THE SINGAPOREAN athletes in this week's 21st Triennial Intervarsity Games (TIG) have been accused of being ''pretentious and snobbish'' but Hong Kong University students feel their Singaporean counterparts have been misunderstood. Wong Kin-on, the captain of the Hong Kong athletics team, said the Singaporeans were disciplined and serious about their training and performance. This attitude had resulted in other players thinking the Singaporean athletes cared only about their results. ''Although I cannot deny that the Malaysian players are the most easy-going and cheerful lot, I believe that the Singaporean students are equally friendly,'' the team captain said. Tan Shao Pin, the Singaporean athletics team captain, admitted that his players were serious about their performance. But the captain said it was only a matter of time before they revealed the other side of their personality. ''We did not do much socialising when we arrived in Hong Kong [on Friday] because we were too focused on the games,'' he said. ''But once the athletic events are over, we will be reaching out for the fun we missed,'' he said. Tan, who is a final-year student of computer science at the Singapore University, won the bronze medal in the TIG men's 400 metres. The Singaporean captain suggested his players return to the dormitory before 8 pm on Monday night so that they could perform well the following morning. This deprived them of the opportunity to join a dance which had been organised by the TIG that evening. All students participating in the games, which end on Saturday, are staying in dormitories provided by Hong Kong University.