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Even as a cool $1 million was disbursed to 183 gold medallists in June’s SEA Games on home soil under the Multi-Million Dollar Award Programme (MAP) last night, athletes and administrators agreed that those who medal at world championships should also be recognised in some way.
Currently, the MAP Awards reward athletes who win medals at the Olympics, Asian Games, Commonwealth Games and SEA Games - major competitions sanctioned by the Singapore National Olympic Council.
Singapore swimmers Joseph Schooling and Quah Zheng Wen were the biggest winners last night when they each received $31,250 after their exploits at the SEA Games.
But Schooling, 20, will not receive any monetary reward for his stunning bronze medal win in the 100m butterfly at the world championships in Kazan, Russia, last month.
Speaking on the sidelines of the Team Singapore Appreciation dinner last night at Orchard Hotel, the butterfly sprint star said: “A lot of hard work and a lot of money has been spent (including by my parents) to get me to where I am today. “I’m lucky with the MAP Awards that sponsors have chipped in for Team Singapore, but it would be nice if achievements at the world champs are recognised, too.
“Any chance to win more money would be nice to cover the expenses we incur as we strive for greater heights in our various sports.”
Singapore athletes have tasted success in world championships in bowling, cuesports, silat, table tennis and wushu.
It is understood that the various National Sports Associations (NSAs) may reward their athletes privately.
Read the full report in our print edition on Aug 27.
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