Singapore National Olympic Council Annual General Meeting
Good evening ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the Singapore National Olympic Council Annual General Meeting. Before we start the meeting, I would like to take this opportunity to inform you of one change to our Executive Committee, Mr Tan Chuan-Jin, who was co-opted into the SNOC Executive Committee on 9 April 2013. With Chuan-Jin’s interest in sports I am sure Chuan-Jin will make a useful contribution to the work of the SNOC. The major event of the sporting calendar in 2012/2013 was undoubtedly the London 2012 Olympic Games. And of course the various SNOC Committees were kept busy with their own activities. I will highlight the major ones in this report.
London 2012 Olympic Games, United Kingdom
- The London 2012 Olympic Games was held from 27 July to 12 August 2012. 28 sports were featured. Singapore was represented in 9 sports by a 49-member contingent comprising the Chef de Mission Mrs Jessie Phua, a 9-member secretariat and medical team, 23 athletes and 16 officials from Athletics, Badminton, Canoeing, Gymnastics, Sailing, Shooting, Swimming, Table Tennis and Weightlifting. Singapore won 2 bronze medals in table tennis in the Women’s Singles and Women’s Team Event – the first time that we have won more than one medal in a single Games. It is also worthy to note that this is the first time in Singapore’s Olympic history that a canoeist, a gymnast and a female weightlifter had qualified for the Games.
So overall it was a very good Olympic Games for us.
- The STAC meetings and visits for the Olympic Games were conducted in August 2011 and April 2012. Dr Tan Eng Liang and the STAC team and staff from the Singapore Sports Institute discussed and addressed the issues raised by the NSAs during the meetings and visits.
- The STAC meetings are an ongoing effort.
Shortly after the London Olympics, the STAC team commenced their meetings with the NSAs to prepare for the major games in 2013, namely the Asian Youth Games and the SEA Games Myanmar.
I would like to thank Dr Tan Eng Liang and the STAC Team for your continuing hard work with our NSAs.
- The three NSA representatives in the SNOC Executive Committee, Mrs Jessie Phua (Bowling), Mr Milan Kwee (Taekwondo) and Mr Nicholas Fang (Fencing) will be stepping down. I would like to thank them for serving in the SNOC this past year. Later in this AGM we will elect three NSA representatives to serve in SNOC for the new work year. We intend to continue to co-opt BG (NS) Lim Teck Yin, Chief Executive Officer of SSC, Mr Tan Soo Nan, the Chief Executive of Totalisator Board, and Mr Tan Chuan Jin into the SNOC Executive Committee.
- The SNOC Medical Commission was set up to implement the Olympic Movement Medical Code, to ensure that sport is practiced without danger to the health of the athletes, and respecting fair play and sports ethics. The Commission, under the Chairmanship of Dr Teh Kong Chuan, has been actively working with the 2013 Myanmar SEA Games Organising Committee (MYASOC) providing advice and assistance on medical and doping control matters.
- The NSA Affiliation Committee approved the re-affiliation of 38 ordinary members, 13 associate members and 5 provisional members. One ordinary member’s re-affiliation however was not approved.
- NSA affiliation, and subsequent re-affiliation, are not a right but are subject to meeting the required conditions. SNOC will help the NSAs understand and meet the conditions. But NSAs themselves need to take the re-affiliation exercise seriously. If an NSA fails to be re-affiliated because it has not met the conditions, it really needs to look to itself for the reasons and rectify them. The reasons why one NSA was not re-affiliated are in the Annual Report. I trust that your NSA will not find itself in a similar predicament.
- Members of the SNOC Athletes’ Commission were involved in organizing the 6th IOC Athletes’ Forum which was just concluded in June 2013. They also made a presentation on the SNOC Athletes Career Program to our athletes, on the sidelines of the IOC Athletes Forum. Our Athletes’ Commission is also involved in the Singapore Contingent Attire Committee, and the Singapore Sailing Federation’s “Athletes’ Give Back” Programme and Republic Polytechnic’s “Tan Eng Yoon Endowment Fund”.
- The Athletes Commission will have their election this December 2013. I would like to thank the Chairman James Wong and his team for their work over the past four years.
- The Singapore Olympic Academy held its 2013 Breakfast with Champions on 2 March 2013. It was hosted by Jurongville Secondary School. Olympians and National Athletes from athletics, basketball, badminton and soccer participated in a presentation and dialogue with student-athletes, as well as coaching clinics for student-athletes, CCA teachers-in-charge and school coaches in the W4 cluster.
- The Academy’s three-day International Seminar, themed “The Olympic Games of the 21st century”, was held from 14 to 16 November 2012 in collaboration with the National Institute of Education.
The seminar was attended by a total of 143 participants, including 7 participants from other Southeast Asian National Olympic Committees.
- We have confirmed the move of the Academy from NIE to the Singapore Management University (SMU). The smooth transition will allow the Singapore Olympic Academy-SMU to continue the good work of SOA-NIE for the last eighteen years. We are confident that even with this move, NIE will continue to promote Olympic studies, and Olympic Education particularly to the physical education teachers and students in Singapore. My thanks to the principals of the SOA, Dr Quek Jin Jong, Dr Teo-Koh Sock Miang and Dr Eugene Chew, for driving the SOA during their tenure.
- The “Giving Is Winning” campaign is a joint effort by the International Olympic Committee and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) to encourage athletes and officials to donate their clothing to refugee camps worldwide. In recognition of SNOC’s support for this programme for the London 2012 Olympic Games where we donated 770 kg of clothing, the IOC presented SNOC with a trophy at the London 2012 Olympic Games Village in August 2012.
- The Olympic Scholarship for Athletes London 2012 was awarded to assist elite athletes in their preparation and qualification for the London 2012 Olympic Games. Eight athletes from 4 sports were awarded the scholarship and six of them qualified for the Games.
- With the completion of the London 2012 Olympic Games, the Olympic Pathway Programme (OPP) was dissolved. Preparations for the next Olympic Games will come under the purview of the National High Performance System (HPS). SNOC is represented by Mr Ng Ser Miang in the Singapore High Performance Sports Steering Committee of the National High Performance System.
- “Olympians Singapore” organized their Annual Get Together on 1 March 2013 at the Chinese Swimming Club. 50 Olympians were present, together with officials from the National Sports Associations with Olympic participation since 1956.
- Our Olympians are also actively involved in many programmes with young athletes such as the SOA’s Breakfast with Champions, the SOA Academic Session, the Young Team Singapore Ambassadors Programme, “Chat with Olympians” at the YOG Gallery, the Olympic Day Run, “Sailing for under privileged Children @ Marina” and the “Let’s Play” Clinics. I would like to thank Dr Tan Eng Liang and the team at Olympians Singapore for getting our Olympians to so actively contribute to the community.
- The Singapore Olympic Foundation – Peter Lim Scholarship was founded in 2010 to help promising young athletes with financial constraints achieve their goals in sports. The scholarship is also awarded to deserving athletes with the National Youth or National teams on the high-performance pathway.
- In 2012, 271 Scholarships, totalling $748,000, were awarded to 41 primary, 137 secondary and 71 tertiary students; and 22 high performance athletes between the ages of 8 to 25 years old.
Some of you were there at Max Atria earlier today and more was given out to 300-plus students to give them the opportunity to further themselves.
- SNOC in partnership with sponsors Canon Singapore, Samsung Asia and Singapore Telecommunications presented a grant totaling $144,000.00 to support the training and development of seven of our promising athletes – Geraldine Lee (canoeing), Lim Heem Wei (gymnastics), Joseph Schooling (swimming), Jasmine Ser (shooting), Tao Li (swimming), Derek Wong (badminton) and Gary Yeo (athletics). These athletes were selected by the respective sponsors to be their Ambassadors in their publicity programmes for the London 2012 Olympic Games.
- The 2nd Singapore Youth Olympic Festival was held in March 2013. More than 1,200 participants took part in 6 sports – Badminton, Sailing, Shooting, Taekwondo, Basketball 3-on-3 and 5-a-side Football. This Festival is part of Singapore’s effort to continue the Olympic Movement’s drive to engage youths through sports while promoting the Olympic values of Excellence, Friendship and Respect.
- The Singapore Sports Council has established a 2015 Singapore SEA Games Organising Committee (SINGSOC). SINGSOC has set up committees for the various Functional Areas for the Games. SNOC is participating in the Executive Committee Meetings of SINGSOC. This is the first time we are hosting in two decades, and we can use the games to promote and give a big boost to Singapore.
- I know that many of the NSAs here tonight are actively involved in discussions with the NOC Relations and Sport Advisory Committee as you justify your sport’s inclusion in the SEA Games 2015 Sports Programme. I am sure that the Committee will consider all your representations, in consultation with our SEA Games counterparts.
- To prepare for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, Singapore applied for and received US$100,000 in February 2013 for athlete preparation and training from the Commonwealth Games Federation. This grant went to three sports, namely Boxing, Rhythmic Gymnastics and Weightlifting which SNOC in discussion with Singapore Sports Institute, identified to be more in need of financial support.
- I would like to conclude by thanking Singapore Totalisator Board and Singapore Pools. They are our main sponsors for SNOC’s programmes and activities, including the sponsorship of Team Singapore to the major Games and its MAP awards. My thanks also to the many other SNOC sponsors and partners. Each one is acknowledged in the SNOC Annual Report in pages 31 to 33.
- I also wish to thank our NSA officials and their athletes, the SSC and MCCY, who have worked together with SNOC as a team for another very successful sporting year.
- Last year I mentioned that through the annual election of NSA representatives to serve on the SNOC Executive Committee, we have brought a good number of able sports leaders into the sports administration arena beyond their own sport. This has also helped to foster a more participative and collegial spirit among our sports officials and leaders. We will continue with this. As leaders and officials in the sports community, it is our collective responsibility to ensure that we have a steady and strong leadership succession in place for sports in Singapore.
Special Training Assistance Committee (STAC) Visits
NSA Representation in SNOC
SNOC Medical Commission
Athletes Commission (AC)
Singapore Olympic Academy
Giving Is Winning
Olympic Scholarship Committee
Singapore High Performance Sports Steering Committee
Singapore Olympic Foundation
SNOC Marketing Committee
Singapore Youth Olympic Festival 2013
Hosting of the 2015 SEA Games
Glasgow 2014 Athlete Preparation and Training Grant
Thank you all once again.