Welcome Address by IOC Member, Mr Ng Ser Miang at the IOC Awards Presentation
WELCOME ADDRESS BY MR NG SER MIANG, IOC MEMBER, AT THE IOC AWARDS PRESENTATION ON TUESDAY 8 MARCH 2016 AT 7.15PM AT FABER PEAK SINGAPORE
Minister Tan Chuan-Jin, President of the SNOC
Mr Tan Howe Liang and our Olympians
Fellow SNOC and NSA colleagues
Ladies and gentlemen
Good evening. I’m glad that you are able to join us this evening for the IOC Awards Presentation.
Since the 1980s, the IOC has recognised many Singaporeans who have contributed to the Olympic movement. They include the late Mr E W Barker, former SNOC President Teo Chee Hean, former SNOC Secretary General SS Dhillon. Last year, the IOC honoured SNOC President Tan Chuan-Jin and former Sports Minister Lawrence Wong with the IOC President’s Trophy for hosting a successful 2015 SEA Games.
Singapore organisations were recognised too. In 2011, the Tote Board was acknowledged for their support towards sport and social responsibility. In 2008, the Ministry of Education was awarded the IOC Trophy “Sport and Youth” for their long and outstanding support of recreational and competitive sports in schools. National Sport Associations such as the Singapore Swimming Association was awarded the IOC Trophy for “Sport and Volunteers” in 2001 for their robust volunteer programme.
The people of Singapore were also honoured with the prestigious Olympic Cup twice – once for hosting the successful 117th IOC Session in 2005 and for the inaugural 2010 Youth Olympic Games. The Olympic Cup was created in 1906 by Pierre de Coubertin, the founder of the modern Olympic Games.
Tonight, it gives me great pleasure to present three sportsmen and administrators with the IOC Diploma of Merit, a revived Olympic award on behalf of the IOC President, Dr Thomas Bach. The International Olympic Committee recognises Mr Tan Howe Liang, Dr Tan Eng Liang and Mr Chris Chan, for their significant contributions to the Olympic movement and sport in Singapore and internationally.
Later on, we will reveal the recipient of the 2015 IOC Trophy “Sport and Innovation”. The deserving nominees – ActiveSG, Singapore Sports Institute and Singapore Sports School – have all played important roles in our sport development. Please join me in giving the nominees a round of applause.
Congratulations to all recipients and nominees and thank you for continuing to inspire us to serve sport and the Olympic movement.