Prepaid cards for Games

GOING cashless at the SEA Games will come with benefits for sports fans, with six limited- edition commemorative prepaid cards designed specially for the regional competition.

Fans who use the cards, released by OCBC Bank in partnership with UnionPay, can enjoy discounts of between 10 to 50 per cent off prices of competition tickets, merchandise and food and drinks sold at the Singapore Sports Hub from June 5 to 16.

Two of the designs, which feature the Games' official mascot Nila, will be priced $5 more than the stored values of $50 and $100.

The remaining four designs, which feature bowling, football, swimming and table tennis, will be sold as a set at $28. Each card will have a stored value of $5.

The cards can be used only once and cannot be topped up.

Spectators at the Games can use them to buy food, drinks and merchandise at the Singapore Sports Hub, or at any merchant that accepts UnionPay. This includes major department stores and petrol stations.

From Friday, the cards will be on sale at the official Games merchandise store outside Ngee Ann City and City Tours Tourist Hub at the Singapore Flyer.

During the Games, spectators can buy the cards at selected competition venues and stalls at the Sports Hub, and in Swissotel The Stamford.

The six prepaid cards add to the existing list of Games memorabilia sold online and at the official merchandise store, which include T-shirts, bag and luggage tags, cups, bracelets and lanyards.

Former national gymnast Eileen Chai, who represented Singapore six times at the Games from 1985 to 1995, said: "At every SEA Games, I've collected a number of commemorative items.

"Though I'm now a violin teacher and no longer competing in sports, I certainly look forward to adding these limited-edition prepaid cards to my collection."

- CHARMAINE NG