CLARK – Singapore Athletics has come below fireplace following a dark day out on the 30th SEA Video games and experiences of discord throughout the squad.
In its autopsy of the 659-strong contingent’s efficiency on Wednesday (Dec 11), Richard Gordon, head of top efficiency and athlete existence on the Singapore Recreation Institute (SSI), stated: “Swimming and athletics shape the 2 core sports activities within the SEA Video games programme.
“For Singapore to stay aggressive within the general medal tally, we want to put ourselves able to be aggressive within the athletics programme the place there are no less than 40 gold medals up for grabs.
“Singapore Athletics and the athletics fraternity have a task to play in ceasing the in-fighting to concentrate on the athletes. If this tradition persists, development is difficult.”
The monitor and box contingent introduced in 3 bronzes this time, down from the 2 gold, two silver and 4 bronze display from 2017.
By contrast, swimming was once the highest performer some of the 48 sports activities that Workforce Singapore competed in, accounting for 23 of the contingent’s 53 gold medals, specifically with up-and-coming younger swimmers shining at the regional degree.
Quah Zheng Wen was once essentially the most bemedalled athlete of the Video games with six gold and two silver medals, incomes him the biennial match’s Maximum Precious Participant (MVP) award.
On the press convention, the Singapore Nationwide Olympic Council (SNOC) stated that the 2019 version marks the 3rd consecutive SEA Video games the place Singapore’s athletes had completed greater than 50 gold medals, surpassing the 900th gold-medal mark within the Philippines. They’ll additionally go back house with 46 silver and 68 bronze medals.
Fifty-six in step with cent of the contingent, or 366 athletes, and 7 sports activities (seaside handball, underwater hockey, esports, browsing, sambo, kurash and skateboard) made their debut on the SEA Video games. Out of 167 medals attained by way of Workforce Singapore, 51 had been completed by way of the debutants.
Fifteen Video games data had been additionally damaged.
Sports activities like swimming, fencing, ice skating and golfing earned reward for his or her performances whilst soccer – which made the headlines following information that almost part the squad of 20 had damaged curfew all through the event – additionally got here in for complaint.
The SNOC and SSI additionally famous the “erratic” performances of staff sports activities comparable to water polo, the place the boys’s staff had been overwhelmed to gold for the primary time since 1965, and the desk tennis staff, who misplaced two doubles titles and gained two out of the 4 golds on be offering.
Area of interest and lesser-known sports activities comparable to underwater hockey, which gained all 4 gold medals on be offering, kurash and jiu-jitsu, had been highlighted for his or her performances.
Juliana Seow, chef de challenge for Workforce Singapore on the Video games, stated: “Total, Workforce Singapore had an excellent day out. Our athletes displayed grit and continued in pageant some of the area’s best possible.
“Even the hurricane (Kammuri) wasn’t in a position to hose down the stable staff spirit our contingent displayed. Workforce Singapore’s effects display various promise, and optimistically, the nationwide sports activities associations will proceed to experience in this sure momentum.”
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