KUALA TERENGGANU, June 23 (Bernama)-- The Terengganu government gave a RM1.3 million reward to the state's Malaysia Games contingent following their emerging overall champions when its 12th edition was hosted here last month.
Athletes who captured the gold received RM3,000 for each medal while for silver and bronze it was RM2,000 and RM1,000 respectively per medal. Those who broke Games' records received an additional RM1,000 per record broken.
At a special ceremony to celebrate their 61 gold, 39 silver and 47 victory at the Indoor Stadium at the Gong Badak Sports Complex here last night, the coaches and team managers of the winning teams were also duly rewarded. Menteri Besar Datuk Ahmad Said presented the incentives to the winners.
Woman canoeist Siti Rajiah Ali, 18, was the biggest winner taking home RM21,OOO for winning six gold medals and setting three new Games records. She also received a watch worth RM1,000 after being named as the best female state athlete at the Games.
The top male athlete was Mohd Azizul Hasni Awang, who won the 1km and 200m sprints in cycling.
Ahmad, who was elated by the state's performance in dislodging six-times champions Selangor at the prestigious Games, also announced that all the gold medal winners would be given the opportunity to compete in next year's Arafura Games in Darwin, Australia, which will be held from May 9 to 17.