Billion rupiah reward for Beijing gold
JAKARTA: Indonesia will award a cash bonus of 1bil rupiah (US$106,000) to their 2008 Olympic gold medallists, the Indonesian National Sport Committee (KONI) chairwoman said yesterday.
A bonus of that amount has been “a tradition since 1996 as a form of an appreciation for their hard efforts,” Rita Subowo said, adding that silver and bronze medallists would be awarded respectively 500mil and 250mil rupiah.
Subowo said that KONI was working on the assumption that Indonesia, the world’s fourth-most populous nation, would only win a maximum of two gold medals in the competition, so a budget of 10bil rupiah would be sought.
Indonesia won two gold medals – in the women’s and men’s badminton singles – at the 1992 games in Barcelona.
Subowo estimated that 40-60 Indonesians would compete at the 2008 games in the Chinese capital Beijing in athletics, archery, badminton, weightlifting and swimming. – AFP