SINGAPORE – The Republic will host an international boccia tournament from May 29 to June 2 for the first time in 10 years, thanks to a donation of more than $ 70,000 from local brand Tiger Balm.
The Tiger Balm Boccia Open, hosted by the Singapore Disability Sports Council, will take place at Heartbeat @ Bedok. The 35 athletes from Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia and Korea include Singaporean Paralympian Toh Sze Ning and Thailand’s Worawut Saengampa, the current world No. 1 in the BC2 category.
Ms. Sim Ann, Senior Minister of State at the Ministry of Community, Culture and Youth and the Ministry of Communications and Information, will welcome the teams at the opening ceremony on May 30.
The last international boccia tournament was held here in 2008.
Wee Ee Lim, President and CEO of Haw Par Corporation Limited, owner of the Tiger Balm brand, said, “We are delighted to be able to contribute to the well-being of our society through our sponsorship of the SDSC boccia program. . and we are proud to support Boccia Open 2018.
“We think this is a commendable endeavor as it showcases the achievements of boccia athletes from different countries as they pit their skills against each other. We applaud the courage and determination of boccia athletes.”
SDSC President Kevin Wong added, “The Tiger Balm Singapore Boccia Open is a valuable opportunity for our para-athletes to familiarize themselves with the pressure and demands of international competition, and we are very happy to have the support from Haw Par to bring this event back. again in Singapore after an absence of 10 years. “
The athletes – 17 from Singapore, eight from Thailand, seven from Korea and three from Malaysia – will compete in four categories. These are the classes BC1, BC2, BC3 and BC4. Three titles are offered in each class: Individual, duo and team.
Public awareness sessions will also take place May 27-30 at Heartbeat @ Bedok’s atrium, where members of the public can have fun in boccia-adapted mini challenges. Challengers can redeem limited edition Tiger Balm products or Team Singapore t-shirts. Organized groups that register with the SDSC at https://goo.gl/asEn3R can also take advantage of a guided tour to witness the action of the tournament.