South-east Asia’s top sporting events to watch and take part in

Aug 18, 2017

Feel the thrill of witnessing a record performance at South-east Asia’s top competitive sporting events.

29TH SEA GAMES, KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA

August 19-30, 2017

sea games sepak takraw

‘Winter’ is coming to Kuala lumpur. Two
 sports usually played in countries with
 cold climes will make their debut at this 
year’s SEA (Southeast Asian) Games. Included in the lineup of 38 sports this
 year are ice skating and ice hockey, along 
with other new games such as bridge,
 cricket and tarung derajat, an Indonesian 
martial art. Fans can cheer on their 
favourite athletes at more than 400
 events held across the city. Among the 
crowd rousers is Singaporean swimmer 
Joseph Schooling, who, fresh off his
 record-breaking win in the Men’s 
100m Butterfly at the Rio Olympics, is
 expected to make waves. For those new 
to the region, it is a good opportunity 
to witness unique sports such as sepak
 takraw (above), where two teams 
of players kick about a rattan ball.

 5,661

The most number of medals won since the inaugural games; this record is held by Thailand

11

The number of participating nations in this year’s games

1959

The year the first SEA Games (then called the Southeast Asian Peninsular Games or SEAP Games) was held, in Bangkok, Thailand

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2017 FORMULA 1 SINGAPORE AIRLINES SINGAPORE GRAND PRIX, SINGAPORE

September 15-17, 2017

singapore f1 grand prix night race

When it debuted here in 2008, the FORMULA 1 SINGAPORE GRAND PRIX was the first F1 race to be held at
 night and Asia’s first street race. In the years since, there has been no lack of thrilling moments – who can forget the 2010 edition, when Sebastian Vettel
 and Fernando Alonso, driving for Red Bull racing and Ferrari at that time respectively, went neck-to-neck for almost two hours? Or last year’s event, which saw Nico Rosberg of Mercedes speed towards victory in his final season of F1 racing? At this year’s race, Ferrari teammates Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen are expected to lead the charge in a tight competition. Since its inaugural staging in 2008, the Singapore leg has garnered rave reviews the world over, not just for the race itself but also for its entertainment. It’ll be no different this year, with performers such as Calvin Harris and Ariana Grande set to heat up the stage.

 10,000

The number of lamps required to light up the 5.065km Marina Bay Street Circuit

1:47.187

The Singapore lap record set by Australian Daniel Ricciardo
 (Red Bull Racing-Tag Heuer) in 2016