Asian Games: National women's rugby 7s team earn nod after successful appeal

Singapore women's rugby sevens captain Alvinia Ow Yong in action against Japan during the Hong Kong leg of the Asia Rugby Sevens Series in September 2016.
Singapore women's rugby sevens captain Alvinia Ow Yong in action against Japan during the Hong Kong leg of the Asia Rugby Sevens Series in September 2016.PHOTO: TAKUMIIMAGES

SINGAPORE - A total of 266 athletes will fly the national flag at this year's Asian Games in Indonesia, after the Singapore National Olympic Council (SNOC) approved appeal nominations on Tuesday (June 26).

The women's rugby sevens team, silver medallists at last year's SEA Games, were among the athletes whose appeals were successful and will head to the Aug 18-Sept 2 Asiad.

Other successful appeals include sailor Amanda Ng, sport climber Vanessa Si and silat exponent Siti Khadijah Mohd Shahrem. Ju-jitsu exponents and the men's contract bridge players were also successful in appealing.

Ju-jitsu is featuring at the Asian Games for the first time, together with paragliding (represented by Singaporean Goh See Fen).

Singapore's synchronised swimmers are making their Asian Games debut as well, having qualified for the first time.

This is the Republic's biggest Asiad contingent, with the previous largest being 240 at the 2010 Games in Guangzhou, China.