Team Singapore

Another swim cap fuss for Team Singapore

On the eve of the first day of the swimming programme, the Singapore contingent faced a disruption in their preparations for the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland.

They had to throw out their swim caps and replace them with new ones.

The New Paper understands that during a team officials meeting yesterday, the Speedo swim caps used by Team Singapore's swimmers were in breach of the rules.

The Speedo logo on the cap was bigger than the regulation size, in accordance with the competition's advertising rules.

As a result, team officials had to scramble for new Speedo caps for the 11-member team, made up of five men and six women.

The new caps, however, do not bear the Singapore flag.

Low Teo Ping, Singapore's chef-de-mission at the Games, said the problem has been fully resolved.

"Swimming caps belonging to 10 of the 11 swimmers were found to be non-compliant with the advertising codes of the Games.

"The caps have since been replaced with similar ones and the swimmers are satisfied with the new caps.

"The difference between the old caps and new caps is that the new (ones) do not feature the Singapore flag."

There was relief for swim sensation Joseph Schooling, though.

His cap, sponsored by TYR, did not infringe the rules, and hence, he will be the only swimmer to have the Singapore flag emblazoned on his cap when he takes the plunge tomorrow in the 50m butterfly heats.

THIRD INCIDENT

This is the third incident for Singapore swimming at a major Games.

At the 2012 London Olympics, Schooling was told minutes before his 200m butterfly heat that his cap and goggles, both manufactured by TYR, were not on the list of approved equipment.

The hiccup rattled Schooling, who clocked two seconds more than his personal best at the time.

At the 2007 Fina World Championships in Melbourne, Tao Li was unable to use her usual cap because the size of the national flag printed on it was deemed too big.

Subsequently, she had to wear one given by Fina, the sport's governing body, and after she failed to make the final in the 100 fly, the swimmer complained about the ill-fitting new cap.