SHAH ALAM – The State Government has given incentives of RM929,200 to state athletes who have successfully achieved success in the Malaysian Games (SUKMA), the Asian Games and the Para Asia 2018.
EXCO Youth Generation, Sports and Human Capital Development, Mohd Khairuddin Othman said the incentive was awarded by the State Government to athletes who honored Selangor’s name in the participation of the sports competitions.
He said the State Government was deeply concerned with the efforts and contributions of athletes, team officials and state sports associations in the three major sports tournaments.
“The sporting team that received the highest incentive is the swim team in Perak SUKMA by winning 12 gold, 16 silver and 15 bronze, thus receiving the biggest incentive of RM194,000,” he said at the Selangor Contingent Victims Incentive Handover Ceremony at the Megawati Hall, The Official Residence of the Chief Minister on 29 Jan.
Khairuddin said RM831,200 was awarded to SUKMA athletes; RM55,000 to the Jakarta-Palembang Asian athlete and RM43,000 to the PARA Asia Asian Games, athlete from the total number of incentives.
“The State Government is pleased to recognize and appreciate the excellence of athletes representing the country in the Asian Games of Jakarta-Palembang and the Asian Games.
“A total of 16 athletes have succeeded in bringing Malaysia’s name to Indonesia. They are from tenpin bowling sports, sepak takraw, martial arts, squash, skydiving, bicycles, scooter sports and swimming, “he said.
At the same time, he said, the State Government is committed to promoting overall sports development through various efforts undertaken by the Selangor State Sports Council.
“As is with the third success of the tournament, all the programs and training created from the grassroots helped in the development of athletes, hence contributing to the success achieved last year,” he said.
Among the highest individuals to receive the incentive were Asian Sports Cycling athletes, Mohd Najib Turano, who received RM19,000 while swimming athlete Jordan Yip Zhu Ern from SUKMA received RM14,000.
In addition to the Asian Games, Siti Safiyah Amirah Abdul Rahman (tenpin bowling) and Farhan Adam (sepak takraw) each received RM8,000 incentives.
At the Perak SUKMA championship last September, the Selangor contingent won third place by winning 47 gold, 69 silver and 67 bronze medals.
Meanwhile, for the Asian Games, Selangor athletes have won three gold, six silver and two bronze medals.
On the other hand, for the Para Asia Games, the state athletes took home silver (three) and bronze medals (five).