YH Dato’ Sri Megat D. Shahriman bin Dato’ Zaharudin, Paralympics – Malaysia’s Chef de Mission (CDM) and President of the Paralympic Council of Malaysia (PCM), announced in a virtual press conference, held on 12 August 2021 that a total of 54 contingent members will be proudly representing Malaysia at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games. For the first time, the CDM also proudly announced the support of NEUTROVIS, Julie’s Biscuits, Bata Shoes, MILO as well as 6 other sponsors who joined hands to support the Malaysian Para Team for Tokyo 2020 Games. The prestigious games held once every 4 years, after the delays from the pandemic last year, will now officially be held on 24th August 2021 to 5th September 2021. The 22 qualified athletes of the Malaysian Para Team, representing 32 indoor events in 9 sports disciplines will be departing in groups from KLIA on the 19th of August 2021.
The press conference, which was organized and hosted by the Paralympic Council of Malaysia (PCM) was well attended by about 100 invitees, including the Guest of Honour, Deputy Minister of Youth & Sports (KBS), YB Senator Tuan Wan Ahmad Fayhsal Bin Wan Ahmad Kamal; VIPs – Malaysia’s Chef de Mission (CDM) and President of the Paralympic Council of Malaysia (PCM), YH Dato’ Sri Megat D. Shahriman bin Dato’ Zaharudin; Secretary General of the Ministry of Youth & Sports (KBS), YBhg Datuk M. Noor Azman bin Taib; Director General of the National Youth & Sports Dept (JBSN), YBhg Dato’ Dr Wasitah binti Mohd Yusof; Director General of the National Sports Council (MSN), YBhg Dato’ Shapawi bin Ismail; Deputy Director General (Strategic) of the National Sports Council (MSN), YBrs Suhardi Alias; Chief Executive Officer of the National Sports Institute (ISN), YBrs En. Ahmad Faedzal; Secretary General of the Paralympic Council of Malaysia (PCM), YBhg First Admiral Dato’ Subramaniam Raman Nair, representatives of the athletes of the Malaysian Para Team; sponsors & partners, and members of the press & media.
The main highlight of the most-anticipated event was Malaysia’s Chef de Mission for the Tokyo Paralympic Games, YH Dato’ Sri Megat D. Shahriman bin Dato’ Zaharudin’s official debrief to the Deputy Minister of Youth & Sports (KBS), YB Senator Tuan Wan Ahmad Fayhsal Bin Wan Ahmad Kamal all about Malaysia’s Mission to the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games and its overall national contingent members. He also reminded all members of the contingent to be safe and healthy, especially during the rise of the delta variant for Covid-19. YB Senator Wan Ahmad Fayhsal in his speech expressed confidence that the Malaysian athletes are able to take on the challenges given by bringing the spirit of Demi Malaysia to bring home the gold medal, matching the achievements that have been achieved during the Rio 2016 Paralympic. The success achieved in 2016 was also a historic moment and a starting point Malaysia in proving the hard work of all parties involved for elevating the sports of the countries in the eyes of the world has borne fruit since its appearance the country’s first in 1972 in Germany. He is also optimistic through the targets set for the athletes in powerlifting, badminton, and archery categories. The Malaysia Para Team is not only capable of returning to Malaysia with gold medals, but also hopes to increase in the medal tally at the games.
During the session, the press conference also made an announcement of their commitment to a Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) program, the “Mask On, Spread Hope” campaign, in partnership with NEUTROVIS, to promote global diversity and harmony. The virtual event also proudly marks PCM’s historic campaign of their prestigious announcement of 10 major sponsors and partners for the support of the athletes with disabilities (OKU).
According to PCM Secretary General, First Admiral Dato’ Subramaniam Raman Nair, the Malaysian Paralympic historic mission is proud to secure 10 major sponsors and partners who have committed to support the athletes with disabilities (OKU) for the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games. During the virtual event, PCM was proud to reveal their official sponsors that have shown their support by providing materials that benefit the contingent:
- NEUTROVIS – sponsored 45,000 units of medical premium medical face masks
- Julie’s Biscuits – sponsored various types of biscuits and nutritional snacks
- Bata Shoes – sponsored 100 pairs of sports shoes designed exclusively for the Malaysia Para Team
- MILO – sponsored nutritious chocolate malt drinks that invigorates athletes, MILO face mask, as well as other Nestle products
- Groove Grocer, Fleuri Flowers and Inspired Fieraz Enterprise – sponsored batik uniform and face mask set, designed by Mr. Fieraz
- Prima Niaga – sponsored AFTERSHOKZ Bluetooth
- Fine Strategy, Consulting Company – will be providing their support for CdM
- FWD – provided the support of the Paralympic Athlete Development Program during the period 2020 – 2021 worth RM 5 million
- National Sports Institute (ISN) – sponsored ISN NUTRIMAS branded “Ready-to-Eat Meals”
In the mean time, while the para-athletes strive to obtain excellence in their respective sports, they intend to spread a message of hope through their CSR campaign, “Mask On, Spread Hope”, to remind everyone to continue fighting the pandemic as there is no obstacle too big to overcome. The COVID-19 pandemic has created healthcare challenges worldwide, for all groups of the society. Persons with disabilities, who need to manage their own disability challenges are now required to observe extra precautionary preventive measures to keep themselves protected from being infected. These Paralympic Athletes play a vital task in being role models for the 15% of our population who are categorized as persons with disability (OKU).
In this regard, limited edition PCM / Tokyo 2020 Paralympic, “Mask On, Spread Hope,” themed t-shirts will be available for sale, where all proceeds will be directed towards the national para-athletes. From 12th August to 5th September 2021, the t-shirts will be made available for purchase at https://www.neutrovis.com/. Hence, PCM and NEUTROVIS invites Malaysia to show their support by cheering our national athletes at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games.