Tammy Tan Hui Ling Makes History: Malaysia's First Gold at Universiade Earns KPT Incentive
BY: Michelle Liew
In a momentous achievement for Malaysian sports, wushu athlete Tammy Tan Hui Ling has not only etched her name in the annals of history but has also brought glory to the nation by securing Malaysia's first gold medal at the World University Games (Universiade) in Chengdu, China, last July. Today, she was honoured with the highest incentive from the Ministry of Higher Education (KPT), amounting to RM15,000.
The deputy minister, Datuk Mohammad Yusof Apdal, expressed his pride in Tammy's accomplishment, emphasizing that the 38-year wait for Malaysia's first gold at the Universiade had finally come to an end. He credited the success to the effective impact of planning and sports development at the higher education institution (IPT) level, aligning with the Higher Education Institution Sports Development Policy (DPSIPT) and the National Sports Policy (DSN).
"This Universiade became a new history for benchmarking the performance of IPT athletes on the world's highest stage when the national contingent won the first gold medal at this Games after waiting for 38 years since the first Games in Kobe, Japan in 1985," said Datuk Mohammad Yusof Apdal during the IPT sports incentive presentation ceremony.
He likened the significance of Tammy's gold medal to winning the first gold at the Olympics, emphasizing that the Universiade holds a special place as an Olympic sport for athletes at IPT.
The KPT, acknowledging the outstanding achievements of Malaysian IPT athletes at the Universiade, allocated a total incentive of RM35,500. Apart from Tammy's gold in wushu, Malaysia also brought home one silver (diving) and five bronze medals (three from wushu and two from badminton). Gold medalists received an incentive of RM15,000, silver medalists RM5,000, and bronze medalists RM1,500 (except for mixed badminton teams, who received RM5,000).
In addition to the Universiade successes, national athletes Umar Osman and Bryan Leong were recognized for their remarkable performances. Umar Osman, the national men's 400 meters (m) athlete, received RM3,000 for breaking his own national record twice in 24 hours in China, while swimmer Bryan Leong received RM1,500 for breaking a 14-year-old national record in the 50m butterfly croak event.
Looking ahead, Mohammad Yusof announced that Malaysia's IPT athletes will face another significant mission in 2024 when they compete in the Asean University Games (AUG) scheduled for June 25 to July 6 in Surabaya and Malang, Indonesia. He expressed confidence that the success of the national IPT athletes, who were overall runners-up in the last edition in Ubon Ratchathani, Thailand, can continue in the upcoming games.
To further support and encourage outstanding achievements, Mohammad Yusof officially launched the "Road to Surabaya" program, gearing up the athletes for success at the AUG 2024.