Chew Wei Lun claimed silver in the mixed individual BC1 ©Getty Images

Malaysian boccia player Chew Wei Lun received a financial boost in recognition of his silver medal success at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics.

Johor’s state Government gave RM 15,000 (£2,624/$3,577/€3,057) to Wei Lun after claiming silver in the mixed individual BC1, as reported by the Malay Mail.

Siti Noor Iasah Mohamad Ariffin, who competed in the women’s 400 metres T20, collected RM 5,000 (£875/$1,192/€1,016) for her endeavours in the Japanese capital.

There was also recognition of the efforts of two Paralympic coaches with Sallehudin Mohd Noh and Muhammad Ashaari Zainal Abidin, who work in cycling and tennis respectively, receiving RM 5,000 each.

Datuk Onn Hafiz Ghazi, chairman of the Johor Tourism, Youth and Sports Committee, and Nor Syazlan Abd Razak, director of Johor State Sports Council, attended the ceremony.

Mentri Besar Datuk Hasni Mohammad, who presented the awards, said sporting facilities in the Malaysian state would be improved following the success of its Para athletes.

Chew Wei Lun lost 4-2 to Britain's David Smith in the mixed individual BC1 final ©Getty Images
Chew Wei Lun lost 4-2 to Britain's David Smith in the mixed individual BC1 final ©Getty Images

"The Government will also look after the welfare of athletes, so the role of sports associations is very important in helping athletes so that their achievements can be improved," said Hasni.

Cyclist Muhammad Shah Firdaus Sahrom, sailor Nur Aisyah Jamil, golfer Kelly Tan Guat Chen and archer Syaqiera Mashayikh also picked up financial rewards following their efforts at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

Wei Lun, who lost to Britain’s David Smith in the mixed individual BC1 final, praised the state Government for recognising athletes.

"When I participated in the Paralympic Games, I didn’t set a target, I just wanted to introduce this sport to the people and I didn’t expect to get a medal," added Wei Lun.