A Singapore Olympic Council member hoisting the SEA Games flag during the Games' closing ceremony in Myanmar last year. - Filepic
KUALA LUMPUR: The number of events for the 28th SEA Games in Singapore in June next year has been increased by another 22 – bringing the total to 400.
The Singapore National Olympic Council informed the SEA Games Federation council that the Singapore SEA Games Organising Committee (Sinsoc) have, after considering all the appeals submitted by all the various NOCs, finalised that the Singapore SEA Games will have 36 sports, comprising 400 events.
The number of sports remains the same, as proposed at the SEA Games Federation Sport and Rules committee on Feb 15. But what Sinsoc have done is to add 22 new events in seven sports.
Sinsoc have also reduced the wushu events from 23 to 20.
A final endorsement of this dcision will be made by the SEAGF council when they meet in Singapore on Tuesday.
Olympic Council of Malaysia (OCM) secretary general Datuk Sieh Kok Chi said that Sinsoc’s decision was relayed to all the member countries at a meeting in Bangkok last Saturday.
“Initially, Singapore only proposed 30 sports with 381 events. But, on Feb 15, Sinsoc added six more sports – boxing, equestrian, petanque, rowing, volleyball and water ski.
“At the recent meeting, they informed us that there would be an increase in the number of events for some sports. Only wushu had some events thrown out,” he said.
The seven sports that will see an increase in events are archery, badminton, golf, pencak silat, petanque, sepak takraw and tennis.