Kuala Lumpur: Malaysia’s Cheah Liek Hou, who is currently ranked World No. 2 in the SU5 category (impairment in the upper body), is determined to make history by becoming the first Malaysian badminton player to win gold at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games.
On Tuesday, the 33-year-old received good news from the Badminton World Federation (BWF) confirming that he was qualified to compete in the Tokyo Paralympics for the SU5 category.
“Finally I am an Olympian. Qualified for upcoming Tokyo Paralympic Games in single event. Next target for me is to create a history to win the first gold for Malaysia in badminton event. 💪🇲🇾🏆,” said Cheah on his Facebook page.
Cheah also uploaded an official letter from the President of the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) announcing his eligibility to compete in Tokyo.
Cheah was born with Erb’s palsy (where the nerves of his upper arm were damaged at birth). He has a paralyzed right shoulder, and he cannot lift his arm above his shoulders. He is currently being coached by Malaysia’s former national men’s singles coach, Rashid Sidek.
Despite being born with the impairment, he has been in a red-hot run of form this season by winning the 2021 Dubai Para-Badminton International on April 4, and the Spanish Para-Badminton International on May 16, 2021.
Meanwhile, another Malaysian Paralympics badminton player, Didin Taresoh also qualified for Tokyo in the SH6 category (standing/short stature). The Paralympic Games will take place from August 24 to September 5.