Response to parliamentary question on the review of Team Singapore athletes’ performance at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics and Paralympics
Mr Darryl David: To ask the Minister for Culture, Community and Youth (a) whether there are plans to conduct a review of Singaporean athletes' performance at the recent 2020 Tokyo Olympics; and (b) how will this review be incorporated into any strategic plan for the 2024 Olympics.
Mr Edwin Tong, Minister for Culture, Community and Youth & Second Minister for Law:
1 The 12 sports are: Athletics, Badminton, Diving, Equestrian, Fencing, Gymnastics, Marathon Swimming, Rowing, Sailing, Shooting, Swimming, Table Tennis. Team Singapore made its Olympic debut in Diving, Equestrian and Marathon Swimming.
2 The 6 para sports are: Archery, Athletics, Cycling, Equestrian, Powerlifting and Swimming. Team Singapore made its Paralympic debut in Men’s tandem cycling and powerlifting.
3 Mengyu improved on her performance from Rio 2016 (Quarter Finals) to achieve 4th position in the Women’s Singles Table Tennis in Tokyo. Although ranked 47th in the world and nursing an injury suffered earlier this year, she beat Cheng I Ching (WR 8) in the 3rd round and Ishikawa Kasumi (WR 10) in the Quarter Finals. She is the third Singaporean table tennis player to reach the semi-finals in the singles event at the Olympics (after 2000 and 2012).
4 The 49ER FX crew set the best performance by the sailors in any Olympic Games to achieve overall 10th placing out of 21 crews and became the first Singaporean sailors to qualify for a medal race at the Olympics. The crew also came out top among competitors from Asia.