Athletics: SEA Games throw events could be moved

Athletics: SEA Games throw events could be moved
Joggers going through their paces at the Kallang Practice Track in October. The venue, which was originally earmarked to be only a warm-up venue for athletes, could host next year’s SEA Games’ throw events.

SINGAPORE - The Singapore Athletic Association (SAA) posted the schedule for track and field events at next year's South-east Asia (SEA) Games on its official website on Wednesday.

One update that drew attention was the notice that throw events - the discus, javelin, hammer and shot put - would be held at the Kallang Practice Track, which is a short walk from the National Stadium at the Singapore Sports Hub.

The Practice Track was originally earmarked to only be a warm-up venue for athletes.

In response to queries from The New Paper, a spokesman from the Singapore SEA Games Organising Committee (Singsoc) stressed that the plans put in place were only tentative.

"We are always looking at the best way to manage and optimise a venue," said the spokesman.

"The National Stadium is scheduled to host athletics, football and the opening and closing ceremonies.

"Given the heavy usage of the venue, we are considering the Kallang Track as a possible option.

"We will have better sensing on the need to activate the option closer to the Games."

TNP understands that Singsoc has plans to erect shelters and, possibly, temporary seating areas for spectators if the practice track is activated as a venue for the throw events.

Singsoc's concern over the "heavy usage" of the delicate field at the National Stadium comes as no surprise.

The pitch, which is a blend of natural grass and artificial fibres, has been in the spotlight ever since swathes of sandy patches were visible when Italian champions Juventus took on a Singapore Selection side in August.

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