in the competition and give their best performances in their chosen sports. All the best to our para athletes! You have trained hard your whole life for this moment. Just do your best and enjoy the games.
Lizleona Kennedy Ating, 25
I hope that our para-athletes will be able to bag gold medals and give their best in the sports they are participating in. My encouragement for them is: stay strong and keep your focus. You are built differently. You are what you are.
Lanusha Krishnan, 25
I hope that our para-athletes would cultivate the courage to compete and always believe in themselves without allowing any kind of obstacles to get in their way of competition. Fight! Be brave, be bold. Nothing in the world can ever stop you from being the best version of yourself.