Kuala Lumpur is bidding to host the 2009 International Paralympics Council (IPC) world general assembly and the decision will be made Thursday.
Malaysian Paralymic Council (MPC) president Datuk Zainal Abu Zarin said they hoped to bring in over 200 member nations sports bodies and regional bodies to Malaysia next year if the country won the bid.
“That’s what we aspire to be (the host for the world general assembly). That’s good for Malaysian tourism,” he said when met at the Paralympics Family Hotel here.
Zainal is also Asian Paralympic Committee president and International Paralympic Committee (IPC) governing board member.
“Originally, there were five countries bidding. Now only the two of us – Malaysia and Denmark – are bidding,” Malaysian Paralymic Council (MPC) president Datuk Zainal Abu ZarinMalaysian Paralymic Council (MPC) president Datuk Zainal Abu Zarin added.
The last world general assembly was held in South Korea and the year before that, it was held in Beijing.
Zainal said MPC had the ability and experience to deliver as it had been organisers for numerous international competitions, championships and sports seminars in the past 10 years.
“In sports, we have organised more than 10 international sports championships,” he said, citing the KL 2006 Fespic Games (Far East and South Pacific Games) for the disabled as an example.
He said Malaysia also had the facilities – for instance KLCC Convention Centre and others – to accommodate the event.
“Besides, we can offer our warmth and Malaysian hospitality too,” he said.