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President SNOC’s Address at the SNOC Annual General Meeting

DATE: 28 JUNE 2011

  1. Good evening ladies and gentlemen, Welcome to the Singapore National Olympic Council Annual General Meeting 2011.
  2. We had a very busy sporting year for 2010/2011 with three major games, the Youth Olympic Games (YOG) which Singapore hosted, the Commonwealth Games in Delhi and the Asian Games in Guangzhou.
  3. As the Asian Games came to a close on 27 November 2010, I know many of the NSAs and athletes went straight into their training for the SEA Games 2011 and the London Olympic Games 2012. It is never too early to commence preparations for these major games.
  4. Even as we are meeting tonight for our Annual General Meeting, we are just five months from the 24th South East Asian Games in Jakarta and Palembang, and fourteen months from the London Olympic Games 2012.
  5. So there is hardly any breather for the NSAs, the High Performance managers, the coaches and the athletes involved; but that is how it goes if we want to excel in these major games.
  6. Let me now deliver my report for workyear 2010/2011.
  7. Major Games
    The 1st Youth Olympic Games 2010, Singapore

  8. The inaugural YOG from the 14 to 26 August was a big event for the Olympic Movement, and also for Singapore. This really was the biggest multi-sport games we had hosted, and it would not have been possible without the contribution of a multitude of partners from the many Government agencies, the Singapore Sports Council and you the NSAs and the many volunteers. Your support for the bid, the running of the competitions during the games and the preparation of your athletes were important to the success of the YOG.
  9. As host city we were allowed to field athletes in almost all the sports. We fielded 131 athletes in all 26 sports of the sports program. Credit also to the NSAs of the new sports set up just for the YOG, namely, wrestling, modern pentathlon and handball, and even the NSAs that had not participated in major competitions, namely weightlifting, tennis, equestrian and canoe-kayak, for preparing and fielding their athletes who competed shoulder to shoulder with the best young athletes of the world during the games.
  10. We won 2 silver and 5 bronze medals from six sports, namely from swimming, table tennis, taekwondo, archery, football and sailing. Given these results the future is promising, and we should continue to push ahead to prepare these athletes for the main Olympic Games. It is with considerable satisfaction that there were many spectators support for the events and we hope that this would continue in the sporting scene. Football and hockey teams continue to perform, and it is an important legacy of the YOG to continue with the development of sport. The YOG created spectator interest, and we hope this will continue for future events. The YOG also gave impetus for some sports, such as, hockey and football. The interest from the spectators and the interest from our youth athletes are important legacies from the Games.
  11. The 19th Commonwealth Games, Delhi

  12. Despite the challenges faced, our 65 athletes and 34 officials from 8 sports did very well to come home with 31 medals, 11 gold, 11 silver and 9 bronze medals. We finished 8th out of 71 CGAs in the overall medal tally, which is our best showing in any Commonwealth Games so far.
  13. Shooting did very well and improved on their 3 medal tally in the 2006 Melbourne Games, to 14 in this games; our gymnasts won their first ever medals (a silver and a bronze) in the Commonwealth Games; and we had our first ever woman weightlifter in any major games competing in Delhi. So it was a fine performance by the team in Delhi overall.
  14. The 16th Asian Games, Guangzhou

  15. We sent a fairly large contingent of 240 athletes and 118 officials competing in 22 sports, and we came home with 17 medals, 4 gold, 7 silver and 6 bronze medals from 5 sports. We finished 16th out of 45 NOCs which is commendable.
  16. STAC Visits

  17. It was a busy year for the STAC team as it carried out visits to the NSAs from January to July, for the three major Games.
  18. I must thank Dr Tan Eng Liang and his STAC team, and also the staff from SSC’s Sports Development Group for meeting, discussing and addressing the issues raised by the NSAs during the visits. I cannot over emphasize how important STAC visits are, so I am also glad to learn that NSAs are also taking the STAC visits seriously. It is through this process that we encourage the NSAs to prepare early so that when it is time for the selection of the athletes, there are no surprises.
  19. NSAs Affiliation

  20. Four sports were given provisional affiliation status with SNOC to participate in the YOG, namely wrestling, handball, modern pentathlon and boxing. The four NSAs have acquitted themselves well as provisional affiliates; it is time for these NSAs to consider applying for ordinary or associate affiliation status with SNOC.
  21. NSA Representation in SNOC

  22. Your three NSA representatives in the SNOC Executive Committee for the past year have served you well. I would like to thank Mrs Jessie Phua (Singapore Bowling Federation), Mr Oon Jin Gee (Singapore Swimming Association) and Mr Chng Seng Mok (Singapore Shooting Association) for serving in the SNOC.
  23. Later on we will have our election for the three NSA representatives to serve in SNOC for the new work year.
  24. At this juncture I would like to officially welcome BG (NS) Lim Teck Yin, Chief Executive Officer of SSC who was just recently co-opted into the Executive Committee of the SNOC and thank Mr Oon Jin Teik for his contribution to the SNOC. We had earlier co-opted Mr Tan Soo Nan, the Chief Executive of Totalisator Board into the SNOC Executive Committee. SSC and the Totalisator Board are both major partners of SNOC, and their participation in SNOC’s deliberation on the selection of athletes for the games and the awards therefore is both invaluable and relevant.
  25. SNOC Medical Commission

  26. The SNOC Medical Commission has been set up for the purpose of implementing the Olympic Movement Medical Code. The Olympic Movement Medical Code serves to ensure that sport is practised without danger to the health of the athletes, and with respect to fair play and sports ethics.
  27. The pro-tem members of the SNOC Medical Commission had its first meeting on 27 January 2011 to discuss the approach to take, and the more important issues to address.
  28. I would like to thank Dr Teh Kong Chuan for offering his services to head this committee of the SNOC, and also the four other doctors and medical specialists sitting in this pro-tem committee.
  29. One of the commission’s plans is to develop a network of medical professionals, both from the private and public sectors, which will include doctors, nurses, physiotherapists, ophthalmologists, masseurs, dentists, and more. They will be tapped for their specialist assistance to athletes’ injury prevention and heath protection, including providing their services to the major Games.
  30. In the past we had had the SNOC Anti-Doping Commission focusing purely on anti-doping matters. Now with anti-doping handled by Anti-Doping Singapore, the Medical Commission can address the health care of the athletes beyond just anti-doping, which is good for the athletes.
  31. Athletes Commission (AC)

  32. The current Athletes Commission (AC) was elected by our competing athletes at the last Laos SEA Games 2009. So effectively the AC’s four-year term of service commenced only in early 2010, and it will end at the 2013 SEA Games where our athletes will elect the new AC.
  33. For those who are new here, the AC serves to represent the views of the athletes within SNOC. The AC members therefore sit in the SNOC’s Committees which have direct dealings with the athletes; such as the Selection Committee, the Awards Committee, and STAC. It has been useful for the members of these SNOC committees to hear the points of view of the athletes, while at the same time it has also been useful for the AC to understand where the committees are coming from, and to share this later with the athletes.
  34. Singapore Olympic Academy

  35. The new management team of the Singapore Olympic Academy (SOA) took over after the Youth Olympic Games ended with Mr Eugene Chew as the new Principal of the SOA.
  36. The SOA has now included Olympians Singapore, the SNOC Athletes Commission and the SOA Alumni comprising of past SOA delegates to Olympic Academy sessions local and overseas, into its fold. The three new bodies will be able to contribute to a more vibrant SOA program. For example Olympians and members of the Athletes Commission can certainly participate in the Breakfast-with-students sessions, and returning delegates from overseas Olympic Academy sessions can share their experiences as facilitators in our own annual academic session.
  37. Singapore Olympic Foundation

  38. The Singapore Olympic Foundation (SOF) was launched in March last year, and is a spin-off and legacy of the YOG. One of the objectives of the SOF is to help propagate the legacies of the YOG.
  39. The SOF took off last year with several benefactors contributing sums of money to the Foundation. From one of the contributors, the Singapore Olympic Foundation Peter Lim Sports Scholarship was launched on 29 June 2010. With this scholarship programme, some 8 million dollars has been set aside as sports scholarships to be disbursed to young athletes over the next ten years. It is hoped that with this scholarship no young athlete would be deprived of the opportunity to excel in sports owing to financial constraints. We should be hearing of the first disbursement of the Peter Lim Sports Scholarships in August this year.
  40. The Singapore Youth Olympic Festival will also be inaugurated later this year, as a legacy of the YOG. This Festival will provide a platform for the youths to compete in selected sports; and for a start the inaugural SYOF will have a local flavour. Future editions would include international athletes, to allow the event to grow into a mini-YOG.
  41. Conclusion

  42. Before ending this report I would like to thank Singapore Totalisator Board and Singapore Pools, the main sponsor of SNOC’s programmes and activities, including the sponsorship of Team Singapore to the major Games and its MAP awards. Their support is really vital, without which we would not have achieved so much.
  43. My thanks too to the many volunteer office bearers, whether in the Singapore Olympic Foundation, Medical Commission or the many SNOC Sub-Committees listed out in the Annual Report. No role is too small; all of you have played an important part in getting things moving in the committees, commissions or foundation.
  44. Finally my thanks also to the other SNOC sponsors and partners. Each one is acknowledged in the SNOC Annual Report in pages 41 and 42. I must give special mention here to the NSAs, the SSC and the athletes who I consider are the three key pillars working with SNOC for every successful sporting year. Thank you all once again.

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