On-going Rio 2016 Paralympic Games and 15th anniversary of 911


Rio 2016 Summer Paralympic Games is currently on-going in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The biggest international multi-sport event for athletes with disabilities is now in its 15th edition and will run in Rio from 7th September to 18th September 2016. It is held days after the conclusion of the Rio 2016 Summer Olympic Games. While the biggest focus still remains on the Olympics, we should also give some attention to Paralympics where the disabled athletes across the world also did their very best in sports on international stage.

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I’m delighted to hear the news this morning that my country, Malaysia has won two gold medals in the games. Malaysia has never win any gold medal before in Paralympic Games and in Rio 2016, the nation created history by not only winning one, but two golds! Fantastic performances by our winning athletes, Ridzuan and Ziyad. A huge congratulation to them for making the country proud! Unfortunately, we couldn’t see the similar achievement in the concluded Rio 2016 Olympics as our national Olympic athletes were so close to the gold but still couldn’t get it. We have still not won any gold medal before in Olympics. Let’s hope we can accomplish that in Tokyo 2020 then.

Today marks the 15th anniversary of 911 tragedy. Look at the date today and you will be reminded by the unforgettable tragedy that shocked the whole world. On this day exactly 15 years ago, United States was under terrorist attacks with their famous World Trade Center twin towers in New York City collapsed after being hit by hijacked plane respectively on early morning of 11th September 2001. The Pentagon was also being hit by plane and another hijacked plane was brought down from completing the mission of hitting another US landmark.

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15 years have passed and life has to move on. The new One World Trade Center is now standing high on the former Ground Zero site as the country’s current tallest building at 541 metres. The Memorial Park and Museum in remembrance of that tragedy are also present. In the remaining sites, development is on-going for more towers to be built. In conclusion, I sincerely wish for no more violence or terrorism not only in US but also in all parts of the world especially in recent time when we are all having headache from the IS threats. There is no place in the world for extremism.

(Images in this post are from various sources throughout the world wide web)

 

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