Reliving the glory days
OPEN: Fandi Ahmad (above) posing in front of an exhibit about him at the new Singapore Sports Museum at the Singapore Sports Hub. TNP PHOTO: LIM SAY HENG
The first thing that hits you as you walk through the doors of the new Singapore Sports Museum are the weather-beaten wooden benches that used to ring the old National Stadium terraces.
The panels, along with pieces of the old stadium - such as speakers and spotlights - were scattered throughout the museum at the Singapore Sports Hub, which was opened last night.
Along with a sporting hall of fame, artefacts such as Ben Tan's Laser boat, weightlifter Tan Howe Liang's Olympic silver medal and rackets and shoes belonging to the late Wong Peng Soon can be found in the museum, which was first established in 1983 at the West Entrance of the old National Stadium.
The original museum closed its doors in November 2007 when the old stadium was due for demolition.
Sport Singapore CEO Lim Teck Yin said: "We are actually working with Sports Hub Pte Ltd to not just limit the artefacts to the museum, we are actually going to now move stuff outside.
"We are looking for spaces in the whole precinct to display some of these artefacts. They must be appropriate for such displays."
Sharing the same space is the Singapore Youth Olympic Museum, which traces Singapore's journey from bidding to hosting the inaugural Youth Olympic Games in 2010.
Singapore National Olympic Council secretary general Chris Chan said: "The museum is one of the 22 in the prestigious Olympic Museums Network around the world, and the only member in South-east Asia.
"We are given access to borrow certain exhibits from the IOC (International Olympic Committee) Museum in Lausanne for our museum."