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Resumption of selected sports for National School Games 2021

by Circle News, on Mar 9, 2021 2:35:31 PM

Singapore Bowling(Courtesy of Singapore Bowling)

1.Selected sports of the National School Games (NSG) will take place from 29 March to 27 May for the ‘A’, ‘B’ and ‘Senior’ Divisions. Organised by the Singapore Primary Schools Sports Council and the Singapore Schools Sports Council, the NSG provides opportunities for our students to participate in inter-school competitions, undergirded by the Councils’ motto, 'Character in Sporting Excellence'.

2.The risks of COVID-19 transmission and new clusters of infection remain a concern even in Phase 3. This is why MOE has tried to minimise the intermingling of students across schools and emphasised safe distancing measures in all our schools, in order to avoid any large clusters from breaking out. These are also the considerations for the calibrated approach in resuming NSG this year. In particular, 12 non-contact sports with limited contact and intermingling between participants will be resuming. The remaining 17 sports involve prolonged physical contact during the sport or intermingling between students from different schools throughout the competition. Hence, they will remain suspended for now. For the list of sports that will be resuming, please refer to the Annex.

3.Appropriate safe management measures, aligned with national guidelines, will be put in place for these 12 sports. For example, up to a maximum of eight players will be allowed to interact during the games. For sports like bowling, student athletes will have to keep a minimum safe distance of 2m from one another. For net barrier sports, players must stay on opposite sides of the net. In addition, up to a maximum of 50 participants will be allowed in the venue at any one time, and each school must remain in their designated area to minimise intermingling between students across schools. No spectators will be allowed.

4.MOE will continue to monitor the situation closely, and work with the Sports Councils and the schools to ensure the safe conduct of NSG. Should the situation evolve, we will review our plans in tandem with the national posture. Participants are encouraged to stay adaptable to changes and continue to adhere to good personal hygiene and social responsibility.

5.We expect to resume NSG for the ‘C’ and ‘Junior’ Divisions in Term 3. More details will be provided at a later date.

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