Singaporeans can look forward to a thrilling season of athletics from 28 April to 8 May as four key athletics events suitable for people of all ages and abilities will be taking place over the 11-day period. Photo: Sport Singapore
The Singapore Open Track & Field Championships
, National School Games Track & Field Championships
, ActiveSG Athletics Fiesta
, and Asia Masters Athletics Championships
will be happening consecutively at the Sports Hub, and entry will be free for all to watch.
In a collaboration between the Ministry of Education (MOE), Singapore Athletics (SA), Singapore Sports Hub (SSH) and Sport Singapore (SportSG), the events are staged consecutively to create an inaugural season of athletics that will hopefully become a regular fixture in the future.
“It is our aspiration to eventually establish a series of quality events which all local and even regional athletes gunning for glory in the track and field scene can look forward to each year,” Sport Singapore Chief Executive Officer Lim Teck Yin said.
“We hope to inspire not just a generation of great track and field athletes, but also a nation of proud and enthusiastic supporters.”
“This is not only about promoting excellence in athletics but also getting people to become interested and participate in the sport – whether as a competitor, spectator, volunteer
, or to simply try it out.”
The Singapore Open Track & Field Championships will feature more than 180 athletes from around the region, and the results they obtain from this event can be used for qualification for the Rio Olympics in August.
The biennial Asia Masters Athletics Championships - for people older than the age of 35 - already has more than 1640 people signed up, the oldest of whom is an incredible 99-year-old from Taiwan.
SA President Tang Weng Fei welcomes the conception of the athletics season as it will be a good opportunity for young and old alike to partake in the sport.
“This year, the programme will be integrated with the finals of the National School Games Track and Field Championships. This is truly an all-encompassing season of athletics which will see participation from athletes aged 13 to 99,” Tang said.
“The opportunity to compete alongside some of the region's best athletes in the iconic National Stadium at the Singapore Sports Hub will surely inspire our local athletes to put in their best during the competition.”
Beyond the professional competitions, the ActiveSG Athletics Fiesta
on 30 April and 1 May will offer a more casual alternative for enthusiasts to participate and compete in a friendly, fun-filled environment.
Among the various activities for the day, there will be the Nila Dance Fitness Parade where people can join Team Singapore athletes for a dance fitness routine, F.I.T. Challenge for All where you can learn fundamental exercise drills to improve sporting ability, and the 2KM Walk Test
which assesses your fitness levels over the 2 km walk.