Project 0812: The Inside Story Of Singapore’s Journey to Olympic Glory
In 2006, nearly 50 years after Singapore's first and only Olympic medal in 1960, a group of men decided to take a bold step. Led by International Olympic Committee member Ng Ser Miang, the team made a move which had never been attempted by Singapore before. They decided to fund, support and energise Singapore sport's attempt to win an Olympic medal. They called their experiment Project 0812 - a push for Singapore to score a medal at either the 2008 Beijing Olympics or 2012 London Olympics or, better yet, both. The first section of this book covers the genesis of the scheme.
The second section looks at the four sports chosen by Project 0812 - table tennis, badminton, sailing and shooting - and how they overcame challenges to reach Beijing 2008. The third section focuses on the Singapore table tennis team, the stars of the Project 0812. It digs deep into the struggles which bedeviled the team in the lead-up to Beijing, the drama on the way to winning a silver and the equally colourful aftermath. In the epilogue, the exploits of Team Singapore at the Rio 2016 Olympics are discussed, the latest page in the legacy of Project 0812. The book was written through some 30 interviews with officials, coaches and athletes. It also relied heavily on books, newspapers and magazines, and even monthly reports submitted by the national sports associations, minutes of meetings held by Project 0812 and internal reports of SNOC. It is a story of courage and dreams, of deep-seated desire to bring Olympic glory to a small country.
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