Safety in sports is always a priority, regardless of discipline. That would naturally be the case as well for the indoor hockey competition of the 2016 Singapore National Games (SNG).
Balestier Lions compete against Hawks HC during the indoor hockey competition of the Singapore National Games at Woodlands Sports Hall. Photo: Sport Singapore
In the 2014 edition, there were seven cases of injuries, two of which were stick-inflicted. Hence, in order to mitigate the risk of injuries, more safety officials and volunteers were deployed in this edition of the SNG.
For Team NILA volunteer Muhammad Azrin, safety comes as a natural instinct as it was a key component of his job as a senior tech executive at Jurong Port. The same goes for fellow volunteer Perisamy Muthukumar as well, who is an assistant manager for workplace safety and health at Straits Construction.
“The reason why we decided to volunteer as safety champs is to ensure that the sport is safe,” said Muhammad Azrin.
Team NILA safety volunteers Muhammad Azrin (left) and Perisamy Muthukumar at the indoor hockey competition. Photo: Sport Singapore
For Azrin and Perisamy, their daily duties include inspection of the venue to ensure equipment and facilities were in safe and working condition as well as the supervision of gameplay.
Without the presence of both men and the rest of their team, the Games would not be able to operate smoothly and safely.
Due to a clash with academic timetables, this year’s indoor hockey competition only drew 600 participants, which is about a quarter shy of the 2014 edition.
But despite the reduced number of registrants, both Azrin and Perisamy are not letting their guard down and remain committed in delivering a safe Games for both participants and spectators.
The 2016 Singapore National Games is happening right now until the 7th of August, and is featuring 17 sports throughout the island. If you would like to catch the other games, click here for more details.