On the frontpage of The Star today is a picture of world number 2 shuttler, Datuk Lee Chong Wei, getting a feel of a whopping RM2mil gold bar which will be given to any Malaysian shuttler who wins a gold medal at the London Olympics.
This is the carrot being dangled by the KL Racquet Club chairman, Datuk Seri Andrew Kam, in an effort to challenge our shuttlers to go for gold at the Games, which will begin on July 27.
Should there be two gold medal winners, they will share the bounty.
London-bound are six shuttlers who were present at the announcement ceremony held at a leading hotel here yesterday. The six shuttlers are Lee Chong Wei, who is realistically the man likely to win Malaysia’s first-ever gold medal (after bagging a silver in Beijing four years ago), Koo Kien Keat, Tan Boon Heong, Chan Peng Soon, Goh Liu Ying and Tee Jing Yi.
The above incentive is in addition to the RM1mil offered by the Government and another private firm.
The Government’s offer through the National Sports Council’s incentive scheme (first introduced for the Beijing Olympics), includes RM300,000 for a silver and RM150,000 for a bronze.
Under the scheme, a gold medallist will also receive a lifetime pension of RM5,000 a month. A silver medallist will get RM3,000 a month and bronze medallist RM1,500 a month.
3V Holdings Sdn Bhd, a local furniture company, has also stepped forward to offer a RM1mil cash incentive to help boost the quest to win the country’s first Olympic gold medal in London.
If there is more than one gold medallist, the purse will be shared. Should no one win a gold medal, the offer will be extended to the 2016 Olympics in Brazil.
All the best, all Malaysian Olympians!
Source: The Star..Olympic champion shuttler to get RM2mil gold bar