SINGAPORE — Four of Singapore's top athletes of the year went on a celebratory parade atop an open-top bus on Sunday (26 December), from the Singapore Sports Hub to Marina Bay Sands, Chinatown and Orchard Road.
The quartet had reached the pinnacles of their respective sports this year: Loh Kean Yew became the badminton world champion last week; Shayna Ng clinched the IBF Super World Championships title last month; Aloysius Yapp rose to become the world No.1 pool player in October; and Yip Pin Xiu clinched two Paralympic swimming golds in Tokyo in September.
Fans waved at the athletes as the bus weaved its way along downtown Singapore.
Loh later put up a Facebook post thanking the fans for their support. He wrote,"Honoured to join my fellow Team Singapore teammates Yip Pin Xiu, Shayna Ng and Aloysius Yapp - three outstanding athletes with very impressive credentials in today’s celebrations. A big (wave) to all who came out to say hi!
"Rain or shine, thank you all for being here for us. Thank you, Singapore."
The celebratory parade was arranged by the Singapore Sports Institute, in collaboration with Cuesports Singapore, Singapore Badminton Association, Singapore Bowling Federation and Singapore Disability Sports Council, to recognise the quartet's achievements.
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