Tien Minh gets big bonus for bronze medal

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Vietnam's best badminton player Nguyen Tien Minh received a VND200 million bonus Tuesday for winning the World Championships bronze medal.

The world No.7 had already received almost VND200 million (around US$9,500) from different sources including the Ho Chi Minh City Badminton Federation and Vietnam Badminton Federation after he won the men's singles bronze medal at the World Championships that ended in China on Sunday.

The new VND200 million bonus comes from his sponsor Becamex IDC.

Tien Minh received the bonus from Becamex IDC as he was preparing to fly to India to play for Pune Vijetas, as Indian Badminton League club, during a tournament August 14-31. The Indian club offered to pay Minh US$44,000 for the tournament.

Tien Minh said, "The cash from the sponsor is very encouraging for me. I am thankful for the care and support from the fans and the authorized government agencies, and especially the sponsors who have been supporting me the past time."

Becamex Investment-Development Corporation (Becamex IDC) has provided Minh with VND50 million per month since April 2009 for a position among the top 10. If he is between eleventh and twenty-fifth in the world, Minh gets VND20 million per month from the sponsor.The sponsor will cut off the funds if Minh falls out of the world top 25.

Also, the General Department of Physical Exercise and Sports has proposed that the State award Minh a second class labor medal for his impressive achievements at the World Championships.

Tien Minh received a third class labor medal in 2011 after great international performances and a spot among the top 10 in 2010. Minh reached the fifth position in the Badminton World Federation rankings in April, 2010. At times, he has been out of the world top 10 but he has always been among the world 20 since mid 2010.

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