Last of Team Singapore welcomed home

INTIMATE RECEPTION: Ms Fu greeting sailor Sara Tan at Changi Airport. It has been a memorable outing in Rio, with Schooling bagging a gold medal.


    Aug 25, 2016

    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.