Peh Shing Huei is a Singapore Literature Prize-winning author of When the Party Ends. He is a founding partner of The Nutgraf, a writing and communications agency, and former news editor and China bureau chief at The Straits Times. The graduate of the National University of Singapore and Columbia University is based in Singapore.
Other books written and co-written by the author:
- Neither Civil Nor Servant: the Philip Yeo Story
- When the Party Ends: China’s Leaps and Stumbles after the Beijing Olympics
- Struck by Lightning: Singapore Voices Post-1965
- Rings of Stars and Crescent: 70 years of the Olympic Movement in Singapore
- Dream Island: The Mad, Mad World of Philip Yeo
Writing this book has been a homecoming of sorts for me. I started my working life as a sports journalist and covering the Beijing Olympics in 2008 was one of the most memorable moments of my career. It was a thrill to retrace Singapore’s journey to its momentous silver medal in Beijing and also to reconnect with old friends in the sports fraternity. The reunions with officials such as Mr Choo Wee Khiang, Mr Low Teo Ping, Ms Jacqueline Lim, and athletes like Ronald Susilo, Li Jiawei, Jiang Yanmei and Lee Wung Yew, were joyful walks down memory lane.
This project would not have been possible without the support of the IOC and SNOC. Past and present presidents Teo Chee Hean and Tan Chuan-Jin gave it their blessings. The top management of SNOC worked patiently with me on this project, including its multi-media elements, and I am most grateful for their unwavering faith and unstinting encouragement. I have benefitted immensely from the counsel and guidance of IOC member Ng Ser Miang, SNOC vice-president Tan Eng Liang and SNOC secretary-general Chris Chan. I am also thankful to SNOC assistant secretary-general Edmund Lim and director (special projects) Antony Lee for sharing with me the on-the-ground operations of Project 0812.
Special mention must go to Ms Ho Shu Fen, who managed this project without putting a foot wrong. She accompanied me to all the interviews and her intuitive understanding of the needs of a journalist and an author made her an exemplary partner in this two-year-long journey. I am indebted to her quiet backend work which made mine at the front easier, smoother and far more enjoyable.
The four national sports associations which were a part of Project 0812 were helpful partners as I pieced together the story. I would like to thank the Singapore Table Tennis Association, SingaporeSailing, Singapore Badminton Association and Singapore Shooting Association.
My partners in The Nutgraf, Sue-Ann Chia and Aaron Low, were invaluable advisers and supporters as we worked on producing this book across three platforms: print, electronic and online. They were my best cheerleaders. Watching our designer Lin Zhaowei reminded me of an artist at work, albeit on digital platforms. His design and production of the website is a wonderful representation of clean-cut sophistication. I am also thankful to Chloe Sng of Intent Design on her design and layout of the book, giving this amazing story a beautiful home.