Asean’s Rio Olympic medalists said the award of free flights by Malaysian budget airline AirAsia will spur them to bring more glory to their countries and help defray training costs.
AirAsia awarded a total of 21 Olympic athletes from Vietnam, Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, the Philippines and Indonesia. Asean’s gold medal winners received a lifetime of free flights, while silver and bronze medalists got five and three years’ worth of flights, respectively.
Vietnamese shooter Hoang Xuan Vinh, who won his country’s first ever Olympic gold medal, told Yahoo Singapore that he would use the award to go for overseas training and competitions.
Calling it an honour, the army colonel said, “Going overseas to train or compete is expensive but with the help from AirAsia, it will reduce the cost.“
Sopita Tannsun, Thailand’s gold medalist in weightlifting, agreed with Hoang that the award can help offset training costs.
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