About 1,750 student-athletes and officials1 from all 10 ASEAN member-countries will gather in Singapore for the 9th ASEAN Schools Games (ASG) from 14 – 20 July 2017. Singapore is hosting the annual ASG for the second time since its introduction in 20092, with this year’s event also coinciding with ASEAN’s 50th anniversary. This is the first time all 10 member-countries will be competing together.
2. ASG 2017’s theme is “Together as ONE”, representing the goal of ASEAN’s youths to achieve solidarity through school sports, friendly competition and cultural exchange. The students will compete in 10 sports: (i) athletics, (ii) badminton, (iii) basketball, (iv) gymnastics, (vi) sepak takraw, (vii) swimming, (viii) table-tennis, (ix) tennis, (x) volleyball, and (xi) tenpin bowling. This year will also be the first time that tenpin bowling is featured at ASG.
3. MOE Divisional Director, Student Development Curriculum Division, Mrs Tan Chen Kee, who is also the Chairperson of this year’s ASG Organising Committee, said: “The ASG has always been an important sporting platform for ASEAN students to come together and compete on a regional level. Through competing with the region’s best, I hope our student-athletes – like past athletes – will hone their sporting abilities and also attain important life skills such as sportsmanship, resilience and team work. I am confident that our students will be good hosts as they forge deep and enduring friendships with their ASEAN friends.” Mrs Tan added, “Singapore is most happy to host the ASG this year, taking over the torch from Thailand last year. The Thais were excellent hosts for ASG 2016.”
4. The Opening Ceremony of ASG 2017 on 14 July will be officiated by Minister for Education (Schools), Mr Ng Chee Meng, at the Singapore Indoor Stadium. This will be followed by five days of competition from 15 to 19 July.
5. Chef de Mission, Mr Tan Teck Hock, will be leading the Singapore Schools contingent this year. Mr Tan, who is also the Principal of the Singapore Sports School, said: “I am proud of our ASG 2017 contingent. They are training hard as ONE Singapore schools team, and are committed to do their best.” He will be assisted by Deputy Chef de Mission, Mr Koh Yiak Kheng, who is the Principal of Seng Kang Secondary School.
6. The ASG student-athletes, including those from Singapore schools, will be housed at the Games Village at National University of Singapore’s University Town. Other than food and lodging, the Village will also have a social interaction zone, where games such as carom, capteh, and congkak will be available to facilitate friendship and cultural exchange among the student-athletes.
About the ASG
8. 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 from the Singapore Schools contingent 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 old or younger on 1 January of the year of the Games, and be full-time students in their respective ASEAN countries (Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam).
Singapore has participated in the Games since 1977 when the first competitions were organised as single-sport events. When this was changed to a multi-sports format from 2009, Singapore continued to participate annually. Singapore first hosted the ASG in 2011.
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-sports 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), Thailand (2016) and Singapore again this year.