An anonymous donor has donated an undisclosed sum of money to Singapore’s first Olympic medallist Tan Howe Liang. In a MediaCorp exclusive last December, it was reported that Mr Tan’s wife had undergone surgery for breast cancer and the subsequent treatment had set the family back by almost S$100,000.
Now an anonymous donor has come forward to present the former weightlifter with an undisclosed sum of money. The contribution was facilitated by the Singapore National Olympic Council, which said the amount given was sufficient to meet Mr Tan’s needs. Other parties had earlier expressed interest in wanting to help the Olympic hero.
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Mr Tan became Singapore’s first Olympic medallist when he won a silver in weightlifting at the 1960 Rome Games. He currently works for the Singapore Sports Council as a gym supervisor. The Olympians Singapore, an exclusive group of former and current athletes, also recently said they are planning to raise funds for the former athlete.