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The long-awaited pension scheme for the national athletes, which was announced by Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak yesterday, was greeted with delight by the Malaysian sports fraternity.
The 138 athletes from 18 sports under the 2006 Gemilang Project for the Doha Asian Games will be given special attention by the National Sports Council (NSC).
World number one golfer Vijay Singh had once applied to be a Malaysian permanent resident (PR) but was rejected. However, the authorities might have done him a favour.
Negri Sembilan scored a golden goal in the 74th minute to edge Kelantan 1-0 in the MHF-Milo-NSC Under-16 semi-finals yesterday.
Terengganu stamped their class to beat Negri Sembilan 4-2 in the final of the inaugural MHF-Milo-NSC Under-16 hockey tournament at the Kuantan Hockey Stadium here yesterday.
The Malaysian contingent to the Manila SEA Games in the Philippines next November will, for the first time, don uniform national jerseys.
An Olympic gold medallist will earn RM3,000 a month for life from the Government. This is in addition to the lump sum of RM160,000 under the National Sports Council's (NSC) current reward scheme.
Sports associations have described the RM193mil allocation by the government as the right tonic to boost the ailing fortunes of Malaysian sports.
A special unit will be formed under the National Sports Council (NSC) to pay the fixed monthly allowance to Olympic Games medallists.
The government's decision to give monthly pensions to Olympic Games medallists was lauded by the national athletes. But there is a plea to extend the scheme to non-Olympic sports. Top woman bowler Shalin Zulkilfi said that she hopes athletes from the non-Olympic sports would not be left out.