22 July 2010

Singapore to prepare athletes to participate at the Winter Olympics

Olympics: Sunny Singapore heading for the snow slopes@CNA

SINGAPORE: Tropical Singapore is on track to join the ranks of Winter Olympic nations as efforts to form a sporting authority here charge full steam ahead.

Slated to head the national sports association (NSA) is veteran sports administrator Low Teo Ping, who recently stepped down as president of SingaporeSailing.

Although there are already ice hockey and skating bodies here, the Singapore Sports Council said the proposed NSA will oversee only two sports - snowboarding and downhill skiing - with the aim of competing in future Winter Olympics.

The multi-sport event in temperate climate is held every four years, with the last one in Vancouver earlier this year.

In February, Teo Ser Luck, Senior Parliamentary Secretary for the Ministry of Community Development, Youth and Sports (MCYS), revealed that a high-performance team from the SSC were studying the possibility of sending athletes to the Winter Olympics, as early as the 2014 Games in Sochi, Russia.

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