Mr Teo Chee Hean receives the IOC Trophy for his contribution to Olympism and sports
Singapore, 10 June 2014 – The Singapore National Olympic Council (SNOC) presented the IOC Trophy: “150 Years, Pierre de Coubertin, Sport as a School of Life” to Mr Teo Chee Hean, President of the Singapore National Olympic Council and Deputy Prime Minister of Singapore at the annual Singapore Sports Awards last Saturday.
Every year since 1985, the International Olympic Council (IOC) presents an IOC Trophy with a different theme, according to current trends. The theme for 2013, “150 Years, Pierre de Coubertin, Sport as a School of Life” gives an opportunity to recognise iconic contributors who have promoted Olympism in the long-term in their work or service and who have left a legacy.
Mr Teo Chee Hean is the recipient of the IOC Trophy “150 Years, Pierre de Coubertin, Sport as a School of Life” for his contribution to the Olympic movement in Singapore.
Mr Teo has served the Singapore National Olympic Council for 20 years, first as a Vice President in 1994 before taking over the reign from Dr Yeo Ning Hong as President in 1998, and continues to serve in this position today.
When elected as President, he emphasised three main goals for the SNOC: to continue to pursue sports excellence, sustain the Olympic movement in Singapore and fly the Singapore flag high at international competitions.
During his leadership, he encouraged and supported the hosting of the 2001 “General Association of International Sports Federations” Conference, 117th International Olympic Committee Session in 2005, 2009 Inaugural Asian Youth Games, 2010 Inaugural Youth Olympic Games and 6th International Olympic Committee International Athletes’ Forum in 2013 – events which won international acclaim and set high benchmarks for games organisation, and engaged the nation to participate in sports and volunteerism.
Mr Teo was instrumental in setting up “Project 0812″, a concerted national effort to win the elusive medal at the Olympic Games since 1960. Various stakeholders, including government organisations and sponsors, were roped in to kick start this project. This effort resulted in the Singapore table tennis women’s team winning a silver medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, followed by two bronze medals in the table tennis women’s team and singles events at the London 2012 Olympic Games.
A lifelong advocate of sports and a passionate leader, Mr Teo has attended countless sports events and promoted the Olympic movement while holding several ministerial positions. He was conferred the “Olympic Order in Silver” for playing a pivotal role in the successful hosting of the 2010 Youth Olympic Games. His efforts culminated in local schools developing and adopting Olympic Education as part of our students’ learning journey during the Singapore 2010 Youth Olympic Games.
The Singapore Olympic Foundation (SOF), formed under his auspices in 2010, supports young athletes from financially-challenged backgrounds and to date, more than 700 athletes have received the SOF-Peter Lim Scholarships. The SOF also organises an annual multi-sport event called the Singapore Youth Olympic Festival to celebrate youth, sports and the legacy of the Youth Olympic Games.
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About Singapore National Olympic Council
The Singapore National Olympic Council (SNOC) is the national nonprofit organisation that coordinates the selection of Singaporean athletes for competition at the major games such as the Olympic Games, the Asian Games, the Commonwealth Games and the Southeast Asian Games. Singapore’s involvement in the Games is resolutely anchored in the Olympic ideals that were first espoused by Baron Pierre de Coubertin, the founder of the modern Olympic Games, in 1894. For more information, please visit www.snoc.org.sg