Singapore will host the 28th edition of the Southeast Asian (SEA) Games from 5 to 16 June, after 22 long years. With the biennial sports meet forming part of the country’s 50th birthday celebrations, organisers have promised to spare no effort in producing a “memorable Games that Singaporeans can be part and proud of”. Here’s why we think you should start getting pumped.
1. A real island-wide affair
Check out the competition venues:
2. Which will either cost you nothing to attend
Enjoy free admission to 18 out of 36 sports:
3. Or very little
Tickets for the other half are affordably-priced from as low as S$2.50 up to S$20 tops. Season tickets come with a 50 per cent discount and are available for badminton, table tennis and aquatics (swimming, water polo, diving).
As Lim Teck Yin, chairman of the Singapore SEA Games Organising Committee Executive Committee said, “This is a not-for-profit event.”
4. Available for ‘streaming’
There will be “live” broadcasts of opening/closing ceremonies and sports on YouTube and MediaCorp’s Toggle… if you absolutely need to stay home.
5. Kicks off with football
Singapore’s national sport and pastime will start the Games on 29 May, with the Under-23 Young Lions gunning for their first-ever SEA Games gold.
6. Big (value) budget
The Games will have an estimated budget of S$324.5 million, less than the S$387 million spend that was the Youth Olympic Games (YOG) in 2010.
This year's SEA Games promises to be Singapore’s biggest multi-sport event ever, with over 7,000 athletes and officials in 36 sports. The YOG had 5,000 athletes and officials across 26 sports.
7. Local focal
The Singapore economy stands to gain with over 90 per cent of Games tenders to date awarded to local companies.
8. Battle-plan for The Haze
TODAY reports that Games events such as the marathon have been scheduled earlier to allow for postponement, in case the same choking, hazardous conditions from June 2013 return to haunt us (touch wood).
9. SEA Games arch
Lighting up Orchard Road come 7 March. You can't miss this:
Official SEA Games tickets can be purchased from www.seagames2015.com, the hotline at +65 3158 8080, at any SingPost outlets and at the Box Office at Singapore Indoor Stadium. Tickets purchased through other means and distributors will not be valid upon entry into competition venues and the opening & closing ceremonies.