Singapore athletes earn financial rewards for SEA Games, Commonwealth Games medals

Singapore athletes earn financial rewards for SEA Games, Commonwealth Games medals

Singapore, September 14, 2022: The Singapore National Olympic Council and Tote Board rewarded 68 medallists with up to $860,000 (USD 610,000) at the MAP Awards Presentation and Team Singapore Appreciation Dinner for the Hanoi 2021 SEA Games and Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games on Wednesday. 

The rewards for the SEA Games totalled $495,000 (350,000 USD) and for the Commonwealth Games $365,000 (260,000 USD).

A 424-strong contingent represented the Republic in 33 sports in Hanoi and came home with a haul of 47 gold, 46 silver and 71 bronze medals, five SEA Games records, 16 national records and 41 personal best milestones. 

The contingent, led by Chef de Mission S. Sinnathurai, comprised of 245 debutants who contributed 62 medals out of the 164 attained by Team Singapore. Swimmer Quah Jing Wen was recognised as the Most Valuable Player (Female) clinching six gold and one bronze medals at the Games.

At the Birmingham Commonwealth Games, the contingent of 66 athletes in nine sports led by Chef de Mission Lim Heem Wei, returned with 4 gold, 4 silver and 4 bronze medals, eight national records and 16 personal best outings. 

Fifty athletes made their Commonwealth Games debut in Birmingham, while Games veteran Feng Tianwei became the most bemedaled table tennis athlete with 13 medals at four editions. She also received the David Dixon award for most outstanding athlete at the Games.

Mr Tan Chuan-Jin, Speaker of Parliament and President of the Singapore National Olympic Council, congratulated Team Singapore for their achievements and also extended his appreciation for Tote Board’s support for the MAP Awards.

“Support back home is also key to the development of our athletes. One important stakeholder who has aided the growth of Singapore sport is Tote Board. I would like to extend our appreciation to Tote Board for renewing the MAP Awards for another cycle and for being such unwavering supporters of Team Singapore,” he said.

The MAP rewards medallists of the SEA, Commonwealth, Asian and Olympic Games. Sponsored by the Tote Board, medallists receive cash in amounts based on the major Games event and medal won. It is mandatory for athletes to give a percentage of their MAP awards (20% for the SEA Games and 50% for the Commonwealth Games) to their respective National Sports Associations for the purposes of training and development.