Articles by Challenges team

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IPC strips Malaysia of right to host 2019 World Para Swimming Championships

The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) on Sunday (27 January) stripped Malaysia of the right to host the 2019 World Para Swimming Championships, which were due to be held in Kuching between 29 July and 4 August. The decision was taken by the IPC Governing Board at its meeting in London, Great Britain, after the Home Ministry of Malaysia failed to provide the necessary guarantees that Israeli Para swimmers could participate, free from discrimination, and safely in the Championships. This includes full compliance with the IPC protocols related to anthems and flags, and where required the provision of relevant visas. Andrew … Continued

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CP FOOTBALL NOT IN PARIS 2024 PARALYMPIC GAMES

Paris 2024 Paralympic Games to feature 22 sports. CP Football is not in. The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) has confirmed that the Paris 2024 Paralympic Games sports programme will remain the same as the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics with 22 sports included. The IPC Governing Board’s decision was taken at a meeting in London recently. The 22 sports that will be included are: athletics, archery, badminton, blind football, boccia, canoe, cycling, equestrian, goalball, judo, powerlifting, rowing, shooting, sitting volleyball, swimming, table tennis, taekwondo, triathlon, wheelchair basketball, wheelchair fencing, wheelchair rugby and wheelchair tennis. CP Football which made the final stage for … Continued

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THE ROAD TO PARIS 2024

  The process to decide the Paris 2024 Paralympic Games sport programme started in November 2017. Originally eight new sports and three sport disciplines applied for inclusion in the Games. In January 2018, six of these applicants – CP Football, golf, karate, Para dance sport, powerchair football and sailing – progressed to Phase Two of the exercise. Between February 2018 and July 2018, the six new and 22 existing Paralympic sports completed and submitted a comprehensive application pack as part of Phase Two. This allowed the IPC to measure the strength and potential of each sport. The pack featured a … Continued

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Wheelmapping in Kuala Lumpur

Hubertus Brockhaus hails from Germany and is an international volunteer for the C4C project under Challenges Foundation. He shares his experience travelling on Malaysia’s public transport system in a wheelchair.   Meeting was at 10 am at the LRT station Taman Jaya. Everybody was waiting for us, because we were late. Again… After a short briefing Misa, Phalla and myself sat down in the three free wheelchairs. I noticed it quickly that my freedom of movement was severely restricted. Just a short walk upstairs to buy something to drink was not possible anymore. Now I have to wait for using … Continued

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Take part in Wheelchair tennis at Dec 9 Carnival 4 Inclusion 2018

Wheelchair tennis is one of the forms of tennis adapted for wheelchair users. In wheelchair tennis as compared to pedestrian tennis, he size of the court, net height, rackets, are the same. The main differences are the athletes use specially designed wheelchairs, and the ball may bounce up to two times, where the second bounce may also occur outside the court. Wheelchair Tennis Malaysia was estalished in 1998 as the Association to develop national and international athletes in competitive wheelchair tennis. The athletes are from Selangor, Kuala Lumpur, Perak,Negeri Sembilan,Melaka and Penang have competed and won medals at Asian and … Continued

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UNITY THROUGH INCLUSIVE SPORTS

PROMOTING INCLUSION THROUGH SPORTS IN CONJUNCTION WITH INTERNATIONAL DAY OF DISABILITY 2018   Join para sportsmen and women at the first ever Carnival 4 Inclusion 2018, which aims to promote parasports to members of the public this coming 9th December 2018 at the Centre for Sport and Exercise Sciences, University of Malaya.   The inaugural event is organised by Challenges Foundation, in collaboration with the University of Malaya to promote parasports to members of the public, also in conjunction with the International Day of Disability 2018 which falls on 3 December 2018.   Commenting on this initiative, Ms Mary Chen, … Continued

Rajvin Kaur Randhawa – living with cerebral palsy.

  Rajvin Kaur was born premature on 24th June, 1985. As such , her lungs were under-developed and she had to be placed in an incubator with oxygen. Soon after birth she developed jaundice. The lack of oxygen to her brain caused cerebral palsy; luckily only the motor centre of the brain was affected while the rest of the brain functioned normally. Rajvin Kaur, a “Miracle Child”.   Rajvin attributed her survival to her parents. Her father, Dr. Pall Singh, was a doctor and as such understood her condition and made every effort to help his physically challenged daughter to … Continued

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THE BIRTH OF MY NEW SELF

  by  Muhamad Ashraf Bin Muhammad Haisham     My name is Muhamad Ashraf. I was born 22 years ago in Pulau Pangkor, Perak. I studied at SMK Batu Sepuluh Setiawan, Perak and was very active in athletics. Every year, I represented my school, district and state in cross country and 1500m events. I aspired to don the national colours and represent Malaysia in athletics. On 12 January 2013, I was involved in a motorcycle accident in Lumut which changed my life. I was hospitalised at the Ipoh General Hospital with what I thought was a minor injury. Unfortunately, doctors … Continued

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Preparatory Camp for Saudi Paralympic Team in Kuala Lumpur

 by Majed Mohammed Alhumaid 26 athletes from the Saudi Paralympic Team will compete in three sports (athletics, powerlifting and wheelchair basketball) in the Asian Para Games in Jakarta, Indonesia (6-13 October 2018). The Saudi national team had been preparing for the competition in Kuala Lumpur from 13 September to 2 October. The athletes came together with their coaches and administrators with the support of the chairman of the General Sports Authority, Turki Al-Alshikh, and the Saudi government. Their preparatory camp in Kuala Lumpur is evidence of the close cooperation between the Saudi Arabian Federation for Sports for Special Needs and … Continued

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Disability Sport Research Centre launched in University Malaya

  by Selina Khoo   The University of Malaya Disability Sport Research Centre was established in April 2018 and launched on 11 July 2018 by YB Senator Puan Bathmavathi Krishnan during the 15th Asian Society for Adapted Physical Education and Exercise Symposium in Kuala Lumpur. The establishment of this research centre is timely as Malaysia is focussed on doing well at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo after the inspiring performances of the Malaysian athletes at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio. It was the first time that the country has won gold medals at the Paralympic Games. Although there … Continued