Speech by SNOC President at Singapore Sports Awards 2019

14 May 2019

SPEECH BY GUEST OF HONOUR MR TAN CHUAN-JIN, SPEAKER OF PARLIAMENT AND PRESIDENT OF THE SINGAPORE NATIONAL OLYMPIC COUNCIL AT THE SINGAPORE SPORTS AWARDS 2019 ON TUESDAY, 14 MAY 2019 AT 7.00PM AT ORCHARD HOTEL

Mr Abdul Halim Kader, Organising Chairman of the 2019 Singapore Sports Awards

Colleagues, officials and athletes

Sponsors and partners

Ladies and gentlemen

Good evening.

My heartiest congratulations goes out to all finalists and recipients of this year’s Singapore Sports Awards.

The year 2018 brought us four privileged opportunities to fly Singapore’s flag high at major Games. Our athletes marched alongside the world’s sporting best, and will be recognised for their achievements tonight. Their achievements are not limited to that at the major Games. Team Singapore in sports such as bowling, fencing, indoor skydiving, silat and wushu also performing outstandingly on the continental and world stages.

More new and unconventional sports are competing alongside traditional sports. Today, we witnessed breaking, a dance expression of the hip hop culture. It’s a sport that demands strength, agility and skills like most other sports, and is making an entrance into the Olympic Games. At the SEA Games this year, we’ll see surfers, skateboarders, e-sport gamers and bboys and bgirls marching alongside swimmers, sprinters and fencers. This year, we also welcome our first indoor skydiving athletes to the Sports Awards finalist alumni. The future of sport lies in the hands of the young and promises very exciting times indeed.

More than 160 athletes will be rewarded this evening with meritorious awards tonight. We will also recognise important players in our sport ecosystem later – coaches, sport event organisers, photographers, journalists and of course, the athletes.

Our young athletes in the sportsboy and sportsgirl categories pack a punch – six finalists in the sportsgirl category whose achievements include multiple world cup titles, a world junior title, and three Asian Games medals. Each of the trio in the sportsboy category has at least one world title.  All four sportswoman finalists are making their debuts in this category with a world record, a world title, national records, Commonwealth Games and Asian Games medals among them. In the sportsman category, Joseph Schooling is in the running to break new ground tonight to be the first athlete to win the Sports Awards an unprecedented six times. Regardless of the outcomes, you have all played a part in paving the way for greater milestones in Singapore’s sporting excellence.

Lastly, I would like to thank the organising committee, the partners and sponsors of the Singapore Sports Awards. Many thanks to the Tote Board Group comprising Tote Board, Singapore Pools and the Singapore Turf Club; and Singapore Airlines, for your support as always over the years.

Thank you to all of you here today – athletes, officials, coaches, family members, supporters and the media for your contribution. Enjoy the celebrations tonight.