Mr Lawrence Wong, Acting Minister for Community, Culture and Youth, on a site tour of the Singapore Sports Hub on Monday, 10 June 2013. The Sports Hub project is on track for its scheduled 2014 completion date, Mr Wong told reporters (photo by Darren Ho/SSC).
As the highest truss was installed at the stadium of Singapore’s sports icon, the Sports Hub, there was much buzz as Acting Minister for Culture, Community and Youth Lawrence Wong paid a visit to the construction site.
Traveling via bus on an internal route within the Sports Hub that would provide future athletes direct access to the stadium as well as a visit to the future Aquatics centre and corporate boxes, Wong was at times held in awe as the highest truss, nearly 80 metres over the pitch was in clear site from all vantage points.
Speaking to the press, Wong reminded everyone that like the National Stadium which has stood so fondly in the hearts of many Singaporeans, the Sports Hub also serves as a new Singapore national icon to inspire future generations of local athletes and sporting events.
“I hope that the new National Stadium and Sports Hub can create even better memories for the new generation of Singaporeans” quipped Wong as he was optimistic about the new era of athletes to embrace Singapore as well as re-creating the sporting glory days in the 70s and 80s.
Embracing Culture and Pride
As part of embracing national culture and pride, the Sports Hub and the stadium will not be available for naming rights so as to prevent corporate dilution of the newly rising Singapore Sporting Spirit in accordance with Vision 2030.
Individual facilities will still be available for naming rights and this would serve as a platform to grow sports in Singapore and yet still allow corporate companies some extent of ownership should they wish to invest their money in a sports branding opportunity.
With major events such as the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) Championships to be held in Singapore, the Sports Hub seems to already be on the right track to success for the Singapore sports scene.
As Singapore strives towards a new vision of sporting excellence with numerous policies in place together with a brand new infrastructure to be completed in 2014, the Sports Hub serves as an icon of increasing national pride for local athletes and the general population alike.
The future of Singapore sports is indeed bright and looks to hold many pleasant surprises ahead for the Republic.