Paralympics: PM Lee sends good wishes to Team Singapore

Mr Lee Hsien Loong also urged the nation to rally behind Team Singapore. PHOTO: LEE HSIEN LOONG/FACEBOOK

SINGAPORE - Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has sent a message of encouragement to Singapore's para-athletes as they get set to compete at the Tokyo Paralympics, which open on Tuesday night (Aug 24).

Noting their sacrifice and hard work "to make it to this pinnacle event for sports", he wrote on his Facebook page on Tuesday morning: "Not only have they trained relentlessly, but they have spent their lives overcoming peoples' expectations of the differently-abled. Now, they will represent Singapore at the Paralympics.

"Some, like Nur Syahidah (Archery)... have already proven themselves on the world stage. Others, like Steve Tee (Tandem Cycling), are making their Paralympics debut. Steve is also one of my residents in Ang Mo Kio GRC!

"Whatever the results may be, I know you'll all make us all proud. Let's go, Team Singapore!"

Ten athletes from archery, athletics, cycling, equestrian, powerlifting and swimming will be representing the Republic at the Games, which end on Sept 5.

In a Facebook post on July 13, Mr Lee shared that he had had a chat with the Olympics and Paralympics-bound Singapore athletes virtually. He also urged the nation to rally behind Team Singapore.

Minister for Culture, Community and Youth Edwin Tong also expressed his support for Singapore's Paralympians in a Facebook post, saying: "Beautiful scenes at Tokyo's Olympic Stadium as thousands of Paralympians the world over - including 10 of Team Singapore's very best - march out in a surreal ceremony, devoid of spectators but no less spectacular and symbolic.

"This is a true celebration of the human spirit to take on all challenges, both personal and global, and emerge triumphant.

"All the best! Singapore will be behind you!"

Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth Parliamentary Secretary Eric Chua also urged the public to get behind Singapore's athletes.

In a Facebook post, he wrote: "Super stoked to see Team Singapore athletes, led by shot putter Muhammad Diroy Noordin, at the opening ceremony of the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games!

"Very proud of our Paralympians as they fly our flag high in Tokyo. Can't wait for the action to begin tmr! All the best, Pin Xiu, Sophie, Steve & Kee Meng for your events! We will be cheering you on!"

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