Wednesday, April 30, 2014

SEA GAMES: Karate floored by floorball

SINGAPORE: Floorball, a hockey-like game popular in Singapore, will make its debut in the 2015 SEA Games hosted by the city-state, while karate, weightlifting and wrestling are out, organisers said yesterday.

   There will be 402 gold in 36 sports, including equestrian events,  waterskiing and rowing, in the regional biennial games, the Singapore National  Olympic Council said.

   Council secretary-general Chris Chan said hosts Singapore added six more  sports from the initial 30 after appeals from member countries of the SEA Games  Federation.

   Chan said Singapore cannot please everyone in including more events but  stressed that the sports picked are not “mickey mouse” events.

   “Of the 36, 34 are Asian games sports, 24 are Olympic sports,” Chan told  reporters.
   Only two sports, floorball and netball, are outside the two main  categories, he said.

   Floorball will be included as a medal event for the first time.  

It is an indoor game and combines elements of hockey and football. There are  five field players and one goalkeeper on each team.
   Netball will also be included for the first time since it debuted in  Malaysia in 2001.  AFP

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