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Speech By Mr Tan Chuan-Jin, Minster For Manpower And President, Singapore National Olympic Council, At The Commonwealth Games And Youth Olympic Games Flag Presentation

Mr Lawrence Wong, Minister for Culture, Community and Youth and Second Minister for Communications and Information

Mr Low Teo Ping, Mr Mark Chay, Chefs de Mission

Colleagues and friends from the Singapore National Olympic Council, Sport Singapore and the National Sports Associations

Officials and athletes
Members of the media
Distinguished guests, friends

Good evening.

It gives me great pride and pleasure to be here with our athletes and officials representing Singapore at Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games as well as Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games.

In less than a month’s time, 70 athletes from seven sports will head to Glasgow for the Commonwealth Games. The Commonwealth Games is considered as the third largest multi-sport event in the world where 70 nations and territories meet to compete.

We are also here today to send 17 athletes in seven sports off to the Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing. Among us today, there are four outstanding young athletes who have qualified for both Games – swimmers Nur Marina Chan and Samantha Yeo, shuttler Liang Xiaoyu and shooter Martina Veloso. You have all impressed us with your performances at both youth and senior levels, keep flying the Singapore flag high.

Both contingents will be under the strong stewardships of Low Teo Ping and Mark Chay. Teo Ping is a veteran sports administrator and has served as Chef de Mission at the Asian Games and SEA Games, while the YOG is Mark’s debut as a Chef de Mission. Mark’s experience as an athlete in multiple SEA Games, Asian Games, Commonwealth Games and Olympic Games, puts him in good stead to lead Team Singapore at the YOG.

Every major games is special and each celebrates a common theme – the values of humanity. Through sports, we are able to connect to different communities in our society. In this fast paced and complex society these days, it is important that we do not lose touch with people around us and maintain human interactions and connections. If we see ourselves as part of something greater, be it a team, community or society, it creates meaning in life.

Your role, be it as an athlete, official, coach or support staff, in Team Singapore plays a pivotal part in bringing people together. It is through your endeavours in sports that unites the nation when we come together to celebrate your victories, empathise your losses and encourage you during your struggles. Be proud representing Singapore as you have the entire nation behind you.

I wish our Chefs de Mission, Teo Ping and Mark, and their teams successful outings at the Commonwealth Games and Youth Olympic Games. Let’s all play a part in flying the Singapore flag high.

Thank you.

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