Monday, June 03, 2013

Singapore to hold 2015 SEA Games in June

KUALA LUMPUR: The 27th edition of the SEA Games in Myanmar is still six months away but the host city for the 2015 Games - Singapore - have already started their preparations.
The Singapore Southeast Asian Games Organising Committee (Singsoc) announced on Friday that the 28th edition of the Games will be held from June 5-16, 2015.

The number and types of sports will be finalised later. But some sports, like football, are expected to start their preliminary rounds a few days before the opening ceremony on June 5.
This should give the participating teams greater confidence that the 2015 edition will run smoothly, unlike the current Games that are faced with a lot of uncertainties.

The Myanmar Games organisers have yet to provide handbooks and technical details of the 33 sports to be contested. And even the entry by sports has not been completed yet.

But one thing is certain – a handover ceremony will take place at the conclusion of the SEA Games in Myanmar, in six months’ time in December, to signal the countdown to Singapore’s turn to host the Games in 2015.

And Singsoc would have already got several activities lined up starting from next January.
The June dates for the Games are not new, although traditionally they are held in the later part of the year.

The Games period is similar to the previous editions which Singapore hosted in 1983 and 1993.
In deciding the dates, the Singapore organisers took several factors into consideration, including the favourable weather conditions in June, the completion of the Games before the start of Ramadan fasting month, the National Day Parade, the Formula One race, WTA Championships and the year-end school examinations.

Singsoc also said that holding the Games in June would allow students to be a part of the Games and the organisers are hoping that families would consider making the 12-day event their vacation activity in June 2015.

Singsoc executive committee chairman Lim Teck Yin said: “We are about two years away from the 28th SEA Games and we would like Singaporeans and our Southeast Asian friends to take note of this date early so that they can plan to be a part of it.

“We have just completed the foundation phase planning and have set some parameters to help us move forward to the next stage of planning.”



THE STAR

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