Joseph Schooling, Feng Tianwei, Quah Ting Wen — these are familiar faces Singaporeans have supported and cheered on at international competitions and the Olympic Games over the past years. And at the upcoming Tokyo Games, Singaporeans can look forward to these seasoned competitors making their mark in their chosen sport.
But at the same time, Singapore’s young athletes have proven their worth, with an astounding 17 out of the 23-athlete strong contingent making their Olympic debut this year.
It is also the first time that Team Singapore has earned the right to compete across 12 sports — surpassing the seven sports Singapore competed in at the 2016 Games and nine in 2012.
Singapore’s representation in diving, equestrian and marathon swimming this year is also unprecedented. If that’s not worth being chuffed about, we don’t know what is.
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The path to the Tokyo Olympics, which had been postponed from last year due to the Covid-19 pandemic, has been fraught with uncertainties, but the Games are slated to go ahead from July 23 till Aug 8.
Team Singapore officials have said they will do their utmost to ensure the safety of athletes, with every member of the team fully vaccinated. The team arrived in Japan on June 27 and have been based in the city of Shimada in Shizuoka prefecture.
All eyes within the next few week will undoubtedly be on Schooling, 26, in hopes that he will defend his Olympic gold medal in the 100m butterfly. But regardless of the outcome, we’d be sure to be cheer on all of our Team Singapore athletes next month, and a victorious homecoming will simply be another feather in the cap for our National Day celebrations come Aug 9.
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