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Published: Wednesday March 26, 2014 MYT 9:06:00 PM
Updated: Wednesday March 26, 2014 MYT 9:13:42 PM

SEA and Para Games athletes get rewarded

KUALA LUMPUR: National diver Ooi Tze Liang and national para games runner Nasharuddin Mohamad were the biggest gainers from the Athletes Incentive Scheme for the SEA Games and Asean Para Games when they took home RM40,000 and RM43,000 respectively.

Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin on Wednesday presented the incentives to all athletes who achieved outstanding performances at the two multi-sports events in Myanmar last year.

Under the incentive, each athlete receives RM20,000 for their first gold medal and RM10,000 for the following gold medals. Athletes who break meet records receive an additional RM1,000.

Tze Liang won three gold medals in the individual 3m springboard, 3m springboard synchro and 10m platform synchro events. Nasharuddin also won three gold medals - for the men’s 100m, 200m and 400m in the T20 category. The latter also broke three meet records in the process.

“I am very happy to receive this incentive. I will continue working hard to improve my performances. My aim for this year is to do well at the Commonwealth and Asian Games. I am confident of returning home with gold medals,” said Ooi.

In all, 84 Myanmar SEA Games athletes received RM985,000 in incentive, while 36 Asean Para Games athletes received RM858,000, for a grand total of RM1.8mil.

“We are glad that the Malaysian contingent to the SEA Games exceeded their target of 40 gold medals which was initially set by the National Sports Council (NSC). They took home a total of 43 gold, 38 silvers and 76 bronzes, ranking fifth in the overall standings,” said Khairy.

He added that the para athletes also did not disappoint when they took home 50 gold, 49 silver and 40 bronze medals. They too met the NSC target, and ranked third in the overall standings.

Khairy reminded athletes that the level of competition at the Commonwealth and Asian Games this year will be higher, urging them to increase their efforts in training for better results at these meets.

Tags / Keywords: Ooi Tze Liang, youth, sport, minister, SEA Games, para games, Khairy Jamaluddin, Nasharuddin Mohamad


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