Speech by Mr Tan Chuan-Jin at the Team Singapore 29th SEA Games Flag Presentation
SPEECH BY MR TAN CHUAN-JIN, MINISTER FOR SOCIAL AND FAMILY DEVELOPMENT AND PRESIDENT, SINGAPORE NATIONAL OLYMPIC COUNCIL AT TEAM SINGAPORE 29TH SEA GAMES FLAG PRESENTATION CEREMONY AND OLYMPIC DAY CELEBRATIONS ON SATURDAY, 22 JULY 2017 AT 0825HRS AT OCBC SQUARE, SINGAPORE SPORTS HUB
Ms Grace Fu, Minister for Culture, Community & Youth
Chefs de Mission Mr Milan Kwee and Ms Shirley Low and deputies, Mr Lee Wung Yew and Mr Mark Chay
Athletes and officials
Colleagues and friends from the SNOC, SNPC, MCCY, Sport Singapore and NSAs
Ladies and gentlemen
Good morning everyone. It is my pleasure to be here this morning with the Team Singapore SEA Games and ASEAN Para Games athletes and officials, as well as the participants of the Olympic Day celebrations.
With less than a month to the 29th SEA Games in Kuala Lumpur, followed by the ASEAN Para Games in September, I am very proud of the contingents who have qualified to represent Singapore. There will be 569 athletes representing Singapore in 35 sports at the SEA Games, surpassing the 422-strong team we sent to the 1997 SEA Games in Jakarta. At the ASEAN Para Games, 94 athletes will represent Singapore in 11 sports, more than the 57-strong contingent at the 2008 ASEAN Para Games in Nakhon Ratchasima. Both line-ups mark the largest away contingents for Singapore at the SEA Games and ASEAN Para Games.
We are looking forward to a spectacular outing put together by our neighbours in Malaysia. Kuala Lumpur is the most experienced city host for the Games, having hosted the SEA Games five times, most recently in 2001. The 2017 Games coincide with the 50th anniversary of us being as one ASEAN region, and will also celebrate all ASEAN nations “rising together” as a region.
Our athletes are a diverse and inclusive mix who put in their utmost every day to be the best in their sports. From 13-year-old sailor Radiance Koh representing “Generation Z” to 68-year-old lawn bowler and “baby boomer” Chia Tee Chiak, field hockey to ice hockey, the debutants to Olympic and Paralympic medallists – Team Singapore is represented by the young and the masters, the unfledged and the experienced and in new sports such as cricket, indoor hockey and the winter events which are making its debut at the Games. Regardless of their backgrounds, I am confident that they will be the best ambassadors we can be very proud of.
Leading the contingents are steady hands Mr Milan Kwee and Ms Shirley Low – both with many years of involvement in Singapore sports. Supporting Milan are two very capable and experienced Olympians – Mr Lee Wung Yew and Mr Mark Chay – who have both competed in Kuala Lumpur at the Commonwealth Games and SEA Games. Team Singapore is indeed in good hands.
Over the last two years, there are many people working behind the scenes to support our athletes – many thanks to the NSAs, SportSG, Singapore Sports Institute, sponsors, coaches, training partners, employers, schools, families and friends for their dedication and efforts.
Team Singapore, all the best for the Games. Do your best and enjoy the Games. Last but not least, I wish all participants here today an enjoyable Olympic Day celebrations. Thank you.