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Swimming: New SSA president coy about medal expectations ahead of Asian Games

Published on Aug 30, 2014 4:26 PM
 
Singapore Swimming Association (SSA) president Lee Kok Choy was coy about the team's medal prospects at next month's Asian Games in South Korea. -- ST PHOTO: DESMOND LIM

Singapore's swimming team delivered one gold medal each at the last two Asian Games, courtesy of butterfly queen Tao Li's heroics in the 50m fly in 2006 and 2010.

Yet, Singapore Swimming Association (SSA) president Lee Kok Choy was coy about the team's medal prospects at next month's Asian Games in South Korea, declining to set any targets despite having both Tao and Commonwealth Games silver medallist Joseph Schooling among the 17 swimmers who will be competing in Incheon.

Asked if he has set any targets, Lee, who was elected SSA president in June, said: "No. What we really want them to do is do their very best times in their events. I'm confident they will do their best and be (at) their peak form at this event."

Lee was speaking at the aquatics team's send-off ceremony at the OCBC Aquatic Centre. In all, the SSA will send 26 water polo players, 17 swimmers, and four divers to Incheon for the quadrennial meet.

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