C'wealth Games: President identifies new avenue of sporting excellence

C'wealth Games: President identifies new avenue of sporting excellence
President Tony Tan, with chef de mission Low Teo Ping, inaugurating the “Singapore Square” at the living quarters of the athletes.

A piece of real estate in Scotland has been "claimed" by Singapore.

Far away from home, living together for two weeks and facing the pressure of intense competition, Team Singapore athletes were cheered by a visit from President Tony Tan Keng Yam on Tuesday evening.

And, at the invitation of chef de mission Low Teo Ping, he humorously named the backyard of their accommodation in the Games Village "Singapore Square@Commonwealth Avenue".

Also in attendance were Ng Ser Miang, the chairman of the International Olympic Committee's finance commission.

After a tour of Team Singapore's quarters, which have been livened up with national flags and bunting depicting the lion, Dr Tan spoke to the athletes, remembering many of them by name, and happily obliging their photo requests.

He said: "I am very happy to be here to attend the 20th Commonwealth Games to support Team Singapore. I had a tour of the premises and the facilities. Everything looks very well organised and the facilities are first-rate."

He then joined the athletes for dinner.

Noting the high spirits coursing through Team Singapore, he said: "Our athletes are very comfortable and settling down well. They are in very good spirits, raring to go for the competition. We look forward to some sterling performances from them, which I'm confident they will deliver and we will win a few medals.

"All in all, the spirit is very good here. I wish them all the best for the Commonwealth Games and I think that Singapore will be very proud of them after these two weeks."

Dr Tan will be cheering for Team Singapore during today's swimming and tomorrow's badminton events. He may also take in some of the table tennis and gymnastics action, before leaving on Saturday.

This article was first published on July 24, 2014.
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