The other winners were cricket (RM51,000), basketball (RM44,000), volleyball (RM44,000), silambam (RM41,500), judo (RM24,000), synchronised swimming (RM20,000), fencing (RM19,500), beach volleyball (RM18,000), equestrian (RM17,500), muay thai (RM15,000), water-polo (RM14,000), netball (RM13,000), beach football (RM13,000) and rowing (RM5,500).
In the Malaysia Games organised by the National Sports Council, Selangor, represented by a contingent of 477 comprising athletes, officials and technical officials, emerged overall champions by winning 23 gold, 17 silver and 30 bronze medals.
The Selangor state government, through the Selangor State Sports Council (MSNS), had announced an attractive cash incentive scheme for the winners in the Malaysia Games.
A gold medallist, be it in an individual event or team sport, received RM3,500, a silver medal winner RM2,000 and bronze medallist RM1,000.
The team management of the respective sport as well as the sport association were rewarded with RM1,000 (gold), RM750 (silver) and RM500 (bronze) respectively.
Selangor Mentri Besar Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim, who presented the prizes to the medal winners, said they were pleased to regain the overall title after seven long years.
“The cash incentive is the state government’s way of showing appreciation to the athletes as well as officials and sports association for their dedication and sacrifices. Without commitment, it would not have been a successful outing for Selangor in the Malaysia Games.
“However, we should not rest on our laurels but make plans to maintain our supremacy in the Malaysia Games. The MSNS should conduct a post-mortem to evaluate Selangor’s performance in the Malaysia Games and look into ways to improve the medal haul in the next Games,’’ said Khalid.
MSNS executive director Shamsul Shahril Badliza Mohd Noor said they had also given RM300 each to all the gold medallists during the Malaysia Games.
“We had 90 gold medallists, 28 silver medallists and 80 bronze medallists. We took part in 20 sports and won medals in 15. It was a gallant effort by the Selangor athletes. We are also proud of artistic gymnast Daniel Iskandar Richard for winning the Best Male Athlete award.
“It was a good outing for Selangor and we hope to continue with our winning streak next year,’’ said Shamsul.
Selangor kabaddi coach R. Akilan said their target was to win two gold medals but only managed a gold and silver.
“We won the gold through the women’s team but the men’s team had to settle for the silver after losing to the Federal Territories in the final. It is important for us to start preparations early as the other teams have also progressed,’’ said Akilan.
*Sumber Dari StarMetro