The 2013 IOC Trophy is under the theme : “150 Years, Pierre de Coubertin, Sport as a School of Life”.The term ‘Sport as a School of Life’ means using sport as a vehicle or means to teach people, especially the youths, on the values of sports, which in today’s terms are known as Olympic Values, comprising balance between mind, body and character, joy of effort, fair play, respect for others and pursuit of excellence, such values can only be learnt and inculcated through participation in and playing sport and not by sitting in a classroom to learn them.
Thus in the selection of the recipient of the 2013 IOC Trophy, the most important consideration in the track records of the candidates on the promotion and development of sports, the programme they organized and the number and type of sports, such as Olympic Games Programme sports, team sports, etc, the candidates are developing and conducting and finally how long and how sustainable have their sports activities been running.
The Royal Selangor Club, which was established in 1884, is basically a sports club, a legacy of a colonial British Goverment of the 19th Century, with sports developmnet and participation being their main activity. The Club develops many sports such as Badminton, Billiards & Snooker, Cricket, Darts, Football, Hockey, Netball, Rugby, Squash, Swimming etc. The Club organizes many sports development programmes for youths of various age groups. Ranging from under 12 years, under 15 years and under 18 years. It also organizes manu competition at youth and adult level. All the office bearers, sports chairman, sports conveners, coaches, referees etc are volunteers. Over the years, the club has developed and produced many national athletes who have presented Malaysia at various international championship and Games, such as Olympic Games, Asian Games, World and Asian Championships. The Hash House Harrier, a global Sport for All movement, was established by the Selangor Club Chambers, an annex of the royal Selangor Club in 1938. The Hash House Harriers movement has now spread to over 2000 chapters in around 189 countries all over the world.
The Awards Committee of the Olympic Council of Malaysia has selected the Royal Selangor Club as the recipient of the 2013 IOC Trophy for its 129th years of dedicated and unselfish contributions to sport as a School of Life, to all the youths of Malaysia, many of who have became great athletes and leaders of the country.