Over 10,000 sign up for S'pore National Games

The Singapore National Games (SNG) kicked off last year with the Stadium Run with about 1,000 runners, running a total of five rounds around the stadium.
The Singapore National Games (SNG) kicked off last year with the Stadium Run with about 1,000 runners, running a total of five rounds around the stadium.ST FILE PHOTO

This year's Singapore National Games (SNG) will truly be a national affair. Organisers yesterday announced that more than 10,000 athletes have signed up to take part this year - a 20 per cent increase on the previous edition in 2014.

Joining the weekend warriors and everyday Singaporeans will be some 90 current and former Team Singapore athletes - including SEA Games volleyball women's captain Quek Soo Teng and floorball champion Syazni Ramlee, Asean Para Games gold medallist Jason Chee and 2016 Paralympian Toh Sze Ning.

The national multi-sport competition, which will include para-sports for the first time, features 488 events across 21 sports, with some events kicking off tomorrow.

Held at 15 locations across Singapore, the SNG2016 will give members of the community an opportunity to watch high-quality sports entertainment at no cost.

Participants will also get to try out new sports. They can put their skills to the test in becoming Singapore's fastest football dribbler, most accurate floorball shooter, or play the longest badminton rally among other challenges.

All challenges are open to the public and premiums will be given away as prizes. Most public challenges are free of charge and participants can sign up on the day itself.

The SNG takes place from July 30 to Aug 7 as part of GetActive! Singapore in the week leading up to Singapore's 51st birthday. The Games will be part of sports festivals, ground-up initiatives and competitions island-wide.

• For more information, go to www.myactivesg.com

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 23, 2016, with the headline 'Over 10,000 sign up for S'pore National Games'. Print Edition | Subscribe