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President SNOC’s Report at the SNOC Annual General Meeting

DATE: 22 JUNE 2010

Good evening ladies and gentlemen, Welcome to the SNOC Annual General Meeting 2010.

  1. Last year was a quieter year for sports as compared to workyear 2008/2009 where we had the Beijing Olympic Games and the excitement of our women’s table tennis team winning the silver medal. For workyear 2009/10 the inaugural Asian Youth Games in Singapore and the South East Asian Games in Laos were the two major sporting events. Let me now deliver my report for the workyear 2009/10.
  2. Asian Youth Games

  3. The inaugural Asian Youth Games was held from 29 June to 7 July 2009 with 1,300 athletes from the Asian NOCs participating. We were represented by 98 athletes and 40 officials in all the 9 sport disciplines in the sports programme.
  4. Six out of the nine sports participating in the games won medals, with our final medal tally at 9 gold, 6 silver and 14 bronze medals. Singapore finished fourth behind China, the Republic of Korea and Thailand in the overall medal tally. Quah Ting Wen with her 4 gold and 1 bronze medals was the Best Performing Female Athlete at the Games.
  5. Well done to the athletes, and also to the NSAs and all those involved in organizing our first major multi-sport event since the SEA Games in 1993. The AYG has exceeded the expectations of the Olympic Council of Asia and the 45 participating NOCs, and they all had good things to say of it.
  6. 25th South East Asian Games

  7. The 25th South East Asian Games were held in Laos from 9 to 18 Dec 2009 with Team Singapore fielding 192 athletes and 19 officials in 18 out of the 25 sports featured.
  8. As a result of the reduced number of sports, we fielded one of our smallest contingents ever for the SEA Games. Some of the sports where we have usually won medals were not featured. Neverthelss, we won 33 gold, 30 silver and 35 bronze medals, and finished 6th in the overall medal tally. Quah Ting Wen received the accolade as the Best Female Athlete of the Games.
  9. Affiliation of NSAs with SNOC

  10. We have four NSAs who are still on provisional affiliation with SNOC. The four NSAs are for the sports of boxing, modern pentathlon, handball and wrestling, and the provisional affiliation is for their participation in the Youth Olympic Games I urge these four NSAs to work towards fulfilling full affiliation at the earliest opportunity after the YOG.
  11. NSA Representation in NOC Executive Committee

  12. At this juncture I would like to thank the three NSA representatives elected by you to serve in the SNOC Executive Committee the past year, Mrs Jessie Phua (Singapore Bowling Federation), Mr Oon Jin Gee (Singapore Swimming Association) and Dr Teo-Koh Sock Miang (Singapore Hockey Federation).
  13. Later on we will have the election for your three NSA representatives to sit in SNOC for this workyear.
  14. Mr Tan Soo Nan, the Chief Executive of Singapore Totalisator Board and Mr Oon Jin Teik CEO, SSC had been co-opted to sit in our Executive Committee. I expect that the new Executive Committee will want to consider co-opting Mr Tan Soo Nan and Mr Oon Jin Teik to sit on the Executive Committee again.
  15. The Chairman of the Athletes’ Commission is elected by his fellow Athletes Commission members who themselves are elected into office once in four years. The last election of the AC was at the SEA Games 2009 where our athletes were each given voting slips to pick their AC members.
  16. I would at this juncture like to record my thanks to Dr Ben Tan who has led the Athletes Commission since its inauguration in 2003, and the members of his AC. I expect that the new Executive Committee will also want to consider co-opting the current elected Chairman of the Athletes’ Commission, Mr James Wong, to the Executive Committee, in the same way as the previous AC Chairman Dr Ben Tan had been co-opted to serve.
  17. SNOC Anti-Doping in Sports Commission

  18. As at the end of 2009, a total of 241 doping control tests were carried out under the purview of the SNOC Anti-Doping in Sports Commission (SADSC). This comprised 4 in-competition and 2 out-of-competition tests.
  19. As part of the preparations for the coming Youth Olympic Games the SADSC, in collaboration with SYOGOC, conducted a further two Doping Control Officers Training Workshops in October 2009 and January 2010. Altogether 85 volunteers have undergone formal DCO training.
  20. Singapore was also selected by the World Anti Doping Agency (WADA) through the SADSC as one of the five countries to pilot an anti-doping education programme targeted at the schools. In July 2009 WADA conducted an education workshop for the Ministry of Education as part of this collaboration.
  21. From 15 March 2010 a new organization, “Anti-Doping Singapore (ADS)” took over the role of the National Anti-Doping Organisation (NADO) from the SADSC. The new NADO with three full-time staff comes under the Ministry of Community Development, Youth and Sports.
  22. Dr Patrick Goh and his committee members from the SADSC have gone over to manage the new NADO committee. I would like to record my thanks to Dr Goh and his team for all the work done for SADSC over the last four years.
  23. SNOC is on the verge of forming the Medical Commission which will be headed by Dr Teh Kong Chuan. We are finalizing the team to make up the commission, and once fully functional the Medical Commission will address issues such as the preparation of athletes for the games, the care and protection of the athletes’ health in training and competition and the fight against doping.
  24. The Singapore Olympic Academy (SOA)

  25. The SOA conducts an Academic Youth Session annually, and last year’s 16th International Academic Session for Young Participants held from 7 to 9 December 2009 was attended by 116 participants including 11 from the Asian countries, namely Brunei, Cambodia, Chinese Taipei, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Mongolia, Myanmar, Oman, Philippines and Thailand.
  26. The theme for the Session was “Equipping and training Olympic Values Education Program (OVEP) Instructors”. The objectives of the Session included the promotion of the IOC’s Olympic Values Education Program (OVEP) and equipping Olympic Education educators with the knowledge and skills to deliver the OVEP program in their respective countries in view of the inaugural 2010 Youth Olympic Games where Culture & Education is a significant contributing component of the Games.
  27. Principal of the SOA Dr Teo-Koh Sock Miang will be stepping down after the YOG, after serving two terms. I wish to record my thanks to Dr Teo and her team for helping to develop the Olympic Education package not only in the Physical Education and Sports Science Programmes at NIE, but also with the MOE for the schools, and also the Culture and Education Programme for the YOG.
  28. Dr Teo thank you also for initiating the ‘Breakfast with Team Singapore’ Project which has brought many of our elite athletes to interact with the students in the schools.
  29. Now that Dr Tan Eng Liang is Chairman of the newly set up ‘Olympians Singapore’, the ‘Breakfast with Olympians’ for our students is another possibility.
  30. Youth Olympic Games (YOG) 2010

  31. Since March 2008 SYOGOC has been working closely with the IOC in the co-construction of the YOG. Many of you from the NSAs are actively involved as venue managers, competition managers or simply by giving your inputs whenever sought by SYOGOC.
  32. We are almost there, 53 days to the Games to be exact. I would like to thank you for your tireless contributions thus far. Much of the hard work to put in place the venues and competition schedules has been done. But there is still much to be done in the next phase, as we start to welcome the sporting youth of the world to this historic inaugural YOG. Let us now focus on welcoming our guests with warmth and friendliness. We can make them feel at home and enjoy an experience at the YOG that they will remember and continue to talk about after leaving the Games.
  33. Conclusion

  34. Before ending my report, I would like to thank all of you for your support over the last term. Together with the support of the SSC and our sponsors, we have collectively brought sports excellence in Singapore up a significant notch.
  35. I wish to thank our four Vice-Presidents who finish their term in the Executive Committee with me today, Mr Ng Ser Miang, Dr Tan Eng Liang, Annabel Pennefather and Low Teo Ping.
  36. My thanks to all the volunteers who have sat as office bearers in the many SNOC Standing Committees chaired by our Vice Presidents over the last four years.
  37. I wish to thank too the Singapore Totalisator Board and Singapore Pools, the main sponsors of the SNOC’s programmes and activities, including the sponsorship of our Teams to the major Games and MAP awards. Please join me in thanking them.
  38. My thanks also to our other SNOC sponsors and partners. Each one of them is acknowledged in the SNOC Annual Report in pages 34,35 and 36. Finally, I would like to thank all of you, the NSAs, SSC, officials and athletes at the Games, and the many volunteers who have worked hard throughout the year, for making 2009/10 another successful sporting year for Singapore.

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