GEORGE TOWN: Penang’s own badminton mixed doubles ace Chan Peng Soon has been rewarded with RM50,000 by a property magnate here today.
Hunza Properties Berhad Founder Khor Teng Tong presented the cash award to Chan as he made Penang and Malaysia proud by bringing back home a silver in the mixed double championships in the recently-concluded Olympics.
Khor said he wanted to set an example to others in the private sector to sponsor potential athletes in Penang.
“I could have been an ace table tennis player myself if only I had the money to train and go places.
“Too bad being a kampung boy, I did not have the opportunity.
“Now, I am 74, and I do not want the same fate for others.
“So, I am calling on others in the private sector to have faith in our local sportsmen.
“Help them in whatever way possible, be it money or sponsorship in kind,” Khor said at a press conference in his office in Jalan Kelawei here today.
Chan, 28, who hails from Air Itam here, was given RM100,000 by Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng yesterday.
Lim also awarded Chan’s Malacca-born doubles’ partner Goh Liu Ying, 27, RM25,000.
Malaysia’s badminton ace Lee Chong Wei, who resides in Penang, received RM150,000 from Lim as well.
Meanwhile, an elated Chan thanked Khor for his kind donation and promised to make Penang and Malaysia proud in future games.
Chan said his target was to win the Badminton World Championships in Scotland next year, together with his regular partner, Goh, in the mixed doubles category.
Chan said the Olympics experience had “toughened” him for upcoming meets and had bolstered his confidence to his current levels now.
He said the upcoming Japan and Korea badminton meets would be a “warm up” session for Scotland.
“Next Monday onwards, I will be preparing for the Japan and Korea competitions.
“This is an important match to prepare me for the big one next year. I am confident we can return with good results.”