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Singapore NOC activities

15 Jul 2013
Singapore: The Singapore National Olympic Council has been busy with many Olympic-related activities in recent weeks. Here are some of the highlights:

Athletes’ Career Programme: More than 40 local athletes attended the Athletes’ Career Programme organised by the Singapore NOC and Singapore NOC Athletes’ Commission with the support of the Singapore Sports Institute and Adecco at the Marina Bay Sands on June 26. 

The NOC took the opportunity to organise this event as part of the International Olympic Committee’s International Athletes’ Forum held in Singapore from June 27-29. The event was graced by IOC presidential candidate Ng Ser Miang.

The panellists included Olympians Barbara Kendall of New Zealand and Claudia Bokel of Germany. The local athletes had the opportunity to meet potential employers who could help them secure a job in the future.

Both guest Olympians shared their experience of making the transition from athlete to the working world after their sporting careers ended. 

IOC President receives award from Singapore: On June 28, President Tony Tan Keng Yam conferred the Public Service Star (Distinguished Friends of Singapore) Award to Dr Jacques Rogge, President of the International Olympics Committee, for his significant contribution to Singapore’s development in the international sporting arena.

Green for SEA Games: Singapore’s SEA Games-bound athletes this December may be wearing red and white but, hopefully, they will be thinking green as well.

The athletes travelling to Myanmar for the biennial Games, which will be held in Naypyidaw from December 11-22, will each receive an “Eco Kit” containing reusable items such as towels and cutlery as part of a new “Green Champions” programme.

This comes after a Memorandum of Understanding was signed between the Singapore NOC and the Singapore Environment Council on July 8 at the Youth Olympic Games Gallery @ Singapore Sports Museum.

Asked if the 2015 SEA Games here could go green, SNOC Secretary-General Chris Chan said: “I think there is a possibility. During the Youth Olympic Games in 2010, we put in place a few eco-friendly measures and programmes. We will bring it up and hopefully it would be a green SEA Games for us in 2015.”

IOC Athletes’ Forum: The 6th IOC International Athletes’ Forum, held in Singapore from June 27-29, resulted in a series of recommendations for the Olympic Movement to take action in a number of areas affecting athletes.

In the presence of IOC President Jacques Rogge, athletes’ representatives from the IOC, a number of International Federations (IFs), Continental Associations, the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) and the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) called in particular for improved communication between each other, including more efficient use of social media to engage athletes, and an enriched Games-time experience.

President Rogge, himself a three-time Olympian in sailing, told the participants: “Olympians are influential role models, especially for young people. And as the leading voice for athletes within the Olympic Movement, the Athletes’ Commission and this Forum have influence far beyond this meeting room. With your help, we have made significant progress on some important issues that directly affect athletes.” 

He added:  “I look forward to hearing your thoughts on how we can better serve the athletes who are the heart and soul of the Olympic Movement.”
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