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Hands up if you love basketball

Basketball enthusiasts young and old yesterday gathered to set a Singapore record for the most number of people dribbling a basketball in five minutes.

The ball-thumping feat involved 2,180 of them and was part of the launch of the ActiveSG Basketball Academy.

It took place at Connaught Drive where nearby, some 13,000 took part in a 1.5km walk from the National Gallery Singapore to the Empress Lawn as part of the fourth Car-Free Sunday SG event.

The academy starts in September and, as a bonus, participants can look forward to mixing it up with this year's Asean Basketball League finalists Singapore Slingers.

One can only wonder if it will see another record then: the number of sign-ups.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 30, 2016, with the headline 'Hands up if you love basketball'. Print Edition | Subscribe