Singapore Government to Develop Motor Sports Industry

Singapore , 26 Oct 2007

Singapore Government to Develop Motor Sports Industry
Singapore, 26 October 2007

The Singapore Government announced today that it will be developing the motor sports industry in Singapore by working with the private sector to build a permanent race track located in Changi (eastern part of Singapore) and developing a comprehensive motor sports industry development plan.

Said Minister for Community Development, Youth and Sports, Dr Vivian Balakrishnan: 'The government has identified the motor sports industry as a growth industry that will contribute to sports development and the economy in Singapore. In our discussions with the private sector, industry players shared that the development of a permanent racetrack is critical for us to develop a comprehensive motor sports industry. The government has thus decided to facilitate the private sector's development of a permanent racetrack. The project will be fully funded by the private sector.'

A Request for Proposal for the permanent racetrack, located on a 20-hectare plot with a tenure of 30 years, is expected to go out in May 2008. The racetrack is expected to be completed by end 2010 / early 2011 - refer to fact sheet for details on racetrack.

Added Dr Balakrishnan: 'The Singapore Sports Council will head a cross government agency working group to develop a comprehensive motor sports development plan for sports and economic development. Motor sports is the 3rd most popular spectator sport behind the Olympics and the World Cup. Many races are given extensive media coverage worldwide with global networks. This will certainly provide a boost to sport participation, excellence and industry. Motor sports is also a high-end high value industry from which premier automobile manufacturers and Tier 1 suppliers from the USA, Europe and Japan draw their technical and engineering expertise. Many of these companies already have a base of operations in Singapore, from Regional Headquarters to R&D centres and manufacturing facilities. Motor sports development is expected to lead to the birth and growth of direct and indirect motor sport businesses in sectors like services, engineering, logistics, training and education. Singapore has the infrastructure, technical expertise, manufacturing and R&D capabilities to facilitate the growth of the motor sports industry.'

Oon Jin Teik, Chief Executive Officer, Singapore Sports Council said: 'The SSC has set up a division to facilitate the planning and development of the motor sport industry. Together with the Singapore Motor Sports Association and other government agencies, we will look at talent identification and development; developing local motor events and bringing in international motor events; industrial attachments to international motor sport industries and even professional race teams for exposure and expertise and looking at low-cost entry giving access to the general population with the aim to drive up motor sport interest.'

Added Dr Balakrishnan: 'After the Sports Hub, this will be Singapore's second integrated sports project. Although it is only focused on one sport, the SSC will adopt the same holistic integrated planning approach to develop a self-sustaining industry ecosystem that will complement all other sports projects in Singapore.'

Singapore has a large following of motor sport enthusiasts with over 100 car clubs, each with memberships ranging from 50 to as many as 2000 members. The Singapore Motor Sports Association (SMSA) and its affiliated motoring clubs have more than 4000 registered members who participate in regular motor sports activities organized by the SMSA.

Enclosures



For media inquiries, please contact:

Alvin Hang
Deputy Director (Group Communications)
Singapore Sports Council
DID: 6340 9590
Mobile: 9222 1010
Email: alvin_hang@ssc.gov.sg

Marilyn Ho
Director (Group Communications)
Singapore Sports Council
DID: 6340 9591
Mobile: 9753 7976
Email: marilyn_ho@ssc.gov.sg

About SSC
The Singapore Sports Council (SSC) is Singapore's lead agency tasked with developing sports in Singapore. Our vision is to create a Sporting Singapore where sport is a way of life. SSC aims to develop sports champions and create enjoyable sporting experiences for Singapore through the three strategic thrusts of cultivating a sporting culture, achieving sports excellence and creating a vibrant sports industry. Formed on 1 October 1973, SSC is a statutory board under the purview of the Ministry of Community Development, Youth and Sports. SSC's address on the World Wide Web: www.ssc.gov.sg


 

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