A TOTAL of 76 athletes and 50 team officials to the 17th Malaysia Games (Sukma) in Perlis received RM138,000 in cash incentives from Kedah Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Mukhriz Mahathir during a luncheon held at a leading hotel in Alor Setar.
The incentives were for winning 15 gold, 17 silver and 23 bronze medals in 10 of the 23 events competed by the athletes.
This was one of Kedah’s worst performances coming in the wake of their best ever pickings of 39 gold, 20 silver and 31 bronze when the games were held in Malacca in 2010.
This was a drastic drop since winning 23 gold, 19 silver and 23 bronze in 2012 when the games were held in Kuantan.
The weightlifters were again the major contributors to Kedah’s total with four gold, four silver and three bronze medals while track and field, cycling, pencak silat and 10-pin bowling contributed two gold medals each with sailing, archery and squash getting one gold medal each.
Cyclist Siti Fatimah Ismail with her two gold, one silver and a bronze medal was the top cash winner with RM6,250 followed by weightlifter Nur Aisyah Mahamud, who received RM6,000 for her two gold medals in the 53kg category (clean and jerk, and snatch).
Two other weightlifters Abdul Malek Desa (105kg), Khoo Jian Peng (52kg), athlete Noor Shahidatun Nadia Mohd Zuki (triple jump and long jump) were the next highest bounty winners with RM5,000 each.
A gold medallist, silver medallist and bronze medallist each received RM3,000, RM2,000 and RM1,000 respectively.
In the category involving two athletes, a gold medal was worth RM2,000, silver medal RM1,000 and a bronze medal RM750.
A team with three to six players received RM1,500 for gold, RM750 for silver and RM500 for a bronze medal. A team of seven and more players received RM1,000 each for a gold medal, RM500 each for a silver medal and RM300 each for a bronze medal.
Team officials and coaches also received incentives based on the number of medals won by their respective teams.
Each team manager/coach whose team contributed three or more gold medals received an incentive of RM1,500 each while teams contributing one or two gold medals earned the team officials RM1,000 each while team officials contributing silver or bronze medals received RM500 each.
Weightlifting manager Yusof Ishak expressed his disappointment for his charges not delivering more gold medals after the recent ceremony.
‘We could not match our past performances as we had a new batch of weightlifters. We hope to be among the top contenders in the next games in 2016 in Sarawak.
“We have been Kedah’s main gold medal contributors having won six in 2006, eight in 2008, eleven in 2010 and seven in 2012. It was a bad performance in Perlis compared to recent games.
“In spite of it, we were again able to contribute the most medals with four gold, four silver and three bronze medals which earned our athletes the most cash incentive of RM23,000,” he added.
The gold medal winners are:
Weightlifting: Nur Aisyah Mahamud (two gold), Abdul Malek Desa, Khoo Jian Peng (one each).
Athletics: Noor Shahidatun Nadia Mohd Zuki (triple jump), Mohd Ikmal Ismail, Mohd Syafiq Sobri, Mohd Shahmi Faizal and Syazwan Syafik Rizal (4x400m relay quartet).
Cycling: Siti Fatimah Ismail (cross country), Siti Nur Adibah Akma Mohd Fuad (Team time trial with Siti Fatimah).
Pencak Silat: Mohd Robial Sobri (85-90kg) and Mohammad Ariff Rahim (90-95kg).
Tenpin bowling: Nur Ameera Husna Aznel (all event & mixed doubles) and Ahmad Muaz Mohd Fishol (mixed doubles).
Sailing: Ahmad Latif Khan Ali Sabri Khan (Laser standard).
Archery: Mohd Akmal Khairul Adnan (70m compound).
Squash: Aifa Azman, Aika Azman, Nazihah Hanis Abdul Razak and S. Sivasangari (women’s team).