Support on road to the SEA Games

Support on road to the SEA Games
Singapore hurdler Dipna Lim-Prasad welcomes the enhanced support for potential medallists. The 2013 Myanmar SEA Games bronze medallist is planning to train full-time as she aims for gold on home soil next year.

SINGAPORE - Support for potential medallists at next year's SEA Games in Singapore will extend twice as long for working adults, and many times more for student-athletes.

The Straits Times understands that about $3 million will be set aside for more than 200 athletes who missed out on benefiting from the Sports Excellence (Spex) Scholarship, offered to an inaugural batch of 66 sportsmen and sportswomen last year.

Athletes will have to demonstrate their potential for a podium finish at the June 5-16 Games, and commit to full-time training for six to 12 months in preparation for the event.

The Grant for Loss of Wages (Glow) for working adults will be extended from a maximum of $2,000 a month for half a year, up to a maximum of $2,500 each month for a year.

For student-athletes, the Training Assistance Grant (TAG) could also rise to $800 each month for a year, which is eight times more than the $1,200 sum previously offered over a full year.

Singapore Sports Council chief executive officer Lim Teck Yin said: "We're very mindful that this is a Games carried at home, it's an opportunity to perform at home, and we want to put our best foot forward."

He was quick to note that for student-athletes, "full-time training" does not necessarily mean giving up their studies.

"It's on condition that they can take on the training load (required)," he said.

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