Steps to protect S'pore athletes going to Brazil

The Republic's chef de mission, Low Teo Ping.
The Republic's chef de mission, Low Teo Ping. PHOTO: MATTHIAS HO FOR THE STRAITS TIMES

Mindful of the increased warnings about travelling to Zika-hit Brazil, the Singapore National Olympic Council made clear it will extend the necessary support to athletes competing at the Rio Olympics in August.

The Republic's chef de mission Low Teo Ping said in a statement yesterday: "We will do our best to provide our athletes and officials with the protection they need from health and security risks such as supporting them with adequate protection aids from mosquito bites.

"It is in our best interests that Team Singapore is provided (with) the opportunity to represent the country in a safe and conducive environment and to return from the Olympic Games in good health and free of viruses such as Zika."

National swimming coach Sergio Lopez was confident measures were in place.

"We have been vaccinated with a lot of things, and by the time the Olympics come around, things should be better. If we stay within the Olympic Village, we should be fine," he said.

For now, Singapore will send 24 athletes to the Olympics.

Ng Keng Gene

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on May 29, 2016, with the headline 'Steps to protect S'pore athletes going to Brazil'. Print Edition | Subscribe