Selangor ready to defend title

SELANGOR, after almost two years of intensive training, are gunning for their sixth consecutive overall title in Sukma in Alor Star from May 24 to June 4. 

Newly appointed Selangor State Sports Council (MSNS) executive director Mohamed Zubir Idrus said they had reasons to be optimistic about retaining the overall title for the sixth consecutive Games. 

“We started preparation imme- diately after the last Sukma in Negri Sembilan, Based on the feedback from officials, we are ready for the challenge in Alor Star, “ said Mohamed Zubir after the flag handing over ceremony at the Uniten Sports Complex in Bangi recently. 

The Selangorteam in highspirits during theflag handing overceremony inBangi.

Selangor have reigned supreme in the Sukma since 1996. At the last Games in Seremban, Selangor were crowned the overall champions after amassing 56 gold medals, 58 silver medals and 52 bronze medals. 

Prior to the flag-handing ceremony, the Selangor contingent of 418 athletes also attended a three-day motivational camp. The camp was a brainstorming session as well target setting for the athletes and officials. 

MSNS chairman Datuk Ahmad Nawawi M. Zin said they were pleased with the athletes and officials commitment towards Sukma. 

“The state government has set a 80 gold medal target. It is not an impossible task,” said Ahmad Nawawi after receiving the Selangor flag from Datuk Ahmad Kuris Mohamed Noor. 

The state government also announced cash incentives for athletes who won medals in the biennial Games. A gold medal is worth RM2,000, a silver medal RM1,000 and a bronze medal RM800. For team events, the incentive is RM1,000 (gold), RM800 (silver) and RM500 (bronze). 

Any athlete who sets a Sukma record in an individual event will be rewarded with RM5,000 while a team record will be worth RM3,000. 

Ahmad Nawawi, who is also the chef-de-mission, said an addi- tional RM500 would be rewarded to every medal winner if Selangor is declared the overall champions. 

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