They'll show hunger at this games

They'll show hunger at this games

1. What are the challenges for you as a first-time South-east Asia Games (SEA Games) chef de mission for Singapore?

We normally have the biggest number of our athletes in this Games than any other.

For many, it's their first time at a major Games... it's important to get them focused and to tell them not to be distracted by everything around them.

We always expect the national sports associations to have experienced and capable team officials because they are the first line to look after the interests of the athletes and to make sure that all the technical and other requirements are complied with.

I'd always say - if our athletes are going to be out of the competition, then it should be in the process of competing and not on technical defaults.

We've had a few cases in the past where our athletes had been on the receiving end and we don't want to see this recur.

You cannot assume that because you've gone to one Games and somebody has not enforced something that it won't apply at the next one. This is what we are stressing to our managers.

2. What was an important lesson from the previous Games that you can apply to the SEA Games this year?

Having been an athlete myself, I've always felt that I had to be as close to the ground as possible.

Being with the athletes in the village, eating with them and interacting with them give them a sense of confidence that somebody is with them who can look after their interests.

My role is to oversee everything but I hope the athletes realise that I am approachable and am somebody they can connect with.

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