Team Singapore Begins Journey Towards The Asian Games and The Asian Para Games
01 Sep 2014
Singapore, 01 September 2014
– Close to 300 Team Singapore athletes and officials gathered at a flag presentation ceremony to commemorate their journey towards inspiring the nation at the Asian Games and the Asian Para Games between September and October 2014 in Incheon, Korea.
2. Guests of Honour Mr Tan Chuan-Jin, Minister for Manpower and President, Singapore National Olympic Council and Mr Sam Tan, Minister of State, Prime Minister’s Office and Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth presented the Singapore flags as a symbol of honour to the flag bearers for the respective Games.
2014 Asian Games
3. Opening the second lap of the Games season is the 2014 Asian Games, which will take place in Incheon, Korea from 19 September to 04 October. Singapore will be fielding a contingent of 227 athletes to compete in 20 sports, led by Chef De Mission (CDM) Mrs Jessie Phua.
4. Says Mrs Jessie Phua: “Participating in international competitions can be a very stressful experience. After years of training, and much blood, sweat and tears, this can be said to be the moment of truth for our athletes. We have in our midst, sporting ambassadors who are prepared to do their best and do Singapore proud. In times like these, the strong support of family, friends and fellow Singaporeans can help to share the athlete’s burden, so as to bring out the champion inside of them. I look forward to leading them to deliver inspirational performances that will do the nation proud."
2014 Asian Para Games
5. Shortly after the Asian Games is the Asian Para Games, held in Incheon, Korea from 18 to 24 October 2014. This multi-sport event will see some 53 athletes representing Singapore in 11 sports and led by Chef De Mission (CDM) Mr M. Lukshumayeh.
6. “Our para-athletes have been giving us many inspirational moments by proving their mettle at previous Games. Many of them have shown that by having the right mindset and attitude, and with the right form of support, you will be able to overcome any form of challenges – both physical and mental. Through the Asian Para Games, I hope that our para-athletes can gain more competition experience in preparation for next year’s ASEAN Para Games in Singapore so as to realize Singapore’s paralympic aspirations.” said Mr M. Lukshumayeh.
Call for Singaporeans to support our athletes
7. In the spirit of coming together as one Team Singapore, Minister Tan Chuan-Jin acknowledged the important role supporters play in every athlete’s endeavor. This includes the backroom support staff, families and friends who have invested their time and resources to support the athletes. He stressed that everyone has a role to play in contributing to a vibrant sports culture and that everyone should keep the momentum going to be a stronger Team Singapore when Singapore hosts the 2015 SEA Games.
8. Says Asian Para Games flag bearer Jovin Tan, “It is always an honour to be selected to represent Singapore in international competitions and it is an even greater honour to be able to be the flag bearer for Asian Para Games. I know that all eyes will be on me and my fellow athletes at the Games, but with the support of Singaporeans cheering me on, I am looking forward to doing my best and doing Singapore proud.”
9. Sharing the same sentiment is Team Singapore sailor Loh Jia Yi. He adds, “As a first time participant to the Asian Games, I feel a sense of pride to have been given this opportunity. I know the competition is going to be tough, but with Team Singapore’s support, it will help me overcome all obstacles that will be presented during the race and to reach the common goal – that is, to be able to fly the Singapore flag high.”
Please click here for the following Annexes.
Annex A: Games fact sheet
Annex B: 2014 Asian Games Contingent List
Annex C: 2014 Asian Para Games Contingent List
Annex D: Profiles of Chefs-de-Mission, flag bearers and pledge takers
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About Team Singapore
Team Singapore is a shared identity for all Singaporeans, where sport is the national language. It represents the unique connection between our athletes and every other Singaporean – young or old, as they embark on a sporting journey as one. Team Singapore is one big family inspiring one another through sport. It is a relationship that extends beyond the sporting fraternity, and beyond the major Games. Team Singapore is about living better lives as we embody values inherent in sport: a winning spirit, an appreciation for teamwork, a commitment to purpose, the importance of ethical behaviour and a love for our country.
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About Singapore National Olympic Council
The Singapore National Olympic Council (SNOC) is the national nonprofit organisation that coordinates the selection of Singaporean athletes for competition at the major games such as the Olympic Games, the Youth Olympic Games, the Asian Games, the Asian Youth Games, the Commonwealth Games and the Southeast Asian Games. Singapore's involvement in the Games is resolutely anchored in the Olympic ideals that were first espoused by Baron Pierre de Coubertin, the founder of the modern Olympic Games, in 1894.
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About Sport Singapore
As the national sports agency, Sport Singapore’s core purpose is to inspire the Singapore spirit and transform Singapore through sport. Through innovative, fun and meaningful sporting experiences, our mission is to reach out and serve communities across Singapore with passion and pride. With Vision 2030 – Singapore’s sports master plan, our mandate goes beyond winning medals. Sport Singapore uses sport to create greater sporting opportunities and access, more inclusivity and integration as well as broader development of capabilities. At Sport Singapore, we work with a vast network of public-private-people sector partners for individuals to live better through sport.
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About Singapore National Paralympic Council
Formed on 23 June 2008, the Singapore National Paralympic Council (SNPC) is the sole national body recognised by the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) to represent disability sports in Singapore. The SNPC takes over the reins of selecting elite athletes with disability for IPC-sanctioned competitions from the Singapore Disability Sports Council (SDSC), such as the Paralympic Games, Commonwealth Games, Asian Para Games, ASEAN Para Games and Asian Para Games
About Singapore Disability Sports Council
Singapore Disability Sports Council (SDSC) is the only organisation in Singapore that caters to sports for persons across all kinds of disabilities. It aims to help persons with disability lead full and independent lives through sports. Besides providing sporting opportunities for them to realise their potential, SDSC trains talents to represent Singapore and pursue excellence at regional and international competitions.
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