An inclusive Singapore National Games 2014
27 August, 2014
Keen to be in action at the newly-built state-of-the-art Singapore Sports Hub? The Singapore National Games (SNG) 2014, to be held from 1 November to 9 November, promises to reward just that as the finals for half of the sports on offer will be held there.
Registration opens on 1 September to 12 October 2014 via the SNG 2014 website or in person at any ActiveSG Sports Centres across the island and each participant only needs to fork out $10 for up to three events per sport. As for team sports, the fee will be $10 multiply by the minimum number of of participants per team.
Sport enthusiasts are welcomed to form teams within their community and to represent any of the five zones - North, East, West, Central and North East.
The 2014 edition will see the addition of Hockey 5 and Volleyball alongside Athletics, Badminton, Basketball, Bowling, Dragon Boat, Futsal, Netball, Sepak Takraw, Swimming and Table Tennis which were played two years ago.
Speaking at a media conference to announce details of the SNG 2014, Mr Lai Chin Kwang, Chairman, SNG 2014 Organising Committee said: “The key idea of SNG 2014 is to depart from the All Care concept and to allow larger participation.”
Mr Lim Teck Yin (centre), CEO of SportSG and Chairperson of the SNG 2014 Steering Committee at the Singapore National Games 2014 media conference. He is flanked by Mr Lai Chin Kwang (left), Chairman, SNG 2014 Steering Committee; and Mr Ng Eng Soon, Deputy Chairman, SNG 2014 Steering Committee. (Photo by VoxSports)
“The three key objectives are to allow Singaporean compete at a national level with multi-sports game, to reach out to the communities and aspiring athletes. It is also to create another pathway for school kids to continue competing through SNG,” added Mr Lai who also revealed the Games categories; Junior, Open, Masters (Men’s and Women’s).
The Organising Committee Chairman also reiterated that SNG 2014 will give athletes the opportunity to compete at their respective skill level when necessary, in Division A and Division B.
The opening ceremony will be held on 1 November at the Sports Hub Promenade while the closing ceremony will take place on 9 November at the OCBC Arena, Sports Hub.
Mr Lim Teck Yin, Chief Executive Officer, SportSG (SS) and Chairman of the SNG 2014 Steering Committee, was also present at the media conference and he elaborated on Mr Lai’s points.
“Eventually when I have the Junior category, Division A and Division B, I have to be responsive to what entrees actually comes in. We have build against the capacity of 9,000 people and we hope to see that level of that participation,” explained Mr Lim.
“The first game (2012) All Care construct is stifling for some. We did see that even with that concept, by the time you reach the final there is an uneven matching at skills level.
“We saw in some of the sport where one team got whitewash simply because the other team
managed to consolidate a strong team of ex-national athletes.” added Mr Lim.
With a calculated aim to provide SNG as a platform for sporting athletes to step forward to compete at a higher level of competitiveness, Mr Lim also called for potential participants to sign up with the proper mindset and goals.
“We are trying to deal with the different skills level by creating two divisions. To make sure that people of equivalent level compete in the right division,” explained Mr Lim.
“For this to work, we require athletes to adopt the right attitude. Division A should be the level athletes aspire to compete in. We want this to be competitive and say this is where I want to compete.”
The Games is also open to all Singapore citizens, permanent residents and foreigners (minimum of two-year residency in Singapore) with valid passes (Work permit, employment pass, student pass or dependant pass).
Singaporeans are eligible to register for up to three individual events while permanent residents and foreigners are eligible for up to individual events.