Many visitors first impressions on Singapore were indelibly formed, courtesy of plasma screens beaming the awe inspiringly magnificent cityscape and streets, where the world’s greatest race drivers in their sleek engineering marvels revved and battled in F1’s first ever night race.
But there’s more in the sporting events calendar for all who prefer getting their kicks from watching world-class athletes pitting against each other in different arenas. Avid supporters of golf, sailing, netball and marathons are in for a treat at world-class events like HSBC’s Women Golf Championships, Barclays Singapore Open, Volvo Ocean Race, Netball Nations Cup and Standard Charted Singapore Marathon.
One of the sporting highlights for this year is the inaugural Youth Olympics Games in mid 2010, where the brightest young sporting talents from over 170 nations will take centre stage and vie for medals in a host of competitive sports.
The beautiful game is undoubtedly Singapore’s most popular sport. Our deep historical roots with Britain extend to this day, as much of the nation’s population are hooked on the English Premier League, thronging the many bars and neighbourhood coffee shops to catch the games live on most weekends.
For a quintessentially heartland experience, scoot down to one of the local joints to watch fans—usually boisterous middle-aged local punters imbibing Tiger beer—following the action, which includes heartfelt expressions of anguish and joy.
But if you prefer catching the action in the flesh, troop down to one of 11 regional stadiums to catch local league football games. The S-League, as it’s named, is touted as one of Asia’s top 10 leagues, with the season running from February to November. If the idea of watching 22 men in kits chasing a leather ball doesn’t appeal you, there is always a diverse selection of enthralling sports action in the calendar to pick your fix from.
For those into horse-racing, don’t miss the large contingent of thoroughbreds racing at the ultra-modern Singapore Turf Club in Kranji. Introduced by the British, horse racing has grown to become one of the most popular forms of entertainment among locals. Races are typically held on the Friday evenings and weekend afternoons.
Singapore is perhaps the only major horse racing destination where visitors can expect to be picked up from and dropped back to their hotels. Just make sure that you are decked in your finest formal wear.