Singapore will be sending a contingent of 177 student-athletes from 46 Singapore Schools to represent Singapore at the 8th ASEAN Schools Games (ASG) in Chiang Mai, Thailand, from 21 to 29 July 2016. Mr R Vasuthevan, Principal of Bukit View Secondary School, will be leading the Singapore Schools contingent. He is assisted by Deputy Chefs de Mission, Mr Adolphus Tan, Principal of St Patrick’s School, and Mr Stephen Chin, Principal of St Gabriel’s Secondary School.
2 With more sports being offered this year, the Singapore Schools contingent will be larger than last year’s, thus providing more student-athletes with the exposure of competing on a regional platform and the opportunity of interacting with their fellow student-athletes from the region. Singapore will be competing in 10 sports at this year’s ASG, namely: badminton, basketball, golf, gymnastics, sepaktakraw, swimming, table tennis, tennis, track and field and volleyball.
3 The student-athletes from the Singapore Schools contingent 1 were selected based on their overall performance at the National School Games, and other local and regional sports competitions. To participate in the ASG, athletes must be 18 years of age or younger on 1 January of the year of the Games and be full-time students in the participating ASEAN countries.
4 Minister of State for Education, Dr Janil Puthucheary, said: “The ASG is a good introduction to high level regional and international competitions, and the experience at the Games would help in our students’ development as athletes. I encourage our student-athletes to do their best at the competition, learn from the rich heritage, cultures and strengths of other nations, and to also forge deep and enduring friendships with their fellow athletes and ASEAN friends.”
5 Over 1,000 student-athletes from eight ASEAN nations 2 will be participating in the ASG this year. The ASG, organised by the ASEAN Schools Sports Council (ASSC) 3, aims to promote ASEAN solidarity among youths while providing opportunities for student-athletes to benchmark their sporting talents. The student-athletes will have the chance to interact with fellow student-athletes from the region and engage in cultural exchange with one another during the Games.
- The list of student-athletes participating in ASG 2016 is available at this link: https://www.moe.gov.sg/asg-2016-annex
- The eight ASEAN nations are Brunei Darussalam, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, the Cambodia, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.
- The ASEAN Schools Sports Council (ASSC) was formed in 1978 to co-ordinate and champion sporting programmes and activities amongst ASEAN countries. The Singapore Schools Sports Council (SSSC) is a member.
In 2008, ASSC members agreed to adopt a multi-sport format similar to the Southeast Asian Games for its competitions, starting with the first ASG in Thailand in 2009. Each ASSC member country took turns to host the ASG annually - Malaysia (2010), Singapore (2011), Indonesia (2012), Vietnam (2013), the Philippines (2014), Brunei Darussalam (2015) and this year, Thailand.