Monday, April 27, 2015

Singapore is ready to host the 28th SEA Games

SINGAPORE, April 26 (Bernama) -- All systems go for Singapore, the host nation for the 28th SEA Games in June - the first time after 22 years.
All venues for the 36 sports as well as other logistics were ready for the 12-day event from June 5 that would bring together about 7,000 athletes and officials.

The Lion City was previously chosen to host the Games in 2007 and 2013 but turned them down, citing costs associated with the construction of the new Singapore Sports Hub as the reason.

The construction of the new sports hub was completed in mid-2014, with the National Stadium, where most of the events would be held, now features a 55,000-seat capacity.

Chief of venue operations, protocol, enterprise risk management Lai Chin Kwang said apart from the National Stadium, the sports hub also houses an indoor stadium, three halls (in OCBC Arena) and swimming pools in the OCBC Aquatic Centre.

Lai noted that the opening and closing ceremonies for the Games as well as the men's semifinal and final football matches would be held at the National Stadium.

"We are very excited and honoured to host the SEA Games as it coincides with the Singapore's 50th anniversary of the independence.

"We look forward to welcome all ASEAN members and celebrate the extraordinary programmes during the biennial Games," he said during the Sportswriters Association of Malaysia (SAM) visit to the Singapore Sports Hub, Sunday.

The SAM delegation, comprising its committee members, National Sports Council representatives and the media, were briefed by the Singapore SEA Games Organising Committee (SINGSOC) on the Games' logistics and venues

The idea of a hub for sports, entertainment and lifestyle was first mooted in 2001, as one of 40 key recommendations put up by the Committee on Sporting Singapore.

The hub is also home to athletic events, an indoor aquatic centre, a multi-purpose indoor arena and a water sports centre.

Meanwhile, Malaysia Deputy High Commissioner to Singapore Kamsiah Kamaruddin said Singapore is almost 100 per cent ready to receive athletes and sports fans.

SAM president Ahmad Khawari Isa commended Singapore for showcasing the state-of-the-art sports facilities for the Games and he is excited to come back for the Games.

From Zuriati Zulmi 


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