A total of 53 Team Singapore athletes were awarded the Major Games Award Program (MAP) Awards with a prize pool of $2.57 million in recognition of their achievements in the recent Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games and Jakarta-Palembang 2018 Asian Games at the Raffles Town Club on Tuesday (13 Nov) evening.
Joseph Schooling bagged the largest share, a total of $340k during the MAP Awards.
A contingent of 59 athletes led by chef de mission Mark Chay, represented the Republic in 11 sports at the Commonwealth Games and brought home five gold, two silver and two bronze medals.
The 2018 Asiad was the first for 202 out of 264 athletes representing Singapore in 21 sports. Team Singapore’s largest-ever contingent, led by chef de mission Lee Wung Yew, concluded their outing with four gold, four silver and 14 bronze medals, and not to forget one Games record, eight national records and 18 personal best at the Games.
Team Singapore shooter Martina Veloso, who won two golds in the Commonwealth Games, will be aiming to compete in the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.
“Next year is going to be a very busy year filled with World Cups and Asian Shooting Championships as we are trying for an Olympic quota,’ said Martina.
“I will try my best not to pressure myself too much because I may just miss out if I do that”.
The event was graced by Minister for Culture, Community and Youth, Ms Grace Fu as well as Speaker of Parliament and President of the Singapore Olympic Council, Mr Tan Chuan-Jin.
Mr Tan announced a name change for the MAP Award, previously known as the Multi-million Dollar Award to the Major Games Award Program.
“The new name will carry more relevance in these times, and reflect the heights and scale of the events that our athlete reach,” he said.
2018 was the first time Team Singapore competed in four major Games – the PyeongChang Winter Olympic, Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Asian Games in Jakarta and the Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires.
The MAP Awards, sponsored by the Tote Board Group, rewards medalists of the SEA, Commonwealth, Asian and Olympic Games and medalists cash in amounts based on the major games event and medal won.
Commonwealth Games 2018 MAP Awards Recipients
Asian Games 2018 MAP Awards Recipients