Singapore is set to send its largest contingent to the upcoming Asian Games this year with 246 athletes in 22 sports selected by the Singapore National Olympic Council (SNOC).
The 18th Asian Games will take place in Jakarta and Palembang in Indonesia with competition commencing on 18 August and ending 2 September 2018. There will be 462 events competed in 40 sports.
The SNOC Selection Committee, chaired by Mr Tan Chuan-Jin, Speaker of Parliament and President of the SNOC, met today to consider the nominations put forward by the National Sports Associations and decide on the athletes who have made the first cut to compete at the Games.
Athletes who have yet to meet the qualifying mark have till 15 June to meet the selection criteria of a sixth-place finish at the Asian level. New results which had clearly met the sixth placing of the 2014 Asian Games will be considered by the SNOC.
At the 17th Asian Games in Incheon in 2014, Team Singapore’s contingent of 223 athletes won 5 Gold, 6 Silver and 14 Bronze medals.
Said Chris Chan, Secretary-General of the SNOC: “Our athletes have made some breakthroughs at the major Games in recent times. With the largest contingent to the Asian Games ever, we hope to see more inspiring and credible performances by Team Singapore in Indonesia.
“Team Singapore will also be making their debut in synchronised swimming, ju jit-su and paragliding. The synchronised swimming team is making an entry into the Asiad with a young team of athletes. From playing second fiddle to our Southeast Asian counterparts not too long ago to defending their SEA Games crown last year, they will now face a bigger test at the Asian Games.
“We hope to see more NSAs and athletes coming forward with substantial results to qualify before the appeal deadline of 15 June. In the meantime, we wish all NSAs and athletes who are preparing for the Games all the best.”
Annex A – List of athletes selected for 18th Asian Games