FORMER Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin will contest for the President’s post of the Paralympic Council Malaysia when the elections are held on June 29.
In confirming his decision to contest for the position, Khairy said that it was made following the decision by outgoing President SM Nasarudin SM Nasimuddin not to seek re-election.
“ Nasa informed me of his decision not to seek re-election. He has done a great job in turning MPM around. There needs to be continuity with what he has achieved. I offer myself for election and hope I will be given the opportunity to contribute once again to Malaysia sports especially in the paralympic movement which I feel very strongly about” said Khairy when contacted today.
There is no doubt that Khairy was instrumental in elevating para Athletes during his tenure as Sports Minister.
The para Athletes were given the same benefits as able bodied athletes and this spurred them to bag golds at the Rio Olympics.
The three gold medallists were Ridzuan Puzi (men’s T36 100m); Ziyad Zolkefli (men’s F20 shot putt); and Abdul Latif Romly (men’s T20 long jump).
Khairy’s foray into a national body is nothing new as he was once the Deputy President of the Football Association of Malaysia and Chairman of the Malaysian Super League.
He paved the way for Harimau Muda to participate in the M League and increased the image of MSL with astute ability to rope in new sponsors.
He is also the man behind the formation of the National Football Development Program.
The Rembau MP is a dynamic personality and is the right candidate to propel PCM to greater heights.
The nominations for the positions closes today.