'Celebrating the Extraordinary'

'Celebrating the Extraordinary'
Singapore South-east Asia Games Organising Committee (Singsoc) executive committee chairman Lim Teck Yin (second from left) and Singapore Institution of Safety Officers (Siso) president Seet Choh San (second from right) shaking hands during the signing ceremony.

SINGAPORE -7,546 The Singapore SEA Games Organising Committee (SINGSOC) will embark on a three-pronged concept under the theme of "Celebrating the Extraordinary" for next June's South-east Asia Games on home soil, in a bid to foster ownership of the Games and evoke national pride among Singaporeans.

This was revealed at a media briefing yesterday to share various operational and planning milestones in the lead-up to the biennial Games.

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As part of the Village-in-the-City concept, about 15 locations have been identified as venues for the 36 sports.

Three "clusters" in Marina, Expo and Kallang will host about 70 per cent of the sports and will enable spectators to view multiple sports at close proximity.

Another three areas - Marina, Havelock and Tanjong Pagar/Chinatown - have also been identified as the main accommodation areas for athletes and officials.

In keeping with the theme of having a geographical focus on the City, there will also be fringe activities in these areas for Singaporeans to experience during the Games.

SINGSOC exco chairman Lim Teck Yin said he hoped the entire area from Orchard Road to Marina Bay and Kallang, would become a "zone of activity".

He said: "What we want to create is a zone of activity that will encourage Singaporeans and our friends from ASEAN to come, enjoy themselves and celebrate the extraordinary.

"We hope to create fringe activities... to allow the spectators not just to cheer but also to participate.

"There'll be something for everyone. We want to make sure the Village-in-the-City is a must-go place."

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Lim (right) said that only about half the competition venues would be ticketed, and that the price would not exceed $30.

SINGSOC will release the finalised ticket details for the different sports around June.

There will be various discount schemes to encourage people to come in groups, particularly families.

Lim said SINGSOC previously had a ticketing revenue target of about $1 million, but the goal was scrapped.

"We are now using ticketing policy as a means to manage seating," he said.

He added that SINGSOC was confident of delivering a "compelling and comprehensive" broadcast coverage of the SEA Games.

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