Speech by Mr Chris Chan at the Opening of Singapore Sports Museum

14 Oct 2014

Speech by Mr Chris Chan, Secretary-General of Singapore National Olympic Council at the Opening of the Singapore Youth Olympic Museum and Singapore Sports Museum on Thursday, 9 October 2014 at the Singapore Sports Hub, 7:30pm

Mr Lawrence Wong, Minister for Culture, Community and Youth

Mr Richard Seow, Chairman, Sport Singapore

Mr Lim Teck Yin, CEO, Sport Singapore

Our Sports Pioneers

Ladies and Gentlemen

Good evening. I am very pleased to be here today to participate in the opening of the Singapore Youth Olympic Museum (SYOM) and Singapore Sports Museum in the presence of Singapore’s sports pioneers who have contributed immensely to the history of sports in Singapore.

The idea of the Singapore Youth Olympic Museum was mooted before Singapore hosted the inaugural Youth Olympic Games in 2010. Situated within the premises of the Singapore Sports Hub together with the Singapore Sports Museum, I am sure that many sports fans and curious minds alike will be delighted to visit a place where they can immerse themselves in sporting aspirations.

Building on the success of the now-defunct YOG Learning Centre at Kay Siang Road, we hope the SYOM will also reach out to a strong visitorship of students, teachers, sports personalities, foreign and VIP guests and members of the public where they can discover and gain insight on the spirit of the Olympic Games, learn the Olympic values and be inspired to embrace, embody and express these values in their lives.

Visitors will also be able to trace Singapore’s journey in the bidding and hosting of the inaugural Youth Olympic Games, and learn more about Team Singapore’s experiences at the 2010 and 2014 Youth Olympic Games.

The SYOM is part of the prestigious Olympic Museums Network as one of the 22 museums in the world, as well as the only member in Southeast Asia. As a member to this network founded by IOC Presidents Jacques Rogge and the late Juan Antonio Samaranch, we hope to work together with our partners on useful synergies and joint projects to create a unique platform for the global Olympic movement in this region. We are given access to borrow certain exhibits from the IOC Museum in Lausanne for the SYOM. In addition to the Museum, we also have permission to sell Olympic memorabilia found in the IOC ‘Olympic’ shop.

We would like to thank the International Olympic Committee, the Olympic Museums Network, the Singapore National Olympic Council, Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth, Sport Singapore and the Singapore Sports Hub for their support in bringing the museums to fruition.

We hope the SYOM will grow to become an important pilgrimage place for the YOG. As the Museum continues to grow and develop, I am sure we are able to share many more stories of trials and tribulations and inspire more people to participate in the Olympic Movement.

Thank you.