Telegram from Tokyo: A visit to the heart and soul of the Olympics

(clockwise from right) ST correspondent David Lee and Lianhe Zaobao correspondents catch up with Singapore shuttler Loh Kean Yew and paddler Yu Mengyu at the Olympic Village.
(clockwise from right) ST correspondent David Lee and Lianhe Zaobao correspondents catch up with Singapore shuttler Loh Kean Yew and paddler Yu Mengyu at the Olympic Village. ST PHOTO: DAVID LEE

TOKYO - No gold medals are handed out at the Athletes' Village but there is no doubt that this is the heart and soul of any Olympics.

One glance at the multitude of flags hanging from the apartments - there are over 11,000 athletes representing 206 National Olympic Committees - will tell any visitor what a melting pot it is.

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