Pin Xiu Yip named Singapore’s flagbearer for Rio 2016

The swimming world record holder will carry Singapore’s flag at the Opening Ceremony of September’s Paralympic Games. 12 Jul 2016
Yip Pin Xiu of Singapore
Paralympic swimmer Yip Pin Xiu of Singapore poses for a portrait on May 11, 2012 at the Jurong Swimming Complex in Singapore
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By Singapore National Paralympic Council

Swimmer Pin Xiu Yip has been selected to carry Singapore’s flag at the Opening Ceremony of the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.

The 24-year-old, who won gold in the 50m backstroke S3 and silver in the 50m freestyle S3 at Beijing 2008, shined at last May’s Funchal 2016 European Open Championships, where she set two world records on her way to gold in both the 50m and 100m backstroke S2.

Rio 2016 will be the third Paralympic Games for Yip, who finished fourth in the 50m and 100m freestyle S3 at London 2012.

Speaking to Channel News Asia, Singapore’s Rio 2016 Paralympics Chef de Mission Ho Cheng Kwee said: “The team of Para athletes we have selected have worked extremely hard to reach a level where they can compete against the best in the world.

"It is my privilege to lead such a team. I hope they have the support of all Singaporeans when they compete in Rio."


Sport fans from around the world can now buy their Paralympic tickets for Rio 2016 from authorised ticket resellers (ATRs)

The IPC’s Global ATR is Jet Set Sports, and Rio 2016 tickets and packages can be purchased on the CoSport website.

Residents of Brazil can buy 2016 Paralympics tickets directly from the Rio 2016 website.

Visa International is the exclusive payment card and the official payment system for the Paralympic Games.