Epoch Times, Singapore Edition (Issue 492, August 8 – August 21, 2014)
By Ang Xue Er
The 2014 Commonwealth Games held in Glasgow, Scotland, from Jul 23 to Aug 3 brought together thousands of athletes across 71 nations, competing in 18 different sports.
The Commonwealth Games started in 1930 out of a shared history and a shared language. Every athlete has to sign a declaration stating that “[they] will take part in the Commonwealth Games in the spirit of true sportsmanship, recognising the rules which govern them and desirous of participating in them for the honour of our Commonwealth and for the glory of sport”. Ultimately, the main point of these international games is the relationships forged and the values learned.
And what a long way Team Singapore has come. She has been participating in the Commonwealth games since 1958. From two medals in 1958, she won a noteworthy 31 medals in 2010.
How about 2014?
Below are some of the major breakthroughs Team Singapore has achieved in this year’s Commonwealth Games:
– The table tennis players clinched six out of the seven table tennis golds.
– 25-year-old Derek Wong became Singapore’s first badminton player to win a medal in the Commonwealth Games men’s singles event.
– Joseph Schooling earned Singapore’s first-ever swimming medal at the Commonwealth Games.
– Our first-ever Men’s vault medal at the Commonwealth Games went to gymnast Hoe Wah Toon.
Here is Team Singapore’s medal tally:
Table Tennis – 6 gold, 2 silver and 2 bronze
Shooting – 2 gold
Badminton – 2 silver, 1 bronze
Swimming – 1 silver
Gymnastics – 1 bronze
For all athletes who represented Singapore, congratulations and thank you for your hard work!
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