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Lucrative cash incentives await Malaysia’s Paralympic Games medalist

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Youth and Sports Minister, Khairy Jamaluddin has announced that Paralympic medal winners in Rio will receive life-long pension equivalent to their Olympic counterparts.

It’ll be a boost in Malaysia’s hunt for its maiden gold medal, as the winner will receive RM5,000 per month, silver medallists will get RM3,000 per month while bronze winners will receive RM2,000 per month.

The eventual medallists will also receive cash incentive on top of the monthly allowance: RM1 million (gold), RM300,000 (silver), RM100,000 (bronze).

This was an initiative started since August 2013 to enforce equal opportunities for all athletes, whether they achieved podium positions at the Olympic or Paralympic Games.

“I have already delivered on my promise since 2013 and I will certainly deliver if we get a Paralympic gold. Those who win a gold medal in Rio will get RM1 million,” said Khairy.

Medal winners from the previous Paralympic Games are also entitled to the monthly pension from October onwards.

“We’re backdating this allowance to all past medalists at the Paralympic Games,” he added.

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Misi Rio belum berakhir: Ayuh kontinjen Paralimpik Malaysia!

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Pagi ini aku berkesempatan untuk ke majlis pelepasan kontinjen Malaysia ke Sukan Paralimpik di Rio 2016. Bersama wira-wira negara ini, aku rasa sesuatu yang berbeza. Aku rasakan semangat dan ketulusan mereka untuk mengharumkan nama negara.

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Malaysia kali ini menghantar seramai 21 atlit bersama 19 pegawai pengiring ke temasya sukan ini. Bagi yang tidak tahu, sama seperti Sukan Olimpik, Malaysia juga belum pernah memenangi pingat emas di temasya Sukan Paralimpik. Pencapaian terbaik Malaysia di Sukan Paralimpik setakat ini adalah pingat perak yang disumbangkan Hasihin Sanawi menerusi acara memanah (Recurve Individu Lelaki W1/W2) di Sukan Paralimpik London 2012. Selain Hasihin, seorang lagi atlit Paralimpik negara yang menyumbang pingat di London adalah Muhammad Ziyad Zolkefli yang merangkul pingat gangsa acara lontar peluru.

Namun, tahun ini atmosferanya berbeza. Bahkan, Menteri Belia dan Sukan, Khairy Jamaluddin turut percaya bahawa atlit Paralimpik berkemampuan menamatkan kemarau pingat emas untuk Malaysia berbanding atlit Sukan Olimpik.

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Untuk temasya kali ini, kita ada dua jaguh dunia dalam acara mereka. Pertama, Mohamad Ridzuan Mohamad Puzi atau lebih dikenali sebagai Mr. Dash. Ridzuan Puzi merupakan pemenang pingat emas dalam acara 100 meter di Kejohanan Dunia Olahraga IPC di Doha pada tahun 2015. Berkat kejayaannya, Ridzuan Puzi dianugerahkan sebagai Olahragawan Paralimpik Kebangsaan di Anugerah Sukan Negara yang lalu.

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Photo credit: Zimbio.com

Selain Ridzuan Puzi, seorang lagi prospek emas negara adalah Abdul Latiff Romly yang akan bertanding dalam acara lompat jauh di Rio. Anak jati Perlis ini memenangi pingat emas di temasya yang sama dan memecahkan rekod kejohanan di Doha itu. Pembawa bendera kontinjen negara di Sukan Paralimpik ini turut memenangi pingat emas dalam acara lompat jauh di Sukma Sarawak baru-baru ini menewaskan atlit-atlit biasa.

Baru-baru ini, dilihat semakin ramai pengguna media sosial memperkatakan mengenai atlit Sukan Para ini. Ramai yang berkongsi berita mengenai kejayaan Ridzuan Puzi di Doha dan juga kisah mengenai seorang lagi atlit Para negara, Felicia Mikat yang dikatakan tidak diberi penghargaan oleh kerajaan. Namun, ramai yang tidak tahu bahawa kisah itu semua berlaku pada tahun lalu. Ramai yang menyatakan kerajaan dan Kementerian Belia dan Sukan telah menganak tirikan atlit Para negara.

Namun, tahukah kita bahawa Malaysia merupakan satu-satunya negara yang menyediakan ganjaran kepada atlit Paralimpik yang mempunyai nilai yang sama dengan atlit Sukan Olimpik? Malaysia juga antara yang berani untuk mencadangkan supaya Sukan SEA dan Sukan Para Asean berjalan serentak, namun cadangan tersebut tidak dipersetujui oleh Persekutuan Sukan Asia Tenggara.

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Ridzuan Puzi menitiskan air mata sebelum berlepas ke KLIA

Kembali kepada majlis pelepasan atlit tadi, di saat aku bersalaman dan mengucapkan selamat berjaya kepada Ridzuan Puzi, dia mengalirkan air mata. Tidak,aku tidak mengenali anak muda ini dengan rapat, tetapi dia tetap bersalaman dan memeluk aku. Walaupun aku mampu bertahan, tetapi rasa sebak dan bangga turut ada apabila melihat semangat anak muda ini. Sebelum melangkah pergi, dia melaungkan “Malaysia Boleh!” kepada semua rakan-rakan yang berada di Kompleks Sukan Kampung Pandan. Saat van mereka berlalu keluar untuk ke KLIA, aku dapat rasakan kelainan untuk temasya kali ini. Impian emas kita mungkin tercapai.

Ayuh rakyat Malaysia, jika kita boleh menyokong atlit kita di Sukan Olimpik, tiada sebab untuk kita tidak menyokong atlit Sukan Paralimpik kita. Mereka ini luar biasa semuanya. Semangat dan keinginan mereka untuk mengharumkan nama negara, jika tidak sama mungkin lebih dari atlit biasa. Kita terlepas mendengar Negaraku berkumandang di Rio ketika Sukan Olimpik, mungkinkah kita akan mendengarnya di Sukan Paralimpik nanti? Sama-sama kita doakan.

 

P.S: Tulisan ini adalah nukilan peribadi penulis. Tetapi, penulis tetap mahu mengajak pembaca untuk menyokong dan mendoakan kejayaan atlit Paralimpik Malaysia di Rio.

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IMAGES: Malaysia’s Olympic contingent receives HEROIC welcome at KLIA

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Their battles may be over, but it is definitely not forgotten as hordes of Malaysian supporters gathered at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport to welcome the national contingent upon their return from the Rio Olympics in Brazil.

Fans were eager to show their appreciation to our national heroes as they fought tooth and nail to deliver Malaysia’s best medal haul at the Olympic Games, despite missing out on the elusive gold medal.

Prime Minister Najib Razak and his wife Rosmah Mansor were present to welcome Lee Chong Wei and co. alongside Youth and Sports Minister, Khairy Jamaluddin and Transport Minister, Liow Tiong Lai. He even announced a RM200,000 incentive increment for all of the medalists.

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WELCOME BACK, HEROES!

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VIDEO: Mongolian wrestling coach strips after bronze medal snub in Rio

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The final day of the Rio Olympics turned out to be a dramatic one, after Mongolian wrestling coaches Byambarenchin Bayaraa and Tserenbaatar Tsogtbayar stripped their clothes off to protest the referee’s decision in denying them a bronze medal.

The incident began when Uzbekistan’s Ikhtiyor Navruzov took on Mandakhnaran Ganzorig of Mongolia in the 65kg category bronze medal match.

Ganzorig was leading 7-6 and he appeared to have clinched the bronze, but the judges overturned the decision by awarding a penalty point to Navruzov to cut short Mongolia’s celebration.

The Mongolian kneeled in disappointment but his coaches took one step further by taking off their clothing on the mat.

Security was ushered in as the crowd started chanting “Mongolia! Mongolia!”

“This is a protest. There was a mistake with the judging. Three million Mongolians have been waiting for this bronze medal but we were left with none now,” said Bayaraa.

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Japanese PM Shinzo Abe receives Olympic mandate in ‘Ma-Rio outfit’!

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The Rio Olympics finally came to an end earlier this morning, after two weeks of sensational sporting displays with the occasional brilliance from the world’s most renowned Olympians.

Despite the constant security and hygienic concerns that have to be dealt by the organisers, they can breathe a sigh of relief as the world’s largest sporting event ended without a hitch in its traditional closing ceremony.

Much is expected from an event of this magnitude, with brightly-lit performances reflecting the culture of the host nation, alongside the customary fireworks display.

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Photo credit: AFP

Japan, being the host of the next Olympics has also played a part in the ceremony, with a video highlighting their most famous pop cultures in the vicinity of Tokyo’s vibrant city.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was present to receive the mandate and he did it in style by dressing up as Japan’s most recognizable icon, Super Mario.

The Land of the Rising Sun might be known with some of the weirdest marketing concepts in Asia, but it’s fair to say that they have hit it right on the spot this time.

Bring on Tokyo 2020!

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#Rio2016: Lochte, Feigen to be indicted for false report?

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Brazilian police have recommended that United States swimmer Ryan Lochte and Jimmy Feigen be indicted for false reporting of a crime.

According to a local news source in Rio, authorities found out that both of the athletes manipulated their statement regarding the alleged armed robbery.

“There isn’t a robbery as claimed by the aforementioned swimmers,” said the civil police chief, Fernando Veloso in a press conference.

According to Veloso, if found guilty, the athletes will be sentenced to prison for 6 months or receive a fine.

The whole fiasco started when Lochte claimed he and his teammates were robbed using a gun, but the story turned out to be false when CCTV footage showed otherwise.

The 12-time Olympic medallist allegedly vandalised the washroom door at a gas station, causing him to fabricate the robbery as a cover-up.

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#Rio2016: Bolt clinches 200m gold for Olympic ‘triple-double’

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Jamaican sprinting sensation, Usain Bolt closed out what could be his final individual race at the Olympics by winning the gold in 200m.

Canada’s Andre De Grasse, who is also the bronze medallist in 100m, was expected to pose a challenge to the two-time defending champion, but Bolt was off and away by the time he turned on the bend.

The 29-year-old failed to beat the world and Olympic record, but his time of 19.78 seconds was well ahead of De Grasse and Christophe Lemaitre of France, who won silver and bronze respectively.

There was a hint of disappointment in Bolt’s face since he set out to break his own world record in Rio, but he is still ecstatic as he claimed his eighth career gold medal.

“I don’t need to prove anything else. What else can I do to prove to the world I am the greatest?” he said.

The Jamaican ace will compete in the 4x100m relay final tomorrow to hunt for a historic triple-triple.

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#Rio2016: Pandelela, Dhabitah through to final of 10m platform

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Pandelela Rinong and Nur Dhabitah Sabri have officially booked their spot in the final of the women’s individual 10 meter platform event, which is scheduled to take place later today.

Both individuals produced a topsy-turvy performance in the semis, and Dhabitah in particular, will be relieved after scraping into the final by virtue of securing an 11th-placed finish.

Pandelela on the other hand, did well in her first three dives, before slowing down with her last two dives. That said, points accumulated from her first three attempts were more than enough for her to secure a sixth placed finish.

The final is scheduled to take place at 3am (Malaysian time), tomorrow!

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#Rio2016: Shocking behaviour from local crowd as French pole vaulter booed to tears

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French pole vaulter, Renaud Lavillenie’s Olympic campaign ended in tears and most would attribute it to the silver that he won, but there was a sinister reason behind it.

The 29-year-old was mercilessly booed by the Brazilian crowd when he was collecting his silver medal, predominantly because he had been up against home favourite Thiago Braz.

Lavillenie received the same treatment throughout the competition, compounding his misery as he failed to defend his London 2012 gold to the less-renowned athlete from Brazil in the dramatic final.

He later took to Twitter to express his shock at the despicable crowd, a sentiment echoed by the International Olympics Committee president, Thomas Bach.

Braz did try to console the Frenchman, as can be seen in the photo and he even tried to calm the hostile crowd but to no avail.

World record holder Lavillenie lashed out at the “nastiness” of the crowd as he was disturbed by it and he even compared his treatment to that of African-American athlete Jesse Owens in the Nazi-era Berlin Games of 1936.

He later apologised, saying the comparison was made in the heat of the moment after the competition has ended.

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#Rio2016: Chong Wei to meet Lin Dan in titanic semi-final clash

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The script has been perfected for the meeting between national men’s single ace, Lee Chong Wei and China’s Lin Dan in the semi-final at the Rio Olympics.

They were both expected to continue their rivalry at the semis this time around and they did just that by getting past their respective quarter-final hurdle.

Chong Wei eased past Chinese Taipei’s Chou Tien Chen 21-9, 21-15 in just 40 minutes at the Riocentro Pavilion 4 to extend his perfect record against the Taiwanese to 5-0.

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Meanwhile, two-time Olympic gold medallist and defending champion Lin Dan had to work hard for his win against K. Srikanth of India in rubber set.

The third-seeded player trounced his opponent 21-6 in the first set but was forced to play a decider after Srikanth mounted an unlikely comeback to clinch the second set 21-11.

Lin Dan was clearly under pressure in the final set as he had to fight for every single point to close out the game 21-18.

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Photo credit: Reuters

World no. 1 Chong Wei will be ready this time to face his arch rival in a bid to get his maiden Olympic gold.

“What’s important is that I remain focused, even though there is pressure since this will be my final appearance at the Games.

“I need to handle the pressure well and I hope I’ll be able to follow the footsteps of the mixed doubles and men’s doubles duos who made it into the final,” he said, as quoted by Sinar Harian.

Chong Wei made it to the finals in the previous two Olympics at Beijing 2008 and London 2012, but he was defeated by Lin Dan on both occasions.