Low Teo Ping appointed Singapore's chef de mission for 2016 Olympic Games in Rio

Mr Low Teo Ping has been appointed as the chef de mission for Team Singapore at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.
Mr Low Teo Ping has been appointed as the chef de mission for Team Singapore at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. PHOTO: ST FILE

SINGAPORE - The Singapore National Olympic Council (SNOC) on Monday announced the appointment of Low Teo Ping as the chef de mission for Team Singapore at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

The 70-year-old Low is a veteran sports administrator who is an SNOC vice-president and also the president of the Singapore Rugby Union.

He recently served as the Republic's chef de mission at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games and will lead an Olympic Games contingent for the first time when he takes charge next year for the Aug 5-21 Games in Brazil.

Low was also chef de mission at the 2010 Asian Games in Guangzhou and the 2007 SEA Games in Korat. He also served as president of the Singapore Sailing Federation from 1999 to 2010.

He said: "It is my privilege to be appointed the Chef de Mission to Team Singapore for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games by the Singapore National Olympic Council.

"As of now, our sailors and swimmers have successfully qualified for the 2016 Olympic Games. There are many other athletes who are working very hard to meet the mark to represent Singapore at the 2016 Games.

"I wish them all the best in qualification and their preparations."

Low, who is also the president of Sentosa Golf Club, will be attending next month's chefs de mission seminar from Aug 17-21 in Rio de Janeiro.

He said: "It will present the details we need to help prepare the team when they are in Rio for the Games. We will also be there exactly one year before the Games to experience the climate during the Games.

"I look forward to visiting Rio and learning more about the venues to bring back information vital to our team."

jonwong@sph.com.sg