Singapore, 11 November 2014 – Singapore medallists at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games and Incheon 2014 Asian Games were rewarded by the Singapore National Olympic Council (SNOC), Tote Board and Singapore Pools with a total of $3.44 million at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games and Incheon 2014 Asian Games MAP Awards Ceremony and Appreciation Dinner today.
Team Singapore clinched a medal haul of eight Gold, five Silver and four Bronze medals at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games campaign. The contingent of seventy athletes led by Chef de Mission Low Teo Ping, competed in seven sports and inspired the nation with 17 medals, two Games records, and seven national records and personal bests. A total of 24 medallists received $560,000 for their medal winning performances.
The 2014 Asian Games contingent of 223 athletes in 20 sports, led by Chef de Mission Mrs Jessie Phua, delivered 24 medals of five Gold, six silver and 13 bronze in Incheon. Among the 223 athletes, 37 were awarded a total of $2.88 million for their success. Two Games records, three national records and 13 personal bests were set.
Mr Tan Chuan-Jin, Minister for Manpower and President of the Singapore National Olympic Council, graced the event as the Guest-of-Honour and presented personalised congratulatory card 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 Chefs de Mission Mr Low Teo Ping and Mrs Jessie Phua joined them on stage.
The Multi-Million Dollar Awards Programme (MAP) rewards medallists of the Southeast Asia, Commonwealth, Asian and Olympic Games. Sponsored by the Tote Board and Singapore Pools, recipients receive cash in amounts based on the major game event and medal won.
Medallists and games record holders of the Incheon 2014 Asian Games were each presented with a surprise Tissot watch gift. Tissot, the official timekeeper of the Incheon Games, presented each of the 38 medallists and games record holder a watch from their special Asian Games collection.
Said Mr Tan Chuan-Jin to Team Singapore at the Ceremony, “You have all been an inspiration – give yourselves a pat on your backs for the hard work you have put in. Congratulations on prevailing the adversities and soldiering on for Singapore. In seven months’ time, this is the same spirit we will need to succeed as a team at the 2015 SEA Games. Like many Singaporeans, I am looking forward to be part of Team Singapore to support you all the way.”
Said Joseph Schooling who won the first swimming medal (a silver medal) for Singapore at the Commonwealth Games and three medals at the Asian Games, “I’m very honoured and thankful to receive the support of the MAP awards from the Tote Board and Singapore Pools. Without the unconditional support of my parents, I would not be where I am today. Training to be a world-class athlete is not only tedious, but also very costly. I want to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has been supporting me, and I promise I will continue to keep my head down and work hard to bring both pride and joy to Singapore, my family and myself.”
Said bowler Jazreel Tan who won four medals to become Singapore’s most bemedalled athlete at the Incheon 2014 Asian Games, “It feels pretty awesome. The MAP is a great initiative to provide motivation and financial support for athletes. As athletes, we train and compete because of our passion for the sport. I am very thankful to Tote Board and Singapore Pools who recognise our hard work and dedication, it will definitely help advance our sporting pursuits for Singapore. The money that is ploughed back to Singapore Bowling Federation will mean that the squad can have greater training and competition support too.”