Numero Uno in Asia

Numero Uno in Asia
Nigel Ong Zhi Chen (seated second from left) won the Asia UNO Challenge held in Tokyo, Japan, on 3 November 2013. The Anderson Primary School pupil took home a trophy, a gold medal, a plaque and a happi — a traditional Japanese coat.

SINGAPORE- When Nigel Ong Zhi Chen's parents bought a pack of UNO playing cards, it was to help the family bond.

Fast forward two years, and their 9-year-old son is the Asia UNO champion among those aged seven to 15.

The Ong family said Nigel did not train for the competition.

"We taught Nigel UNO about two years ago, more for us to play and to bond as a family," said his dad, Mr Jeffrey Ong, 40.

And so the win came as a surprise.

"I really didn't expect it, but I'm glad that my parents are with me here to celebrate this win," said Nigel, an only child, when he was crowned grand champion on Nov 3 in Tokyo, Japan.

The Anderson Primary School pupil took home a trophy, a gold medal, a plaque and a happi - a traditional Japanese coat.

"When we first saw the ad in the papers and suggested to Nigel to take part, he was quite enthusiastic," said Nigel's mother, Mrs Ong Ching Lu, a 39-year-old housewife.

A total of 2,060 children took part in the local challenge. Nigel emerged as Singapore's representative after beating 83 others at the finals at City Square Mall on Sept 15.

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