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Eugenius caps off sensational year

9th November, 2018

By UMESH RAJAN

KOTA KINABALU: Sabah’s archery prodigy, Eugenius Loh Foh Soon capped off a sensational year by receiving an incentive of RM34,750 for his achievements at the 19th Sukma Games in Perak, last September.

The 17-year-old contributed four gold and two silver medals to the state contingent during the Games which saw him receiving the Best Sportsman Award after creating two Games records and equalling one national record.

When met by reporters after the Incentive Presentation Ceremony held at Likas Hakka Hall, Tanjung Lipat on Wednesday, the Kota Kinabalu High School student was delighted with his sporting achievements throughout the year.

“I am honoured and grateful for having such an outstanding year, especially helping Sabah to win medals during the Sukma Games.

“This is the biggest ever incentive I received where I will save majority of the amount for future usage, maybe when I continue my studies after this.

Eugenius said that he will now divert his focus from archery temporary to concentrate on his studies, especially the Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) coming up next week.

“As much as I love archery, I still have my education to focus on because my personal objective is not only to excel in sports but also to achieve success in my studies,” he commented.

When asked about his chances to compete in the 20th Sukma Games in 2020 in Johor, he humbly downplayed his chances where other commitments could hinder his decision.

“Given the situation now, I am still unsure whether I will be able to compete in the next Sukma Games even though I will be eligible for it (age 19).

“If I have the chance to further my studies, that will be my priority but everything is still uncertain for now to decide on anything, hopefully in the next couple of years, I will be able to decide on my next move.

“Whether I will choose to continue my career as an athlete or continue my studies at a higher level, one thing remains, which is I am proud to represent Sabah and hopefully one day Malaysia,” he said.

Meanwhile, Youth and Sports Minister Datuk Frankie Poon Ming Fung congratulated the Sabah contingent for their outstanding Sukma Games’ performance and achievement.

During his speech at the ceremony, he mentioned that the athletes deserved the incentives rewarded as they had put in lots of effort and sacrifice during their training to achieve what they have attained.

“What we have achieved is commendable and something to be proud of, but it is important that we must not be complacent and must continue to do even better.

“We must also not forget the guidance and support from each sports’ coaches, parents and other agencies for contributing to the state contingent’s overall performance,” he said.

Frankie added that the respectable performance and achievement are the reflection of the athletes’ discipline and desire to excel which will help them in the latter part of their life when they enter the profession market.

For the record, Sabah recorded their best ever outing in the Games’ history where they finished eighth overall with 32 gold, 28 silver and 46 bronze medals.

The state government, through the Youth and Sports Ministry, paid out more than RM450,000 cash incentives to deserving state athletes who brought home not only medals, but honour and glory to the state during the Games.

   
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