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Let’s Give Team Singapore Full Support: DPM Teo

The Straits Times published on Apr 28, 2012

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DPM Teo Chee Hean (President, Singapore National Olympic Council) in the middle, with (from left to right) Mr Lim Teck Yin (CEO, Singapore Sports Council), Mr A Vijiaratnam (Singapore’s oldest Olympian who is 91 years old), Dr Tan Eng Liang (Vice-President, SNOC), Ms Chua Sock Koong (CEO, Singtel Group), Mr Simon Israel (Chairman, Singtel Group) unveiling the “Singtel Ignite Your Support for Team Singapore” sculpture.

By Fabius Chen

WITH the London Olympic Games just 89 days away, Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean has called on Singaporeans to get behind the Republic’s athletes in a big way.

‘After years of training, and much blood, sweat and tears, this is the moment of truth for many of our athletes,’ he said.

‘As they enter the final stages of their preparations… our good wishes will remind them that as they compete in their own events, they are not alone.’

Mr Teo, who is also president of the Singapore National Olympic Council, was speaking at last night’s unveiling of the SingTel Flame of Support.

Commissioned by the telco, the 1,500kg, 7.5m-tall sculpture, designed to resemble flames, consists of over 3,300 LED lights and will be located outside ION Orchard until the Games come to a close on Aug 12.

SingTel hopes to get 200,000 votes of support from the public, who can simply press a button which will light up a portion of the structure.

‘They put their heart and soul into it,’ Allen Lew, chief executive officer of SingTel’s digital life division, said of the Team Singapore athletes.

‘The least we can do is lend our support, so that when they’re standing on the world stage, they know that they have the whole country behind them.’

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National swimmer Tao Li (in red, left) and gymnast Lim Heem Wei (also in red) cheering with a group of ITE students to show their support for Team Singapore. The 1,500kg, 7.5m-tall sculpture will stand outside ION Orchard until the London Games end on Aug 12. — ST

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