9th ASEAN Schools Games Come to a Close with Singapores Culture Taking Centre Stage

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1,650 student-athletes and officials will celebrate the conclusion of a successful 9th ASEAN Schools Games (ASG) this evening, as they gather to witness a memorable closing ceremony where Singapore will hand over the ASG hosting rights to Malaysia. The closing ceremony follows five days of intense sporting competition from 15 to 19 July 2017, where student-athletes from ten ASEAN member-nations played against one another.

2. Mrs Tan Chen Kee, MOE’s Divisional Director of the Student Development Curriculum Division and Chairperson of the ASG Organising Committee, said: “Through the 9th ASG, student-athletes not only had the opportunity to hone their sporting talents, they also gained greater cultural awareness of our ASEAN neighbours. I am most heartened to see so many ASEAN friendships being rekindled and strengthened, and many new friendships being made.

3. Chef de Mission for the Singapore Schools contingent, Mr Tan Teck Hock, said: “Competing in the ASEAN Schools Games has provided valuable experiences for our Singapore student-athletes. Many of them have been rewarded through improvement on their personal best timings and good teamwork. They came together to compete as ONE Singapore Schools Sports team, often with teammates whom they were initially unfamiliar with. The development of a stronger character and the ability to work well in teams will put them in a good stead in their sporting careers, and in life”. He added that: “We look forward to celebrating the future successes of Singapore’s student-athletes, as they emerge from the ASG stronger and better, progressing into even bigger regional and international platforms.”

4. On the strong support given by Singapore schools to the 9th ASG, Mr Tan said: “I am impressed by how all our schools came together to support the organisation of the 9th ASG, and I am glad that some 15,000 students experienced learning through spectating the Games.”

“Together as ONE” through The Culture and Education Programme

5. To further strengthen ASEAN solidarity, the ASG also featured a Culture and Education Programme (CEP), which culminated on the last day of the ASG. The Singapore Schools’ athletes played host to their ASEAN counterparts, as the latter explored the various precincts in Singapore this morning (20 July). The precincts, which were chosen due to their cultural and historical significance were: Chinatown, Little India, Kampong Glam, Orchard Road and the Civic District.

6. Thereafter, all the student-athletes enjoyed a sumptuous “Flavours of SG Lunch” by tasting some of Singapore’s most iconic local hawker fares. The last day of the ASG will conclude on a high note for the student-athletes, as they will enjoy an evening of fun and exciting rides at the Universal Studios Singapore after the ASG closing ceremony.

7. The medals won by Singapore Schools for each sports are at Annex. Do also visit the ASG website: (https://www.moe.gov.sg/microsites/asg2017/mobile/index.html) for more details.

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