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The Singapore Disability Sport Council (SDSC) is eyeing more tie-ups with various bodies to boost its pool of talent. It plans to field 100 athletes when Singapore hosts the ASEAN Para Games in 2015.
SINGAPORE: The Singapore Disability Sport Council (SDSC) is eyeing more tie-ups with various bodies to boost its pool of talent.
It plans to field 100 athletes when Singapore hosts the ASEAN Para Games in 2015.
This is about double the number heading to Myanmar for this month's Games.
There was a sending-off ceremony for 52 disabled athletes at Changi Airport on Saturday evening.
President of the SDSC Mohan Menon told Channel NewsAsia that discussions are underway with hospitals, rehabilitation centres as well as both mainstream and special needs schools.
If successful, the tie-ups will be similar to the one struck with the Cerebral Palsy Centre last year.
That agreement has helped send the boccia team to Myanmar.
Assoc Prof Menon said: "As we increase our pool, I believe that the quality of talent that we can identify will move up the ladder as well. We are actively now engaging them in having physical education and training in these schools as well. This is still in its infancy but we think this is a growing area."
Assoc Prof Menon insisted there is no medal target for Singapore at the Games. But he hopes the athletes will put in a strong showing.
"Clearly, if we are well-recognised in the medal tally, it will show the other disabled athletes within the country, that we have a very good platform to identify, train and develop their talent," he said.
"So I believe that more will come forward, so that they can avail themselves to all the opportunities that have been given by the sports agencies and the government, such as scholarships."