To encourage their Malaysia Games (Sukma) squad, Selangor have announced an attractive incentive scheme for the medal winners for the championships to be held in Malacca from June 10-19.
Selangor Mentri Besar Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim said Selangor representatives in the biennial games would be rewarded handsomely.
“Our primary target is to regain the overall title which we lost at the Sukma in Kuala Terengganu two years ago. To become the champions, our athletes will have to excel in their respective events. The cash incentive is a small contribution from the Selangor state government as well as the Selangor State Sport Council (MSNS) for the athletes’ sacrifices and dedication,’’ said Abdul Khalid after handing over the Selangor flag to the contingent’s chef- de-mission Amirudin Shari recently.
A gold medal in an individual, doubles event and four-member team event is worth RM3,000, silver RM1,000 and bronze RM,500.
However, in team events with six to 10 members, the gold medal winners will get RM5,000, silver (RM2,000) and bronze (RM1,000).
The reward for an event with 11-15 members is RM7,500 for a gold medal followed by RM3,000 (silver) and RM2,000 (bronze). For teams with more that 15 members, the incentive is RM10,000 for a gold medal; RM5,000 (silver) and RM3,000 (bronze).
Abdul Khalid also announced that they would be offering RM2,000 for a new Sukma record and RM4,000 for a national record.
“If any athlete from Selangor is named as either the Best Male or Best Female Athlete for the Sukma, he or she will be rewarded with a state sports scholarship.
“Currently three athletes who are recipients of the scholarship are swimmers Foo Jian Beng and Khoo Cai Ling and sailor Mohamad Faizal Norizan.
“The scholarship will be available to the athlete when he secures a place in a higher learning institution,’’ said Abdul Khalid.
Selangor, who have been champions in the Sukma for a record seven times, have set a target of about 60 gold medals in the Sukma. Except for wushu, Selangor will be represented in the other 33 sports contested in the games.