Liek Hou and Rashid get pleasant surprise

PETALING JAYA: Paralympics badminton gold medallist Cheah Liek Hou and coach Datuk Rashid Sidek are surprised with their unexpected windfall from the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM).

Yesterday, BAM announced a one-off incentive of RM200,000 for Liek Hou as the first Paralympics badminton champion in Tokyo while Rashid was also promised RM50,000 as recognition for his role in guiding the former.

Liek Hou was grateful that BAM included him under their incentive scheme.

“I did not expect to receive this bonus from BAM. I appreciate it because even though I’m not a full-time trainee under BAM, they had supported my journey to the Paralympics,” said Liek Hou.

“In fact, during the Covid-19 pandemic, they allowed me to train at the ABM (Academy Badminton Malaysia) and I sparred with the top players and other Olympians for a month. It was a wonderful experience to train with the BAM players.

Former national coach Rashid was equally surprised with BAM’s goodwill gesture.

“I did not expect it. I thank BAM for their support and incentive,” said Rashid, who is looking forward to continuing his career as a para coach.

“I will continue to collaborate with the National Sports Council and focus on Cheah and other para athletes,” Rashid said.

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