KUALA LUMPUR, March 1 (Bernama) -- Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad today gave a pep talk to the Malaysian contingent bound for the Chan Hun International Taekwondo Federation (CHITF) Championships in Melbourne.
The Prime Minister said he hoped that the contingent would be able to keep the Malaysian flag flying high during the event, scheduled for March 9 and 10 in the Australian city.
“We know a lot of Malaysians have established records in many activities in the world. We know how Malaysians have sailed solo around the world, we know of Malaysians who have walked on Antarctica, and of many other achievements by Malaysians.
“This is something that we are looking forward to because it establishes yourself as good sportsmen. Then, I think, people will show a lot of respect for this country,” he said when handing over the Malaysian flag, Jalur Gemilang, to the contingent, here.
Dr Mahathir said Malaysia was now in a position to compete in world events, and he hoped that the upcoming taekwondo competition would bring success to the country.
The Malaysian contingent has 42 participants comprising adults, students below 13 years of age, veterans and 12 special needs children.
Youth and Sports Minister Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman and CHITF Malaysia president Master Mohd Khaldun Mohd Redza were also present at the function.
Syed Saddiq said it would be good exposure for the participants as they are representing the country in a world event.
“We want to ensure that taekwondo moves forward and becomes an inclusive sport because prior to this there was no category for special needs people,” he said and expressed the hope that the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) would, in the future, have special needs people on the IPC.
Canada, France and Russia are some of the countries participating in the CHITF meet.