Friday, July 1, 2011

Asean School Games 2011

Over 1,100 student-athletes from seven Asean nations will compete in the third Asean Schools Games (ASG) which kicks off on July 1. The week-long Games will feature 12 sports which will be held at 13 venues across the island and this will be the first time Singapore is hosting it, the Ministry of Education (MOE) said in a press statement on Wednesday.
The student-athletes and officials, including the 200 from the Singapore contingent, will be housed at the Games Village in the Nanyang Technological University. The seven nations that will be represented are Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam and they will compete in badminton, basketball, golf, gymnastics, hockey, netball, sepak takraw, swimming, table tennis, tennis, track and field and water polo (boys only).
The ASG and Singapore Youth Festival 2011 will be opened on July 1 at a joint ceremony at The Max Pavilion, Singapore Expo. The ASG aims to promote Asean solidarity through school sports, while providing opportunities for school athletes to benchmark their sporting talents in the region, the MOE said.
The athletes and officials will take part in a culture and education programme (CEP) during their stay in Singapore that promotes understanding and cross-cultural interaction. The CEP comprises a cultural festival during the opening of the Games Village on June 30, evening cultural showcases during the Games and a learning journey.
'Through the ASG, our schools can also enhance their students' knowledge of Asean and how sports has brought Asean nations together.
'Students can get involved as cultural performers or volunteers. They can also attend the sports competitions to show their support for the student-athletes and participate in sports outreach booths at some of the venues,' MOE noted.

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