SINGAPORE: It was historic day for Singapore’s sports community as Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong launched the inaugural Singapore National Games at Punggol Waterway on Saturday.
The ceremony, organised by the People’s Association and Singapore Sports Council, attracted as many as 12,000 people.
"It’s really great to see so many coming... to soak in the atmosphere, to enjoy themselves and to get ready to support the Singapore National Games," said Mr Yam Ah Mee, chief executive director, People’s Association.
Mr Lee also met members of the 15 Group Representative Constituencies that had gathered for the event to celebrate the country’s unity through sports.
"Sports is something for everyone. We want to see sports being used to develop the individual, to bond the community and to inspire the nation. This is why we have organised the Singapore National Games," said Mr Chan Chun Sing, Acting Minister for Community Development, Youth and Sports.
There was also a symbolic passing of the baton from national athletes to the participants, ranging from ages of eight to 80.
Over 5,000 people will compete in 10 sports across the island.
It ends with the closing ceremony in Bishan Stadium on September 9.
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