Medallists will receive cash rewards later

MEDAL winners at the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics 2020 have yet to receive their cash rewards, says Youth and Sports Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Faizal Azumu.

“The cash rewards amounting to RM5.22mil have yet to be settled as it involves a large sum which requires approval from the Finance Ministry.

“As such, efforts will be made to get the rewards approved by the Cabinet,” he said when winding up the replies to questions raised on his ministry at the committee stage.

Ahmad Faizal said the athletes had been informed of this development.

He added that the delay in rewarding the athletes was not something out of the ordinary as it usually took some time for the government to distribute such payments, especially under the current economic climate.

He said the allowance incentive for the athletes was also being processed.

Under the Sports Victory Prize Scheme Incentive, an athlete who wins a gold medal at the Olympics or Paralympics will receive RM1mil, followed by RM300,000 for silver and RM100,000 for bronze.

Medallists will also be eligible for a lifetime monthly pension of RM5,000 for gold, RM3,000 for silver and RM2,000 for bronze.

In the Tokyo Olympics 2020, national track cyclist Datuk Mohd Azizulhasni Awang took silver in keirin while national shuttlers Aaron Chia and Soh Wooi Yik took bronze in the men’s doubles.

In the Paralympic Games, powerlifter Bonnie Bunyau Gustin, shuttler Cheah Liek Hou and long jump athlete Abdul Latif Romly won gold medals.

Powerlifter Jong Yee Khie and boccia athlete Chew Wei Lun won silver medals.

On a separate matter, Ahmad Faizal said youth organisations would have ample time to change their leadership line-up to bring it up to date with the amendment capping the youth age limit to 30.

He said this was because a three-year grace period was provided to allow youth organisations make the transition from the date of enforcement of the amendment.

“For example, if the amendments are enforced on Jan 1, 2020, the youth organisations will meet for their annual general meetings twice before having their elections in the third year.

“Thus, they will have to make the transition to the youth limit of 30 years by Jan 1, 2025,” added Ahmad Faizal.

The Youth Societies and Youth Development Act (Amendment) 2019 was passed by the Dewan Rakyat in July 2019 to redefine the youth age limit.Last month, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said amendments to Article 119 of the Federal Constitution and the Youth Societies and Youth Development Act 2007 would redefine the range of youth age from 15 to 40 years to 15 to 30 years.

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