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Send-off for Singapore athletes heading to Commonwealth, Youth Olympic Games

More than 80 Team Singapore athletes headed for the two Games to be held in July and August were present at the flag presentation on Tuesday (July 1).

SINGAPORE: A flag presentation ceremony was held on Tuesday (July 1) for athletes heading to the 20th Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland, and the 2nd Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, China.

Sport Singapore said in a statement that more than 80 athletes were in attendance for the ceremony.

Singapore will have 70 athletes contesting in seven sports at the Commonwealth Games in July. At the Youth Olympic Games in August, 17 athletes will compete in seven sports. Four female athletes - swimmers Nur Marina Chan and Samantha Yeo, shuttler Liang Xiaoyu and shooter Martina Veloso - will compete in both Games.

According to Chef de Mission Low Teo Ping, they are expected to match or exceed the 31 medal haul -- including 11 golds -- from four years ago in New Delhi.

Singapore sent 65 athletes and won 11 gold, 11 silver and 9 bronze medals at the 2010 Commonwealth Games.

The flag bearers are gymnast Lim Heem Wei for the Glasgow games and diver Jonathan Chan in Nanjing.

Manpower Minister and newly-minted President of the Singapore National Olympic Council Tan Chuan-Jin, and Minister for Culture, Community and Youth Lawrence Wong, were at the ceremony to present the Singapore flags to the Chefs de Missions (CDMs) and the flag bearers for the respective Games.

"I would like to congratulate all our athletes who have been selected to compete for our nation, and to fly our flag high overseas. Through sports, we are able to connect to different communities in our society and it is only through one’s endeavours that the nation comes together to stand together as one Team Singapore,” Mr Tan said.

The Commonwealth Games will be from July 23 to August 3, while the Youth Olympics will on from August 16 to 28.

Mr Low said: "It's a chance for them to compete with athletes on a world stage. The Commonwealth Games, in certain sports, really is of a very high standard. So I think the opportunities are there for them, to prove not only to Singapore, but to themselves."

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