KUCHING: The Sarawak government has awarded financial incentives totalling RM557,000 to 51 national athletes for their sterling performances at the recent Kuala Lumpur Sea Games and Asean Para Games.
The state’s medal winners made a significant contribution to the national contingent, delivering 81 medals including 23 gold to help Malaysia emerge champion in the 29th Sea Games and runner-up in the Para Games.
Swimmer Welson Sim Wee Sheng, named best male athlete for the 2017 Sea Games, received RM32,000 for his impressive medal haul of two gold, one silver and one bronze.
He also broke the games records in the 200m and 400m freestyle events.
Para athlete Mohd Adib Iqbal, despite not winning any gold medals, took home the second biggest haul for the night with RM29,000 for his feat of two silver and three bronze.
Another paralympic swimmer Anderson Jamba, received RM27,000 for his two gold and one silver, while Fraidden Dawan received RM25,000 for delivering two gold and one bronze.
National diving queen Pandelela Rinong Pamg and wushu exponent Loh Jack Chang each delivered two gold medals to walk home with RM20,000.
Overall, 24 Sarawak athletes contributed medals in the Kuala Lumpur Sea Games and 27 in the Para Games.
The national contingent emerged overall winners in the Sea Games with an impressive medal haul of 145 gold, 92 silver and 86 bronze medals, the most Malaysia has won in the history of the biennial competition.
Malaysia finished second in the Para Games after winning 90 gold, 85 silver and 84 bronze.
The state rewarded the same amount to both able and disabled athletes with RM10,000 for a gold medal, RM7,000 for silver and RM5,000 for bronze.
Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg presented the incentives to the athletes.
Also present was Tourism, Arts, Culture, Youth and Sports Minister Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah.
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