Olympics: Singapore flag raised at Games Village in Rio de Janeiro

Athletes from from the Singapore delegation attending the flag-raising ceremony during the welcome ceremony at the Olympic Village in Rio de Janiero, Brazil, on Aug 2, 2016.
Athletes from from the Singapore delegation attending the flag-raising ceremony during the welcome ceremony at the Olympic Village in Rio de Janiero, Brazil, on Aug 2, 2016.ST PHOTO: KEVIN LIM
Chef de Mission Mr Low Teo Ping and some Team Singapore athletes after the welcome ceremony at the Olympic Village on Aug 2, 2016.
Chef de Mission Mr Low Teo Ping and some Team Singapore athletes after the welcome ceremony at the Olympic Village on Aug 2, 2016.ST PHOTO: KEVIN LIM

RIO DE JANEIRO - Team Singapore were officially welcomed to the 2016 Rio Olympics on Tuesday morning in a ceremony at the Games Village Plaza.

All 25 of the Republic's athletes have checked into the residences and are staying in Tower 16, sharing it with the Japanese contingent.

Most were busy with their morning training though, leaving windsurfers Audrey Yong, Leonard Ong, sailor Colin Cheng and track and field representatives Timothee Yap and Neo Jie Shi and several officials to attend the flag-raising ceremony.

This is Singapore's joint-biggest contingent since the 2008 Beijing Games and the mood in the camp was one of quiet confidence even before the opening ceremony on Friday.

Singapore has won four medals - two silvers and two bronzes - since its first appearance at the 1948 London edition.

At the last Games in London, Singapore returned with two bronze medals courtesy of the women's table tennis team.

Chef de mission Low Teo Ping said: "The expectations are definitely there. The athletes are very much in the zone and as long as they do their personal best, I think we're within podium range... The chances are there and like I said earlier, if they do their personal best, we'll maybe manage a few medals."

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