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Foreigners to pay more to use Sports Hub facilities

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The Singapore Sports Hub has announced the entry rates for members of the public to its facilities.

In line with its aim to make the hub accessible to everyone, new fee structure was benchmarked against other government-subsidised efforts to ensure the sports facilities remain affordable to everyone, the TODAY newspaper reported the Sport Singapore chief executive officer Lim Teck Yin  as having said.

However, foreigners will pay more to use the facilities, compared to the fees for Singaporeans and permanent residents (PRs).

For example, while the latter two groups of people need pay S$5.00 for an hour of table-tennis at the OCBC Arena, foreigners will pay S$6.50.

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For the use of the swimming pool at the OCBC Aquatic Centre, Singaporeans and PRs pay S$2.00, while foreigners pay an extra 60 cents.

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Over at the Water Sports Centre, rental of facilities and equipment for various water activities like kayaking and canoeing will also see a difference in fees for locals/PRs and foreigners.

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According to TODAY, “Singaporeans and PRs will continue to pay the prevailing rates for the rest of Sport Singapore’s facilities, while new fees for foreigners will be introduced early next year, with details to be released then.”

The new fees will start from Monday, when the free entry period ends.

The Sports Hub was built at a cost of more than S$1 billion, and includes the new 55,000-seater National Stadium.

The official opening of the Hub is scheduled for 2015.