Some 38 national sports associations belong to the Singapore National Olympic Council (SNOC) as full voting members while another 10 sports associations are associate members. However, not all members of the SNOC represent Olympic sports. Some are regional sports that have yet to develop international recognition. Some are international sports that have yet to meet the Olympic criteria for membership.
Netball, for example, is played at the Commonwealth Games but not at the Olympic Games. Golf is played at the Asian Games, which is governed by the Olympic Council of Asia, but the sport does not feature at the Olympics or the Commonwealth Games. Bodybuilding is on the list for the Asian & South East Asian Games but is not on the schedule for the Olympic or Commonwealth events. At the Commonwealth, Asian and SEA Games, the roster of sports may change from Games to Games, depending on submissions by the competing federations.
In all cases, the SNOC coordinates the selection of Singaporean athletes for competition at major games.
Currently on the Olympic Calendar, are 28 summer sports and seven winter sports. However, one sport may encompass many events; for example, athletics will include sprints, hurdles, javelin, etc. If all event categories were listed, almost 40 ‘sports’ would be played at the Summer Games. At the 117th Session of the International Olympic Committee, which was held in Singapore in 2005, IOC members voted to remove baseball and softball from the Olympic calendar as of the 2012 London Games.
Over the past 40-plus years, Singapore has sent athletes to compete at the Summer Games in athletics, badminton, basketball, boxing, cycling fencing, hockey, judo, sailing, shooting, table tennis, water polo and weightlifting. Singapore also has one member that represents a Winter sport—figure skating. For the more recent Olympic Games, Singapore has competed primarily in badminton, sailing, shooting and table tennis. These sports figure heavily in the SNOC’s new Project 0812 funding.