(From left to right) Mr Philippe Collin Delavaud, CEO, SportsHub Pte Ltd; Mr Ching Wei Hong, COO, OCBC Bank; and Mr Lim Teck Yin, CEO, Sport Singapore; officially opened the OCBC Arena yesterday. (Photo by Singapore Sports Hub)
SportsHub Pte Ltd and Premier Founding Partner OCBC Bank, together with Sport Singapore, yesterday officially opened the OCBC Arena ahead of the first event – the World University Floorball Championships 2014 taking place from 18 – 22 June. The opening ceremony began with a display of "cai qing" (採青) by the lion dance troupe. It was followed by the traditional ribbon-cutting by the key representatives from the three organisations:
• Philippe Collin Delavaud, Chief Executive Officer, SportsHub Pte Ltd
• Ching Wei Hong, Chief Operating Officer, OCBC Bank
• Lim Teck Yin, Chief Executive Officer, Sport Singapore
The 3,000-seater OCBC Arena consists of six indoor halls over two levels that are designed to be scalable in size and will cater to an array of indoor sports events for both National Sports Associations and the general public. The opening of the OCBC Arena came soon after the opening of OCBC Aquatic Centre on 19 May 2014.
Mr Samuel Tsien, OCBC Bank Group CEO, said: “I am delighted that the OCBC Arena is now open. Our goal as a major partner of the Singapore Sports Hub is to help create an inclusive sporting arena for all to enjoy. Today’s opening of the OCBC Arena, with the OCBC Aquatic Centre previously opened and the rest of the Sports Hub to come, marks another major step towards realising this vision. We want the OCBC Arena not just to play host to major sporting events, but be a place where the community comes together and bonds over a variety of grassroots sporting activities and events – ranging from basketball to volleyball, and from gymnastics to badminton.”
The world-class venue is designed and will be the home for the following National Sporting Associations: badminton, fencing, taekwondo, basketball, netball, volleyball and rhythmic gymnastics training. Table tennis aficionados and athletes will also be able to use the facility.
“The OCBC Arena, as with other venues within Sports Hub, was built for Singaporeans to watch, play and support sports and entertainment. It is meant to be used by both elite athletes and members of the community. We are excited to open up the OCBC Arena for the World University Floorball Championships 2014. This will be one of many world-class events to be held here, and there will be more to come,” explained Philippe Collin Delavaud, CEO, SportsHub Pte Ltd.
Besides the World University Floorball Championship, OCBC Arena will host the Asian Netball Championships 2014 from 7 to 14 September where Singapore is the defending champion.
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