SEA Games: S'pore to lobby for golden sports

SEA Games: S'pore to lobby for golden sports

MYANMAR - Sports which are Singapore's traditional gold mines, such as bowling, sailing and shooting, will be contested in a big way when the Republic hosts the next SEA Games in 2015.

At its council meeting in Naypyidaw Tuesday, the SEA Games Federation approved 30 sports which will be staged in two years' time.

Singapore National Olympic Council (SNOC) secretary-general Chris Chan said there will be room for another six to eight sports, to be decided along with the number of events in each sport, during a meeting on Feb 15 next year.

Some sports that could still have a chance of being included in the Games - Singapore's first hosting of the biennial event since 1993 - are floorball, petanque, boxing and weightlifting.

Floorball is a demonstration sport in Naypyidaw and Singapore bagged both the men and women's golds last week.

Chan said he would lobby for events which have traditionally been Singapore's strong suit to be included in the 2015 Games from June 5-16.

"I would tell the other council members, 'This time, being the host, it's my turn to decide. Please let me have my way'," he added.

With 30 sports already confirmed, it means that bowling, which was dropped for these Games as well as the 2009 Laos edition, makes a comeback.

In 2011 in Jakarta, Singapore's keglers won three golds, two silvers and two bronzes.

They had a similar good result when Singapore last hosted the Games in 1993: 3-1-4.

Sailing fared even better in 1993, snaring five golds, one silver and three bronzes in Singapore. It has continued to be one of the Republic's major gold mines in the last decade, most notably bagging seven golds in Manila's Subic Bay in 2005.

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