Audit Commission slams Sports Fund for ‘arbitrary’ granting of subsidies

2023-06-12 03:06     BY Tony Wong    Comment:0

In a report released on Friday, the Commission of Audit (CA) criticises the government’s Sports Fund (FD) for its “arbitrary” decisions on granting subsidies to the city’s various sporting associations for organising or participating in sporting competitions or events between 2018 and 2021.

The subsidies granted during the four-year period that were assessed by the Commission of Audit amounted to around 137 million patacas, according to the report.

The fund’s administrative operations are supported by the Sports Bureau (ID).

The fund is currently headed by the bureau’s president, Pun Weng Kun.

The audit report says that the Sports Fund failed to draw up any specific regulations on assessing and granting subsidies for sporting contests or events.

For instance, the audit report also slams the fund for its inconsistency in criteria for assessing sports associations’ applications for subsidies covering participants’ meals.

The audit report slams the fund for its “unscientific and unreasonable” management in granting subsidies for sport.

Meanwhile, Pun told reporters yesterday that the bureau and the fund are paying close attention to the suggestions raised by the audit report. He said the fund will continue to review and improve its regulations on assessing and granting subsidies.

Pun also said that the bureau has now required sport associations to always submit documents in their applications for subsidies in full compliance with the fund’s subsidy regulations. 

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