Asean Para Games: Free carnival at Sports Hub until Dec 9

SINGAPORE - Just like June's SEA Games, the upcoming Asean Para Games (APG) will also see a carnival hosted for the public to get first-hand experience of the Games.

The carnival, situated at the Singapore Sports Hub, opened on Saturday and will run till Dec 9. It is open from 10am to 9pm daily, except on Dec 5, where it is open from 8am to 9pm. Admission is free.

The APG carnival will feature 21 activities suitable for all ages. The carnival is divided into four zones - Para Experience Zone, Sports Tryouts, Kids & Inflatables and the ActiveSG Experience Zone.

Para sports such as archery and blind football are available at the Sports Tryouts zone, which aims to simulate the experience of being disabled. For example, archery is done while seated on a wheelchair and football is played with goggles on to block out the light.

Another experience entitled "Living In The Dark" brings people through a sequence of daily activities while blind-folded, so as to understand what is it like to live like a visually impaired person.

Through all these activities, Lee Huei Chern, the head of marketing, communications and engagement of the Singapore Asean Para Games Organising Committee said: "The APG is about inclusiveness, and through the carnival activities, families can try out first-hand and learn more about para sports and the challenges faced by persons with disability in fun and engaging ways.

"Besides participating in the carnival activities, we hope this will encourage members of the community to cheer on our athletes as they compete with the region's best on home ground."