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Singapore Community Games draws record participation

More than 10,000 residents participated in this year's Singapore Community Games - the highest number since the Games was first launched in 2012.

SINGAPORE: More than 10,000 residents participated in this year's Singapore Community Games which started on March 1 and ended on Sunday (June 22).

It is the highest number of participants at the games since it was first launched in 2012.

And organisers - the People's Association and Community Sports Clubs - hope to reach out to some 12,000 to 15,000 participants next year.

Organisers hope to reach out to some 12,000 to 15,000 participants next year.

Organisers also say they plan to include sea sports, such as swimming and dragon boating, in next year's Games.

The annual Games aims to foster a sporting culture and enhance social cohesion.

Participating teams are required to include members of all ages, races or living in public and housing estates.

Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean said the Games had been a success and achieved its goal of bringing Singaporeans from all races, ages and backgrounds to play sports together.

"That's been wonderful. It's also a good way for people to keep fit in a fun way rather than just simply exercising," said Mr Teo, who is also the Home Affairs Minister.

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