Dropped Olympians rue loss

Dropped Olympians rue loss
Gymnast Lim Heem Wei, who represented Singapore in the London Olympics, is surprised and disappointed at being left out of the inaugural list of spexScholarship recipients. The 24-year-old now has to look for alternative means to finance her training and overseas competitions. -- ST PHOTO: MUGILAN RAJASEGERAN

She made history in London last year by becoming Singapore's first Olympic gymnast.

But that was not enough for Lim Heem Wei to be counted among the Republic's finest athletes when the inaugural list of Sports Excellence Scholarship recipients was unveiled on Tuesday.

The 24-year-old was left "surprised and disappointed" by her omission from the scheme, which offers financial and educational support, assistance in career preparation, as well as help in personal and life skills development.

"This means I have to personally look for alternative means to finance my training and overseas competitions," she told The Straits Times on Wednesday.

Lim was not the only notable absentee from the list of 66 full and 26 potential scholars, though.

With a total of 218 nominations, other Olympians to miss out included badminton players Derek Wong, Gu Juan, Shinta Mulia Sari and Yao Lei, as well as hurdler Dipna Lim-Prasad.

The selection committee did, however, hand full scholarships to seven gymnasts.

Also getting the nod were four shuttlers - three full and one potential.

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