KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia’s Rio Olympics medallists were treated by MCA to a sumptuous dinner in appreciation of their success and role in bringing the people together.
The medallists – together with all other sportsmen who represented Malaysia at Rio de Janeiro, their coaches and family members – were feted by the party at Wisma MCA here.
Congratulating them on their success, party president Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai said the athletes not only made a name for the country but also brought the people together through sports.
“I also watched the Games with my constituents (in Bentong) and all races cheered for our athletes.
“This is our strength, the spirit of unity of all Malaysians,” he added.
At the event last night, MCA presented RM20,000 to each medallist as a form of encouragement.
Liow said MCA would continue to groom more talents in sports and other fields.
“Let us be better prepared and score a bigger victory at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics,” he added.
Party deputy president Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong said the country had made history at the games.
“This is the best record, an outstanding achievement for Malaysia,” he added.
Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin, who was also at the event, said those who did not win any medal were also very outstanding and had done a good job at the Games.
He called on the people to not just focus on the winners.
Speaking in Mandarin, Khairy said the athletes were the pride of the country.
Goh Liu Ying, the mixed double shuttler who won a silver medal, said her training had started and she would focus on that while making time to attend events and interview sessions.
As for her partner Chan Peng Soon, he said he enjoyed being in the limelight, saying it motivated him to work harder towards a higher achievement.
“I quite enjoy it. After that, I will focus on my training and work very hard to score bigger successes,” he said.
Malaysia achieved its biggest ever medal haul at the Rio Olympics, bagging four silver and a bronze.
The other silver medallists are shuttlers Datuk Lee Chong Wei (men’s singles) and Tan Wee Kiong-Goh V Shem pair (men’s doubles), divers Pandelela Rinong and Cheong Jun Hoong (women’s synchronised 10m platform), while Azizulhasni Awang won the bronze medal in the men’s keirin cycling event.
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