Syed Abdul Kadir is the first and only boxer to represent Singapore at the Olympic Games since independence.
Then, the four-time winner of the Singapore Open had medal hopes in the light flyweight category. He defeated his Italian opponent in the first round, but a subsequent cut to the eyebrow meant he could not go beyond the third round.
After he returned, he continued his streak of successes. Two Southeast Asian Games golds followed, adding to one he had earned in 1971 for defeating Asia’s best boxer from Burma. Abdul also scored the Republic its first Commonwealth Games boxing medal in 1974.
He finished his career in 1976 by defending his Singapore Open title, one he had won since 1968. He also became the national coach and set up his own boxing school.
Abdul credits his father, Syed Abu Bakar, for attending every single match he took part in.