Muhammad Diroy Bin Noordin was a last minute addition to Team Singapore’s delegation to the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games but the javelin and shot put athlete has made the most of the unexpected opportunity.
After the International Paralympic Committee barred Russian athletes, Singapore was granted an extra slot in athletics in which Diroy was selected for the Men's Shot Put F40 and Men’s Javelin F41 events.
TeamSG shot put athletes Muhammad Diroy in action in the Men's Shot Put F40 event. Photo: Sport Singapore
Diroy had actually met the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games 'A' qualification mark in the Men’s Shot Put F40 event when he threw 7.78m at the 4th China Open Athletics Championships in April. But with Singapore initially having just one male slot, which was taken up by long jumper Suhairi Suhani, he was at first left out.
Although Diroy was not able to reach his personal best in either of his competitions, a best throw of 7.29 in Friday’s shot put earned him 9th place, the 24-year-old learnt some valuable lessons.
“I felt very nervous. This was my first time and I need to train more and improve so that I can do well next time,” he said, “The crowd made me feel nervous. But I tried my best.”
“I am still learning and I need to keep improving and entering competition and to be more graceful and comfortable,” he added.
Away from the track and field, Diroy has also had the valuable experience of meeting with athletes from around the world.
“It is very enjoyable, everyone is so nice and say hello when they see you. It has been a very nice experience.”
“In the village, you can meet people from all over the world and it is a very important experience, it is so nice to be able to do that. For me it has been amazing to meet people from so many different countries, different sports and different disabilities,” he said.
Catch up with Diroy as he shares how he picked up javelin and shot put.
Diroy has also been keen to make sure he sees as much of the Paralympics as possible.
“As for the Singapore contingent, the swimmers have won a lot of medals and done so well. All the Team Singapore athletes really support one other in each competition. We have made friends and I have got to know the officials much better,” he said.
Diroy isn’t yet sure of his next steps in terms of competition but says regardless of his schedule, lots of training is on the agenda.
“I am going to train more, give more and I will do better. It keeps me healthy and fit and being healthy is the most important thing.”
And like many here in Rio, Diroy also has half an eye already on four years down the road.
“I can’t say for sure that I will be there but I would like to be in Tokyo,” he said with a smile.
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