SINGAPORE 201046OLYMPIC REVIEW(Athletics) Bishan Stadium plays host to Home United Football Club, a professional football club inSingapore. In September 2006, it was one of two venues for the Asian Football Confederation U-17championship. The Australian national team also used the Stadiumas its training base for two weeks in June 2007 before competing in the Asian Cup.(Rowing, Canoe-kayak) Situated atthe heart of the up-and-comingMarina South district, the Reservoir isan iconic venue with Singapore'sbusiness and financial district as itsbackdrop. A new 32-hectare parknext to the Reservoir will provide anexcellent vantage point.(Hockey) Situated in Sengkang newtown, a relatively young satelliteresidential town, Sengkang HockeyStadium is part of the newly openedSengkang Sports & RecreationCentre, which houses a communityclub, swimming pools, indoor sportshall, gymnasium, dance studio, andretail and eating outlets.(Badminton, Table tennis)Singapore's largest indoor sports andentertainment venue has been usedfor various major sport events,entertainment events and concertsperformed by international superstarssuch as Elton John and JanetJackson. The Indoor Stadium is nostranger to world-class badmintonaction, hosting the The Aviva OpenSingapore since 2004. (Swimming, Shooting, ModernPentathlon) The Singapore SportsSchool was opened in 2004 asSingapore's premier sports andeducational training institute forstudents between 13 and 17 years of age. It has two Olympic-sizedswimming pools. In 2008, it hostedthe FINA Swimming World Cup.(BMX, Time Trial and Mountain Bike)Situated on a 60-hectare site, thecurrent Mountain Bike trail is sevenkilometres long and offers severalclimbs as well as a challengingdownhill ride. The trail is also beingupgraded to make it even moretechnically challenging. The BMXportion of the park is currently usedfor stunt practice by BMXenthusiasts. It is being developed intoa full-scale BMX race track for localcommunity use and to host majorinternational events.(Weightlifting, Volleyball) The ToaPayoh Sports Hall has hosted a widerange of sports events including anumber of major table tennistournaments such as the women'sWorld Cup (2002), the VolkswagenPro-Tour (2004, 2006), and the South-east Asian Championships (2006).(Basketball) Located in the heart of the shopping district of OrchardRoad, *scape is an outdoorplayground for street sports andperformances that was set up inresponse to the needs of Singaporean youth in 2004. *scapeYouth Space aims to be a hub foryouth cultural and communityactivities.The YOG's 3-on-3tournament will be the firstinternational street basketball event to be held in the *scape. It will also be one of the venues for the Cultureand Education Programme.(Football) Originally built in 1932,the Jalan Besar Stadium has hostedprofessional football matches andhas also been the venue for majorevents such as the first SingaporeYouth Festival in 1955, the firstSingapore Armed Forces Day in1969 and the 1984 National DayParade. With a capacity of 6,000, itwas rebuilt and reopened in June2003 and an artificial turf was laidin 2008, making it the first-everFIFA-approved Third GenerationFootball Turf in Singapore.The 2010 Youth Olympic Gameswill take place at existing facilitiesacross Singapore, many of whichhave been renovated for theGames and will leave a tangiblelegacy for the local community
SPORTS AND VENUESOLYMPIC REVIEW47(Artistic Gymnastics, RhythmicGymnastics) Bishan Sports Hall has been the venue for the SingaporeOpen Gymnastics Championships since 2004. (Triathlon) The triathlon venue issituated along the East Coast Park,Singapore's largest and most popularpublic beach and park. The areaoffers a wide range of facilities -food, recreation, entertainment andsports - and has been the locationfor the Osim Singapore Triathlon,which has grown steadily from 500participants in 2002 to 3,800participants in 2007. Participants willswim in the open sea, then switch tothe scenic and tropical green settingof the East Coast Park road for thecycle and run segments. (Boxing, Fencing, Handball, Judo,Taekwondo, Wrestling) Located in theheart of Singapore's business district,the International Convention Centre(ICC) is also conveniently located nearboth the IOC Family Hotel and IF Hotel.One of the largest multi-purposeconvention and exhibition facilities inthe centre of the city, the ICC hashosted some of the world's biggestmeetings, exhibitions and conventions,including the International MonetaryFund World Bank Congress in 2006. (Archery) Currently home toSingapore's cricketers, Kallang Field is also used for softball. Spanning anarea of more than 50,000m2, theKallang Field was the venue for theprestigious Singer Cup crickettournament in 1996, involving teamsfrom India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. (Tennis) The Kallang Tennis Centre is a popular venue for tennisprogrammes and competitions,including hosting the local nationalschools' tennis competitions. It is alsothe training venue for the nationalteam and national youth teams and is equipped with 14 courts. (Sailing) Sitting on 2.4 hectares of land, the National Sailing Centre islocated at the south-eastern tip ofSingapore along the East Coast Park.An ideal location for sailingcompetitions, the National SailingCentre's strategic position makes fulluse of the south-west and north-eastwinds for year-round sailing. (Equestrian) Set on three hectares oflush greenery, the new riding schoolin the Singapore Turf Club boasts twoworld-class riding arenas: a 50-metreby 100-metre open arena and a 50-metre by 80-metre sheltered arena.(Diving) The Toa Payoh SwimmingComplex operates a public swimmingpool and another pool usedextensively for elite training, waterpolo, synchronised swimming anddiving. In March 2006, this swimmingcomplex hosted the synchronisedswimming event during the AsianSwimming Championships.(Cycling, Opening and ClosingCeremonies) The Float@Marina Bayis located on the waters of the MarinaReservoir in front of the IOC FamilyHotel. It was built in 2007 to providean innovative and alternative venuefor major events including sport,concerts and cultural performances.The first major event held at theFloat@Marina Bay was the 2007National Day Parade.