SEA Games: Singapore athletes geared up for battle

SEA Games: Singapore athletes geared up for battle

Hurdler Dipna Lim-Prasad, 22, was not born when Burma's capital Rangoon hosted what was then known as the South-east Asia Peninsula (SEAP) Games in 1969.

After a 44-year hiatus, the region's biggest sports contest returns to the country next month.

Much has changed.

The SEAP Games is now the South-east Asia (SEA) Games.

Burma is now Myanmar, with a new capital Naypyidaw, where the majority of the 33 sports featuring at the 2013 SEA Games will be contested.

For Dipna, veteran 10-time throwing champion James Wong and the majority of the 310-strong Team Singapore contingent who will be doing battle in Myanmar from Dec 11 to 22, this will be their first foray into the country.

They may be stepping into the unknown, but Singapore's athletes are not cowed.

FLAG BEARER

Lim-Prasad, Singapore's flag bearer for the Games, will be competing in the women's 400m hurdles and the 4x400m relay.

The national 400m hurdles record-holder is looking forward to the competition at the spanking new Wunna Theikdi Stadium.

Speaking at the flag presentation ceremony at the ITE College Central yesterday, she said: "(Naypyidaw) is the new capital, so I've heard it's very barren and simple - which is a change for fast-paced Singaporeans like us.

"Some athletes prefer familiar surroundings to train and compete well, but I don't think it would bother me.

"Every venue is different and has its challenges."

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