When the Asian Games open in Tokyo on the 24th May this year, amongst the competitors will be a well trained contingent from Singapore, one of the fastest growing cities in the world with a population whose average age is well under thirty.
M.C.U. Establishing. General View of track with sprinter Kesavan sitting down.
C.U. Normal Kesavan putting on running shoes.
M.C.U. " Warming up. Jog trot round track.
M.C.U. " Similar shot different angle
C.U. " One of the girls training to reach the standard of qualification
M.C.U. " Series of shots of the relay athletes warming up.
Medium " Finish of test for qualification in Relay with Kesavan running full out.
C.U. " Inspection of stop watches.
C.U. " Committee Members. Mr. A.T. Rajah Assistant Commissioner of Police Singapore land Hon Sec. S'pore Olympic Sports Council and the Chairman Mr. C.C. Tan inspect the watches.
M.C.U. " Pole Vault with Pal Singh who has already been selected to go to Tokyo.
C.U. " Pal Singh at the completion of jump.
G.V. Establishing. Tungsten. Four shots of the weight lifting team, beginning with Ow Fook Seng (Fly)
C.U. Tungsten. Series of shots showing the various lifts of the qualifiers for the weight lifting at the Asian Games.
Final shots show a number of failures in the two hand clean and jerk. Last shot in the series is of the first attempt to pass the world record in his class by Tan Howe Wang. In his final effort he passed the world mark with a lift of 345 lbs.
C.U. " Trainer Mr. Chua Tian Teck who will accompany the team to tokyo.
M.C.U. Establishing General View of the Water Polo team which has qualified to go. The trainer, who captained the team which brought back a gold medal at the last Asian games demonstrates strategy.
C.U. Normal Close up of trainer and team captain.
M.C.U. " Two shots of a passing movement before the goal showing the perfect co-ordination between players.
M.C.U. Tungsten. General view of the Finance Committee responsible for raising the money to send the team to Tokyo.
C.U. " C.U. of Chairman Mr. Soh Ghee Soon.
M.C.U. " General View of the Singapore Olympic Sports Council.
C.U. " C.U. of Chairman and Hon Sec.
SPORT: ASIAN GAMES
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Background: When the Asian Games open in Tokyo on the 24th May this year, amongst the competitors will be a well trained contingent from Singapore, one of the fastest growing cities in the world with a population whose average age is well under thirty.
Almost fanatically keen on sport of all kinds, the Singapore climate allows a twelve month cycle, though such games as football and cricket are seasonal. These games attract large crowds, but, so too does badminton, basket ball, weight lifting, tennis, sailing and almost anything else one can think of.
Thus it might be fair to say that, with the exception of athletics, the size of the team to go to Tokyo depended on the amount of money available to send it.
Responsible for raising the large sum of over one hundred and forty thousand dollars (Malayan) was a small sub committee of all communities, which included one Army officer. This operated under the Chairmanship of Assemblyman Mr. Soh Ghee Soon and was directly responsible to the Singapore Olympic Sports Council which in turn elected a selection committee to choose the athletes.
Again, thanks to the efforts of all concerned, the team grew as did the cash to send it on its way. Dances were run, shows given, cinema circuits arranged special film shows and local business men dipped into their pockets and Sports Clubs donated more than they could afford. In the meantime the athletes under their coaches continued to train. Now, as the time for the games draws nearer, there are high hopes for a number gold, silver and bronze medals as a return for the efforts made.
In the athletic field the Colony's hopes rest on two men. Kesavan the sprinter and Pal Singh the pole vaulter both of whom have passed the standard necessary to qualify. The boxing team is not yet complete but in weight lifting, in which Singapore excels, four men have been chosen, all Chinese.
There is Flyweight Ow Fook Seng, Bantam Chua Phung Kim, Feather Tan Ser Cher and, finally Lightweight Tan Howe Wang who, in practice recently, exceeded the worlds record for the two hands clean and jerk with a lift of three hundred and forty five pounds.
Another event in which Singapore hopes for a gold medal is water polo. If the hope is realised it will be for the second time. Again the Colony is lucky to have a first class swimming pool and fine coaches and, with swimming possible all the year round, the team is in top form. Ten players and two officials will travel with the team.
Also included in the number to fly to Tokyo will be a football team, basketball team, boxing team and possibly a hockey team and, with training now gradually reaching its peak under experienced coaches there are high hopes that a fair proportion of the top prizes will return to Singapore with the athletes at the end of the games.