Free tours of Games venues for fans

Besides free entry to all 15 sports at the Asean Para Games (APG) in December, spectators who register online for tickets at the official website will also get other perks.

These early birds will get priority access - seats are on a first-come-first-served basis - and can join a specially designed ActiveSG APG experience tour of the Games venue they had registered for.

Each tour will be led by a trained facilitator who will explain the nuances of the various para-sports, and the early birds can even try these events first-hand at the APG sports carnival at the Singapore Sports Hub from Nov 28 to Dec 9.

About 2,000 members of the public have already signed up, noted the Singapore Asean Para Games Organising Committee (Sapgoc).

There will be a cap on numbers depending on ticket demand and competition venue size, while issuance of tickets will be announced at a later date.

Sapgoc will also reach out to various interest groups and encourage them to plan their activities around visiting the Sports Hub during the Dec 3-9 Games.

Said Sapgoc chairman Lim Teck Yin: "They can come to the Hub, participate in their favourite activity, enjoy the carnival and the Games all together.

"Our key message is while these may not be sports you're familiar with, come and learn something and come support our Team Singapore athletes."

Organisers are mindful that the biennial Games, held in Singapore for the first time, will take place during the school holidays but are stillhoping to draw crowds of "a couple hundred thousand" over the seven days of competition to the two main competition clusters at the Sports Hub and Marina Bay, added Lim, who is also chief executive of Sport Singapore.

Such support will be the key for the Republic's contingent of 166 athletes - more than 60 per cent are debutants - as they aim to better the country's best showing of 37 medals (16 golds, 10 silvers and 11 bronzes) at the inaugural edition in Kuala Lumpur in 2001.

Said powerlifter Kalai Vanen, 56, who picked up the sport in February and will be making his Games bow: "I'm looking forward to having the home crowd cheer me on.

"Even my sister and brother-in-law are flying in from Canada to watch."

Added para-swimmer Yip Pin Xiu: "It is a great feeling, knowing that we will have the community cheering us on, come December.

"An enthusiastic home crowd will definitely spur us to push our limits and to do Singapore proud."

Jonathan Wong

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 14, 2015, with the headline 'Free tours of Games venues for fans'. Print Edition | Subscribe