SEA Games: Netball and Rugby 7s in for 2015

SEA Games: Netball and Rugby 7s in for 2015
Singapore Rubgy Union (SRU) DIvision 1 league match between Singapore Cricket Club (SCC) and RNZIR Admin - Support Company held at the Padang.

SINGAPORE - The last time Singapore hosted the South-east Asia (SEA) Games in 1993, the Republic's athletes bagged a record haul of medals.

A total of 164 medals was mined by the athletes then, with 50 of them gold.

When the biennial Games returns to the Republic in 2015, hopes of bettering that haul have been boosted, with sports like netball and bowling set to feature on the roster.

The two were among 30 confirmed sports announced after a SEA Games Federation Council meeting at the Thingaha Hotel in Naypyidaw yesterday.

Also on the list was Rugby 7s, which will make its Games debut in Singapore.

Netball Singapore executive director Cyrus Medora hailed the announcement.

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He said: "We are definitely aiming for the gold medal and are confident that we can fill the venue with supporters because we have been engaging a lot of schools and clubs.

"The average attendance at the recent Nations Cup was also 50 or 60 per cent higher than the previous edition."

The Singapore netball team finished second behind Uganda at the recent Netball Nations Cup.

They won the Asian Championships in Sri Lanka last year, and will be defending their title at the spanking new Sports Hub next year.

Low Teo Ping, president of Singapore Rugby Union and newly-elected vice-president of the Asian Rugby Football Union, welcomed the inclusion of Rugby 7s.

He said: "It doesn't quite come as a surprise since we've been talking about this for some time, but rugby sevens is now an Olympic sport so it's even more important that we have it at the SEA Games as well."

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