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17 sailors to be fielded in upcoming Asian Games 2014

Seven of the sailors are making their debut at the Games, including the youngest member, Raynn Kwok.

SINGAPORE: For the upcoming Asian Games in Incheon, Singapore's sailing team is aiming to match their performance during the 2010 edition. That means, setting their sights on two gold medals in South Korea. 

Four years ago in China, the Singapore contingent returned with a total of eight medals, two gold, two silver and four bronze.

The team members got a timely boost ahead of the competition which starts on Sep 19. Watchmaker and sponsor Seiko, presented the sailors with a timepiece each.

Singapore will be fielding 17 athletes competing across seven different classes. They include Olympians, world champions and past Asian Games medallists. Seven of the sailors are making their debut at the Games, including the youngest member, 12-year-old Raynn Kwok. "My coach has been preparing me quite well for this Asian Games," he said, adding that his parents and teachers have been working to get him in the right frame of mind.

Mr Terence Koh, Team Manager of Singapore Sailing Federation added, “Preparations are never easy and they are always going all out regardless of the conditions that we are going to face. So I won't say we have done specific preparations, but more so to cover or engage their weaknesses and also to train them up on the different aspects of their sailing”.