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    'Robbed' Alkhaldi to get incentive worth its weight in gold for SEA Games bronze

    Jan 4, 2014
    Jasmine Alkhaldi just shrugged off the odd turn of events that saw her being stripped of the gold medal in the Myanmar SEA Games. Jerome Ascano

    LONDON Olympian Jasmine Alkhaldi, whose Southeast Asian Games gold medal turned intoa bronze in Myanmar after a race replay, got some sort of a consolation as she is set to receive from the government the cash incentive equivalent to a champion’s.

    Alkhaldi had won the 100-meter freestyle in Myanmar but a protest lodged by Thailand led to a re-swim, where the Filipina settled for the bronze.

    Nevertheless, the government will give Alkhaldi P100,000 as incentive instead of a P10,000 prize like the other bronze medalists.

    Philippine Sports Commission chairman Richie Garcia said the decision was a “no-brainer” since Alkhaldi was “robbed” of the gold medal.

    “We acknowledge that she won a gold medal, she was awarded the gold medal, the national anthem was raised. So she deserved to get an incentive of a gold medal,” said Garcia after the awarding of cash incentives to SEA Games gold medalist on Friday at the Philsports Arena in Pasig City.

    Alkhaldi said after the event that the whole experience was better than winning the gold medal.

    Based on Republic Act 9064 or the Sports Benefits and Incentives Act of 2001, SEA Games champions get P100,000, the silver medalists P50,000, and bronze winners P10,000.

    While the P10,000 is from the National Sports Development Fund remitted by the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (Pagcor), Garcia said the PSC will cover for the remaining P90,000 for Alkhaldi from its own funds.

    The Thai swimming team filed a protest after Alkhaldi’s win, saying their swimmer heard a horn that signaled a false start. SEA Games officials ordered the re-swim.

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    “It’s a no-brainer. Binigyan na ng gintong medalya, bakit hindi natin bibigyan ng incentive?” Garcia said.

    Alkhaldi was not present during Friday’s awarding rites.

    The Philippine Swimming Inc. (PSI) had tendered a protest of the incident to the International Swimming Federation (Fina).

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    Jasmine Alkhaldi just shrugged off the odd turn of events that saw her being stripped of the gold medal in the Myanmar SEA Games. Jerome Ascano
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