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Grass at National Stadium pitch needs time to grow: Lawrence Wong

The grass pitch at the new National Stadium needs time to grow but it should be ready for the SEA Games next year, said Minister for Culture, Community and Youth Lawrence Wong in response to criticism over the poor condition of the pitch.

SINGAPORE: The grass pitch at the new National Stadium needs time to grow but it should be ready for the SEA Games next year, said Minister for Culture, Community and Youth Lawrence Wong in response to criticism over the poor condition of the pitch.

The pitch appeared sandy when Italian team Juventus played a Singapore Selection side recently. Mr Wong said the consortium managing the stadium is doing its best to solve the problem.

He said: "They have experts whom they have employed to take care of the pitch, experts who have done the pitch in Wembley. So they know what needs to be done, and part of the solution is to make sure that we give enough time for the grass to grow. The grass needs some time to settle in and grow. In fact, when I asked one of the experts that they had employed from Wembley, he said that at the Wembley Stadium it took one year for the pitch to stabilise and settle in."

Mr Wong made these comments as he launched a canoeing programme for people with disabilities at the MacRitchie Reservoir on Sunday morning (Aug 24). Run by volunteers, the aim of the programme is to make sports inclusive and accessible for all.

The programme is a partnership between the Singapore Canoe Federation (SCF), the SportCares Foundation and the Asian Women's Welfare Association.