President Tan visits Singapore House in Rio

President Tony Tan and International Olympic Committee executive board member Ng Ser Miang supporting swimmers Joseph Schooling and Quah Zheng Wen at the Olympic Aquatics Stadium on Thursday. Dr Tan is on a five-day visit to Brazil.
President Tony Tan and International Olympic Committee executive board member Ng Ser Miang supporting swimmers Joseph Schooling and Quah Zheng Wen at the Olympic Aquatics Stadium on Thursday. Dr Tan is on a five-day visit to Brazil.ST PHOTO: KEVIN LIM

Team Singapore athletes and officials at the Rio Olympics received a special guest yesterday, as President Tony Tan Keng Yam paid a visit to the Singapore House.

He was accompanied by Minister for Social and Family Development Tan Chuan-Jin, who is also the Singapore National Olympic Council president.

The Singapore House, set up by the Singapore Sports Institute, is a temporary three-level facility offering round-the-clock holistic care for the 25 national athletes in Brazil for the duration of the Aug 5-21 Summer Games.

The President met the 18-man staff that included physiologists, psychologists, trainers, a sports science team and a doctor and a nurse.

Today, he will visit the Olympic Village, the official residence for many of the 10,500 athletes competing in Rio, as well as meet several of the Republic's representatives.

During his five-day trip in Brazil, Dr Tan will also meet the Singaporean community tomorrow during a National Day reception organised by the Embassy of Singapore in Brazil at the Grand Hyatt.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 13, 2016, with the headline 'President Tan visits Singapore House in Rio'. Print Edition | Subscribe