Performance not enough for inclusion at next Games

Performance not enough for inclusion at next Games
Singapore's marathoner Mok Ying Ren celebrates after crossing the finishing line. He won gold.

They may have scored historic golds for Singapore at the recent South-east Asia (SEA) Games in Myanmar, but it remains to be seen if Saiyidah Aisyah and Janine Khoo will get to defend their titles in Singapore in 2015.

In Naypyidaw, Saiyidah, 25, won the Republic's first individual rowing gold in the women's lightweight single sculls 2,000m, despite not getting any financial support.

Janine, 16, clinched Singapore's first SEA Games gold in equestrian in 30 years after winning the show jumping event.

In an interview with Channel News Asia last night, Acting Minister for Culture, Community and Youth Lawrence Wong said performance at this SEA Games will not factor much in a sport's inclusion at the 2015 Games.


Wong said: "It's not so much the performance at this Games that decides whether other sports get included.

"The SEA Games Charter itself sets out some guidelines on how to select the sports.

"We would want to take the views (of the participating countries) into consideration and, finally, we would also look at within Singapore how well the sport is organised and the following the sport has in Singapore."

The Republic will host the biennial Games in June 2015, the first time it is organising the regional sports gala since 1993.

Thirty sports are already confirmed for the 2015 roster, with organisers willing to add five to 10 more.

Among Singapore's gold medal-winning sports in Myanmar this year, only equestrian and rowing are not among the 30 sports.

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