How can we promote and develop "non-traditional sports" in Singapore?

Arm wrestling, kite fighting, paintball, Zorbing, Starcraft 2, League of Legends…

What comes to your mind when you hear us mention of these activities? Sport? Hobby? Game?

Many of us engage in various activities because we want to experience the excitement of playing for fun, enjoying the comraderie playing as a team, feeling the adrenaline rush from winning, or simply doing something we love. And these activities have been flourishing because of committed enthusiasts all around the world.

One such example is Paintball, which is played in more than 100 countries by over 12 million players. Paintball was first introduced in Singapore in 1999 and currently there are more than 5 fields, local leagues and an independent association looking at the promotion and development of Paintball in Singapore. Check out some local paintball action here.

Another example is e-sport, which saw an exponential growth in recent years due to rapid development in technology and a more wired lifestyle. e-sport is a vibrant industry in many countries such as South Korea, China, Japan, Europe and the United States. Singapore hosted the World Cyber Games (WCG is regarded as the “Olympic of the Cyber gaming world”) in 2005 and is currently ranked 19 on the WCG rankings.

While these activities do not fall under the traditional mould of ‘sport’, there are many elements in these activities that we value in sports such as teamwork, strategy, resilience and sportsmanship.

Are these “non-traditional sports” getting the recognition they deserve? Should there be more ways to help groups which are enthusiastic to promote their “sport”?

Or should help only be confined to “traditional sports”?

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How can we promote and develop "non-traditional" sports in Singapore?

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  1. Have all sports be under SSC

    I play Ultimate Frisbee which is arguably a new sport though participation rates have increased over the years. However, we are severely under-represented in the secondary and junior college levels where Ultimate Frisbee is not an official CCA which we know can deter interested individuals from picking up the sport.

    1) Thus I feel that something must be done at the school level as well. Schools are obsessed with promoting strong CCAs and leave those that do not do as well to fend for themselves. There is an obsession for results and to do things that makes a school look…

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    • Not so much on only "non-traditional" sports, but all sports in general, esp favorite Singaporean sports

      Can sports council run regular training sports programme at a nominal fees to the public at different age group? such that these training programmes are run regularly and charging at a nominal fees.

      Take for example,
      Badminton,
      can they run regular basic strokes training session to the mass/public on weekends or weekday nights at community club badminton halls or sports hall,
      such that details of the coaching is published in the web, users can sign up and just appear and pay the nominal fees on the spot.

      This help to promote the ability of Singaporean in general to enjoy a…

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      • Armwrestling

        My email will be kingofsuikoden@hotmail.com , you can search ' Valen Low' for my videos on youtube when i armwrestled in tournaments in malaysia.

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        • countries around the world consider armwrestling as a sport

          Hi regarding armwrestling, i am an armwrestler from singapore, probably the 1st and few that compete regionally. I am planning to compete internationally when i have more experience. I would certainly like to get in touch with you guys, and please do contact me to promote armwrestling and make it a well known sport in Singapore. Around the world armwrestling is developing fast, world championships and asian championships are held annually with different age and weight classes and an exhibition sport in the 2012 summer olympics. Do contact me.

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          • My Paintball Story

            Shared this too many times and thought I pen it down so that people who chance upon this blog can also see the light of this game we love. I have been playing competitive paintball since 2006. In a few more days, I will be going into my 6 years of competitive paintball. Similarly, one thing that is always doing the catching up is my age... I will be 34 years old in a few days. I started the game in what I considered as a out-dated age for any athlete, at the age of 28 years old, you will…

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            • Paintball: Anyone can play it!

              A lot of wonderful views have been shared and I would like to add on to those already expressed here.

              The greatest barrier to entry of any sport is always physical condition. The greatest advantage that tournament paintball or speedball has as a sport is that it can be played by EVERYONE, regardless of age, gender or fitness level All you really need to be able to do is pull a trigger. When I first picked up the sport, I was very unfit, barely passing my IPPT and a "regular" at RT sessions. And yet, after picking some basic skills,…

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              • Ways to assist paintball development in Singapore

                The world is ever changing; everyday is a brand new day. People change and so do perspectives. SSC must be ready to embrace changes and be ready to review and evaluate all possible potential to fulfil the organization’s goal of sporting excellence through mass participation. Cast the net wide and you will be surprised at the catch. Paintball has been viewed as a traditional recreational game where participants donned themselves in camouflage uniforms and entered a forested area to seek out opponent where they “tagged” one another using a paintball marker (gun). Since its intervention, paintball has proven to be…

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                • A paintball community and government committee to discuss changing the firearms act

                  Paintball is a TEAM SPORT and is currently only restricted in developing to it's full potential by the the current Singapore laws that do not allow personal marker ownership.

                  Having posted originally in Vision 2030 to give paintball the recognition it deserves it was great to see the press coverage we received and the interest that the Acting Minister for Community Youth and Sports, Mr Chan Chun Sing take time out to attend the recent Singapore Paintball Championship.

                  The question is does his attendance at this event change the status of paintball in Singapore? The answer is no.

                  As I…

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                  • Singapore don't fall behind AGAIN!

                    To all my Singapore sports people. I am an avid sports person myself. Due to my recent injury, I haven't been able to run as far, climb as high, dive as deep nor cycle as fast. I then discovered paintball. There are no other sports groups that are fighting for so much recognition in Singapore other than Singapore's very own paintball community. All the neighbouring countries have been developing their paintball scene rapidly and as usual it is very disheartening to see that my very own country does not support my passion and drive for the sport. The community in…

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                    • Paintball, a sport for the tourism hub in Singapore.

                      Besides he usual CASINOs, USS and other tourist attraction here. The goverment bodies can help introduce paintball as an approve sports. As a tourism hub, i believe Paintball will attract many tourists or even sports personnels, media and coverage from other countries and in such will boost of marketing index and tourism quota.
                      What else can u ask for when our fellow neighbouring countries like Malaysia, China, India and even Indonesia is taking steps and almost a big leap to approve this sports and intergrate it into such a boom in their attraction and sales value.
                      Paintball has all the…

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                      • 2015 SEA Games

                        During the recent SEA Games in Indonesia can host Bridge (card game), I don't see why paintball and WCG cannot be included in. The decision lies with the host nation. If we want to get non-traditional sports to get recognition. Perhaps Singapore should start considering Paintball in 28th SEA Games 2015

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