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Speech by Acting Minister by Mr Tan Chuan-Jin, Acting Minister for Manpower and Executive Committee Member, Singapore National Olympic Council

EVENT: 17TH INCHEON ASIAN GAMES 2014 SINGAPORE ROADSHOW
VENUE: MANDARIN ORCHARD SINGAPORE HOTEL, BALLROOM 1
DATE: 26 SEPTEMBER 2013

Mr Kwon Kyung-sang
Secretary General, Incheon Asian Games Organising Committee

Your Excellency Suh Chung-ha
Ambassador of the Republic of Korea

Colleagues from the Singapore National Olympic Council and the Singapore Sports Council

Athletes
Members of the media
Distinguished guests

Good morning.

It gives me great pleasure to welcome our friends and colleagues from the Incheon Asian Games Organising Committee to Singapore. On behalf of Singaporeans, we are delighted that the Roadshow for the 2014 Incheon Asian Games has come to Singapore.

Firstly, I would like to congratulate the Republic of Korea for their foresight in taking the leap of faith in sports decades ago. Their long-term investment continues to reel in the returns with a proven, sustainable and healthy sports ecosystem. One, which has produced impressive results in sports development, sports events management and an active domestic sports scene. At the 2012 Olympic Games, the Republic of Korea was ranked fifth overall in medal tally, an enviable position by many and an outcome of hard work.

In sports events management, the Republic of Korea leads the region as one of the pioneers in major games organisation. Besides the 2014 Asian Games, Pyeong Chang will host the Winter Olympic Games in 2018, the Republic of Korea is the second Asian country to host both the Winter and Summer Olympic Games.

Such legacy and successes are worthy of emulating. Singapore, leaving its infancy to its next stage of sports development, will be looking at the 2014 Asian Games for inspiration as we plan the 2015 SEA Games at the soon-to-be-completed Singapore Sports Hub.

The Asian Games have over the years become the symbol of cooperation between the Asian countries. The focus of Asia in sports is growing in prominence. In this regard, I hope that the 2014 Asian Games will present opportunities for Asia to present our capabilities and cultures to the world.

Just as Singapore acts as the gateway to Southeast Asia, Incheon city in Korea which will hold the 2014 Asian Games, is also a city which acts as the gateway to Northeast of Asia. As important business hubs for both regions, economic cooperation between Singapore and Korea has flourished over the years. The bilateral relations between the two countries are strong and not just in the area of trade and investment. Cultural exchanges have also been growing rapidly. Korean pop culture – commonly known as the Korean wave – continues to grow in popularity among Singaporeans of all ages and races.

I hope the 2014 Asian Games will be another opportunity for us to further strengthen our bilateral relationships and the people of Singapore and Korea will share a greater understanding of each other.

I have no doubt that the 2014 Asian Games will be a successful and colourful one that reflects Asia, and in line with the Games’ slogan – “Diversity Shines Here”. I would like to take this opportunity to encourage all Singaporeans to show their full support for the 2014 Incheon Asian Games.

Let us unite and come together to play a bigger part in shaping the future of sports in Asia.

Thank you.

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