Minister Tan boosts morale

Minister Tan Chuan-Jin got a chance to play batter yesterday with the national women's softball team when he paid a surprise visit while they were training at the Kallang Diamond.

Mr Tan, who is also president of the Singapore National Olympic Council (SNOC), also met the squash, traditional boat race, archery and judo teams to offer his encouragement to athletes and officials preparing for next month's SEA Games in Singapore.

Other than squash, the national associations of the four sports were among the 14 which received extra funding from the SNOC to prepare for the SEA Games.