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SEA Games Launch Party.
Singapore prepares to ‘Celebrate the Extraordinary’ in 2015

21 Feb 2014
Singapore: The 28th SEA Games and 8th ASEAN Para Games will be taking place in June and December 2015 in Singapore - the island nation’s 50th anniversary year. All eyes are turning to Singapore as the next host of the region’s biggest multi-sport event. The Media Officer of the Vietnam Olympic Committee, Tuyet Hoa Nguyen, holds a Question and Answer session with Mr Lim Teck Yin, Executive Committee Chairman of the Singapore Southeast Asian Games Organising Committee (SINGSOC), at the Singapore 2015 Launch Party at the Gardens by the Bay.

Q: Could you tell me more about the preparations for the upcoming SEA Games in Singapore?

A: As the host nation of the 28th SEA Games, the organising committee is well on its way regarding planning for the region’s biggest multi-sport event, which will take place in Singapore from June 5-16, 2015.

We have started to recruit volunteers and have to date received commitments for 12,000 out of the 15,000 we need. We have also begun to identify venues for the sports, many of which will be in the central part of Singapore where the Singapore Sports Hub is being built. On February 15 we officially launched the logos of the 28th SEA Games and 8th ASEAN Para Games, along with the mascot and tag line – “Celebrate the Extraordinary”.

Q: Some newspapers have said that the SEA Games is like a pond of a region (kampong) where there are not many Olympic sports, and that the host country will always want to hold sports in which they can win the most medals. What do you think about these comments?

A: The SEA Games has its own relevance to our countries, and creates the platform for sports that are popular and important to the SEA region to be featured. As the host nation, Singapore wants to provide a selection of sports that are not just attractive to our domestic audience but that would also contribute to the larger objectives of the SEA Games Federation and the member countries.

Q: For the next SEA Games, how many sports are you planning to have, and could you list them?

A: To date, the Singapore National Olympic Council (SNOC) has announced 30 sports, and currently there is leeway to include five or six more sports to this list which will be made known later this year; once confirmed by the SEA Games Federation.

Q: Being the host of the next SEA Games, what are your thoughts about being the host nation? Will you hope to be the top country in the total rankings? Or would you hope the Games becomes a place of exchange among the countries in ASEAN?

A: The SEA Games is returning to Singapore’s shores after 22 years, and will coincide with Singapore’s 50th birthday. As a nation, we are proud and excited to be able to host these Games, especially since the younger generation have yet to experience the SEA Games.

Realistically, we know that we will not be able to top the medal table but we will do our very best to give the nation something to cheer about. We also want for all competitors across South-east Asia to be able to fairly compete for glory and the honour of their countries and people. May the best athletes win!

Q: According to the schedule, SNOC will organise a SEA Games Federation meeting. Are you able to reveal some main matters of the meeting?

A: The SEAGF Medical Committee and the SEAGF Sport & Rules Committee will meet in the morning of April 28 to discuss their respective matters in relation to the SEA Games 2015. After lunch the SEAGF Executive Committee will meet to follow up on concerns raised in the two meetings held earlier in the morning.

On the morning of April 29, the SEAGF Council will meet to decide on matters on the agenda brought forth by the Executive Committee. One of the main items on the agenda will be the SEAGF Council’s approval of the list of sports and events for the 28th edition of the SEA Games 2015. Following the SEAGF Council’s approval of the 36 sports, and the events for the sports, the list will stay unchanged right up to the games.

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