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Terengganu gifts land, cash, to silat world champions

KUALA TERENGGANU: The Terengganu state government yesterday presented a plot of land each to two national silat exponents as an incentive for winning gold medals at the World Silat Championships held in Bali, Indonesia from Dec 5 to 10.

Apart from the plot of land (for building a house) Razak Ghazali and Siti Rahmah Mohd Nasir from Terengganu, also received RM16,500 cash each.

Terengganu Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Ahmad Razif Abdul Rahman said State Youth and Sports and Human Resource committee chairman Datuk Rozi Mamat will identify the location of the land, preferably near the champions’ current residences, soon.

“The success of the duo is another feather in Terengganu’s sporting (cap) and the state government will list pencak silat as another sport that will be given special focus – alongside hockey, cycling and endurance horse racing,” he told reporters after presenting mock cheques to the duo at Wisma Darul Iman, here today.

Terengganu silat coach Shahrul Fahmi Abu Bakar received RM9,000 as incentive, while Mohamed Khusairy Azhar, who reached the quarterfinals of the same championship, took home RM1,500. Meanwhile, Siti Rahmah said the incentives will inspire her to maintain her momentum in future tournaments.

“I am glad that pencak silat has gained recognition and attention. We hope to continue lifting the status of the sport,” said Siti Rahmah who completed a hat trick of wins in the World Silat Championships after wins in 2012, 2015 and 2016.

Razak, who was equally pleased with the incentives, said he will play his part in making the sport popular among youths.

“Last year, I managed only a silver, but this year, I managed to win the gold and I am very happy with my achievement despite only taking up the sport in 2014,” he said. — BERNAMA

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