Speech by Sports Awards 2019 Organising Chairman

14 May 2019

SPEECH BY MR ABDUL HALIM KADER BBM, CHAIRPERSON OF THE ORGANISING COMMITTEE FOR SINGAPORE SPORTS AWARDS 2019 ON TUESDAY, 14 MAY 2018, 7.00PM AT ORCHARD HOTEL

Mr Tan Chuan-Jin, Speaker of Parliament and President of the Singapore National Olympic Council

Officials, coaches and athletes

Sponsors, members of the media and partners

Ladies and gentlemen

Good evening. Welcome to the 2019 edition of the Singapore Sports Awards. Thank you for being here this evening to celebrate Team Singapore’s achievements in 2018. 

This year’s awards is themed “Breaking New Ground”, and is especially apt after a 2018 filled with breakthroughs in our sporting fraternity. Team Singapore competed in four major Games last year – the most ever in one year. Medals, national records and personal bests were attained at these Games as well as at the continental and world championships. We are here not just to celebrate the achievements of our athletes – we are also here to pay tribute to the coaches and to recognise excellence in events management, sports journalism and photography.

As in previous years, the selection committees from the Singapore National Olympic Council and Sport Singapore met and deliberated on the nominations submitted by the National Sports Associations. The committees then voted for the winners through secret ballots. As of now, no one knows the results except auditing firm KPMG who tallied the votes.

I would like to congratulate all award recipients and finalists here today – you are all winners for having faced your struggles head on and found ways to overcome them to be as an awardee here today.

There are many people who helped put this event together.  I would like to express my gratitude to my colleagues from the organising committee, staff at the Orchard Hotel, the NSAs and the awards recipients. Last but not least, many thanks to the Tote Board Group and Singapore Airlines for your unwavering support and contribution.

Ladies and gentlemen, please enjoy the evening. And now join me in welcoming our Guest of Honour, Mr Tan Chuan-Jin on stage to deliver his speech.