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With Singapore playing host to the Asean Para Games for the first time in December, 2015 might well be a watershed year for disability sports in the country.
“I believe that this year is going to be the catalyst for so many things, especially disability sports,” said Singapore National Paralympic Council (SNPC) chairman, Associate Professor Dr Teo-Koh Sock Miang.
“We have a lot of things lined up for our para athletes, things that will benefit them greatly from a personal and professional standpoint.”
At the Athletes’ Achievement Award Reception yesterday, when the Republic’s medallists at the 2014 Incheon Para Games were given monetary awards totalling $145,000 for their good performances, two new initiatives were introduced for the nation’s para athletes.
The first is the athletes’ committee helmed by Dr Teo-Koh, which is dedicated towards the welfare of para athletes.
The second initiative — the inter-agency committee — is pledged towards building a lasting legacy for disability sports beyond the Para Games. It is chaired by Minister of State Mr Sam Tan.
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