Exhilarating season of athletics awaits at National Stadium

Published Date: 20 April 2016 12:00 AM

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From 28 April to 8 May this year, Singaporeans will be in for an exhilarating experience as the athletics season kicks off at the National Stadium. The season will see four key events – Singapore Open Track and Field Championships, National School Games Track and Field Finals, ActiveSG Athletics Fiesta, and Asia Masters Athletics Championships – taking place consecutively for the first time, providing a whole host of activities fit for all ages and abilities.

Singapore Athletics (SA), Sport Singapore (SportSG), Ministry of Education (MOE) and Singapore Sports Hub (SSH) have been in talks to stage these events one after another this year, in hopes of inspiring the next generation of athletes to strive towards excellence in athletics, driving public interest and participation in the sport, as well as promoting active living. The events also seek to welcome all members of the public to the National Stadium, not just as spectators but also to take part in both competitive and fun-filled events over the two days of the ActiveSG Athletics Fiesta.

Aspirations for featuring events together

In a collaborative effort, SA, SportSG and MOE, together with SSH, would ensure the smooth running of each of their events and work closely together to promote the season. With the exception of the biennale Asia Masters whose hosting rights are subject to the bidding process, the organisers hope to continue featuring their respective events together in subsequent years.

SA President Mr Tang Weng Fei is proud to welcome athletes from the region to the 78th edition of the Singapore Open as well as the 19th edition of the Asia Masters Athletics Championships. He said: “This year, the programme will be integrated with the National School Games Track and Field Finals. This is truly an all-encompassing season of athletics which will see participation from athletes aged 13 to 99. The opportunity to compete alongside some of the region's best athletes in the iconic National Stadium at the Singapore Sports Hub will surely inspire our local athletes to put in their best during the competition.”

Director of MOE’s Student Development Curriculum Division, Ms Liew Wei Li, said: “This collaboration will give both our student athletes and school supporters the opportunity to learn from and be inspired by athletes beyond the schools, such as the local and regional veterans from the Singapore Open Track and Field Championships. Holding the National School Games Track and Field Finals at the National Stadium will also allow more students and parents to support the student athletes and share a thrilling and meaningful experience.”

Said SportSG’s Chief Executive Officer Lim Teck Yin: “It is our aspiration to eventually establish a series of quality events which all local and even regional athletes gunning for glory in the track and field scene can look forward to each year. We hope to inspire not just a generation of great track and field athletes, but also a nation of proud and enthusiastic supporters. This is not only about promoting excellence in athletics but also getting people to become interested and participate in the sport – whether as a competitor, spectator, volunteer, or to simply try it out. Essentially, it is about helping Singaporeans to pick a sport; play a sport; and eventually live better through sport.”

According to Manu Sawhney, Chief Executive Officer of SSH: “We are excited to be the venue of choice for this series of athletic competitions. The National Stadium is perfectly primed for events where professional and amateur athletes as well as fans and the community, come to play and partake of excellent sporting activity. We look forward to hosting athletes of all ages and persuasion in an inspiring celebration of athletic excellence at the Singapore Sports Hub.”

For details, please visit:

Singapore Open Track and Field Championships 
National Inter-School Track and Field Championships
ActiveSG Athletics Fiesta
Asia Masters Athletics Championships

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