Thursday, April 26, 2012

Malaysian gold medallist at London Olympic Games stands to become an instant millionaire

The Star reported two days ago that:

A Malaysian gold medallist at the London Olympic Games stands to become an instant millionaire — with a minimum reward of RM2mil.

Deputy Youth and Sports Minister Gan Ping Sieu said a new corporate giant had pledged RM1mil for a gold medal winner at the Games from July 27-Aug 12. The identity of the corporate giant will soon to be revealed.

An Olympic gold medallist stands to win RM1mil from the National Sports Council (NSC)’s incentive scheme and another RM5,000 a month for the rest of his life.

Malaysia has yet to win a gold medal at the Olympics.

On paper, Malaysian athletes with realistic chances of winning medals at the London Games include shuttlers Lee Chong Wei, Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong, diver Pandelela Rinong, cyclist Azizul Hasni Awang and the men’s archery team led by Cheng Chu Sian.

A 13-week NSC-100Plus "Road to Olympics" television series will be aired on Astro Arena (Channel 801) from Saturday (April 28). The 30-minute show will depict the life, the struggle and the determination of the Olympics-bound athletes and the history of the Games.

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