A badminton doubles team consisting of a 15-year-old secondary school student, a 60-year-old retiree and, in reserve, an expatriate and a national player?
This is just one of the possible team line-ups you may see in the new Singapore National Games (SNG), which will be held for the first time in September this year.
The SNG was launched on Nov 26 last year at the sidelines of the Singapore River Regatta 2011. Sports slated to appear in the event include basketball, football and swimming.
In an effort to build community bonds, the SNG requires participating teams to include members of all ages, races and backgrounds.
You may find yourself playing alongside national players, or cheering on retirees and their children as they battle it out on the court.
The annual Community Games, previously known as the Inter-Constituency Games, will be held till July, and serve as the qualifying round for the SNG.
Registration for the events of netball, sepak takraw and table tennis is still open, and will close tomorrow.
Participation in both Games is open to Singaporeans, permanent residents and non-citizens. Further details can be found on the Community Games website at www.pacsc.org.sg, and on the SNG website at www.singaporenationalgames.sg
This article was first published in The New Paper.