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Yip Pin Xiu, who won two gold medals at the Tokyo Paralympic Games in August 20202, received two checks for S $ 800,000 on October 16, 2021. (Photo: Singapore National Paralympic Council)

SINGAPORE: Five-time Paralympic gold medalist Yip Pin Xiu will receive S $ 800,000 for the two gold medals she won at the 2020 Tokyo Paralympic Games, the Singapore National Paralympic Council announced (SNPC) on Saturday (October 16).

The cash award is double what Yip would originally have received after DBS Bank became a new sponsor.

SNPC announced on Saturday that DBS will participate in the Council’s Athletes Achievement Awards (AAA), the monetary incentive program for Singaporean athletes to win medals at major Paralympic Games.

“The Initial Engagement (DBS) will span two cycles of the Paralympic Games extend until the Paralympic Games in Paris in 2024, “said SNPC. Funding from DBS will also cover the Asean (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) Para Games, Asian Para Games, and Commonwealth Games.

The move comes in the wake of the public debate on inequality in cash awards. Joseph Schooling received SGD 1 million for the gold medal he won at the 2016 Rio Games.

Yip originally received S $ 200,000 for each gold medal won at the Paralympic Games. She was presented with two checks for 800,000 SGD at the Athletes Achievement Awards and the 2021 Recognition Ceremony on Saturday.

Yip successfully defended the titles she won in Rio in 2016 – the women over 50 m S2 and 100 m back S2

Under the AAA program, 20% of the total cash award goes to SNPC and the Singapore Disability Sports Council.

Yip called it “a step in the right direction” and said she was happy Singapore “Take active steps to achieve parity of the amount of money”.

“Representing Singapore at the highest level is a privilege, and winning two gold medals at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games is a testament to the hard work that it has done Team and I have done, “she said.

Yip added that she is also considering the 2024 Paralympic Games in Paris and will” keep training hard “.

DBS Singapore Group Executive and Country Head Shee Tse Koon said DBS did “Slightly agreed” when the council turned to DBS to ask if they would consider sponsoring the AAA.

“We can all do our part to create a more inclusive Singapore. As a brand in Singapore, we also believe in supporting and nurturing local talent, “said Shee.

Team Singapore’s participation in the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games marked the country’s ninth participation in the Paralympic Games. It was also Singapore’s second-best medal win after the two gold medals and a bronze medal won at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio.

Singapore’s athletes participated in 18 events in six sports, setting a total of seven personal bests, five new national records and two best times of the season. A total of 13 top 10 placements were achieved.

The Minister for Culture, Community and Youth and the Second Justice Minister Edwin Tong thanked SNPC and their corporate sponsors for the “wholeheartedly” supported Paralympiad in Singapore.

” Our Team Singapore athletes’ performances at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games have cheered and inspired Singaporeans from all walks of life, “said Tong.

He added that the government is committed to working with its stakeholders to make disabled sports accessible to encourage more participation and to foster an inclusive society where “people of all abilities can experience, play and excel”.

Earlier this month, Mr Tong said in Parliament that efforts were being made to promote the To increase cash rewards for para-athletes at large games.

There has been discussions on the Internet about the discrepancy between the cash rewards n the Major Games Award Program (MAP) for able-bodied athletes and the AAA for para-athletes.

Several MPs have also asked if more could be done to reduce the inequality in cash awards between the two.

Mr. Tong said the difference in cash prizes does not reflect how the government values ​​healthy athletes and para-athletes.

“The premium amounts offered under both programs are collected by the SNOC and SNPC together with their sponsors and set. The awards in each program are individually staggered according to standard, size and field of competition for each major game, “he had said in parliament.

” The difference in the amount of money does not reflect how the government reflects our para-athletes versus ours healthy athletes. In our eyes they are all athletes of Team Singapore, and every athlete, handicapped or handicapped, has its own intrinsic value, which we appreciate, acknowledge and appreciate. “

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