Team Singapore athletes rewarded for their outing at the 29th SEA Games
101 gold medallists awarded $670,000 for their winning performances in KL
Singapore, 5 October 2017 – A total of 101 Team Singapore gold medallists at the 29th SEA Games were rewarded by the Singapore National Olympic Council (SNOC) and the Tote Board group comprising Tote Board, Singapore Pools and the Singapore Turf Club with a total of $670,000 at the SNOC 29th SEA Games Multi-Million Dollar Awards Programme (MAP) Awards Presentation and Team Singapore Appreciation Dinner today.
Team Singapore, led by Chef de Mission Milan Kwee and his assistants Lee Wung Yew and Mark Chay, clinched a medal haul of 57 Gold, 58 Silver and 73 Bronze medals in Kuala Lumpur, finishing with a best away Games record. The medal tally exceeded the previous best secured at the 2007 Korat SEA Games of 43 Gold, 43 Silver and 41 Bronze medals.
The contingent of 560 athletes, which is also the largest Team Singapore away contingent to date, competed in 35 out of 38 sports and inspired the nation with 15 Games records, 13 national records and 27 personal bests performances.
The MAP rewards medallists of the SEA, Commonwealth, Asian and Olympic Games. Sponsored by the Tote Board group, 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, each gold medallist will receive $10,000 for the first gold medal, and $5,000 each for the second and third medals. Gold medallists in team events will receive $15,000 and those from team sports receive $30,000. It is mandatory for athletes to give 20% of their SEA Games MAP awards to their respective National Sports Associations for the purposes of future training and development.
Mr Tan Chuan-Jin, Speaker of Parliament 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 Ms Grace Fu, Minister for Culture, Community and the Chef de Mission Milan Kwee joined them on stage.
Mr Tan complimented Team Singapore for their inspiring performances at the Games and paid tribute to those who supported them, “Behind every record, medal, score and athlete, there is a tribe of family, friends and strangers who support and cheer our athletes and officials on. Many thanks to all of you – families, friends and employers who are part of the Singapore sporting journey. Team managers, coaches, training partners, administrators and officials including those at our National Sports Associations, Sport Singapore, Singapore Sports Institute and MCCY – your work has contributed to the success of the team.”