A little more time for a break

File photo of Low Teo Ping, Singapore's chef de mission for this year's Commonwealth Games

Swimmer Tao Li was so drained in 2010 that she gave up competing at the Commonwealth Games in order to do well at the Asian Games.

It worked, as the 24-year-old won the women's 50m butterfly and clinched a silver in the 100m fly in the Asian Games.

At the time, the Commonwealth Games in New Delhi was scheduled in October, while the Guangzhou Asiad followed a month later.

Low Teo Ping, Singapore's chef de mission for this year's Commonwealth Games, believes the Republic's elite athletes can do well in both events this year.

The Commonwealth Games will be held from July 23 to Aug 3 in Glasgow, Scotland, while the Asiad will be hosted in Incheon, South Korea, from Sept 19 to Oct 4. "I am sure an athlete can peak twice in that space of time," said Low on Tuesday, after the selection meeting at the Jalan Besar Stadium.

"In 2010, New Delhi and Guangzhou were a bit too close, but this is a technical aspect and we will leave it to the experts."

Six swimming relay teams - the 4x100m free, 4x200m free and 4x100m medley for men and women - have been selected for the 2014 Commonwealth Games, along with individuals Joseph Schooling (100m and 200m fly, 100m IM) and Tao Li (100m fly).

Said Singapore National Olympic Council secretary-general Chris Chan: "Swimming had a leaner team (in 2010) because they were concentrating on the Asian Games and it was back-to-back, and they also knew that it was a tougher field in the Commonwealth Games.

"Now, there are six relay teams and, of course, the team manager has the prerogative to put (the swimmers) in individual events. That's pretty healthy."

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