09 Apr '11, 12am

MCYS Rebuts SDP's Criticism Of YOG: Cheow Xin Yi, Today In response, MCYS sports director Koh Peng Keng pointed out...

SINGAPORE - The Ministry of Community Development, Youth and Sports (MCYS) has responded to Singapore Democratic Party's (SDP) criticism of the Youth Olympic Games (YOG) as an event "riddled with incompetence and mismanagement". In a letter to Today published on Friday, the SDP said the party will take on MCYS Minister Vivian Balakrishnan in Holland-Bukit Timah GRC to hold him accountable for the YOG budget, which ended up three times the initial S$104 million planned. In response, MCYS sports director Koh Peng Keng pointed out that although the YOG was one-third the size of the Summer Olympics, its expenditure was less than 10 per cent of the most recent Games. Ultimately, the YOG brought in S$60 million in additional tourism receipts for Singapore and a marketing value of at least S$56.7 million, he said. In 2006, the SDP also contested a GRC based on a specific issue, t...

Full article: http://www.todayonline.com/Singapore/EDC110409-0000305/MC...

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