It gives us immense pleasure to say that our Malaysian athletes have committed themselves not only to the pursuit of sporting achievement, but have also given their all to bring honour to their country. Throughout their remarkable careers, they have overcome countless of hurdles to pave their way to international prominence.
Recently, two Malaysian athletes have made us proud by making headlines in the sports field. Nauraj Singh Randhawa is flying high after he sets a new Malaysian national indoor high jump record at the Hvezdy v Nehvizdech athletics meeting in the Czech Republic.
This time around, the sports enthusiast managed to clear 2.27m, the same as Thomas Carmoy of Belgium, but finished second on a countback.
In February last year, Nauraj reset his own indoor national record at the Indoor Track and Field Vienna championship. The Johorean last competed at the Sydney Track Classic (outdoor) on Feb 22, 2019, before the pandemic halted causing a hiatus in international sporting calendars.
With this great accomplishment, he became the first track and field athlete to qualify for the Olympics without a wild card since Lee Hup Wei, Roslinda Samsu, and Yuan Yufang qualified by merit at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
In addition, Penang born Kayal Vhily has made us proud by bagging a bronze medal in the 50metres women’s compound qualifying round, at the Circuit 1 National Archery Championship 2022, in Bangi, Selangor. She has certainly never allowed any hurdles to get in the way of achieving her dreams.
Way to go, girl!
Congratulations to both athletes who have brought glory to our nation!