Olympics: Decision to not telecast live action from Rio is 'commercial' one, says Grace Fu

Minister for Culture, Community and Youth Grace Fu. PHOTO: ST FILE

SINGAPORE - Minister for Culture, Community and Youth Grace Fu reiterated on Sunday that the decision not to have live broadcasts of the sporting action at the upcoming Olympic Games remains a commercial one.

Speaking to the media on the sidelines of the launch of GetActive! Singapore at the Padang, she said: "That's something for the rights owner as well as the broadcasters to decide - it's a commercial negotiation."

Minister Fu also added that the delayed telecasts of the Olympic Games, which begin on Friday, will not dampen the celebratory mood of the nation if Singapore's athletes win a medal in Rio.

Referring to last year's SEA Games on home soil, she said : "When the major sports are happening in Singapore, obviously the whole country is very excited.

"This time the Olympics is important for us, with so many of our athletes training very hard, but it's 30 hours away and the time zone is a bit different.

"So I think that while Singaporeans are still very concerned and interested in the performance of our athletes, I'm sure many of them will try to catch up and watch the Games at a later time."

The GetActive! Singapore launch, which is part of an effort to celebrate Singapore's 51st birthday through sport, saw an estimated 10,000 people in attendance.

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