Last of Team Singapore welcomed home
THE final few members of Team Singapore's Olympic contingent returned home to a quiet and intimate reception at Changi Airport early yesterday morning.
Donned in red and bearing the Singapore flag, between 30 and 50 supporters - including athletes' families, Singapore National Olympic Committee officials, Singapore Sailing Federation officials and ministers Tan Chuan-Jin and Grace Fu - formed the homecoming party.
Said chef de mission Low Teo Ping: "Having come through with an incident-free outing, which was also topped by Joseph Schooling winning a gold medal with an Olympic record time and Majulah Singapura being played for the first time at the Olympics - this really gave us tremendous satisfaction of what we have done for Singapore.
"It has also set the tone for how we have to rethink sports and move forward at a very high level."
Among the athletes on the 6.20am flight was two-time Olympic sailor Colin Cheng, who finished 20th out of 46 sailors in the men's Laser event.
"It was a good experience, and we campaigned long and hard for this. It's hard to believe it's all over - I've campaigned for eight years and it's all come down to 11/2 weeks of sailing," he noted.
Minister for Social and Family Development Tan played reporter for the day, filming and interviewing athletes, families and officials alike for a Facebook live video feed.
"Team Singapore is about everyone. Families have made a lot of sacrifices and it's important to learn from them how they feel," he said.