Team Singapore athletes rewarded for their performances at the 28th SEA Games
Singapore, 26 August 2015 – One hundred and eighty-three (183) Team Singapore gold medallists at the 28th SEA Games were rewarded by the Singapore National Olympic Council (SNOC) and the Tote Board family comprising Tote Board, Singapore Pools and the Singapore Turf Club with a total of $1 million at the SNOC 28th SEA Games Multi-Million Dollar Awards Programme (MAP) Awards Presentation and Team Singapore Appreciation Dinner today.
Team Singapore clinched a medal haul of 84 Gold, 73 Silver and 102 Bronze medals at the 28th SEA Games which Singapore hosted after a 22-year wait. The contingent of 747 athletes led by Chefs de Mission Dr Tan Eng Liang and Mr Nicholas Fang, competed in all 36 sports and inspired the nation with 25 Games records, 29 national records and 74 personal bests and many other breakthrough performances.
The MAP rewards medallists of the SEA, Commonwealth, Asian and Olympic Games. Sponsored by the Tote Board family, recipients receive cash in amounts based on the major Games event and medal won.
Individual gold medallists at the SEA Games will be rewarded up to a maximum of three gold medals won at the SEA Games, each gold medallist will receive $10,000 for the first gold medal, and $5,000 each for the second and third medals. Gold medallists will receive $15,000 in team events and $30,000 in team sports.
There were also two teams who received the Awards following disqualification from other athletes at the 2013 SEA Games and 2014 Asian Games. Swimmers Christopher Cheong, Clement Lim, Quah Zheng Wen and Joseph Schooling were upgraded to a gold medal placing from silver in the 4x100m medley relay following a disqualification by Indonesia. Likewise, Danny Yeo, Pang Sheng Jun, Teo Zhen Ren and Clement Lim were upgraded to bronze medallists from fourth position in the swimming 4x200m freestyle relay event following South Korea’s disqualification.
Mr Tan Chuan-Jin, Minister for Social and Family Development and President of the Singapore National Olympic Council, graced the event as the Guest of Honour and presented personalised congratulatory cards to the medallists while Mr Fong Yong Kian, Chief Executive of Tote Board presented the awards. Mr Lawrence Wong, Minister for Culture, Community and Youth and Second Minister for Ministry of Communications and Information and the two Chefs de Mission joined them on stage.
Said Mr Tan Chuan-Jin to Team Singapore at the Ceremony, “The 28th SEA Games was indeed extraordinary for Singapore. The 29th edition is not too far away on the horizon, and I wish athletes who aspire to compete all the best in their preparations. We have seen new milestones set by our athletes such as Joseph Schooling and Quah Zheng Wen since the SEA Games. Well done, and I hope it inspires more athletes to aspire to greater things.”