Jeremy Koo (right), seen here skippering his team during the Malaysian Match Racing Championship in Terengganu in 2009, is grateful to the Sime Darby Foundation for their sponsorship.
PETALING JAYA: Top national match racer Jeremy Koo and his sailing team, who have been struggling for financial backing in preparation for their Incheon Asian Games, can breathe easy now.
Yayasan Sime Darby (YSD) have come to their rescue by pledging RM490,000 per annum to back his Koo Racing Team. This funding will help them to take part in at least 16 competitions across Asia.
As part of the sponsorship deal, the team will now be known as the Sime Darby Foundation–Koo Racing Team (SDF-KRT).
Team skipper Jeremy said: “With YSD’s funding, the team can now focus fully on the competitions instead of trying to raise funds.
“We are truly grateful to YSD for coming on board as our main sponsor.
“We will not only be able to compete in local and international regattas but also race against higher-ranked teams, giving us much needed exposure and creating tests of skills for the team.
“This will help in our pursuit of the gold medal in the Asian Games in September.”
The 33-year-old four-time Monsoon Cupper is enjoying his career best ranking of 38th – a big jump in just five months, given he started the 2014 season as world No. 133.
Next on the schedule for the SDF-KRT team is the Third Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries Cup Match Racing in Yeosu, South Korea, from June 12-15.
“YSD encourage the nation’s top sporting talents to further excel in their respective fields and bring pride to the nation with their accomplishments,” said YSD chief executive officer Yatela Zainal Abidin.
“Our support for Jeremy and his team will, hopefully, further boost their performance and rankings in the international arena of sailing.”