Back, and Better Than Before
MEET LIKE-MINDED SPORTS ENTHUSIASTS AND SWEAT IT OUT WITH FELLOW SINGAPOREANS AT PESTA SUKAN, SINGAPORE’S ICONIC SPORTS FESTIVAL WHICH IS BACK FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE THE 1970s.
07-Jun-2019

FORTUNATELY FOR THE MILLENNIALS and Gen Z folk, Pesta Sukan (or 'sports festival' in Malay) will soon no longer just be a fond memory of our parents and grandparents. This year, GetActive! Singapore is bringing back the well-loved festival from 1-10 August in commemoration of Singapore's Bicentennial and our sporting heritage.

While Pesta Sukan originally featured events like mass jogging, cycling and dragonboat when it first launched in 1964, it will now be given a modern update to include up to 24 different sports. Among these, aquatics, badminton, dragon boat, fencing and indoor volleyball will be held at the Singapore Sports Hub. For those looking for family-friendly fun, non-competitive mass events such as a round-island bike adventure, Canoe Discovery and Adventure Race @ Sentosa have also been planned as integral parts of the festival.

Most importantly, GetActive! Singapore will continue to drill through themes of care and giving by encouraging Singaporeans to organise inclusive activities and raise funds through sporting activities. The festival targets to achieve 500,000 acts of care — which can be any helpful act such as volunteer work, donation or simply a nudge to get others to live healthier lives — in the lead-up and during the period of Pesta Sukan.

BLAST FROM THE PAST

1 The inaugural edition of Pesta Sukan in 1964 was launched by then-Minister for Culture S Rajaratnam.

2 After Singapore gained independence on 9 August 1965, the festival was briefly renamed Pesta Sukan Minggu Merdeka and became an annual feature of the National Day celebrations.

3 In 1971, the first Asian Wimbledon tournament was organised in conjunction with Pesta Sukan, attracting top tennis players in the region to Singapore.

 

HOW TO ATTEND? Visit getactive.sg to register for the events above, or simply to find out more about what else is in store for Pesta Sukan at GetActive! Singapore 2019.