NATIONAL paddler Li Jiawei got what she wished and asked for - to be the flag-bearer for Singapore at the Beijing Olympics. That honour was bestowed on her at the Beijing 2008 Olympic and Paralympic Games flag presentation ceremony yesterday.
SNOC secretary-general Chris Chan believes that it was the first time that an athlete had made a request to be the flag-bearer.
Li, who flew in from her centralised training stint in Osaka to attend the ceremony, revealed that she wanted to go back to her native Beijing to make a statement.
'Over the years, there has been so much debate over the foreign talent scheme. This is my way of showing everyone that everything I've ever achieved is because of Singapore.'
Read the full story in Friday's edition of The Straits Times