Team Singapore athletes recognised for their achievements at the Commonwealth Games & Asian Games
Medallists awarded $2.57 million for their performances in Australia and Indonesia
Singapore, 13 November 2018 – The Singapore National Olympic Council (SNOC) and the Tote Board Group rewarded 53 medallists with a total of $2.57 million at the MAP Awards Presentation and Appreciation Dinner for the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games and Jakarta-Palembang 2018 Asian Games event today.
For the first time, Team Singapore competed in four major Games in a year – the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games, Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games, Jakarta-Palembang 2018 Asian Games and the Buenos Aires 2018 Youth Olympic Games.
Fifty-nine athletes represented the Republic in 11 sports at the Commonwealth Games, and concluded their mission with 5 gold, 2 silver and 2 bronze medals. The contingent, led by chef de mission Mark Chay, comprised of 39 debutants with some who impressed to push through to the semi-final stages.
Singapore sent its largest contingent yet to the 2018 Asiad, with a 264-strong athlete representation in 21 sports. It was the first Asian Games for 202 of the athletes, with some posting outstanding performances to win medals on their debut. Team Singapore, led by chef de mission Lee Wung Yew, concluded their outing with 4 gold, 4 silver, 14 bronze medals, 1 Games record, 8 national records and 18 personal best performances at the Games.
The MAP rewards medallists of the SEA, Commonwealth, Asian and Olympic Games. Sponsored by the Tote Board Group comprising Tote Board, Singapore Pools and the Singapore Turf Club, medallists receive cash in amounts based on the major Games event and medal won. It is mandatory for athletes to give a percentage of their MAP awards (50% for the Commonwealth Games and 20% for the Asian Games) to their respective National Sports Associations for the purposes of training and development.
Mr Tan Chuan-Jin, Speaker of Parliament and President of the Singapore National Olympic Council, complimented Team Singapore for their hard work in 2018, having participated in four major Games. He also announced a name change for the award – from Multi-million Dollar Award Programme to Major Games Award Programme.
“No longer will we refer it to as the Multi-million Dollar Award Programme, but the well-known acronym that has been fondly accepted by the community will stay. Instead, MAP will now mean Major Games Award Programme. The new name will carry more relevance in these times, and better reflect the heights and scale of the events that our athletes reach,” said Mr Tan.