Singapore to be known as SGP, instead of SIN, at sporting events

The leaderboard of the men's 100m butterfly final at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.
The leaderboard of the men's 100m butterfly final at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.SCREENGRAB: YOUTUBE/OLYMPIC CHANNEL
Justin Liu and Denise Lim of Singapore compete in a mixed multi-hull sailing event at the 2016 Rio Olympics.
Justin Liu and Denise Lim of Singapore compete in a mixed multi-hull sailing event at the 2016 Rio Olympics.PHOTO: REUTERS

SINGAPORE - Singapore will no longer be known in short as SIN at sporting events but as SGP, Rio Olympics Chef de Mission Low Teo Ping said.

"It is official: Singapore is no more SIN but SGP at regional and international sport events," Mr Low, vice-president at the Singapore National Olympic Council (SNOC), said in a Facebook post on Friday (Sept 16) night.

The code will be used in future games, Mr Low added.

The Singapore Golf Association also released the news in a brief statement on its website on Friday.

"In line with the United Nations' International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO) official 3-letter country code, IOC (International Olympic Committee) has approved SNOC's application to change Singapore's NOC code from SIN to SGP", it said.

Singapore's UN country code is SGP.

The IOC database has been modified and the new SGP code will be reflected on the IOC website and in future games, it said.

"We hope to be seeing more of SGP on the leader board of our major golf tournaments," said the Golf Association.

At the 2016 Rio Olympics, SIN was used on the results boards beside the names of Singapore athletes.

Singapore's International Air Transport Association airport code remains as SIN.