SERDANG, 25 July – Four Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) students have been selected to represent Malaysia in the London Olympic Games 2012. They are Cheng Chu Sian for archery, Leong Mun Yee and Cheong Jun Hoong, both of them for diving and Yu Peang Kean (fencing).
Of the 28 Malaysian Olympians now in London, there are eight representatives from the various Malaysian institutions of higher learning, with UPM having the highest number from a single IPT.
Peang Kean is a student of the Faculty of Educational Studies, and the other three are from the Faculty of Modern Languages and Communication.
UPM Vice Chancellor, Dato’ Ir. Dr. Radin Umar Radin Sohadi hopes that these UPM students will be medal winners or at least set new national records at the London Olympics 2012.
“I would like to wish all the best to the UPM athletes who left for London yesterday. I hope they will distinguish themselves in the events they are competing,” he said.
Earlier, Deputy Minister of Youth and Sports, Datuk Razali Ibrahim said it is a positive development that almost 30 percent of the current Malaysian Olympians come from Institutions of Higher Learning and have qualified to go to the London Olympic Games 2012 based on merit, thus showing that the government's objective to produce “Thinking Athletes” has been achieved.
“I hope that IPT athletes who will compete in the Olympic Games will do their utmost to bring honour to the country,” he said at the close of the Malaysian Inter-university Championships (MASUM) phase 2 here at Universiti Tun Hussein Onn Malaysia (UTHM), with the team from UiTM emerging the overall champions with 12 gold while UPM were runners-up with seven gold and Universiti Tun Hussein Onn Malaysia third with four gold.
News prepared by Khairul Anuar Muhamad Noh, 03-89467469
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