26 December 2008

review of Singapore sports scenes in 2008

S'pore makes global impact in sports in 2008@CNA

SINGAPORE: 2008 was a great year for Singapore sports. From the Formula One trackside to the Olympic arena, it was a year of historic achievements.

24 December 2008

Tokyo 2016 supports Olympic Education

Tokyo 2016 Continues to Support Youth Olympic Education@sportcal.com

Tokyo, 22 December 2008 – Tokyo 2016 reaffirmed its commitment to the development of young Olympians yesterday by participating in a Japan Olympic Academy (JOA) special ‘Youth and the Olympic Games’ session, held at the Japan Institute of Sports and Sciences (JISS).

The session, made possible through the support of bodies such as the International Olympic Committee (IOC), International Olympic Academy (IOA), Japanese Olympic Committee (JOC), Japan’s Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, facilitated frank and fruitful analyses of the future of Olympic education for young people.

The event saw two notable milestones in Olympic education celebrated; Hiroji Koide’s ‘One School One Country’ Program, and the 30th anniversary of the Japan Olympic Academy launch.

17 December 2008

NZ budget for 2009

SPARC invests in future Kiwi sporting success@SPARC

SPARC is investing $4.8 million in 18 sports in 2009 aimed at having more New Zealand athletes and teams winning on the world stage.

The contestable investment package will be followed by a further investment announcement in February next year for the nine ‘targeted’ sports (athletics, bike, netball, cricket, rowing, rugby, sailing, swimming and triathlon.)

11 December 2008

UK budget for London Olympics


total of £292 million of confirmed investment has today been allocated by UK Sport to British Olympic and Paralympic sports ahead of the London Games in 2012. This funding, building on the £265 million invested for Beijing, has enabled UK Sport to agree a target of a “Top Four” finish in London, aiming to win more medals in more sports than in Beijing and thereby ensure the most successful Olympic performance by a British team for 100 years. The Paralympic target is to retain second place in the Medal Table behind China, again winning more medals in more sports than in Beijing.

A total of £247 million has been invested in Olympic sport for the London cycle. The funded sports are: Archery, Athletics, Badminton, Basketball, Boxing, Canoeing, Cycling, Diving, Equestrian, Gymnastics, Hockey, Judo, Modern Pentathlon, Rowing, Sailing, Swimming, Synchronised Swimming, Taekwondo and Triathlon.

UK Sport allocates funding for 2012@sport business

Athletics, the showcase sport of the Olympics, received a funding cut before the London Games yesterday as sports chiefs rewarded the UK's most successful sports in Beijing.

According to UK press reports, the drop in funding from £26.5 million to £25.1 million — the biggest of any sport — was announced despite the overwhelming focus of public attention during the Games falling on the Olympic stadium. Athletics was one of only two sports — the other was badminton — to be dealt weaker financial resources compared with Beijing.

By contrast, the biggest investment in any sport is in rowing, in which six medals were won in Beijing, helping to earn it a 5.5 per cent increase to £27.4 million over the next four years.

Cycling, which was Britain’s most successful sport in Beijing, with 14 medals, received a 22 per cent increase in funding to £26.9 million.

Basketball and Hockey were under threat before a last-minute injection of cash from the Treasury on Tuesday night. They received a 137 per cent increase and a 43 per cent increase respectively.

YOG update

Sports competitions programme and qualification systems for the 1st YOG in 2010@IOC

Some 3,594 athletes will compete in Singapore in 26 sports comprising 201 events. The number of sports in the programme is identical to the London 2012 programme. Each event has its own age group* competing, either 15-16 (27 events), 16-17 (111 events) or 17-18 (63 events).

The events differ significantly in order to match the age groups and interests of the young athletes. Basketball will for example be played according to the FIBA 33 formula, with teams of three playing against each other on one half-court. The most important particularity of the YOG is however the numerous mixed–gender or National Olympic Committees (NOCs) – team events in archery, athletics (medley relay), cycling (combined BMX-mountain bike-road event), equestrian, fencing, judo, modern pentathlon (relay), swimming (relay), table tennis, tennis and triathlon (relay).

The qualification system for each sport and discipline, which was prepared in close collaboration with each International Federation (IF), strives to guarantee participation of the best athletes in their age category and to respect the principle of universality by allowing NOCs to benefit from the “Universality Places”.

For all disciplines, competitions such as Junior World Championships, Continental Championships or official junior ranking lists will allow athletes to attempt to qualify for the YOG.

The four team sport** tournaments (football, handball, hockey and volleyball) will consist of one national team per continent as well as a sixth team which will either represent the NOC of the host country or be proposed by the IFs for IOC approval. An NOC will be allowed to have no more than one boys’ and one girls’ team competing for all four team sports.

Besides the sports competitions programme, the YOG will feature an extensive Cultural and Educational Programme (CEP), which aims to introduce, in a fun and festive spirit, the young athletes to Olympism and the Olympic values, and to raise awareness on important issues such as the benefits of a healthy lifestyle, the fight against doping and their role as sports ambassadors in their communities. As a result of close collaboration between the IOC and the Singapore Youth Olympic Games Organising Committee (SYOGOC), an innovative and attractive CEP has been developed, with SYOGOC looking to finalise it shortly and start implementation at the beginning of next year.

Mixed teams set for YOG@straits times

the real innovation of the Games - the brainchild of IOC President Jacques Rogge - is the mixing up of genders in the team competitions, with boys and girls from different countries representing their respective continents.

Certain other sports such as archery, athletics, cycling (with one event a combined one of road race and BMX), fencing, judo, modern pentathlon, swimming, tennis, table tennis and triathlon will also be modelled on that format.

Others will be tried out under another model, such as basketball which will feature teams of just three on half the usual size court.

AYG update


Singapore, 14 November 2008 - In about 32 weeks (227 days), Singapore will play host to young athletes and officials from 45 Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) member nations at the first-ever Asian Youth Games (AYG) in Singapore in 2009. The multi-sport event will take place from 29 June to 7 July 2009, and will be jointly organised by the Ministry of Education (MOE) and the Singapore Sports Council (SSC).

official website 2009 Asian Youth Games