SUKMA: Perak Hopes To Bag 35 Golds

Perak's Chef-de-mission Dato' Zainol holding the state flag

The Perak Contingent to the 13 SUKMA in Malacca from June 10 to 19 is expecting to rake in a haul of 35 gold medals.

However Perak Menteri Besar Dato’ Seri Zambry Abdul Kadir wants more and as well as being the top five in the overall medal rankings.  “I know you can do it”, he told the contingent of athletes and officials during the flag hand-over ceremony at the State Secretariat recently.

The chief-de-mission for the team is Dato’ Zainol Fadzi Paharuddin who is also Perak Art, Culture, Youth and Sports Committee chairman.

To entice the athletes to perform, Zambry also increased the cash rewards for the medal winners. The amount for Gold is RM3,000 (previously RM2,000) Silver RM2,000 (previously RM1,500) and Bronze RM1,500 (previously 1,000). The cash rewards for team events was similarly increased.

Perak will be participating in all the 33 events. Some of the events which are expected to bring in gold are athletics 5, swimming 4, shooting 3, petanque 3, archery 2 and martial arts 6 (karate, silat, silambam and wushu). Silambam, the Indian martial art is being introduced to the games for the first time this year.