SEA Games 2015: 36 sports to be contested at Singapore Games, with 402 golds up for grabs

Singapore's Janine Khoo, riding Roxy Girl, during the first round of the Concours de Saut International (young riders) (CSIY-B) team event held at the National Equestrian Centre, on March 8, 2014. The six newly endorsed sports are rowing, equestrian,
Singapore's Janine Khoo, riding Roxy Girl, during the first round of the Concours de Saut International (young riders) (CSIY-B) team event held at the National Equestrian Centre, on March 8, 2014. The six newly endorsed sports are rowing, equestrian, boxing, floorball, petanque, and volleyball. They join the original list of 30 sports drawn up last year at the Myanmar SEA Games. -- ST FILE PHOTO: MARK CHEONG

Six more sports were added to the 2015 SEA Games programme when the SEA Games Federation Council met on Tuesday morning at Raffles City Convention Centre.

The six newly endorsed sports are rowing, equestrian, boxing, floorball, petanque, and volleyball. They join the original list of 30 sports drawn up last year at the Myanmar SEA Games.

In all, 36 sports - and 402 events - will feature at next June's Singapore SEA Games, the 28th edition of the biennial games.

Singapore last hosted the SEA Games in 1993. Next year's competition, held from June 5-16, will coincide with the Republic's 50th anniversary.

An estimated 9,000 athletes and officials will be housed in 20 hotels in Singapore's central area, where the majority of the sports competitions and fringe events for the 2015 Games will be held.

Said Dr Tan Eng Liang, vice-president of the Singapore National Olympic Council (SNOC): "NOCs and local sports associations were lobbying and (requesting) for certain sports. Taking into consideration all these appeals and requests, and applying our selection criteria... we then decided to recommend six more sports.

"We did go to a higher level to say 'can you please include one or two more', because the appeals were very strong for more than 36," he added, but said there were concerns about going over budget.

Full list of 36 sports: Aquatics (diving, swimming, synchronised swimming, water polo), archery, athletics, badminton, basketball, billiard and snooker, bowling, boxing, canoeing, cycling, equestrian, fencing, floorball, football, golf, gymnastics, hockey, judo, netball, pencak silat, petanque, rowing, rugby, sailing, sepak takraw, shooting, softball, squash, table tennis, taekwondo, tennis, traditional boat race, triathlon, volleyball, water ski, wushu