Malaysia's Para Athletes Gear Up for Paris 2024 Paralympics Qualification
BY: Michelle Liew
The Malaysian Para Athletics Association (MPAA) is leaving no stone unturned in its efforts to support and guide national paralympic champions Mohamad Ridzuan Mohamad Puzi and Muhammad Ammar Aiman Nor Azmi as they embark on their journey to secure a place at the prestigious Paris 2024 Paralympic Games. MPAA President Mohd. Zarrawi Abdullah expressed unwavering commitment to assisting the athletes in achieving their dreams and outlined the upcoming crucial steps in their qualification process.
Mohd. Zarrawi revealed that both athletes would be participating in two significant tournaments to enhance their chances of qualifying for the Paris 2024 Paralympic Games. The Grand Prix 15 Fazza in Dubai, UAE, scheduled for February 15 next year, serves as the initial battleground for the athletes to secure top 10 positions. Subsequently, their focus will shift to the 2024 World Para Athletics Championships in Kobe, Japan, taking place in May.
The president stressed the importance of hard work and consistent outstanding performance for the athletes to fulfill their Olympic aspirations. To qualify on merit for Paris 2024, both Ridzuan and Ammar must achieve a top 10 position in the UAE and then clinch gold or silver medals in Japan. This challenging path underscores the dedication required by the athletes to represent Malaysia on the global Paralympic stage.
Zarrawi emphasized that this is the final opportunity for national athletes to qualify for the Paris 2024 Paralympic Games. The competitive landscape demands nothing less than stellar performances in both tournaments. The urgency of this situation adds pressure but also serves as a motivating factor for Ridzuan and Ammar to elevate their game and secure their places among the elite para-athletes at the pinnacle event.
Datuk Abdul Latif Romly, the national long jump champion, has already secured his spot in the 2024 Paralympic Games by winning the T20 (intellectual disability) category at the 2023 World Para Athletics Championships in Paris last July. This achievement places Abdul Latif alongside Muhammad Ziyad Zolkefli, who earned a silver medal in the shot put event in the F20 category (intellectual disability) at the same tournament.
The Malaysian Para Athletics Association's proactive approach and steadfast support for its athletes underscore the nation's commitment to excellence in para sports. As Mohamad Ridzuan Mohamad Puzi and Muhammad Ammar Aiman Nor Azmi gear up for the upcoming tournaments in Dubai and Japan, the entire nation awaits with anticipation, hoping for their successful qualification for the Paris 2024 Paralympic Games. The journey to Paris is not just a personal quest for the athletes but a testament to the resilience and determination of the Malaysian para-athletic community.