Channel NewsAsia

SEA Games as springboard for greater sporting culture

Beyond ensuring a successful 2015 SEA Games, the Government is taking specific measures to develop the sports culture here, said Culture, Community and Youth Minister Lawrence Wong in Parliament.

SINGAPORE: Singapore will be hosting the 28th Southeast Asian Games next year, but Culture, Community and Youth Minister Lawrence Wong said the Government is focusing on more than just ensuring a successful Games.

Speaking in Parliament on Wednesday (July 9), Mr Wong said the Government is also working with stakeholders to further develop the sporting culture here.

"Through the SEA Games, we want more Singaporeans to participate in sports," said Mr Wong.

"(We) will ensure that there are as many opportunities as possible for Singaporeans to get involved in the Games, whether as volunteers or spectators... We will build on this to create a broader following for sports and for our Team Singapore athletes."

The Government is also taking specific measures to develop the sports industry. This includes working with the National Sports Associations (NSAs) at the SEA Games to deepen the expertise of existing sports officials and train new ones. This will allow Singapore to build a pool of experienced officials who can officiate at sports competitions.

Through the Games, the Government is also engaging corporate partners to cultivate a healthy level of corporate sponsorship for athletes and sporting events here. In training athletes, Mr Wong said the Government has also improved the High Performance Sports system in areas such as coaching, sports science and medicine, in the run-up to the SEA Games.  

Tweet photos, videos and updates on this story to  @channelnewsasia