Dr Ben Tan to lead Team Singapore contingent in Tokyo
Singapore, 28 August 2019 – The Singapore National Olympic Council announced today that Dr Ben Tan will assume the duties of chef de mission for Team Singapore at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.
Tan, a gold medalist in sailing at the Southeast Asian Games and Asian Games, competed in the Laser event at the Atlanta 1996 Olympic Games. The accomplished sports doctor was Team Singapore’s sports physician at the 2002 and 1998 Asian Games, and the 2001 and 1999 SEA Games in his capacity as the Singapore Sports Council’s medical officer from 1996-2003.
In 2018, Tan was elected as a vice-president to the SNOC, though it is far from his first foray into sports administration. He chaired the first SNOC Athletes’ Commission in 2005, and has been serving Singapore Sailing Federation since 2002. The former Nominated Member of Parliament is currently chairing World Sailing’s medical commission.
“Like many Singaporeans, I look forward to the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games with a lot of excitement. The Olympics are the pinnacle for any athlete, and it’s the one thing many work their entire sporting careers for. That makes this appointment both a tremendous privilege, and also a great responsibility. I will, of course, strive to fill my role the best that I can and hope that my experience as an Olympian, sports physician and administrator will be of value. Team Singapore has always strived to field deserving athletes and officials of calibre, and I look forward to working with the entire team for a fruitful outing in Tokyo,” Tan said in his debut as a chef de mission.
Said Chris Chan, Secretary-General of the SNOC, “Dr Ben Tan is no stranger to the sport fraternity in Singapore. His extensive experience as an athlete and sports physician will add tremendous value to the team.”
The Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games will be held in Japan from 24 July to 9 August 2020.