SINGAPORE - Wushu exponent Emily Sin was surprised when a friend informed her that the women's duilian team had finally got the nod for this year's South-east Asia (SEA) Games yesterday.
The team - comprising Sin, 19, Fung Hui Xin, 16, Zoe Mui, 16, and Tan Yan Ni, 17 - were initially rejected by the selectors from the Singapore National Olympic Council (SNOC) during the first selection earlier this month because of the lack of recent results.
This is despite the team clinching gold medals at the previous two SEA Games, and the World Wushu Championships title in 2011.
Tao Yi Jun and Tay Yu Juan have since retired and Sin said: "I was quite surprised because when you get rejected for the first time, you wouldn't think it is possible to get selected the second time round.
"We have been training hard and we would like to thank the SNOC selectors for this opportunity. We know the pressure is on us because of our good track record, but we will definitely try to achieve my best possible results," added the National University of Singapore chemical engineering freshman.
The selection committee - headed by Deputy Prime Minister and SNOC president Teo Chee Hean - deliberated for about an hour at the Spex House yesterday (a stone's throw from the Singapore Sports Council's Kallang headquarters), before the appeals committee gave the nod to 19 new slots.
The 27th SEA Games will be held in Myanmar from Dec 11 to 22 this year.
Said SNOC secretary general Chris Chan: "The duilian team historically have a good track record and even though they have had changes in the team, the fact that they still achieved results show that they have very good succession planning.