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Asiad medalists get cash incentives; Saso to give away reward

 

By NICK GIONGCO

 

PRESIDENT Duterte does the dab with skateboarding gold medalist Margielyn Didal during the awarding of incentives for the 18th Asian Games Jakarta-Palembang medalists in Malacañang yesterday. (Jansen Romero)

PRESIDENT Duterte does the dab with skateboarding gold medalist Margielyn Didal during the awarding of incentives for the 18th Asian Games Jakarta-Palembang medalists in Malacañang yesterday. (Jansen Romero)

GOLFER Yuka Saso, the 17-year-old Asian Games gold medalist, is handing over every cent of her Php9-million cash incentive from the government and private sector to the National Golf Association of the Philippines (NGAP).

Saso insists that her amateur status prevents her from receiving money and doing so could jeopar­dize her relationship with the world governing body for the sport.

“Amateur pa ako, bawal pa kami tumanggap ng pera so ido-donate po namin sa NGAP para masupor­tahan yung ibang bata (junior golf),” said Saso during the formal awarding of cash incentives to fel­low Asian Games medalists at Mal­acañang late yesterday afternoon.

The Philippines won four gold, two silver and 15 bronze medals and the Bulacan-bred Saso turned out to be the biggest winner since she’s also a member of the wom­en’s team that bagged the gold.

Under the law, a gold in the Asian Games is worth Php2 million. Aside from that, President Du­terte, who was on hand to receive the biggest performers, pledged Php1 million apart from Php1 million apiece from Siklab Atleta Founda­tion head and Presidential Adviser on Sports Dennis Uy and Philip­pine Ambassador to Indonesia Lee Hiong Tan.

Since Saso also was a member of the team event, she is also a recipient of another Php2 million.

The Philippine Olympic Com­mittee (POC) had also pledged Php2 million for every gold based on the government’s scheme but the awarding has yet to take place.

Asked that her fellow medalists are going to invest the money and keep a portion in the bank, Saso was quick to downplay its impor­tance.

“Walang panghihinayang, hindi naman po pera ang habol ko, gus­to ko lang mag-enjoy,” she said. “Masaya na ako na nanalo kami, okay ma po ako doon.”

Duterte expressed his admiration over the Philippines’ performance, which was a marked improvement from the one-gold production four years ago in Incheon.

“The country is immensely proud,” said Duterte, stressing that the Philippine Sports Commission’s lead role in taking care of the ath­letes should be commended.

The two other gold medalists – lifter Hidilyn Diaz and skateboarder Margie Didal – were on hand to re­ceive their rewards as well as the medalists’ coaches as they also stand to receive their incentives.

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