Besides competing against some of the best in the local arena, winners of the sepak takraw competition at the 2016 Singapore National Games (SNG) can look forward to a bonus prize.
Muhd Suhairy of Toa Payoh West Balestier B in action during the sepak takraw competition of the Singapore National Games at PERSES. Photo: Sport Singapore
The Singapore Sepak Takraw Federation (PERSES) will be awarding the champion and runners-up of the men’s open category with opportunities to compete at regional tournaments that are organised and sanctioned by the Asian Sepak Takraw Federation. The masters category champion will also get a similar chance to represent the nation.
According to PERSES deputy president Muhammad Fariq, this year’s competition drew about 400 participants and he is optimistic that the bonus prize can help spur participation and competition levels in future editions.
“They (the participants) are now striving very hard to get to the position where they are able to represent Singapore or PERSES at the event abroad,” said Fariq.
The 33-year-old also mentioned that the federation was in talks with ActiveSG and SNG organizers to possibly push for a year-round competition, which will hopefully increase participation at the grassroots level.
Muhammad Noh of Toa Payoh West Balestier B airborne during a match. Photo: Sport Singapore
Highlighting that the move could help nurture potential athletes, Fariq added: “This is very important for the Singapore Sepak Takraw Federation, where we work hand in hand with our partner, ActiveSG, to allow more grassroots participation in this sport.”
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