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Rio Daily: Low Gives Team Singapore A Grade for Games

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Chef de Mission Mr Low Teo Ping handed Team Singapore an A+ grade for their overall displays in the Rio Olympic Games saying the athletes and officials had risen to the occasion - on and off the field.

Team Singapore won a landmark first- ever Olympic Gold medal with Joseph Schooling’s triumph in the 100m Butterfly but Mr Low said that he was pleased with the efforts across all the sports.


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TeamSG swimmer Joseph Schooling won Gold in the Men's 100m Butterfly event. Photo: Sport Singapore


“Joseph Schooling's phenomenal performance in the 100m Butterfly and in Olympic record time was the highlight for Team Singapore. We are generally pleased with the performance of all the athletes despite some not being able to perform beyond their personal best, bearing in mind that they were competing with the world's best in their respective disciplines,” he said.

Low had praise for the work done by Team Singapore officials well ahead of time to make sure that the Games went smoothly despite the potential hurdles that many had predicted could impact the Rio Olympics.

“This has been a challenging Olympic Games right from the outset. Being in South America for the first time, there were health, security, and safety issues to be addressed prior to the Games. Preparatory work began well ahead of time and did not compromise the need to ensure that our athletes were also in training and well-prepared to compete at the highest level,” he said.


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Team Singapore contingent, led by Chef de Mission Low Teo Ping, at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games Opening Ceremony. Photo: Sport Singapore


"The athletes and officials settled comfortably into the Olympic Village not without having to address a number of issues relating to the amenities but these were resolved rather quickly. Once the athletes were accommodated comfortably, they went straight into their respective training regimes.”  

“Overall, we are pleased with the results and glad that this has been a safe and successful outing for Team Singapore. Team Singapore deserves an A+ grade for their performance in Rio. We are thankful to the support team from the Singapore National Olympic Council and Sport Singapore who helped to conclude the Rio 2016 Olympic Games with a team that is healthy and safe and with a historic performance to boot.”