Photo credit: IOC, LIONEL NG

Singaporean Nigel Tan wins Taekwondo event in all-Singaporean final at inaugural Olympic Esports Week

The 14-year-old defeated compatriot Natalie Tor with a 2-1 score.

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Published: 26 June 2023, 3:27 PM

Local Taekwondo player Nigel Tan won the Taekwondo event in the live finals of the Olympic Esports Series on Sunday (Jun 25).

The event is part of the inaugural Olympic Esports Week which took place from Jun 22 to 25 at the Suntec Singapore Convention & Exhibition Centre. The Olympic Esports Week is organised by the International Olympic Committee, in partnership with the Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth, Sport Singapore and the Singapore National Olympic Committee.

The 14-year-old defeated compatriot Natalie Tor 2-1 to become Singapore’s first Olympic Esports Series winner on the last day of the event.

Natalie had defeated China’s Wu Jingyu, the Beijing 2008 and London 2012 Olympic winner and world champion, before Nigel defeated Turkey’s world champion Nur Tatar, which set up an all-Singapore final.

Nigel believed that while the competition was tough, it was a “good fight”.

“It feels good that it was an all-Singaporean final and there was so much support. I didn’t expect such a big crowd, I knew there was going to be a big crowd, but I didn’t think it was going to be packed to the brim,” he added.

Apart from Nigel and Natalie, the Taekwondo event was also represented by Singaporeans Kenzie Li, Daycia Low, Jadon Yu, Alexander Tang, Amelia Yap and Regan Chin.

Singapore was represented by 14 athletes in virtual Archery, Shooting, Motorsport, Dance, Taekwondo and Chess. They competed alongside over 100 international athletes.

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