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SEAGF Welcome Dinner on 28 Apr 2014

WELCOME SPEECH BY MR TEO CHEE HEAN, PRESIDENT, SINGAPORE NATIONAL OLYMPIC COUNCIL, AT THE WELCOME DINNER FOR THE SEA GAMES FEDERATION (SEAGF) STANDING COMMITTEE & COUNCIL MEETINGS AND CONGRESS ON 28 APRIL 2014, 7.00PM

Your Royal Highness Prince Sufri Bolkiah

Your Royal Highness Tunku Imran

Friends from member NOCs

Ladies and gentlemen

  1. Good evening, and a warm welcome to Singapore.
    We are happy to have all of you here for the South East Asian Games Federation (SEAGF) Standing Committee & Council Meetings and Congress this week.
  2. Many of you would have visited Singapore for the 2009 Asian Youth Games and 2010 Youth Olympic Games.
    We look forward to welcoming all of you and your country’s athletes to the 28th SEA Games next year, which will be held at our brand new Singapore Sports Hub. We hope to reciprocate the warm hospitality that we have enjoyed in your respective countries during the past SEA Games.
  3. The SEA Games have allowed us to bring people from all the countries in our region together, and build regional solidarity.
    The SEA Games have provided impetus to uplift the level of sports development as well as sports infrastructure in our region.
    The SEA Games also often provide the first opportunity for our young athletes to represent their country, serving as a stepping stone for them to prepare for the continental and international stage.
  4. Almost all the South East Asian countries have now had the experience of hosting the SEA Games at least once.
    It is therefore timely to do a review of various aspects of the SEA Games during this SEA Games Federation Congress, which is being held for only the second time. Some of you may have taken part in the inaugural Congress held in Kuala Lumpur 14 years ago.
  5. During the Congress, we can look at how to position the SEA Games in relation to other multi-national, multi-sport competitions including the Asian Games, and the Olympics. We can think about how to maximise the value from the SEA Games – whether in terms of promoting sports development, enhancing the marketing of the Games, showcasing our region, or building regional solidarity and cultural linkages. We can also study the range of sports offered in the SEA Games. The SEA Games provides a platform for sports which have a unique cultural attachment to our region. But we also need to have better alignment between the sports offered at the SEA Games, and those offered in other regional and continental Games and the Olympics. This will allow our athletes to use the experiences that they have garnered at the SEA Games, to spur themselves when they compete at a higher level, in the continental or the Olympic Games.
  6. These are just some of the areas that will benefit from the discussions at the Congress. I am sure many of you will have other ideas of how we can further improve the SEA Games. I hope you will have a series of fruitful meetings in Singapore, and look forward to meeting you at the Council Meeting tomorrow. Enjoy the evening and have a wonderful stay in Singapore.
  7. Thank you.

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