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by dasheer noh
A day to remember: Mukhriz (seated, centre) posing for a photo with squash champions Aifa (seated, left) and Sivasangari, and the silambam sports team who won the biggest number of medals at the 2013 Sukma in Kuala Lumpur.
IT was payday for Kedah’s medal winners at the XVI Malaysia Games (Sukma), which was held from June 28 to July 7, last year in Kuala Lumpur.
A total of 126 athletes, coaches and officials received cash incentives totalling RM98,500 from Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Mukhriz Mahathir during a hi-tea function at Wisma Darulaman in Kedah on Wednesday.
Also honoured at the function were UK Open junior squash champions Sivasangari Subramaniam (Under-15 champion) and Aifa Azman (Under-13 champion). Both players are from SMK Sultanah Asma, Alor Setar and received RM3,000 each.
The Kedah athletes, who competed in the XVI Sukma games, won 10 gold, five silver and 15 bronze medals.
Team officials and coaches received a total of RM22,500 while the balance went to the athletes.
Silambam sports took the bulk of the incentives with RM33,500 for winning the most number of medals (six gold, two silver and seven bronze).
Prakash Revendran, 20, was the top winner in silambam, pocketing RM5,000 for his gold medal in individual skills exhibition and a silver in the combat category.
Table tennis was the next best team with two gold and two bronze to earn a total cash incentive of RM15,000.
Paddler Mohd Ashraf Haikal Rizal, 19, from Yan was the top earner at the function when he received RM5,500 for winning two individual gold medals and a bronze in the team event at the games.
Each individual medal winner was given RM3,000 for a gold, RM2,000 for a silver and RM1,000 for a bronze medal while a team of two received RM2,000 each for a gold, RM1,000 each for a silver and RM750 each for a bronze.
Members in a team, consisting of three to six athletes, were awarded RM1,500 each for gold, RM750 for silver and RM500 for bronze.
A team with seven or more members received RM1,000 each for a gold medal, RM500 for a silver medal and RM300 for a bronze medal.
Coaches and officials of medal winning teams were also rewarded. A coach and team official of a team winning three of more gold medals received RM1,500 each while a coach and an official of a team contributing one or two gold medals received RM1,000 each. Coaches and officials of teams without a gold medal received RM500 each.
Kedah won medals in silambam, table tennis, judo, muay thai, netball, rugby, women’s futsal, beach volleyball, men’s kabaddi and men’s softball.
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