Blog Posts by Lin Wenjian

  • S’pore swimmer Tao Li’s surprise Olympic boost

    Tao Li has been named among the 60 Team Visa athletes ahead of the Olympics (photo from Ruder Finn Asia)Tao Li has been named among the 60 Team Visa athletes ahead of the Olympics (photo from Ruder Finn Asia)

    Singapore's swim queen Tao Li has been named as one of the 60 Team Visa athletes ahead of the 2012 Olympic Games in London.

    The Team Visa initiative, a global sponsorship programme created to support athletes in their pursuit of Olympic glory, will see Tao join an illustrious list that includes China's tennis star Li Na, American sprinter Allyson Felix and multiple Olympic gold medallist Michael Phelps.

    According to Visa, Tao, who has won two consecutive Asian Games gold medals and countless accolades in the SEA Games, was chosen because of her past achievements in the pool.

    As part of the sponsorship, Tao, who will swim in the 100m butterfly in London, will receive "financial support, life-skill training and valuable marketing exposure".

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    With the 27 July to 12 August Games less than three weeks away, Tao's fans can also support her through the Visa Go World Global Cheers campaign.

    The vote of confidence from the payment card giant comes as a timely boost for the

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  • Singapore badminton chief: No medal targets for Olympic team

    The players have been told to "uphold the ideals of Singapore" while in London (photo courtesy of SBA)The players have been told to "uphold the ideals of Singapore" while in London (photo courtesy of SBA)

    Singapore Badminton Association's chief Bobby Lee has refused to be drawn into setting a medal target for Singapore's Olympic-bound medal team.

    For the four players who've earned their tickets to London, he had a simple message for them: "Good luck, play hard, enjoy the game. We're all supporting you."

    But Lee's laissez-faire approach to his players does not mean the four players -- Derek Wong (men's singles), Gu Juan (women's singles) and the women's doubles pair of Yao Lei and Shinta Mulia Sari -- are taking things easy ahead of the Games.

    Lee told Yahoo! Singapore, "All four Olympians have worked very hard and sacrificed a lot throughout the qualification period to get to the Olympics. They know that it is an honour and a privilege to represent Singapore."

    Lee said he did not want to follow the lead of his counterparts at the table tennis association -- who are gunning for two medals at the Games -- and set specific targets for his charges.

    "We have told them that

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