Singapore National Olympic Council

The Singapore National Olympic Council (SNOC) is a registered society, recognised by the International Olympic Committee (IOC). SNOC was founded on 27 May 1947 as Singapore Olympic and Sports Council (SOSC), and subsequently renamed in 1970. It is also the body responsible for Singapore's representation at multi-sport major Games.

Singapore National Olympic Council
Singapore National Olympic Council logo
Country/Region Singapore
Created27 May 1947; 74 years ago (1947-05-27)
PresidentTan Chuan-Jin
Secretary GeneralChris Chan

The SNOC has sent athletes to Asian Games, Commonwealth Games, SEA Games, Asian Youth Games, Youth Olympic Games, Winter Youth Olympic Games, Winter Olympic Games and the Summer Olympic Games

The SNOC is currently helmed by Tan Chuan-Jin, who is also the Speaker of the Parliament of Singapore.[1]


Before the 1948 Summer Olympics organised by Britain, Britain sent out invitations to its colonies and dependencies to participate in the Games. However, due to a lack of an Olympic Council, Singapore, despite being a Crown Colony, was omitted. This led to the formation of Singapore Olympic and Sports Council on 27 May 1947. It was planned that the Council will merge with a similar Olympic Council of Malaya.[2]

SNOC became an affiliate of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in 1948. That same year, Singapore sent its first two-men team to the Olympics in London. Lloyd Valberg became the first Singaporean to participate in the Olympic Games. He was accompanied by a manager, Jocelyn de Souza.

Singapore has since participated at other international and regional games which included the 1951 inaugural Asian Games, the Commonwealth Games at Cardiff, Wales in 1958[3] and the inaugural South East Asian Peninsular Games (which was renamed as Southeast Asian Games later) in 1959. Since then, Singapore has been a regular participant in these games.

In 1970, Singapore Olympic and Sports Council was renamed as Singapore National Olympic Council.[4]

The IOC code for Singapore has changed from SIN to SGP in September 2016, and is first used in Danang 2016, Asian Beach Games.[5]

Singapore Sports AwardsEdit

In 1968, the SNOC introduced the Singapore Sports Awards to recognise athletes who made significant achievements.[6] It includes awards such as Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year, as well as Team of the Year and Coach of the Year. The awards cover a wide variety of categories, and also honours other parts of the fraternity apart from athletes and officials.

A new award category, Best Sports Photo of the Year, was also introduced since 2017.

Past PresidentsEdit

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "MP | Parliament Of Singapore". Retrieved 2021-07-01.
  2. ^ hermes (2017-08-03). "Founding of SNOC in 1947". The Straits Times. Retrieved 2021-09-17.
  3. ^ "SPORTING GLORY" (PDF).{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  4. ^ a b c Keat, Leng, Ho (2015-01-31). Emerging Trends and Innovation in Sports Marketing and Management in Asia. IGI Global. p. 237. ISBN 978-1-4666-7528-5.
  5. ^ "Singapore to be known as SGP, instead of SIN, at sporting events". The Straits Times. September 17, 2016.
  6. ^ "Singapore Sports Awards". Retrieved 6 August 2020.

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