Short-track speed skaters, figure skaters and ice hockey team make up Singapore's largest-ever contingent for Asian Winter Games

Singaporean speed skater Lucas Ng will be one of the 22 athletes to represent the Republic at the Asian Winter Games in Sapporo this year.
Singaporean speed skater Lucas Ng will be one of the 22 athletes to represent the Republic at the Asian Winter Games in Sapporo this year. PHOTO: TIFFANY GOH FOR THE STRAITS TIME
National men’s ice hockey defender Hans Chen (left) dribbling with the puck as captain Michael Loh closes him down during training at The Rink at JCube on Dec 18, 2016.
National men’s ice hockey defender Hans Chen (left) dribbling with the puck as captain Michael Loh closes him down during training at The Rink at JCube on Dec 18, 2016. ST PHOTO: NG SOR LUAN
Singapore short-track speed skater Cheyenne Goh will also be competing at the Asian Winter Games in Sapporo.
Singapore short-track speed skater Cheyenne Goh will also be competing at the Asian Winter Games in Sapporo. PHOTO: BILL CHRIST
Figure skater Yu Shuran in action at the 2015 Junior Grand Prix in Logrono, Spain.
Figure skater Yu Shuran in action at the 2015 Junior Grand Prix in Logrono, Spain. PHOTO: ISU JUNIOR GRAND PRIX OF FIGURE SKATING LOGRONO 2015
Figure skater Chloe Ing competing at the International Skating Union (ISU) Junior Grand Prix 2016 in Yokohama, Japan.
Figure skater Chloe Ing competing at the International Skating Union (ISU) Junior Grand Prix 2016 in Yokohama, Japan. PHOTO: MASAHARU SUGAWARA

SINGAPORE -Singapore will be represented by 22 athletes across three winter sports at this weekend's Asian Winter Games in Sapporo, Japan - its biggest winter sports team so far.

Short-track speed skater Lucas Ng, 28, was the sole Singaporean athlete at the 2011 Asian Winter Games in Astana & Almaty, Kazakhstan.

This year, the 28-year-old will be joined by fellow short-track skater Cheyenne Goh, figure skaters Chloe Ing and Yu Shuran, and 18 members of the men's national ice hockey team.

Singapore Ice Skating Association president Sonja Chong is relishing the prospect of a larger Team Singapore contingent at the Games.

"Ice skating as a competitive sport in Singapore has made significant progress in the last few years," she said.

"While our national team is fairly young, our skaters have already demonstrated excellent potential in competitions both regionally and internationally. Being able to compete at the Asian Winter Games is a major milestone for our team and we wish our athletes the very best."

The Asian Winter Games will take place from Feb 18-26.