Olympics

History: The Beginnings

Originating in ancient Greece in 776 B.C., the Olympic Games have since seen a major transformation. It has extensively broadened its reach, amassed a huge following and generated an enormous wave of public interest.

As it races to keep up with its evolution in scaling new heights and pushing raw boundaries, it has remained resolute in upholding the strong spirit and values embedded in what used to be a Greek sporting festival.

The first modern Olympics, initiated by Baron Pierre de Coubertine, were held in Athens, Greece, in 1896, which saw 241 athletes from 14 nations competing in 43 events.

The second, Paris 1900, notably, was where women first took part in the Games.

To date, 27 editions of the Games have been staged.

Today, we see over 13,000 athletes competing in 33 different sports and almost 400 events at both the Summer and Winter Games, a heartening vision as we continue to strive in unison to keep the Olympic flame alive.

History: Sailing at the Olympics

Previously also known as yachting, sailing has been featured as an Olympic sport since the first edition of the Games, Athens 1896.

Since then, sailing has continued to be part of the Olympic program in every edition of the Games, with only one exception in 1904.

Today, the Games offer a refreshingly diverse assortment of events in both the men’s and women’s categories.

Men’s events: 470 – Two Person Dinghy men; 49er – Skiff men; Finn – One Person Dinghy (Heavyweight) men; Laser – One Person Dinghy men; RS:X – Windsurfer men; Star – Keelboat men

Women’s events: 470 – Two Person Dinghy women; Laser Radial – One Person Dinghy women; RS:X – Windsurfer women; Elliott 6m – Match Racing women

Singapore: Our Presence

Since 1948, Singapore has participated in all editions of the Summer Games, with only one exception in 1980.

In sailing, Singapore first competed at the 1956 Melbourne Games, paving the way for active participation in the years to come.

We are proud to present the names of all the sailors who have represented Singapore in the Olympic Games:

Edition of the Games Events/Participants
1956 Melbourne Olympics Mixed One Person Dinghy:
Jack Snowden

Mixed Three Person Keelboat:
Ned Holiday
Keith Johnson
Kenneth Golding
Robert Ho

1960 Rome Olympics Mixed Three Person Keelboat:
Ned Holiday
James Cooke
Thomas Durcan
1984 Los Angeles Olympics Men’s Windsurfer:
Kelly Chan
1988 Seoul Olympics Men’s Two Person Dinghy:
Chan Joseph
Siew Shaw Her
1992 Barcelona Olympics Men’s Two Person Dinghy:
Chan Joseph
Siew Shaw Her
1996 Atlanta Olympics Men’s Two Person Dinghy:
Siew Shaw Her
Charles Lim

Mixed One Person Dinghy:
Ben Tan

Women’s One Person Dinghy:
Tracey Tan

2000 Sydney Olympics Men’s Two Person Dinghy:
Tan Wearn Haw
Koh Seng Leong

Mixed One Person Dinghy:
Stanley Tan

2004 Athens Olympics Mixed One Person Dinghy:
Stanley Tan
2008 Beijing Olympics Men’s One Person Dinghy:
Koh Seng Leong

Men’s Two Person Dinghy:
Xu Yuan Zhen
Terence Koh

Women’s One Person Dinghy:
Lo Man Yi

Women’s Two Person Dinghy:
Toh Li Ying
Deborah Ong

2012 London Olympics Men’s One Person Dinghy:
Colin Cheng

Women’s One Person Dinghy:
Elizabeth Yin

2016 Rio Olympics Men’s One Person Dinghy:
Colin Cheng

Women’s One Person Dinghy:
Elizabeth Yin

Nacra 17 Multihull Mixed:
Justin Liu
Denise Lim

470 Women:
Jovina Choo
Amanda Ng

49er FX Skiff:
Griselda Khng
Sara Tan

RS:X Men:
Leonard Ong

RS:X Women:
Audrey Yong

Rio2016A Glimpse into the Future: What Lies Ahead?


The next edition of the Summer Games will be held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, from 5 to 21 August 2016. This marks the first time the Olympic Games are held in South America.

Over 17 days, 10,500 athletes from 206 countries will compete in 42 sports and 306 medal events.

There will be two exciting additions: golf and rugby, both returning to the Games after 112 and 92 years respectively.