The IOC Trophy is given to the National Olympic Committee (NOC) to honour a prominent figure or organisation within the sporting community. Some distinguished Singaporeans and organisations have been honored by the International Olympic Committee for their contribution to the Olympic Movement :
Mr Tan Howe Liang
Mr Tan Howe Liang brought home a silver medal from the 1960 Rome Olympic Games as Singapore’s first Olympic medalist. His Olympic achievement remained as the only medalist in Singapore’s history for 48 years until the 2008 Olympic Games when the women’s table tennis players won a silver medal. Mr Tan devoted most of his life to sports – not only as an athlete but also as a mentor and coach to younger athletes. He remains a popular role model and household name and continues to inspire Singaporeans today with his story of humility, determination and grit.
Dr Tan Eng Liang
Many in the sports fraternity can attest to Dr Tan Eng Liang’s dedication, integrity, responsibility and passion as a sports administrator. A water polo athlete and Olympian, Dr Tan represented Singapore in the 1956 Melbourne Olympic Games.
Eng Liang served as the Chairman of the Singapore Sports Council from 1975 to 1991 and has served the SNOC as Vice President since 1991. His name is synonymous to the SNOC’s Special Training Assistance Committee, a committee that oversees the training and support to athletes and the National Sports Associations preparing for the major Games.
A veteran Chef de Mission, he has led Team Singapore to 12 major Games including the 2015 SEA Games where Team Singapore recorded their best showing with 259 medals, 25 Games Records, 29 National Records and 74 Personal Bests, and the 2008 Olympic Games where Team Singapore won a silver medal. He was also involved in the 2010 Youth Olympic Games as the Chairman of the Advisory Committee for Sports. He is currently the President of the Olympians Singapore, the alumni of Olympians in Singapore.
Mr Chris Chan
Mr Chris Chan has served the SNOC as the Secretary-General since 2002. He has led SNOC to stand out as an efficient and effective organisation among the NOCs worldwide in spite of limited resources. He played a major role in “Project 0812”, a national initiative to medal at the Olympic Games.
Chris also plays active roles at the SEA Games Federation, Commonwealth Games Federation and Olympic Council of Asia. His involvement has helped to safeguard and promote our region’s interests and position on a larger platform.
Chris was also part of the team who delivered a successful Youth Olympic Games in Singapore. He currently serves on the Board of Anti-Doping Singapore, the Singapore Olympic Academy, the Singapore Sports School and the Singapore Olympic Foundation. Prior to the SNOC, Chris served the S-League as the CEO from 1997 to 2002.
The SNOC awarded the IOC Trophy for Singapore to Sport Singapore’s national movement for sport and physical activity, ActiveSG.
The ActiveSG initiative has so far attracted close to 1 million members. Its innovative method of providing credit to members to take part in sport programmes and activities and book sport facilities has proven to be a hit among Singaporeans. With increasing mobile usage in Singapore, ActiveSG introduced a mobile application to connect with their members. So far more than 600,000 members have utilised the credits and more than 100,000 members have participated in ActiveSG activities.
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 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 from 1998 to 2014.
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.
The Tote Board (Singapore Totalisator Board) and its wholly-owned subsidiary, Singapore Pools, are major funders of sports in Singapore. Tote Board and Singapore Pools’ support for sports, both local and international (events held in Singapore), has benefited different segments of our community, from the young to the old, both the able and the disabled. In return for its role in promoting community and competitive sports, the Tote Board and Singapore Pools are acknowledged as Partners in Sports.
Some of the major sports programmes and infrastructural projects that the Tote Board and Singapore Pools had supported include:
Programmes & Activities:
- Sporting Singapore Fund – A fund to realise the vision of creating a sporting Singapore, through three strategic thrusts, namely Sporting Culture (getting more people interested in and participating in sports), Sporting Excellence (assisting our athletes to achieve success at the local and international level) and Sporting Industry (creating a vibrant sports industry and establishing Singapore as a regional hub for sports)
- SNOC’s Multi-Million Dollar Awards Programme (for medal winners at the South East Asian [SEA], Commonwealth, Asian and Olympic Games)
- The Singapore National Paralympic Council’s Athletes Achievement Awards (for medal winners at the ASEAN Para, Commonwealth, Asian Para and Paralympic Games)
- S.League (Singapore Professional Football League)
- Singapore Sports School’s Sports Excellence Scholarships
- Singapore Sports Award
- Project 0812, contributing to Singapore winning a silver medal at the 2008 Olympic Games
- National Stadium
- Singapore Indoor Stadium
- National Sailing Centre
- Singapore contingents to international Games (such as SEA, Asian and Olympic Games)
- Olympic Day Run
- Standard Chartered Marathon Singapore
- OCBC Cycle Singapore
- Singapore Open (Badminton)
- World Netball Championships 2011
The Tote Board and Singapore Pools had contributed immensely to the development of sports, building of infrastructure and funding of sports programmes, thus enabling sports to be one of the most important tools for community bonding and a cornerstone for social cohesion. For its holistic contributions in these areas for Singapore, the Tote Board is awarded the 2011 IOC Trophy “Sport and Social Responsibility”.
Since 1985, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) presents an annual IOC Trophy, with a different theme each year. The Trophy recognises individuals and organisations who have made significant contributions to sports in their respective countries. For 2010, the IOC presents the IOC Trophy “Sport – inspiring young people” in a year where the inaugural Youth Olympic Games will be held.
Mr Tan Howe Liang earned a place in history as the first Singaporean to win an Olympic Games medal. He achieved this in the 1960 Summer Olympics in Rome where he won the silver medal in weightlifting, in the lightweight category.
In the next 48 years to Singapore’s second medal ever at the Olympic Games in 2008, Howe Liang served as an icon – an inspiration to young people that Singaporeans can achieve at the world stage. He epitomized hard work and dedication; a humble man who never complained. In the present day where athletes are promised some reward for winning, Howe Liang did not receive any reward for his effort in winning his Olympic medal. In fact, he had to take up two jobs to pay for his training to win glory for the nation. Howe Liang has been a role model for our aspiring athletes. Many young athletes look up to him for inspiration as they take up sports and begin their sporting careers. He was the only athlete, up to 2008, who had won medals at all the major Games, namely the Olympic Games, the Asian Games, the Commonwealth Games and the Southeast Asian Peninsular Games.
His individual medal at the Olympic Games in 1960 made Singaporeans believe that we can achieve at the highest platform in sports, and continues to inspire many young athletes in their pursuit of sports excellence. Howe Liang’s silver medal at the 1960 Olympic Games will be embedded in the history of Singapore sports. Singaporeans, young and old, will fondly remember him as our first Olympic medalist. More importantly, it is his hard work and dedication; and inspiration as a sporting champion that will always be in the hearts of Singaporeans.
For his contribution towards “inspiring young people” in Singapore, Mr Tan Howe Liang is selected for the 2010 IOC Trophy “Sport – inspiring young people”.
The IOC presented the Olympic Order in Gold to Singapore’s President S R Nathan and Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong. This was in honour of Singapore’s hosting of the first—ever Youth Olympic Games and the country’s outstanding merit in embracing and embodying the Olympic values and ideals of Excellence, Friendship and Respect.
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) also presented eight Singaporeans with the Olympic Order in Silver. This was in recognition of their contributions to the success of the Singapore 2010 Youth Olympic Games.
The recipients include
Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean, who is also the President of the Singapore National Olympic Council
Dr Vivian Balakrishnan, Minister for Community Development, Youth and Sports
Dr Ng Eng Hen, Minister for Education and Second Minister for Defence
Dr Tan Eng Liang, Vice President of the Singapore National Olympic Council
Mr Chris Chan, Secretary General of the Singapore National Olympic Council
Mr Goh Kee Nguan, Chief Executive Officer, Singapore Youth Olympic Games Organising Committee
Dr Francis Chong, Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Singapore Youth Olympic Games Organising Committee
Mr Eric Tan Huck Gim, Chief Operating Officer, Singapore Youth Olympic Games Organising Committee
Mr Choo Wee Khiang made outstanding contributions to the development of table tennis in Singapore since 1989. He became the Deputy President of the Singapore Table Tennis Association (STTA) in 1989 and was elected as its President from 1991 to 2008. He is also the Honorary Treasurer of the Asian Table Tennis Union from 1991 and is the Asia’s representative in the International Table Tennis Federation Development and Continental Council from 2004.
During his tenure as President of STTA, he introduced and implemented the strategic plan to promote table tennis to all and to bring glory to Singapore. He was instrumental in the setting up of the centre of excellence for table tennis in conjunction with the construction of the STTA Training Hall in Toa Payoh. He pioneered the Foreign Sports Talent scheme, oversaw the induction and development of a team of talented players with world class coaches. Under his charge the women’s table tennis team rose to number 2 and the men’s team to number 10 in world rankings. A most memorable and historic achievement was when the women’s table tennis team won an Olympic silver medal in at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games, the first medal for Singapore in 48 years.
He was also a strong supporter in the nurturing of local talents, where he worked on the ‘Learn-to-Play’ Scheme and the ‘Zone Centre’ concept to train and developed young players. He strongly supported the Lianhe Zaobao Cup which is a successful national junior championship since 1999 and now into its 11th year of national championships. He also mooted the idea of beginning early training for children from the age of five and this is now implemented by the STTA at zone centres across the island.
During his term STTA was also a strong supporter of the Veteran’s Table Tennis Association encouraging senior Singaporeans to continue playing table tennis and stay healthy.
In recognition of his vision, dedication and contributions to the development of Table Tennis in Singapore and in Asia, the IOC President awards him the IOC President’s Trophy.
Since 1985, the International Olympics Committee (IOC) has launched an annual IOC trophy, with a different theme each year. In 2009, the IOC has dedicated the IOC “Sport and the Fight against Doping” trophy to emphasize the fight for clean sport. Over the last few years, the IOC has continuously enforced the principle of Zero Tolerance and has continued to strengthen the fight against the scourge of doping in sport.
The 2009 IOC “Sport and the Fight against Doping” Trophy is awarded to Dr Teh Kong Chuan for his significant and consistent contribution and involvement in sport and his leadership in the fight against doping in Singapore.
Dr Teh Kong Chuan has been a Sports Physician for over 30 years. In his years of work, he has headed and implemented numerous national projects in Sports Medicine and Sports Science. This includes the National Anti-Doping administration, policies, monitoring, training and education. Dr Teh has acted as one of the leading pioneers of doping control for almost three decades now and has served as Chairman of the SNOC Anti-Doping in Sports Commission (SADSC) from 2002 to 2006. With his leadership, the Committee has been able to implement enforcement activities against doping, including out-of-competition testing, educating National Athletes on anti-doping issues and developing training for Doping Control Officers.
Currently Dr Teh serves as Advisor to the SADSC and heads the Doping Control Programmes for both the 1st Asian Youth Games Singapore 2009 and Singapore 2010 Youth Olympic Games. Not one to simply implement ideas, Dr Teh has also been active in Anti-Doping Education and has given talks and consultations on these issues for our local athletes before major games.
The IOC Sports and Youth Trophy 2008 has been awarded to Singapore’s Ministry of Education for its long and diversified support of recreational and competitive sports in the education system in Singapore. The MOE’s approach towards sports and education fully embraces the Olympic philosophy, set down by Pierre de Coubertin. The founder of the Modern Olympic Games clearly saw himself first and foremost as an educator when he said that “blending sport with culture and education, Olympism seeks to create a way of life based on the joy found in effort, the educational value of good example and respect for universal fundamental ethical principles.”
The fruits of this philosophy can be seen in the school system’s resounding support of Singapore’s bid for the 2010 Youth Olympic Games; in the creation of Junior Sports Academies to identify and develop talent from the primary schools onwards; in its heartfelt participation in “Giving is Winning”, a humanitarian campaign by the IOC and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees to donate sportswear and gear for international refugees; in its ongoing co-curricular sports programs that make sports available to every student in Singapore; and in the MOE’s highly successful Special Education Program grant that makes it easier for schools to introduce new sports to students.
All of these initiatives demonstrate the MOE’s awareness of and commitment to the ideals of the Olympic movement. Through sports participation, youth in Singapore and, indeed, the world, learn to communicate with each other with fluency and diplomacy. In sports, they share a common language even when they don’t share a mother tongue. They may come from vastly different cultures from different parts of the world but through sports they can celebrate what they have in common.
For recognizing the value that sports can bring into the lives of Singapore’s youth, the Ministry of Education is the very worthy recipient of this year’s IOC Trophy for Sports and Youth.
Feng Tianwei, Li Jiawei and Wang Yuegu were awarded the IOC Silver Pins (2008) for their Silver Medal performance in the Table Tennis Women’s Team Event at the 2008 Olympic Games.
In recognition of his significant contributions to Singapore sports as well as his tireless efforts to promote Olympic Education in the school system, Mr. CANAGASABAI Kunalan has been awarded the 2007 IOC Sport and Promotion of Olympism Trophy.
Mr. C Kunalan is a sports icon in Singapore, who was a competitive athlete before he became a sports educator and administrator. He represented our country as a sprinter at the highest level of international competition, including the South East Asian, Asian and Olympic Games. He has served as the Honorary Secretary of the Singapore Olympic Academy since its inception and on various committees of the Singapore Sports Council, the Singapore Sports School and the Singapore National Olympic Council over the past 20 years. Moreover, Mr. Kunalan has been a strong personal advocate of the Olympic values of fair play and equal opportunity for all. As part of the Olympic Education program in Singapore, he speaks frequently to schools and sports clubs on the importance of sport in developing character. With his unflagging commitment and unquestionable integrity, Mr. Kunalan is one of Singapore’s finest ambassadors for sport.
Shortly before the launch of the 2006 Winter Olympic Games in Turino, Italy, the International Olympic Committee bestowed the Olympic Cup on Singapore in gratitude for Singapore’s professional hosting of the 117th Session in July 2005. Mr. Teo Chee Hean, president of the Singapore National Olympic Committee, presented the Olympic Cup to Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong at the 118th IOC Session in Turino.
The awarding of the Olympic Cup recognized Singapore’s professional managing of the 117th Session. The five-day gathering for the vote on the 2012 Summer Games drew some 3,000 people to Singapore, including Olympic delegates, support staff and media. Led by Mr. Ng Ser Miang, the President of 117th IOC Session Organizing Committee, organizing the event was undertaken by the Singapore Sports Council, Singapore National Olympic Council and Ministry of Community Development, Youth and Sports. There was strong cooperation from across the various ministries and volunteers.
President SNOC, Mr. Teo Chee Hean presented Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong the Olympic Cup, which the IOC awarded to the people of Singapore in February at the 118th IOC Session in Turin, in recognition of Singapore’s achievement in organizing the best ever IOC session.
The Olympic Cup was created by Pierre de Coubertin in 1906 and last presented in 2004 to City of Athens.
In recognition of his commitment to sports, community and country, IOC Executive Board member and Vice President of Singapore National Olympic Council, Mr. Ng Ser Miang was awarded the IOC Trophy, ‘Sports and the Community’ for his leadership role in bringing the 117th Session of the IOC to Singapore in July 2005. The vote for the 2012 Summer Games was decided at the 117th Session, and Singapore’s hosting of the event ensured our country’s place in the international sports history.
On March 8, 2005, Annabel Pennefather was awarded the IOC’s ‘Women and Sport’ Trophy for Asia in recognition of her work to develop, encourage and strengthen the participation of women and girls at all levels in sports. Pennefather captained Singapore’s national hockey team for 10 years before moving into various sports administration roles. She became the first woman president of the Singapore Hockey Federation and officiated at the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games. Pennefather sits on several committees for the SNOC and most recently was Chef de Mission for the Asian Games in Doha.
In recognition of their many victories at the Asian and South East Asian Games, the National Water Polo Team was awarded the IOC Trophy for ‘Sporting Excellence’. The team has won 19 consecutive gold medals at the SEA Games since 1965.
At the Asian Games, held every four years, the National Team has won six medals, beginning in 1951 in New Delhi with a silver medal, a gold in Manila in 1954, a silver in Tokyo (1958) and bronze medals in Jakarta (1962), Bangkok (1978) and Seoul (1986).
The Singapore Amateur Swimming Association (SASA) also received the IOC Trophy for ‘Sport & Volunteers’ in recognition of its success in developing a base of volunteers for the swimming community. A solid base of volunteers bodes well for consistent achievement in excellence, sound management and good governance and sustained development programmes.
This trophy is presented to heads of state to illustrate the entry of sport into the 21st century. It symbolizes the crossing the threshold of the year 2000 to victory and success. RAdm Teo Chee Hean, President SNOC, on behalf of the IOC, presented the trophy to His Excellency, the President of the Republic of Singapore, Mr. S. R. Nathan.
Sports organizations receive this award in recognition of their commitment and contribution to the universal promotion of Olympism and sport. The trophy was awarded to the Singapore Sports Council for its comprehensive promotion of sport programmes such as sport for all, sport excellence sports for women and sports for life and fitness. The SSC also has ensured that facilities have been developed to keep pace with the sports needs of the people.
Mr. Lee Fong Seng, Principal of Raffles Junior College, received the 1999 IOC Trophy for ‘Sports & Education’. Mr. Lee has been Chairman of the Singapore Schools Sports Council since 1991. Under his leadership, the number of competitive sports in schools has increased. With the co-operation of the National Sports Associations, several development schemes for youths have also been developed. His excellent contacts with Asean counterparts ensured that Singapore’s young talents were given the opportunity to compete with their contemporaries in Asia.
The 1998 IOC Trophy for ‘Sports Ethics’ was presented to Mr. Woon Sui Kut for his commitment and contribution in swimming locally, regionally and internationally.
Mr. Goh Yong Hong is the Vice President of the SNOC since 1986 and sits on its Executive Committee, Selection Committee and Awards Committee and a Council Member of the Singapore Sports Council since 1978. He has been the President of the Singapore Amateur Swimming Association since 1985. Under his leadership the swimming contingent and water polo team have been been consistent winners at the SEA Games. For his dedication and contribution to the Olympic Movement and Sports for All, he was awarded the prestigious IOC Sport for All Trophy.
The IOC ‘Centennial Olympic Games’ Trophy, 1996, was awarded to Mr. Ng Ser Miang. At the time of the award, Mr. Ng was the Chairman of the Singapore Sports Council. He is also the Vice-President of the SNOC and Chairman of the Singapore Olympic Academy. His international appointments include Vice- President of the International Yacht Racing Union and President of the Asian Yachting Federation. Mr. S.S. Dhillon was presented with the Olympic Council of Asia’s highest award for his contribution to sports in Singapore and Asia. Mr. Dhillon was Secretary-General of the SNOC for 24 years (1972-1996).
The 1995 IOC ‘Olympic Movement Unity’ Trophy was presented to Dr. Tan Eng Liang for his invaluable services to Olympism. Dr. Tan is one of those rare individuals who has excelled in sport, academics, business and politics – all with equal aplomb. He represented Singapore at the Olympic Games in Melbourne and gained reputation of being the best goal-keeper. At the Asian Games in Tokyo, he helped his team win a Silver medal, and was Chairman of the Singapore Sports Council for 16 years (1975-91). He is currently Vice-President of the SNOC and Chairman of its Special Training Assistance Committee. He has also served the SNOC as Chef de Mission to Olympic, Asian and SEA Games.
The 1994 IOC ‘Centennial Trophy’ was awarded to Dr. Yeo Ning Hong for his contribution to sports and to the promotion of the Olympic Spirit of ‘Citius, Altius, Fortius’ in Singapore. Dr. Yeo was vice president of the SNOC from 1982 and president from 1990.
Ms Annabel Pennefather was presented with the 1990 IOC Award for her outstanding contribution to Olympism. She was the President of the Singapore Women’s Hockey Association and Vice-President of the Singapore Hockey Federation. She has been involved in promoting hockey for many years.
Dr. Giam Choo Keong is the pioneer of Sports Medicine in Singapore. The SSC Sports Medicine Unit was set-up by him. He has led his medical staff very efficiency. Dr. Giam has served our Singapore sportspersons at home, SEA and Asian Games. He is also an acknowledged expert in sport medicine and good organizer of international sport medicine seminar
The IOC Award for Best Journalist of the Year (Singapore) was presented to Mr. Tan Tee Eng.
Mr. Tan Howe Liang was awarded the IOC Silver Pin (1988) for his Silver Medal performance at the 1960 Olympic Games.
Mr. Ang Peng Siong was presented with the IOC Award for excellence in sports & studies.
Mr. E W Barker, former Minister for Law and President of the Singapore National Olympic Council (SNOC), was the first Singaporean to receive an award from the IOC. Mr. Barker was awarded the Olympic Order (Silver) for his outstanding contribution to sports causes and his fidelity to Olympic ideals.