Pandelela, Nur Dhabitah prove women can make significant contributions to sports in Malaysia

Pandelela (right) and Dhabitah pose with their medals after winning bronze in the 10m platform synchro event at the 19th World Aquatics Championships in Budapest, Hungary. Photo: National Sports Council

KUCHING, July 2: The success of national divers Dato Pandelela Rinong Pamg and Nur Dhabitah Sabri at the FINA 2022 World Aquatics Championships in Budapest, Hungary recently proves that women can also make a significant contribution to the country.

Foundation of Women Community in Sports (FOWCUS) president Datuk Zuraida Kamaruddin hopes that the success of winning medals at the world championship will inspire the Pandelela-Nur Dhabitah pairing to win more medals at other competitions in the future as well as raise the status of women in sports in Malaysia.

Congratulating Pandelela and Nur Dhabitah for winning the bronze medals in the women’s synchronised 10m platform event, Zuraida acknowledged that their success did not come easy, but through sacrifices and relentless effort.

“We admire Pandelela who won two bronze medals in this edition after previously winning it in the 10m individual platform event.

“Pandelela started representing the country at the Olympics at the age of 15 and thanks to her hard work, she managed to create history when she became an Olympic medalist,” she said in a statement today.

Zuraida also noted that the country’s diving icon has grabbed dozens of medals since her first appearance in the international sports stage in 2007 when she was just 14-years-old.

Her outstanding performances were undeniable when she won two medals from the Olympics and seven from the world championships, not including two victories in Hungary.

“We would also like to extend our heartfelt congratulations to another rising female athlete, Nur Dhabitah who was Pandalela’s partner for the event in Budapest, for her inaugural medal in the World Aquatics Championships.

“Good luck to Pandalela, Nur Dhabitah and another national female diving athlete, Ng Yan Yee as well as all our female athletes who are fighting for our beloved country,” she added. — DayakDaily