Speech by SNOC President at the 2018 Commonwealth Games & Asian Games MAP Awards
SPEECH BY MR TAN CHUAN-JIN, SPEAKER OF PARLIAMENT AND PRESIDENT OF THE SINGAPORE NATIONAL OLYMPIC COUNCIL AT THE MAP AWARDS PRESENTATION & APPRECIATION DINNER FOR THE GOLD COAST 2018 COMMONWEALTH GAMES AND JAKARTA-PALEMBANG 2018 ASIAN GAMES ON TUESDAY, 13 NOVEMBER 2018, 7.00PM AT RAFFLES TOWN CLUB
Ms Grace Fu, Minister for Culture, Community and Youth
Colleagues and friends from the SNOC, MCCY, SportSG and NSAs
Athletes and officials
Ladies and gentlemen
It’s good to keep striving for new milestones, but not always easy to accomplish. I’m very glad to see that in 2018, Singapore sports again achieved new highs for the history books. For the first time, our flag was hoisted at four important sporting events in a year – the Winter Olympics, Commonwealth Games, Asian Games and Youth Olympic Games.
Today, we mark another turning point. I am pleased to announce a tweak to the MAP awards, albeit a cosmetic one. No longer will we refer it to as the Multi-million Dollar Award Programme, but the well-known acronym that has been fondly accepted by the community will stay. Instead, MAP will now mean Major Games Award Programme. The new name will carry more relevance in these times, and better reflect the heights and scale of the events that our athletes reach.
The banner year also brought some nice surprises in sporting performances. At the Asian Games, our young swimmers stood to the fore and posted incredible showings to take home three relay medals at the Asian Games. The contract bridge men’s team proved their mettle, leading the competition from the start and finished strongly with a gold medal in the sport’s debut at the Asiad. At the Commonwealth Games, the shooting team set two Games records en route to winning two gold medals, with a majority making the finals for a shot at the podium.
How we have fared and progressed in recent times is the culmination of efforts invested by the community. We have come this far because of the continuing support from the individuals such as the families, friends, colleagues, coaches, training partners, sponsors, employers and fans, as well as the institutions and organisations like the NSAs, SSI, SportSG and MCCY. Thank you all. Let’s continue to work hard to bring more sporting glory to Singapore.
I would like to express my appreciation to the chefs de mission who led Team Singapore at the two Games – Mr Mark Chay, Mr Lee Wung Yew and their assistants, Ms Lim Heem Wei, Mr Azhar Yusof and Ms Ruth Ng. My special thanks go to our partners for their support: Tote Board Group comprising Tote Board, Singapore Pools and Singapore Turf Club for their support and for sponsoring the MAP awards; FitnessFirst for giving Team Singapore island-wide access to their facilities and services to train; Singapore Airlines for ensuring that Team Singapore travelled safely to the Games; and Singtel for keeping Team Singapore connected with their families and friends back home – a gesture that came on top of their existing sponsorship.
The coming 18 months will be crucial to athletes and teams preparing to qualify and compete at the 2019 SEA Games and Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. I wish you all the best in your endeavours. In the meantime, enjoy the festivities tonight.