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Malaysian Paralympic athletes receive warm welcome home from Tokyo Games

SEPANG, Sept 6 — The ultimate batch of Malaysian athletes from the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games obtained a warm welcome upon their arrival on the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) right here, this afternoon.

Youth and Sports Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Faizal Azumu was amongst these current to welcome the group, in accordance with the set customary working procedures (SOP).

The Malaysia Airlines flight MH 0071 carrying the athletes and officers took off from Narita International Airport at about 10.45am, and landed at KLIA at 4.45pm.

Gold medalists Abdul Latif Romly (T20 (mental impairment) males’s lengthy leap) and Cheah Liek Hou (SU5 (bodily impairment) males’s singles badminton) had been amongst those that returned as we speak.

Also current within the group had been Chef de Mission Datuk Seri Megat D Shahriman Zaharuddin, nationwide para-athletics head coach R. Jaganathan, T36 males’s 100m sprinter Mohamad Ridzuan Mohamad Puzi, badminton coach Datuk Rashid Sidek and lengthy leap coach Mohd Syahrul Amri Suhaimi.

After going by means of Immigration and Customs, the group underwent Covid-19 checks earlier than they had been greeted with shouts of ‘Demi Malaysia’ within the arrival corridor.

After spending a couple of minutes in a short press convention, they sanitised their baggage and proceeded to a lodge for the necessary 14-day quarantine course of.

The three gold and two silver medals on the Paralympics is Malaysia’s greatest achievement since collaborating within the first version of the Games in 1972 in Heidelberg, Germany, surpassing the achievement of three gold and one bronze in Rio 2016.

Apart from Abdul Latif and Liek Hou, nationwide bodybuilder Bonnie Bunyau Gustin gained gold within the powerlifting occasion (72kg class), whereas the 2 silver medals had been contributed by Jong Yee Khie (powerlifting 107kg) and bocce athlete Chew Wei Lun within the BC1 combined particular person occasion. — eNM

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