No Rewards for Athletes Who Miss NSG, Schools News & Top Stories
Student-athletes who were unable to participate in this year’s National School Games (NSG) after suspension from competition due to the Covid-19 pandemic will not be eligible for the Singapore Schools Sports Council (SSSC) Colors Awards, the Ministry of Education (MOE) said yesterday.
This would impact those who did not finish competing in Division A in badminton, tennis, volleyball and table tennis when the Games were suspended last month, as well as student-athletes in the junior divisions. and C which could not take place. .
But those who represent Singapore or state school sports teams through Singapore National Olympic Council, Singapore Disabled Sports Council, National Sports Associations or SSSC Sports at Major Games can still be nominated for the award.
Student-athletes who have competed in the 12 NSG sports – badminton, bowling, golf, gymnastics, jump rope, sepak takraw, shooting, table tennis, taekwondo (poomsae), tennis, 3v3 volleyball and wushu – prior to its cancellation would also be eligible for the award, the MOE said.
The ministry announced Monday that the suspended school competition would be removed for the second year in a row to minimize the mixing of students from different schools.
This year’s NSG, which included just 12 of the 29 sports in the competition, began in March with the A, B and senior divisions, a month after its initially planned start following an increase in the number of cases of coronavirus in the community.
He was then suspended from May 8 due to a spike in community cases. The Junior and C Division competitions were initially scheduled to start in Quarter 3, which will start on June 28.
Next, Education Minister Lawrence Wong said in a parliamentary response last month that student-athletes whose sports are not contested at this year’s NSG will not be considered for the Colors Awards. These sports included track and field, swimming, basketball, soccer, and netball.
All students selected to represent their schools in the 29 sports of the NSG would still be recognized for school representation and credited for achievements in extracurricular activities, the MOE said yesterday.
Last year, 309 student-athletes were recognized for their achievements and good character at the 50th SSSC Colors Awards despite the cancellation of the NSG. Winners were selected based on their performance in competitions before the pandemic, such as the 2019 SEA Games in the Philippines.
This year’s award recipients will be announced in September.