National Games has new format for athletes

National Games has new format for athletes
The inaugural Singapore National Games, which kicked off at Punggol Waterway on Sept 1, 2012 featured a colourful sail-past of kayaks and rafts as part of the opening ceremony. Organised by the People’s Association and Singapore Sports Council, it aims to strengthen sporting culture and promote community bonding.

THE SINGAPORE National Games (SNG) return in November, backed by two new sports and a separate division to cater to Singaporeans of different skill levels.

Organisers expect more than 9,000 athletes - from weekend warriors to aspiring professionals - to compete in 12 sports including, for the first time, five-a-side hockey and volleyball.

The format has been adjusted after concerns were raised following a series of whitewashes in finals at the inaugural edition two years ago.

Carded athletes - sportsmen who receive funding - will compete in Division A, while athletes who do not enjoy financial support for their training will compete against each other in Division B.

The Games will also move away from the All-Care concept, where participants previously had to fulfil guidelines on age, race and their place of residence.

Athletes can now form teams or sign up as individuals to represent any of the five zones - North, East, West, Central and North-East - in Junior, Open and Masters (men's and women's) categories.

Said SNG 2014 steering committee chairman Lim Teck Yin: "We know some people found the All-Care concept stifling so we're giving athletes more choice now.

"We want to make being a Singapore National Games champion mean something."

This year's edition runs from Nov 1 to 9, with the new Singapore Sports Hub hosting several events such as futsal, basketball and swimming. The remaining sports are athletics, badminton, bowling, dragonboat, netball, sepak takraw and table tennis.

Registration is from Sep 1 until Oct 12 via the SNG 2014 website or at any ActiveSG Sports Centre.

This article was first published on August 27, 2014.
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