Math teacher aims to score gold

New Straits Times - - Sport -

BAM pres­i­dent Datuk Seri Norza Zakaria is con­fi­dent the na­tional bad­minton squad will de­liver at least four gold medals at the Kuala Lumpur Asean Para Games (KL2017) next week.

Norza, who met the squad yes­ter­day at the Ax­i­ata Arena in Bukit Jalil, said: “When I took over as pres­i­dent in April, one of my first moves was to form the para bad­minton com­mit­tee be­cause as we know, bad­minton will also be mak­ing its de­but at the 2020 Par­a­lymics in Tokyo.

“Prior to that, there wasn’t any proper man­age­ment so we have to pre­pare our­selves from now if we want to come good in the next cou­ple of years.

“At the Asean Para Games this year, Malaysia will be com­pet­ing in 13 out of 14 events and I am con­fi­dent that the team will be able to de­liver at least four gold medals.”

A to­tal of 26 play­ers will take part in this year’s edi­tion.

At the 2015 Sin­ga­pore Games, Malaysia won two gold medals, four sil­ver and five bronzes.

One of Malaysia’s key shut­tlers this year is reign­ing world cham­pion Didin Tare­soh, who will com­pete in the men’s sin­gles SS6 cat­e­gory.

Didin, 42, said: “I am al­ready con­sid­ered a vet­eran, but I have trained re­ally hard for this and I want to do well. You can say that after the 2020 Par­a­lympics, I will call it a day.

“I only picked up the sport in 2015. I have since been train­ing with able bod­ied ath­letes in Sabah,” said the math­e­mat­ics teacher from Seko­lah Ke­bangsaan Bongkud Ranau. Fabian Peter

I am al­ready con­sid­ered a vet­eran, but I have trained re­ally hard for this and I want to do well.

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