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Sixty-six athletes across 15 sports have been selected for the inaugural Sports Excellence Scholarship.
SINGAPORE: Top Singaporean athletes with the potential to excel on the international stage will receive more support to achieve their sporting dreams.
A total of 66 athletes across 15 sports have been selected for the inaugural Sports Excellence Scholarship (spexScholarship).
The initiative was announced in March to provide enhanced support for highly talented Singaporean athletes with potential for international sporting achievements.
The athletes were selected by the High Performance Sports Steering Committee chaired by Acting Minister for Culture, Community and Youth Lawrence Wong.
Among them are swimmers Joseph Schooling and Tao Li, paddler Feng Tianwei, shooter Jasmine Ser and sailor Colin Cheng.
A total of seven disabled athletes, including equestrian Paralympian Laurentia Tan, were also included.
The athletes welcomed the support.
National shooter Jasmine Ser said: "With this scholarship, I can focus more on my two Olympic events and it gives me a more realistic view of my dream."
In addition, 26 athletes from nine sports with potential have been identified for targeted support.
The Singapore Sports Institute is now working out training programmes, which will be rolled out over the next three to four months.
Nominations for the second intake of spexScholars will take place in April 2014.
Mr Wong said: “We are funding them, we are supporting them; we are giving them better coaching, better sports science; we certainly would be demanding targets by each individual athlete. But again, it's customised to the training programme and we will be tracking and how each athlete does according to their expected targets and commitment."