Singapore Plays Host to Inaugural Youth Speed Skating Event
IOC Vice President Mr Ng Ser Miang welcomes youth skaters and officials to International Skating Union World Development Trophy
Mr Ng Ser Miang, Vice President of the International Olympic Committee and Singapore National Olympic Council, joined officials from the International Skating Union (ISU) and more than 40 top youth skaters from nine countries in celebrating the Opening Ceremony of the inaugural ISU World Development Trophy for short track speed skating on Thursday at The Rink at JCube.
The World Development Trophy is a new event the International Skating Union is launching in 2013 to provide selected ISU members with the opportunity to participate in an international event and develop skating in their countries.
The competition element of the event, which takes place on Saturday at Singapore’s only Olympic-sized ice rink, involves more than 40 top youth skaters from nine countries – Argentina, India, North Korea, Malaysia, Mongolia, South Africa, Thailand, Uzbekistan and host Singapore. The event also includes seminars for the skaters, coaches and officials, marking the first time that an international ISU competition has been preceded by a training camp.
”This is definitely a big step forward for short track speed skating in Singapore and around the region,” Mr. Ng said. ”I commend the International Skating Union and the Singapore Ice Skating Association for their efforts to develop the sport of ice skating here. I believe this will be the first of many other high-profile skating events to come to Singapore.”
Thursday’s Opening Ceremony featured a skate pass by all of the participants, as well as speeches by Mr Ng and Singapore Ice Skating Association President Sonja Chong. Stoytcho Stoytchev, Chairman of the ISU Technical Committee for Short Track Speed Skating, officially declared the event open.
Following the Opening Ceremony, Team Singapore Speed Skating conducted the FairPrice Foundation Skating Clinic for about 20 children from PERTAPIS Children’s Home.
”Team Singapore is happy to share the thrills and joy of short track speed skating with as many Singaporeans and international athletes as we can,” said Lucas Ng, captain of Team Singapore Speed Skating. ”We hope more people will be inspired to try out short track speed skating and ice skating after watching the World Development Trophy.”
Saturday’s competition consists of the following events: 500 metres and 1,000 metres for individuals and a 2,000-metre mixed relay. The participants are divided into the following age categories for both boys and girls: Junior for ages 15-18, Junior ”C” for ages 13-14 and Junior ”D” for ages 11-12. This is the first time an ISU competition will feature skaters below the age of 14.
The Singapore leg is the second of a three-part event and focuses on the thrilling spectacle of short track speed skating. The first leg, which took place from 26-30 March in Cieszyn, Poland, and the third leg, which will take place from 16-20 April in Manila, Philippines, focuses on figure skating.
More photos from the event are shown below.
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