PETALING JAYA: The Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) will be rewarding Malaysian All-England men's doubles champions Koo Kien Keat and Tan Boon Heong for their achievements.
BAM's president Kenny Goh said that they will be rewarded with a presidential 25% bonus on the cash prize they had won for coming out tops and a match bonus of RM10,000 each for winning.
The duo won US$14,400 (RM50,425) for being world champions in the All-England match on Sunday at the National Indoor Arena in Birmingham, 25 years after the Sidek brothers, Razif and Jalani, won the title in 1982.
''We want to encourage them in their achievement. They had trained very hard,'' said Goh on Monday.
''That they were not ranked international made us prouder still of their achievement,'' he said.
The National Sports Council (NSC) deputy director general Datuk Zolkples Embong said that the All-England championship was not listed in NSC's scheme as one of the matches that would entitle winners to incentive rewards.
However, he said the Youth and Sports Minister Datuk Azalina Othman had told NSC to come up with a proposal to reward the duo.
''We will come up with the proposal in the next few days and hopefully the Minister can announce it before the winners return home next week,'' he said, declining to elaborate on the proposals for now.
Zolkples said currently only the Badminton World Championships, Olympic Games, Commonwealth Games, Asean Games, SEA Games are listed in NSC's scheme for incentive reward, however, the Minister has the prerogative to reward the duo.
Koo and Tan are in Switzerland for the Swiss Open that ends on Sunday and are expected to return to Malaysia the following day.(thestar.com.my)