SINGAPORE - Singapore's hockey men are perennial bridesmaids in the region, finishing behind Malaysia at the last two South-east Asia (SEA) Games in which the sport was featured (2007, 2013).
Ahead of the 2015 Games in the Republic, they have received a significant financial boost from Sport Singapore (SportSG).
Named The Final Push, the funding programme is part of SportSG's bid for a gold rush in Singapore's 50th birthday - its golden jubilee.
It is aimed at plugging gaps in its Annual National Sports Association Grant Exercise (ANGE) funding, to give various sports their best chance at striking gold.
While the Singapore Hockey Federation has signed the letter of offer, confirming the inflow of funds, SportSG is still working with various NSAs. It is expected to make an announcement on The Final Push at the end of the month.
"We have been consistently getting silver, behind Malaysia, and a gold medal should be the target for the next SEA Games," said coach Solomon Casoojee, who was not at liberty to reveal funding figures.
"And this funding gives us a chance at closing the gap with Malaysia."
Ranked 36th in the world, Singapore fell 5-0 to their 13th-ranked Causeway rivals in the 2013 SEA Games final.