Singapore, is a modern city-state and island country in Southeast
Asia. It lies off the southern tip of the Malay
Peninsula and is 137 kilometres (85 mi) north of the equator.
The country's territory consists of the diamond-shaped main island, commonly
referred to as Singapore Island in English and Pulau Ujong in Malay, and more than 60
significantly smaller islets. Singapore
is separated from Peninsular Malaysia by the Straits of Johor. Singapore is
highly urbanised. About 5.5 million people live in Singapore (as of end-June 2014).
3.4 million people are citizens and the remaining 2.1 million people are
foreign nationals, of which 0.5 million are permanent residents and 1.5 million
are non-permanent residents. One-third of Singapore citizens are foreign-born
naturalised citizens. Because of it being
an immigrant country, and its numerous links to the global economy, Singapore is one
of the most globalised countries in the world. Singapore is ethnically diverse.
Ethnic Chinese Singaporeans predominate with about 74.1% of the resident
population, followed by significant minorities of Malays (13.4%), Indians
(9.2%), and Eurasians. There are four official languages: English, Malay,
Mandarin, and Tamil. English is the common language of the country.
Sports in Singapore
participate in a wide variety of sports for recreation as well as for
competition. Popular sports include Supercar Motorsports, football (soccer), cricket, rugby union,
swimming, badminton, basketball, and cycling. Most people live in public
residential areas that often provide amenities including swimming pools,
outdoor basketball courts as well as indoor sport centres which provide
facilities for badminton, squash, table tennis, american football, gymnastics,
indoor basketball and volleyball, among others.
While not a major
sporting power, Singapore's
athletes have performed well in regional as well as international competitions,
especially in table tennis, badminton, sailing, swimming and water polo. To
date, Singapore has won two Olympic silver medals, one at the 1960 Rome Summer
Olympics by weightlifter Tan Howe Liang and the other at the 2008 Beijing
Summer Olympics in the women's double table tennis by Singapore players Li
Jiawei, Feng Tianwei and
Wang Yuegu. Singapore
won the bid to host the inaugural 2010 Summer Youth Olympics.
Wrestling in Singapore
While the first officially registered governing body of wrestling in Singapore
(Singapore Amateur Wrestling Association) can be traced back to 1933, wrestling
had ceased to exist locally since 1980. The current National Sports
Association, Wrestling Federation of Singapore (WFS) was established as a new
and separate entity on 18th December 2008. WFS has been successfully registered
as a charity and renewed with Institution of Public Character status since 1st
of February 2012. The Wrestling Federation of Singapore is the sole governing
body for the sport concerning areas such as; national competitive
representation, affiliation, coaching, talent-scouting, technical officiating
as well as education and promotion of the sport to educational institutions,
corporations and local communities. Wrestling was first granted External CCA
status by the Ministry of Education in 2009 and currently has students from
around the country participating and representing our nation in wrestling as an
External Co-Curricular Activity.
Although being one of the youngest nations in one of the oldest sports
in the world, WFS strives to produce homegrown athletes who have and will
continue to achieve success at the international stage, contributing towards
our Nation’s sporting achievements.
The new Wrestling Federation of
WFS) was started in 2008 where a small group of wrestling enthusiasts got together
and spent most Saturdays, learning and refining the sport’s techniques. Its
mission is to establish and develop the sport of wrestling in Singapore and
since its inception, the WFS has managed to do so with its introductory
programmes for schools, amongst others. Olympic Wrestling in Singapore is currently being developed with the intent of
becoming accepted as one of the national sports. Styles will include Freestyle,
Greco-Roman and Beach Wrestling.
Wrestling legend Sergei Beloglazov (2. from left) as Singapores Head Coach.
Just one year after the founding
of the Association, were wrestlers from Singapore at
international tournaments. Singapore
claimed its first medal in their 1st appearance at the 25th SEA Games in Laos 2009. Sul Mohamad
Sulaiman took a silver medal in the 74 kg Freestyle Wrestling
Tambunan is Singapore's 1st female wrestler at 48 kg competing
in the 2009 Asian Senior Championships, 2009 Klippan Lady Open, 2009 World
Championships in Denmark & 25th SEA Games Laos 2009.Singapores
athletes regularly take part at Asian Championships and Commonwealth Games.The host of the first
"Youth Olympic Games" 2010
in Singapore was a great spectacle were two local youth wrestlers
took part. Big international successes have not been achieved as
expected. In order to be succesful
in the international wrestling scene requires a large mass of athletes,
experience and professional training conditions. To reach ones goal,
WFS has temporarily
contracted two international top coaches from Russia
and South Korea.
The Wrestling Federation of Singapore is the governing body for
wrestling styles managed under our International Federation, United World
Wrestling. These include the Olympic wrestling styles such as Freestyle
Wrestling, Female Wrestling and Greco-Roman wrestling as well as the
Non-Olympic styles of Beach wrestling, Pankration and Grappling.
former US-Wrestler and Coach and Jimmy Taenaka started a wrestling program at the MMA at Fightworks
Asia (Now defunct). Not long after, the Wrestling Federation of Singapore was
born in 2008. The former American wrestlers, Mike B Denoma, Paul Velekei, Jimmy
Taenaka and Bernard Chin have been the founders of the federation. Mike
Denoma, who was then the Vice Chairman of Standard Chartered Bank in Asia,
believed that wrestling was one of the best sports on the planet to develop the
young. Rather than bringing in
the best foreign talent to represent our nation, Mike Denoma envisioned
bringing in the best foreign talent to produce own talents, and that was how
the first coaches, Chung Tong Kun and Sergei Beloglazov who is a 2x Olympic
Champion and 6x World Champion were brought in.
One of the first
local wrestlers in Singapore
was Gabriel Huang. Now he is one of the key people and multi-tasker behind the
Wrestling Federation of Singapore. Gabriel Huang is Operations Manager at WFS.
challenges that WFS had to face was definitely the public perception of what
wrestling was, after decades of WWE popularity on the island nobody knew what
Real wrestling actually is. While some of these misguided public
perceptions are slowly fading, many people especially from the older
generations still think of the WWE when wrestling is being mentioned.
WFS has tried to popularize olympic wrestling through student involvement at
educational institutions as well as participation at the recreational and elite
level. While there is still some resistance in the school front, but WFS has
now successfully penetrated the local combat sports scene with all major Mixed
Martial Arts Gyms in Singapore
affiliated with us and actively running a Singapore wrestling program.
For to get
more experience in Wrestling, WFS work together with famous USA Coaches like Tom Hutchinson, NCAA
All-American Pete Schuyler or Olympian Ben Askren.
4, Fourth Chin Bee Rd Jurong Outdoor Futsal Centre
Olympic Wrestling in Singapur
Asian Wrestling School
ITE College East Wrestling
Juggernaut Fight Club
Evolve MMA – Coach Ben Askren (USA)
US Olympian and MMA Figther Ben Askren works in Singapore.
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