SEPANG – The country’s iconic sportsman Muhammad Muqharabbin Mokhtaruddin today left for France to embark on an exploration mission to the South Pole’s landmark zero degree point to qualify as the first Grand Slam Explorer among Malaysians.
Speaking to reporters before departing at KL International Airport (KLIA) here, Muhammad Muqharabbin, or Qobin, 36, said he fervently hoped for the prayers of all Malaysians for the nine-day mission.
Muhammad Muqharabbin said that he was confident with the prayers and his experience, the mission to be a Grand Slam Explorer organised by the Seven Continent Exploration Club (KE7B) could be realised in time despite the extreme cold weather.
“In addition to thanking the government for fully supporting this expedition, I am counting on the prayers and support of all Malaysians so that the mission can be successfully completed.
“If successful, I will be the first Malaysian, the second Southeast Asian and the third Muslim, besides the first 70 individuals to end the mission recognised by the exploration body as the Grand Slam Exploration,” he said.
Muhammad Muqharabbin said from France, he would go to Punta Arenas, Chile and to Union Glacier, Antarctica on a helicopter to the one degree point before starting a ski expedition to the zero point of the South Pole, a distance of 120 km, starting December 19.
The recognition as Grand Slam Explorer is awarded when one finishes climbing seven highest peaks in seven continents in the world, as well as exploring the North Pole and the South Pole.
Previously, Muhammad Muqharabbin succeeded in two missions which were among the conditions, namely, conquering the world’s seven highest peaks in seven continents (2004-2010) and skiing in the Arctic on April 2017. – BERNAMA