Unwrapped: The takeover of the Sports Hub – is this a bailout?

  • Government agency Sport Singapore (SportSG) will take over the ownership and management of the Singapore Sports Hub from 9 December.
  • This means the public-private partnership of the government and Sports Hub Pte Ltd (SHPL), a consortium made up of four companies will be terminated and SportSG will have greater control and flexibility over the facility.
  • Through our weekly series Unwrapped this week, TheHomeGround Asia looks at the Sports Hub that was plagued with issues from the start and asks if this is basically a bailout.

In our weekly series Unwrapped, TheHomeGround Asia takes a closer look at major stories and happenings that impact Singaporeans.

Government agency Sport Singapore (SportSG) is terminating its public-private partnership (PPP) with current operator SportsHub Pte Ltd (SHPL).

Announcing this on 10 June, SportsSG is taking over the ownership and management of the Singapore Sports Hub in Kallang from 9 December, wanting to make it more accessible to the broader community in Singapore.

While the PPPs in other sectors such as transport, public utilities and education are successful, this one seemed to have been wracked with pain.

And ushering SHPL out meant SportsSG had to pay the consortium of four companies’ construction debt and open value of the facility, as well as take over the operating costs.

The team looks at whether the move is a way for the hub to be more accessible to the broader community or it is merely a bailout by the government.

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