Singapore Chronicles – Sports

In 2016, Singapore’s long-awaited dream of winning an Olympic gold medal was realised when Joseph Schooling touched the wall first in the 100m butterfly event. This quest for sporting glory was in stark contrast to the earlier mindset of using sports to produce fit and productive workers for a nascent economy. This primer charts the development of sports in Singapore, from colonial days when playing football, cricket and hockey was an amateur pastime to the current emphasis on professionalism and commercialism. But ultimately, sports are about the stories of the sportsmen and sportswomen whose passion, dedication, struggles and accomplishments move a nation.