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Singapore NOC publishes superb Rings of Stars and Crescent

08 Nov 2017

Singapore, November 8, 2017: The Singapore National Olympic Council has produced a splendid publication to celebrate its 70th anniversary.

The book, which is packed with interesting articles, facts and figures, photographs and profiles, is entitled “Rings of Stars and Crescent: 70 Years of the Olympic Movement in Singapore” and has been written by Peh Shing Huei, a Singapore Literature Prize-winning author and journalist.

At 233 pages, the glossy publication is a magnificent piece of work and covers the story of the Olympic movement in Singapore from 1947 through to 2017, including the golden performance of swimmer Joseph Schooling at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.

“In 1947, Britain sent out invitations to almost all its colonies, dependencies and dominions, urging entries from its vast empire for the 1948 London Olympic Games,” says the inside cover introductory notes.

“But one crown colony was left out: Singapore. The reason was somewhat comical. The territory did not have an Olympic council for London to send its invitation to.”

The colonial government responded quickly by setting up the Singapore Olympic and Sports Council on May 27, 1947, and a year later sent its first athlete, high jumper Lloyd Valberg, to the London Olympics.

The NOC was renamed the Singapore National Olympic Council in 1970 and, since then, has ensured that Singapore has had a constant presence at all levels, from Olympic Games, Asian Games, Commonwealth Games and SEA Games, which it has hosted four times.

One of Singapore’s biggest achievements, however, was staging the IOC’s inaugural Youth Olympic Games in 2010, just one year after a superb Asian Youth Games in 2009.

IOC President Thomas Bach provides a congratulatory message for the new book, which also includes copies of letters and other documents that played a crucial part in the Singapore Olympic story.

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