KUALA LUMPUR, March 6 (Bernama) -- The setting up of the Paralympic Sports Excellence Centre will provide a platform for athletes involved in Paralympic sports at all levels, including grassroots.
Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin said in conjunction with the opening of the centre, the Ministry of Sports had launched the 'Inspire Programme' to encourage more paralympic athletes to participate.
"The 'Inspire Programme' will be a platform that can provide a wider base for people with disability to be involved in sports and recreation. People with disability will be encouraged to participate in camps organised at 119 districts throughout the country.
"Thirty athletes will be picked from each district to attend a two-day camp called iTalent. The objective is to identify 1,400 athletes to attend a week long iTrain camp, which will be held in every state," he told reporters after the opening ceremony of the centre in Kampung Pandan, here today.
The Paralympic Sports Excellence Centre was opened by the Malaysian Paralympic Council (MPC) Patron Tun Jeanne Abdullah, the wife of former Prime Minister Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi who was also in attendance and National Sports Institute (ISN) chief executive officer Datuk Dr Ramlan Abdul Aziz.....