Singapore ASEAN Para Games Organising Committee (SAPGOC) Chairman Mr Lim Teck Yin (left) and Marina Bay Sands Chief Operating Officer Mr Benny Zin at the official Games Village Signing Ceremony. (Photo by VoxSports)
The 2015 ASEAN Para Games in Singapore promises to be the biggest one yet, with it being the first time that 15 sports will be featured.
Previously, the Games had at most featured only 12 sports. Some of the sports to be contested in are archery, athletics, boccia, chess, badminton, five-a-side football, seven-a-side football, shooting, swimming, table tennis and wheelchair basketball.
“We wanted to be able to build on past ASEAN Games, and set the stage for further growth, so that was very much the main criteria,” said Singapore ASEAN Para Games Organising Committee (SAPGOC) Chairman Mr Lim Teck Yin.
Singapore ASEAN Para Games Organising Committee (SAPGOC) Chairman Mr Lim Teck Yin. (Photo by VoxSports)
“The other criteria that we had was that we wanted to provide an opportunity for para-athletes in Singapore to compete. So for example, the sport of shooting was included because we do have some para-athletes who are starting out on the journey of shooting.”
In addition, SAPGOC also announced at the same time that Marina Bay Sands (MBS) will be the official Games Village, with the hotel offering about 1500 rooms for usage.
SAPGOC chose Marina Bay Sands as the Official Games Village because of its ability to cater to people with special needs.
The hotel reaffirmed its commitment to its corporate social responsibility programmes, and is looking to raise awareness among the public about para-sports.
“We are very honoured to partner SAPGOC and to have the opportunity to earn the title of Official Games Village for the 2015 ASEAN Para Games,” said Marina Bay Sands Chief Operating Officer Mr Benny Zin.
Marina Bay Sands Chief Operating Officer Mr Benny Zin. (Photo by VoxSports)
“Our CSR programme, Sands for Singapore, aims to inspire and help young people fulfil their potential, so we look forward to putting together a unique and awe-inspiring experience for all para-athletes and their caregivers.”
Para-athletes who were present at the signing ceremony between SAPGOC and MBS were impressed with the hotel’s facilities.
“I am very impressed with what they are going to do with the next ASEAN Games,” said footballer Mubarak Rastam.
“Compared to the last ASEAN Games in Myanmar, Singapore is more modern and it will be more exciting as we are on home ground.”