Atletico's Singapore trip shifted to May

Spanish giants Atletico Madrid have pushed forward their trip to Singapore to May following changes in the start date for the 2013/14 La Liga season.

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Gabriel Tan

By Gabriel Tan

The Rojiblancos, who are currently on track for a top-three finish in Spain's top-flight, had initially agreed to play a Singapore Selection in August.

However, La Liga is set to start the new season that very month in order to complete the campaign in time to allow the Spain national team sufficient time to prepare for the 2014 FIFA World Cup, where they will be looking to defend their champions' crown.

Nonetheless, Atletico are said to "extremely keen to fulfil their commitment to come to Singapore" to play in the Peter Lim Challenge Cup and will now do so on May 22, just five days after they take on arch-rivals Real Madrid in the Copa del Rey final.

The Spaniards will arrive in Singapore on May 20 and will fly back to Madrid immediately after the game, where they will then play out their final two games of their La Liga campaign.

All proceeds from tickets, which will go on sale on April 12, will go towards the Singapore Olympic Foundation-Peter Lim Scholarship (SOF-PLS), which was set up to help promising young Singaporean athletes from humble backgrounds realise their dreams of supporting sporting excellence.

And it is a cause Atletico CEO Miguel Angel Gil Marin was only happy to support.

"We are looking forward to visiting Singapore and showing our support for this very worthy cause," he said.

"On a personal note, I'm proud to be a friend of Peter. He's got a truly big heart and I'm glad to be able to support him in this way, especially when it means so much to him."

Lim was quick to express his gratitude to the club for agreeing to make the trip to Singapore despite it coming at a potentially crucial time in the season.

"I'm very grateful that Miguel and his team are so committed to come and support us," he said. "Making this long trip here, and before the end of the season, clearly shows the strength of their commitment.

"I hope that this will in turn inspire more people and organisations to come forward to support Singapore football and our aspiring young sports talents."

Atletico have confirmed they will be bringing all their first-team players for the trip.



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