09 Dec '11, 11pm

Some elite athletes spark Olympic worry

Some elite athletes spark Olympic worry

SINGAPORE: With 230 days to the 2012 Olympics, Teo Ser Luck, chairman of the steering committee for Singapore's Olympic Pathway Programme (OPP), admits he is concerned over the form of some of the elite athletes. There are currently 11 athletes in the programme and eight took part at the SEA Games in Indonesia last month. Shooters Jasmine Ser, Poh Lip Meng and Nigel Lim, and badminton players Shinta Mulia Sari and Yao Lei, fared poorly at the games. Ser, 21, a gold-medal favourite, only returned with one silver from two events, while the women's doubles pair of Shinta and Yao only managed two bronzes. However, Poh and Lim came home empty-handed. Launched in May 2009, the OPP has a war chest of S$6.5 million to help the elite athletes prepare for next year's London Games, and going into the final straight, Teo told Today: "It does give me some worry. I'm concerned if it is ...

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