Singapore sports history has seen a lot of milestones since its independence in 1965. However, there are many interesting facts that the locals may not be aware of about their own country’s sporting history!
– For example, the Singapore Sports Council was established in 1971, and it has been a driving force behind the development of sports infrastructure on the island.
– The first-ever South East Asia (SEA) Games were held at Kallang Stadium, and there have only been four other host cities since 1965: Vientiane (1973), Manila (1981), Jakarta (1991), and Nakhon Ratchasima (2007).
– Currently, Singapore has more than 30 sports facilities with 27 current or upcoming Sports Hubs throughout the country.
– The inaugural SEA Games saw 14 gold medals for male competitors, while female athletes only received seven golden awards at that time!
– The star performer of the inaugural SEA Games was swimmer Toh Choon Huat who won seven gold medals in total across three events!
– The first Singaporean to win an Olympic medal is none other than Joseph Schooling. He bagged a bronze award for swimming at Rio 2016 Olympics.
The Singapore Sports Council encourages youth involvement in sports by offering scholarships to promising young athletes. This is part of the overall effort to encourage both sexes and all races and individuals with disabilities (ID) to participate actively in sporting activities.