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Eleven sports to feature at the Singapore Youth Olympic Festival

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Youth athletes aged 18 and below can now participate in two more sports – athletics and fencing – at the 2016 Singapore Youth Olympic Festival (SYOF). The sport roster will now boast a total of 11 sports including badminton, three-on-three basketball, fencing, football 7s, rugby 7s, sailing, shooting, table tennis, taekwondo and volleyball.


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At the Opening Ceremony held at Anglican High School today, venue for the basketball competition, Guest-of-Honour Ms Grace Fu, Minister for Culture, Community and Youth said: “The Singapore Youth Olympic Festival celebrates sporting excellence in youths. It gives our budding young athletes an important platform to improve on their skills and pursue their sporting dreams. In line with the spirit of the Olympic Games, I would like to see respect for one another and friendship between fellow athletes being built through the sports.”

Said Team Hillgrove's Er Jun Wei (17): “This is our second time participating in the SYOF. All four of us played basketball together when we were in Hillgrove Secondary School, now that we have moved on to different polytechnics, this is a good opportunity for us to come together as team to compete and make new friends.”

Eldora Siang (16) from Team 2000 and 1, who teamed up with four of her best friends from Chong Boon Secondary School – all born in the years 2000 and 2001 – in the girls’ under-17 badminton competition said: “This year marks the last year for us to compete together at the SYOF as some of us will be focusing on our ‘O’ levels later in the year. To be able to participate together in a fun competition with my best friends makes the SYOF even more special for me.”

Eldora and her teammates also competed in the National Inter-Schools Competition, finishing fourth place in the ‘B’ division.

The first edition of the Festival was organised by the Singapore Olympic Foundation in 2011, after the inaugural 2010 Youth Olympic Games in Singapore.

Last year, the multi-sport youth festival attracted a record high of 2,300 participants across nine sports. Registration for this year’s Festival is still ongoing and organisers are already looking at more than 2,000 participants.

Said Mr Ng Ser Miang, IOC Member and Chairman of the Singapore Olympic Foundation, “The SYOF started off with five sports in 2011 and has gradually expanded to 11 sports this year. We know there are many other sports interested to be a part of this, and will definitely consider the suitability to include new sports in future editions. We are happy that so many young athletes are eager to participate in the SYOF and help promote the Olympic values in Singapore.”

Notable athletes such as 2014 Youth Olympic sailing gold medallist Bernie Chin and shooting silver medallist Martina Lindsay Veloso, as well as 2012 Optimist sailing world champion Yukie Yokoyama have participated in previous editions of the SYOF.

Six national basketballers – Tay Ding Loon, Andrew Tang, John Ng, Lim Jia Min, Sharon Lee and Amanda Lim – were also present at the Opening Ceremony to meet the young basketball players. 

The competition details of the 2016 SYOF are as follows:







Bishan Stadium

2 July 2016



Jurong East Sports Hall

2 & 3 July 2016


Three-on-three Basketball 

Anglican High School

17-19 June 2016



OCBC Arena Hall 6

1 & 3 July 2016


Football 7s

Clementi Stadium 

16 & 17 July 2016


Rugby 7s

Yio Chu Kang Stadium

16 July 2016



National Sailing Centre

16 & 17 July 2016



SAFRA Yishun 

25 & 26 June 2016


Table Tennis

Yio Chu Kang Sports Hall

18-21 June 2016 



Woodlands Sports Hall

25 & 26 June 2016



Jurong West Sports Hall

22-26 June 2016

The SYOF is supported by ActiveSG, 100PLUS, Yonex Sunrise and Anglican High School, as well as 11 National Sports Associations.

Interested participants can still register for Athletics (closing date: 20 June), Football 7s (closing date: 26 June) , Rugby 7s (closing date: 30 June) and sailing (closing date: 9 July) via the SYOF website at Entry fees vary from sport to sport.


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