SEPANG:Wong Choong Hann has proven to be the second best player in the world.But as thingsstand,he will get no rewards from the National Sports Council (NSC).
The World Badminton Championships is not listed under the NSC incentive scheme list.But there is still hope.The Badminton Association of Malaysia, (BAM)however,have appealed to the NSC to include the WorldChampionships under the NSC scheme.The purview of the scheme is currently being reviewed.
The BAM had previously listed the World Grand Prix Finals and the Thomas Cup Finals under the NSC incentive scheme.But the Inter-national Badminton Federation have done away with the annual Grand Prix Finals.
If the World Championships get Choong Hann would receive RM40,000 for his runner-up effort.
Yesterday,Youth and Sports Minister Datuk Hishammuddin Hussein,who was the first to greet the player at the Kuala LumpurInternational Airport (KLIA), promised that Choong Hann would be rewarded for his achievements.
“The BAM will have to get back to us on this matter.We are currently reviewing the scheme,” said Hishammuddin.
He,however,said that Choong Hann would join All-England champion Mohd Hafiz Hashimunder a long-term special incentive.
“Hafiz was the first one to enjoy the benefit under the special incentive and we will include Choong Hann next.We will announce the quantum once we are able to officially run this special incentiveIt is learnt that under the new scheme,Choong Hann would probably get more than the RM40,000.
On Choong Hann's success, Hishammuddin said:“He has created history and his achievements is greatly appreciated by the government.This must be a starting pointfor Malaysia for a revival in thesport.
“Besides this,we hope Choong Hann's victory and the overall performances of the players at the world meet will continue to generate interest in the sport at all levels.”
Besides,Choong Hann,Rosli Hashim also did well.He defeated Lee Hyun-il of South Korea to reach the quarter-finals.
Prior to this tournament,only Rashid Sidek had reached the quarter-finals.He did it in Beijing '87 and Laussane '95.