CHENG Zhee Long (pic), whose doctors told him he won’t live to see his 21st birthday, is now aiming to compete in the marathon at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, reported Sin Chew Daily.
He has cerebral palsy which hindered his ability to speak and walk until he was four years old. The doctors told his parents that he would not live past 21.
However, Cheng is now 32 years old and a marathon runner, and has broken records in Taiwan’s Soochow International Ultra-marathon race.
Cheng, who has a wife and daughter, announced that he intends to compete in the 2020 Olympics, adding that he will apply to the Olympic Council of Malaysia once he has met the requirements.
“Due to safety reasons, a lot of marathon organisers do not encourage persons with a disability to compete, but I would like to show that we are capable of fulfilling our dreams too,” said Cheng who was born in Simpang Renggam, Johor.