THE 2017 ASEAN Para Games, officially known as the 9th ASEAN Para Games, was successfully launched in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on September 17, 2017 and ends on September 23.
The opening ceremony held at Bukit Jalil National Stadium was an electrifying event – a breathtaking show of grit, strength, and style, as thousands turned up for the official launch.
With the theme Rising Together, the Southeast Asian disabled multi-sport event featured 11 participating nations and 1452 athletes; competing in 368 events and in 16 sporting categories.
This is the third time Malaysia is hosting the ASEAN Para Games, and its first time since 2009. The event was officially opened by Prime Minister of Malaysia Najib Razak. The Athlete’s Oath was presented by Sharifah Raudzah Syed Akil, while the torch lighter was Hasihin Sanawi.
The ceremony opened with an inspirational performance with a drape showing the silhouette of a disabled woman and her shadow, playing the violin in unison. The drape then fell to the ground to reveal Malaysian para-swimmer and violinist Dawnette Yeo Yi Lin, to the applause of the audience.
The crowd was also excited to see Malaysian singing sensation Yuna making a dramatic entrance in a gold embellished long dress and turban.
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Malaysia kept the gold medals coming at the Asean Para Games on Monday
Malaysia won a total of six gold medals on the first day of the event in athletics at the Asean Para Games on Monday.
- Rio Paralympics bronze medallist Siti Noor Radiah Ismail won the gold medal at the women’s long jump T20 in the first event of the afternoon. She leapt a distance of 4.99m on Monday, falling short of her personal best of 5.20m which she set at the Rio Games. It was a double delight for Malaysia as Nani Shahiera Zahawi took the silver with 4.78m.
- Faridul Masri then won the second gold in the men’s javelin F56, with a throw of 28.86m in his fourth attempt to beat Vietnam’s Trinh Cong Luan comfortably.The Vietnamese managed a throw of 24.2m in his second attempt but failed to do any better in his subsequent throws.
- Debutant Eddy Bernard stole the limelight on Tuesday by winning the men’s long jump T37 (cerebral palsy) with a personal best of 5.76m. It was the second gold for the 16-year-old from Sabah.
- On Monday, he won the 100m with a personal best of 12.45 seconds, and led Malaysia to a 1-2 finish. The Sabahan clocked 12.45 to finish ahead of teammate Jacklon Ganding who finished with 12.48.
Eddy was delighted to have recorded two personal bests in two days. “It has been a memorable outing for me and I believe that I have a bright future in athletics,” said Eddy, whose previous best was 5.71m in the long jump.
- Muhd Afiq Ali Hanafiah delivered gold No. 5 in the men’s 100m T12 (visual impairment). He clocked 11.45 to finish ahead of Thailand’s Chaiya Somdech who clocked 11.77.
- Olympian Hemala Devi won her second Asean Para Games gold on Tuesday and will be gunning for her third podium finish on Thursday. On Monday, she won the discus F12 with a throw of 32.46m; and she also hurled the iron ball 10.09m to lift the shot put gold in the F11/F12 category. The visually-impaired athlete, 27, now aims to end with a flourish in the javelin event.
- Shukor Farhan Suliman (pix) clinched gold for Malaysia on the final day of the Asean Para Games cycling track competition at the National Velodrome in Nilai. He clocked 4:06.204 to win the 3km individual pursuit mixed event (C1/C2/C3) on Monday; while Malaysia’s Muhd Nabil Rosli posted 5:03.947 for the silver, and teammate Nur Faizah Aziz got the bronze.
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