Malaysian national hurdler gets more than a pair of shoes

Mohanjit Kuckreja to sponsor Rayzam spike shoes, track shoes and apparel for a year

Mohanjit, Rayzam (centre) and brand manager Allan Netto sharing a light moment at Kuckreja Sdn Bhd. The spike Mohanjit is holding was made for athletes in the 1940s. – Photo courtesy of Haresh Deol blog

Malaysian SEA Games gold medalist and national 110m hurdler Rayzam Shah Wan Sofian finally lands a sponsor, thanks to Segambut-based Kuckreja Sdn Bhd.

The man behind the company, Mohanjit Kuckreja, has offered to sponsor Rayzam spike shoes, track shoes and apparel for a year.

The story was captured by Malaysian journalist Haresh Deol who blogged on the deal. In a way, Harsh had also brokered the deal when he first highlighted Rayzam’s plight of marshaling in the world of sports without a sponsor.

Haresh writes:

A man of a few words, Mohanjit who is an avid hiker said: “There’s money (spent) for other things but not for a national athlete? That’s sad…..When the underprivileged does not get the attention he or she deserves, then we must help him or her.”

Rayzam was elated with his new sponsorship deal.

“I am so grateful to Kuckreja for sponsoring me. The last time I received sponsorship was in 2013 (Mizuno). No one reached out ever since up until today,” said the 30-year-old Sabahan who is based in Kota Kinabalu.

Rayzam said the sponsorship deal will spur him to do well as he leaves for Jakarta this Friday ahead of the pre-Asian Games meet.

Rayzam would don his sponsors contribution when he participates in the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games and Asian Games in Indonesia – his two biggest assignments of the year.

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