SINGAPORE: The Singapore Sports Council on Wednesday launched a new Sports Excellence (SpEx) Scholarship to provide enhanced support for elite athletes.
The scholarship is part of the high performance sports programme, and ensures that highly talented athletes continue their sports development after they graduate from the youth sports programmes.
The programme includes financial help, education support for students, career preparation for adult athletes and personal and life skill development.
The athletes will be chosen by a steering committee, based on criteria like attitude and behaviour and their potential to perform at major sports events like the SEA Games and Olympics.
The SpEx Scholarship is estimated to cost S$40 million over five years.
Singapore Sports Institute’s executive director Associate Professor Fabian Lim, said: "So what this SpEx Scholarship does is that on top of the current support system, we are giving an enhanced level of support for talents who have the potential to move up the pathway to achieve sporting outcomes at a very high level.
"This scholarship will allow them to train full—time, just like their competitors in other parts of the world. And hopefully through this, we will not only produce sporting icons, but also produce sporting icons that will be able to inspire Singaporeans to achieve other things as well."
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