Former swimmer Mark Chay appointed chef de mission for Youth Olympic Games in Aug

Former national swimmer Mark Chay will lead Singapore's young athletes to Nanjing this August, after being named chef de mission for the Youth Olympic Games (YOG). -- PHOTO: SINGAPORE NATIONAL OLYMPIC COUNCIL
Former national swimmer Mark Chay will lead Singapore's young athletes to Nanjing this August, after being named chef de mission for the Youth Olympic Games (YOG). -- PHOTO: SINGAPORE NATIONAL OLYMPIC COUNCIL

Former national swimmer Mark Chay will lead Singapore's young athletes to Nanjing this August, after being named chef de mission for the Youth Olympic Games (YOG).

The Singapore National Olympic Council (SNOC) announced on Sunday that the 32-year-old will head the Republic's delegation to the Aug 16-28 event.

Said Chay: "It's an honour and privilege to be appointed chef de mission. It's a very different role from what I'm used to as an athlete, and I hope I'm up to it."

A two-time Olympian (2000 and 2004), he is a former Sportsboy (2001) and Sportsman (2002) of the Year and has also competed at the SEA Games, Commonwealth Games and Asian Games levels.

Sailor Cecilia Low, an Asian Games gold medallist, has also been named as Singapore's young ambassador to the Games. She will be involved in helping to promote the YOG and the Olympic values, as well as encourage Team Singapore's athletes to take part in the various activities and workshops that will take place alongside the Games.

An estimated 3,600 athletes will be competing at the Nanjing Games across 28 sports. Singapore hosted the inaugural edition in 2010, winning two silvers and five bronzes.

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