Malaysian athletes who won gold at the ongoing Rio Paralympics will be rewarded with an all-new Kia Sportage each, said Naza Corporation Holdings.
Its chairman and CEO SM Nasarudin SM Nasimuddin announced the reward over the weekend, following the victory of Mohd Ridzuan Mohd Puzi and Ziyad Zolkefli.
Besides that, he also announced the gold medallists would each be receiving a residential suit at Trion 888, Equine Park along with the Sportage.
Trion 888, located at Equine Park, Seri Kembangan is being developed by Naza TTDI Sdn Bhd, the property arm of Naza Corporation Holdings.
Priced at RM350,000, the residential suite has a built-up of 450 square feet and has full facilities of a swimming pool, multipurpose room, gymnasium, changing room, lift, laundry facilities and surau.
The development is targeted to be completed by end-2017.
The All-New Sportage is priced at RM121,888 and comes with a five-year warranty with unlimited mileage.
SM Nasarudin, who is in his first year helming the Paralympics Council of Malaysia as its president, said the gold medallists not only inspire other athletes but all Malaysians as well.
Ridzuan won the nation’s first ever gold medal at the Paralympics in the men’s T36 100m dash while Ziyad took another gold medal home by winning the men’s F20 shot putt event with a new world record effort, only a few hours after Ridzuan’s gold.
Ridzuan’s time of 12.07 broke the Paralympic record of 12.25 held by Ukraine’s Roman Pavlyk since the 2008 Paralympics in Beijing, while Ziyad hurled a distance of 16.84m to break the world record of 16.59 held by Australian Todd Hodgetts since 2007 and improve on the bronze he won at the previous Paralympics in London four years ago.
The next day, long jumper Abdul Latif Romly delivered the country’s third gold, breaking his own world record three times in the T20 long jump event.
Latif fouled his first jump but immediately broke the world record on his second attempt with a leap of 7.47 metres, surpassing the former 7.35m record he achieved at the World Championships in Doha last year as well as the Paralympic record of 7.25m set by Jose Antonio Exposito Pineiro from Spain in 2012.
He then beat the record again on his third attempt, jumping 7.54m on his third attempt and yet again on his fifth jump at 7.60m.