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Singaporean Paralympians have set foot in Tokyo.

Aug 20, 2021 ,

Veteran Team Singapore equestrian athlete Laurentia Tan has arrived in Tokyo, along with the first set of Team Singapore athletes who set off for Tokyo on 19 August.

In a Facebook post, the 42-year-old also thanked Citi for sending her handwritten notes, ahead of competition.

Photo: Laurentia Tan

The first batch of Team Singapore athletes representing Singapore at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games left Singapore on flight SQ634 to Tokyo earlier on 19 August. 

The team of 21, consisting of Team Singapore officials, and athletes from equestrian, swimming and powerlifting arrived in Tokyo at approximately 9.50pm on the same day.

Among the first set of athletes to leave for Tokyo were swimmer Yip Pin Xiu, who is the defending Paralympic champion in the 50m Backstroke – S2 and Women’s 100m Backstroke – S2), debutants Sophie Soon Jin Wen, Toh Wei Soong and Nur ‘Aini Mohamad Yasli, and equestrians Gemma Rose Foo and Maximillian Tan, who are both making their third Paralympic appearances.

In addition, cyclist Steve Tee and his athlete competition partner Ang Kee Meng arrived in Tokyo via London. 

The second batch of Team Singapore athletes, Nur Syahidah Alim and flag bearer Muhammad Diroy Bin Noordin will fly to Tokyo on Sunday.

Chef de Mission for the Team Singapore contingent at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics Shirley Low said, “The team is beyond excited that the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games is finally here. 

“We board the flight in great spirits and in anticipation of what is to come. 

“While there was no send-off ceremony due to COVID-19 restrictions, I am confident that Singaporeans will rally behind our athletes, tune in to watch our athletes and cheer for them from Singapore.”

Photos: Singapore National Paralympic Council

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