Singapore gets ready to send athletes off for Asian Games and Asian Para Games
03 September, 2014
Team Singapore Asian Games and Asian Para Games contingent at the Team Singapore Flag Presentation Ceremony. (Photo by Aundry Gan/ Sport Singapore)
The Team Singapore flag presentation ceremony was held at the Sports Hub for our athletes as they prepare to depart for the upcoming Asian Games and Asian Para Games held in Incheon, Korea.
The Asian Games will be held from 19 September to 4 October, while the Asian Para Games will follow from 18 to 24 October.
Minister of Manpower and Singapore Olympic National Council President Mr Tan Chuan-Jin was one of the two Guest-of-Honours present at the flag presentation event.
Addressing the people present, Minister Tan declared he was inspired by the athletes’ recent successes at the Commonwealth Games and believed that the athletes will continue to give their all for the nation.
Mr Tan also took the opportunity to pay tribute to the “invisible network of supporters”.
“Over the last few months, I have met many who have played an important role in our sports ecosystem. Each and every one of you has contributed to the building of a vibrant sports culture in Singapore,” he added.
Sprinter Gary Yeo and paralympic sailor Jovin Tan were the appointed flag bearers for the respective Games, as they received the flags from Chefs de Mission Mrs Jessie Phua and Mr Lukshumayeh.
Flag Bearers and Pledge Takers (clockwise from top left: Sprinter Gary Yeo, Swimmer Amanda Lim; Para-swimmer Toh Wei Soong and Para-sailor Jovin Tan) for the Asian Games and Asian Para Games. (Photo by Aundry Gan/ Sport Singapore)
The flag bearers were too keen to put on a good showing in the upcoming Games, after being bestowed with the honour of leading out the respective contingents at their Games.
“This is one of my proudest moments, and I would like to dedicate this to all my supporters and my coach. I am really happy to be the flag bearer for the Asian Games,” Yeo said.
“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 the Asian Para Games,” Jovin added.
This will not be Jovin’s first major games involvement, and he is already looking to offer some sound advice for the newer athletes, especially for his sailing partner, Yap Qian Ying, a debutante at the Asian Para Games.
“The most important thing is to enjoy myself, and give a good account of myself. When I am more relaxed, I think then I am able to perform better,” he shared.
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