SINGAPORE: After two decades, the SEA Games is returning to Singapore next year, and the organisers are pulling out all the stops to make sure it is an event everyone in the country will be talking about.
With the state-of-the-art Sports Hub hosting most of the events, SEA Games 2015 promises to be an extravaganza like no other.
The organisers are intent on making sure that it will be an unforgettable experience for Singaporeans.
The public will get to watch some of the action for free, and this includes the water sports events at the Marina Bay area.
For the ticketed events, prices will range from under S$10 to a maximum of S$30.
Tickets are likely to go on sale in November this year, but the organisers are hoping Singaporeans will get involved in more ways than just being spectators.
Lim Teck Yin, exco chairman of the Singapore Southeast Asian Games Organising Committee, said: "In the design of our strategy for community engagement, just like the SG50 Committee, we would like to hear from the people what they would like to do.
“We have to pay attention to details, we have to find ways to engage the community and let their ideas come in so that they own the Games and feel proud."
The organisers will start a one-year countdown to the Games in June at the Sports Hub.
Several activities have been lined up for the public, including try-outs of various sports which will be contested at the SEA Games.
The organisers are also planning to engage the public by encouraging them to come up with ideas to generate buzz.
When the Games comes around, Singaporeans can get up close with the athletes, who will be housed in hotels in the city.
Several community activities will be held in the athletes' village, and there will be areas where the public can meet and mingle with the sports stars.
Mr Lim said: "It's to give people a venue to come to, a geographical area where we can focus our attention to make that a really fantastic experience.
“It's a bit like the F1, the night circuit and the parties that we have around and the fringe events. It's a place that many Singaporeans say, ‘I may not be an F1 fan, but I certainly want to go out and have a look’."
The organisers could not give a figure on the cost of hosting the SEA Games, but they gave the assurance that it will cost less than the S$387 million spent on the 2010 Youth Olympics.
The 2015 SEA Games will consist of 36 sports. At the moment, 30 have been confirmed, with the fate of another six sports to be decided at a meeting later this month. - CNA/xq
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