PUTRAJAYA: Chan Peng Soon had two reasons to be upset on Monday.
First, he was unhappy with the prize money given to the mixed doubles winners in the National Grand Prix Finals at the Precinct 11 Sports Complex.
Peng Soon and his scratch partner Lai Pei Jing received only RM1,600 each after winning the title.
They were declared winners after their opponents Ong Jian Guo-Lim Yin Loo conceded a walkover following Jian Guo’s back injury.
Peng Soon said the prize distribution was unfair and hoped the organisers would review it and alleviate the status of the National GP Finals.
The men’s doubles champions took home RM11,000 (RM5,500 each) while the women’s doubles received RM4,800 (RM2,400 each). The men’s singles winner collected RM7,000 while the women’s singles champion was given RM4,000.
“Why are we (mixed doubles players) treated so differently? We play as hard as everyone else. Unfortunately, the lowest prize money given here was the lowest of the lot,” said Peng Soon.
“The BWF (Badminton World Federation) offer the same prize money for all. I don’t understand why the local players are treated differently.
“I believe this is one of the reasons why many local players are not motivated to become mixed doubles players. I do hope this matter will be reviewed.”
Peng Soon was also unhappy over the uncertainty of his five-year successful partnership with Goh Liu Ying following the latter’s injury woes.
“Liu Ying is down with injury. For now, I am unsure of our plans for next year. Our participation in the Korean Open and Malaysian Open is hanging in the balance. I will let my coach (Jeremy Gan) look into this matter,” he added.