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Sports Hub committed to local sports and community

LionsXII captain Isa Halim taking part in a mass Zumba workout at the Sports Hub on Sept 28, 2014.
LionsXII captain Isa Halim taking part in a mass Zumba workout at the Sports Hub on Sept 28, 2014. ST PHOTO: KUA CHEE SIONG

We thank Mr Edmund Khoo Kim Hock for his letter ("Sports Hub must play part to support local football"; last Sunday), in which he said that the Sports Hub must not be a playground only for the rich.

The Singapore Sports Hub is committed to local sports and to the community. The team is also committed to helping the Football Association of Singapore (FAS) build a strong fan base.

We remain keen to explore and collaborate with the FAS and the S-League regarding their efforts to promote football, as well as for the National Stadium to be the home of the Lions.

We are particularly heartened that Singapore football fans were able to cheer on the Lions on home soil at the World Cup qualifiers against Afghanistan, Cambodia, Japan and Syria earlier this year.

There has been some outstanding football played at the National Stadium over the past 18 months. Beyond the World Cup qualifiers, we also saw the arrival of Juventus, Brazil, Japan, as well as Barclays Premier League clubs Arsenal, Everton and Stoke City, and legends from Manchester United and Liverpool.

Those matches encouraged football fans young and old to see their heroes in the flesh, creating unforgettable memories.

It was at the National Stadium, too, that Singapore saw a new breed of heroes - the cerebral palsy football team.

Led by Khairul Anwar, who is the only Singaporean to date to score a hat-trick in the new National Stadium, the team performed remarkably well, in front of thousands of fans, to take home the bronze medal in the recent Asean Para Games.

Memories like this inspire the nation to get up, play and be heroes.

We want the community to come to the Sports Hub and develop unforgettable memories. It is in our best interests to ensure that events at the Sports Hub are affordable and accessible.

In many cases, ticket prices for events are determined by the respective event promoters. However, we have and will continue to work harder and closer with organisers to ensure smooth execution of events, and to minimise costs that are borne by the public.

Eugene Lee, Director

Marketing and Communications Singapore Sports Hub

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on December 27, 2015, with the headline 'YourLetters Sports Hub committed to local sports and community'. Print Edition | Subscribe