Friday , June 21 2024

Vietnamese athletes to get $1M bonus for Olympic gold medal

Any Vietnamese athlete winning a gold medal at the 2024 Olympic Games in France will get a bonus of $1 million.

Silver and bronze medalists will get $500,000 and $200,000.

The bonuses result from a deal signed by the Vietnam Olympic Committee (VOC) and a strategic partner of the International Sports Funding & Support Association (ISF) in South Korea that will sponsor the entire amount.

VOC General Secretary Tran Van Manh said at the signing ceremony on Wednesday: “Athletes will also get a bonus from the government. We will keep looking for sponsors to increase the bonus.”

For the 2020 Olympics, Vietnam announced bonuses of $80,000, $51,000 and $27,300 for gold, silver and bronze medalists.

Singapore paid $738,000 to its gold medalist, while Indonesia, Malaysia and the Philippines paid $346,000, $237,000 and $200,000.

Shooter Hoang Xuan Vinh, who won the a gold and a silver medal at the 2016 Rio Olympics, received VND180 million ($7,675) from the government though bonuses from others took the total amount to nearly VND5 billion ($213,220).

Only four Vietnamese athletes have won medals at the Olympics. Before Xuan Vinh, Tran Hieu Ngan had won a silver in taekwondo at the 2000 Sydney Olympics, Hoang Anh Tuan brought home a silver in weightlifting in 2008 from Beijing and Tran Le Quoc Toan got another silver at the 2012 London games.

Under the agreement between VOC and ISF, Vietnamese athletes and teams will go to South Korea for training and vice versa, and the two sides will exchange experts and coaches.

ISF also plans to assist Vietnam with developing Winter Olympics sports.

Director General of the Vietnam Sports Administration, Dang Ha Viet, said: “In the agreement signed with ISF, around 100 Vietnamese athletes will train in South Korea, with the focus on weightlifting, shooting, table tennis, and skating – a Winter Olympics sport.”

This year Vietnam will compete in two major events, the SEA Games in Cambodia in May and the Asian Games in China in September.

The 2024 Olympic Games will be held next year in Paris from July 26 to August 11.

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