The International Olympic Committee (IOC) awards annually, an IOC Trophy, under various themes. The Olympic Council of Malaysia has been participating in this programme annually since 1993. Prior to 1993, the Olympic Council of Malaysia participated in the 1987 IOC Trophy under the Theme Sport & Study.
For the year 2008, the theme of the IOC Trophy is “Sport and Youth” and is to be given to the National Olympic Committee of each country, to honour a prominent person or organisation, within the sporting community, that has promoted or developed sporting or educational programmes linked to Olympism and aimed at young people.
In line with the theme of the 2008 IOC Trophy “Sport and Youth” and for its long and dedicated contributions to sports development for youths, the Olympic Council of Malaysia has selected SportExcel Foundation as the recipient of 2008 IOC Trophy.
SportExcel Foundation was incorporated on 12th August 1989 as a company limited by guarantee under the Companies Act Malaysia, 1965 and was launched on 8th April 1991. It’s a private sports foundation funded by the private sector for the development of youth sports in Malaysia. It provides funds for the organization of an annual Malaysian Junior Circuit for 12 sports, Swimming, Diving, Cricket, Cycling, Golf, Gymnastics (Artistic & Rhythmic), Sepaktakraw, Shooting, Squash, Tennis, Tenpin Bowling. It also provides financial assistance in the form of training grants to promising young athletes to train and/or compete locally or overseas.
The Mission of SportExcel is to assist young talented Malaysian athletes to achieve excellence at international level and by so doing bring honour for themselves and the country. The Chairman of the Foundation is HRH Prince Tunku Imran, who is an IOC member and also the President of the Olympic Council of Malaysia.
The 2008 IOC “Sport and Youth” Trophy was presented to Mr. Teng Mui Ngee, Executive Director of SportExcel Foundation by HRH Prince Tunku Imran, President of OCM and IOC Member, on 12th December 2008, at the 16th OCM Annual Dinner, held at the OCM Indoor Sports Arena.