Singapore sailing duo to end Olympic quest, cites near-death trauma as reason

470 sailor cites near-death trauma as reason; partner Cheryl Teo sad Olympic dream over

Cheryl Teo (far left) and Yukie Yokoyama won gold at the SEA Games in 2017 and finished fourth at the Asian Games last year.
Cheryl Teo (far left) and Yukie Yokoyama won gold at the SEA Games in 2017 and finished fourth at the Asian Games last year.PHOTO: SPORT SINGAPORE

They had been travelling, conquering the waves in the hope of qualifying for the Tokyo Olympics next year. Both even took a year off school to chase their dream.

But, despite help from professionals, sailor Yukie Yokoyama could not conquer her inner demons, which surfaced after a near-death experience last year.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 19, 2019, with the headline 'Yokoyama ends Tokyo 2020 bid'. Subscribe