Team Singapore gears up for upcoming SEA Games & Winter YOG
Singapore, 9 November 2019 – Team Singapore is gearing up for a strong performance once again for the upcoming 2019 SEA Games and the 2020 ASEAN Para Games. Both Games will take place in the Philippines across Subic, Manila and Clark. A total of 666 athletes across 48 sports will compete in the SEA Games while another 61 athletes across 12 sports will compete in the ASEAN Para Games in January.
January 2020 will also see a milestone for Singapore, with two of our youth athletes representing the nation at the Winter Youth Olympic Games in Lausanne, Switzerland. This will be the first time that Team Singapore is represented in the Winter Youth Olympic Games.
At the official Flag Presentation Ceremony this morning, TeamSG squash player Samuel Kang, TeamSG shuttler Tay Wei Ming and TeamSG short-track speed skater Alyssa Pok were unveiled as the flag bearers for the SEA Games, ASEAN Para Games and Winter Youth Olympic Games respectively; while TeamSG goalball player Joan Hung was the pledge taker.
The event was presided over by guests-of-honour Mr Tan Chuan-Jin, Speaker of Parliament and President, Singapore National Olympic Council (SNOC) and Ms Grace Fu, Minister for Culture, Community and Youth. Both presented Singapore flags to the Chefs de Mission, who then handed them over to the flag bearers.
2019 SEA Games
Ms Juliana Seow, Chef de Mission for Team Singapore at the SEA Games said, “This is the largest contingent we are sending to any major Games. Preparations started many months ago as it is a mammoth task getting the 1000-strong contingent ready for the Games. The SNOC, SSI, MCCY, NSAs and other organisations such as MINDEF, the employers and families have all played a very important role in supporting the athletes on their SEA Games journey. Keeping our athletes healthy and in tip-top shape to put on their best performance for Singapore, and their safe return thereafter, is our utmost priority and I am grateful for the support from all stakeholders.”
This year’s SEA Games looks set to be an exciting one for the athletes who qualified, and will feature athletes making their debut in new sports such as breaking, beach handball, e-sports, jiu-jitsu, kurash, sambo, skateboarding, surfing as well as underwater hockey.
2020 ASEAN Para Games
Taking place in the Philippines after the 2019 SEA Games from 18 to 24 January 2020, 61 Team Singapore athletes will compete across 12 sports at the 10th ASEAN Para Games.
Mr Eric Tseng, Chef de Mission for Team Singapore at the ASEAN Para Games, showed optimism in the athletes. “I have never been so excited for a team that’s preparing for a competition. After meeting several teams and athletes and seeing them in action – there was a notable common denominator among all of them that made me so optimistic. Everyone played with relentless passion, surrounded by astounding diversity teammates, coaches and supporters from all backgrounds. This incredible inner passion of our athletes and diversity of our people will be the strength of Singapore going into the ASEAN Para Games and I hope all Singaporeans will come together to support our athletes.”
Shuttler and flag bearer for the Games, Tay Wei Ming, has been putting in the work and getting in the right frame of mind. Tay said, “It has been a busy year leading up to the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games as there are many competitions to accumulate ranking points in order to qualify. Prior to this, ASEAN Para Games (APG) happens to fall in place along the timeline as these competitions help me to prep up for APG mentally and physically.”
“Working together with the various support groups under the high-performance team, the training is target-specific which covers both technical and physical aspects of the sport. Hopefully, there will be another breakthrough as the top three players of the world will be present at this APG,” she added.
2020 Winter Youth Olympic Games
Team Singapore is set to mark another momentous point in history as it will take part in the Winter Youth Olympic Games for the first time, with two athletes making the cut to represent the nation in Lausanne, Switzerland from 9 to 22 January.
Ms Joanne Kyra Loo, Chef de Mission for Team Singapore at the Winter Youth Olympic Games said, “I am sure Alyssa and Matthew feel the honour of being the first Singaporeans to represent at the Winter YOG. 2020 is not only a celebration of another milestone for youth sports in Singapore, it also marks the 10-year anniversary since Singapore’s hosting of the inaugural edition of YOG. It is a significant milestone that we are proud to share and celebrate. The YOG athletes will also engage in a unique blend of sporting, cultural and educational activities which form an important part of the YOG.”
On Team Singapore’s preparedness for the Winter YOG, Ms Loo said, “Travelling from the tropics in Singapore to winter in Lausanne, the team would need to acclimatise quickly to the weather, manage jet lag and familiarise ourselves with the venue. The support staff at the NYSI will be helping the athletes to take steps to manage these challenges. More importantly, we hope to bring a positive attitude to the YOG and fly the Singapore flag high at the Games. I would also like to encourage Singaporeans to support our athletes and catch them in action on television or online.”
2019 Sport Hall of Fame Inductees
The Sport Hall Of Fame (HOF) pays tribute to Singapore’s finest sporting heroes and heroines. The minimum criteria for induction into the Sport HOF is an Asian Games gold medal. Outstanding achievers who have represented Singapore over the years and are seen as icons for their respective sports are also eligible for consideration.
Double Asian Games gold medallist swimmer Tao Li and two-time pencak silat world champion Muhammad Shakir Juanda were this year’s inductees, receiving plaques from the guests-of-honour for their contributions to sport and the community.