Windfall for bronze medallists after solid outing

PETALING JAYA: Big bucks are expected to roll in for Olympics bronze medallists Aaron Chia-Soh Wooi Yik.

The world No. 9, who enjoyed a superb debut in Tokyo where they downed the world’s top two combinations Kevin Sanjaya-Marcus Fernaldi and Mohammad Ahsan-Hendra Setiawan of Indonesia en route to third placing – are assured of a combined cash reward of RM287,500 at the very least.

Aaron-Wooi Yik are set to cash in RM100,000 from the National Sports Council’s (NSC) incentive scheme – Shakam and a further RM187,500 under the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) tournament bonus structure.

As the Olympics bronze medallists, the duo will also receive RM2,000 lifetime pension.

Besides these two schemes, Aaron and Wooi Yik can expect further windfalls from their state governments, sponsors as well as corporate sectors. The duo’s biggest one-off tournament earning to date is US$35,000 (RM148,000) when they finished as the runners-up to Ahsan-Hendra at the 2019 All-England.

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