05/06/2024 07:09 PM

KUALA LUMPUR, June 5 (Bernama) -- Ten athletes, comprising five men and five women, have been nominated for the National Sportsman and Sportswoman Awards during the 2023 National Sports Awards to be held on June 13.

The selection of the candidates will be done by a Selection Committee chaired by the Ministry of Youth and Sports’ Secretary General Dr K. Nagulendran, said the National Sports Council’s public relations unit in a statement today.

National men’s squash ace Ng Eain Yow heads the list for the National Sportsman Award which includes Mohd Qabil Ambak Mahamad Fathil (equestrian), Datuk Mohd Syarul Azman Mahen Abdullah (body building), Muhammad Arif Afifuddin Ab Malik (karate) and Muhamad Rafiq Ismail (tenping bowling).

The country’s top women squash player S. Sivasangari is the front runner for the National Sportswoman Award while others in the list include Natasha Mohamed Roslan (tenpin bowling), Nur Amisha Azrilrizal (muay thai), Nur Syazrin Mohamad Latif (sailing) and Nurul Alyani Jamil (lawn bowls).

The para sports category will also see 10 athletes nominated, five each for the National Paralympic Sportsman and another five for the Sportswoman awards.

National Paralympic shot putter Muhammad Ziyad Zolkefli heads the list for the National Paralympic Sportsman award which includes Datuk Abdul Latif Romly (athletics), Muhammad Ammar Aiman Nor Azmi (athletics), Bonnie Bunyau Gustin (powerlifting) and Muhammad Nur Syaiful Zulkafli (swimming).

Leading the National Paralympic Sportswoman Award list is Nur Azlia Syafina Mohd Zais from Para Cycling, Nur Suraiya Muhamad Zamri (para cycling), Noor Askuzaimey Mat Salim and Angeline Melissa Anak Lawas from boccia and Jariah Zakaria (para lawn bowls).

Other awards to be presented during the National Sports Awards ceremony include National Men’s and Women’s Team Awards, National Men’s and Women’s Coach Awards, Sports Icon, Sports Leadership and Special Award.

The National Sportsman and Sportswoman as well as the National Paralympic Sportsman and Sportswoman award winners will walk away with RM20,000 cash, trophy and certificate.

The National Sports Awards that was introduced in 1966 offers the highest recognition and appreciation to athletes, coaches, officials who excelled in their respective sports.




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