Singapore is set to send its largest contingent to Asian Games this year with 246 athletes in 22 sports already selected.

The Singapore National Olympic Council (SNOC) Selection Committee, chaired by Tan Chuan-Jin, Speaker of Parliament and President of the SNOC, met today to consider the nominations put forward by the national governing bodies and decide on the athletes who have made the first cut to compete at the Games due to take place in Jakarta and Palembang between August 18 and September 2.

Athletes who have yet to meet the qualifying mark have till next Friday (June 15) to meet the selection criteria of a sixth-place finish at the Asian level. 

New results which had clearly met the sixth placing of the 2014 Asian Games will be considered by the SNOC.

Previously, Singapore's largest Asian Games contingent was 240 athletes at Guangzhou 2010.

At Incheon 2014, Singapore’s contingent of 223 athletes won five gold, six silver and 14 bronze medals.

"Our athletes have made some breakthroughs at the major Games in recent times," Chris Chan, Secretary-General of the SNOC, said. 

"With the largest contingent to the Asian Games ever, we hope to see more inspiring and credible performances by Team Singapore in Indonesia.

"Team Singapore will also be making their debut in synchronised swimming, ju jit-su and paragliding. 

"The synchronised swimming team is making an entry into the Asiad with a young team of athletes. 

"From playing second fiddle to our Southeast Asian counterparts not too long ago to defending their SEA Games crown last year, they will now face a bigger test at the Asian Games.

“We hope to see more NSAs (National Sport Associations) and athletes coming forward with substantial results to
qualify before the appeal deadline of 15 June. In the meantime, we wish all NSAs and athletes who are preparing for the Games all the best."