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Two Chefs de Mission appointed for 2015 SEA Games

Two Chefs de Mission, Dr Tan Eng Liang and Mr Nicholas Fang, have been appointed to lead and support Singapore's athletes at the 2015 Southeast Asian Games.

SINGAPORE: Two Chefs de Mission, Dr Tan Eng Liang and Mr Nicholas Fang, have been appointed to lead and support Singapore's athletes at the 2015 Southeast Asian Games.

This is the first time the Singapore National Olympic Council (SNOC) has selected two people for the role.

As host of the 2015 SEA Games, Singapore has big plans.

The 28th edition of the regional meet will feature 36 sports, including boxing and volleyball, and 402 events.

It is also likely to see a larger contingent from Singapore, comprising some 600 athletes and officials.

At the previous SEA Games held in Myanmar in 2013, Singapore was represented by 309 athletes.

Thus, two Chefs de Mission have been appointed to help lead and be responsible for the team.

Dr Tan, 76, is an Olympian and veteran sports administrator, and led the Team Singapore to win a silver medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games.

He was recently Chef de Mission for the 2011 SEA Games.

Joining Dr Tan is Mr Fang, a former national fencer and triathlete.

The 38-year-old is a double SEA Games bronze medallist, and President of the Singapore Modern Pentathlon Association.

The appointment of the two Chefs de Mission is part of a plan to nurture a younger generation of sports leaders.

"It is a privilege for me to have a chance to pass on, to show what I think a good Chef de Mission should be.

“I would say that it is a joint responsibility. If he is keen on certain areas of responsibility and if he wants it -- there is no problem. I can step back and just make sure that he does the right thing,” said Dr Tan.

The games will be held on home ground for the first time in more than 20 years.

And Mr Fang is working to give athletes a leg up with that, "to ensure that we as Team Singapore put up a good show in terms of results as well”, he said.

“Athletes will feel a little bit of pressure competing at home, but what I hope they will bear in mind is that being at home means you have the support of the entire home crowd.

“We have to get every Singaporean out there to support all the sports and make sure that our athletes feel not the pressure, but the entire support of the whole country behind them as they perform at home,” he added.

The 2015 SEA Games will be held from June 5 to 16 in 2015, just before Singapore celebrates its 50th year of independence in August. 

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