SIM University (UniSIM), together with Singapore's five autonomous universities, will be hosting the 18th ASEAN University Games (AUG) in Singapore from 10 – 19 July 2016.
The AUG – a sporting event for university student athletes from the 11 Southeast Asian states – is organised biennially by members of the ASEAN University Sports Council on a rotational basis. Its objectives are to promote solidarity, goodwill, regional cooperation and comradeship of the nations through sports, and provide opportunities for athletes to interact and engage in cultural exchange. This is the third time Singapore is hosting the Games since its inception in 1981, with the previous two in 1986 and 1994.
At the upcoming AUG, about 1,600 student athletes will compete in 16 sports, including archery, badminton, table tennis and swimming. The competition will take place at several sporting venues across Singapore, viz., UniSIM, National University of Singapore, Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Choa Chu Kang Stadium, MacRitchie Reservoir, OCBC Aquatic Centre, Toa Payoh Sports Centre and SAFRA Yishun. The participants will also enjoy a unique Singapore experience as they get to go on educational heritage and cultural trails, visit major local attractions and take part in exciting activities at the AUG Games Village, which will be housed at NTU.
UniSIM heads the branding and marketing component of the 18th AUG. The team came up with its theme In Celebration of Diversity and Unity, emphasising that even though the participants hail from different cultural backgrounds, all share the same love of sport and passion to excel, and are coming together to celebrate common goals and achievements. The creative brains also developed the dynamic AUG logo, which incorporates the common colours of the ASEAN countries and highlights the inclusiveness, energy and vibrancy of the Games. UniSIM is also in charge of preparing the souvenirs, publicity materials and participation certificates, and looks forward to co-hosting an inspiring and memorable AUG in Singapore.
To encourage a culture of clean sports in the region, a landmark Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was signed by the 18th AUG Organising Committee and the South East Asia Regional Anti-Doping Organisation (SEARADO) on 22 February 2016 at the Singapore Management University. As part of the agreement, SEARADO will conduct a series of educational workshops during the 18th AUG for the athletes and their supporting teams of physiotherapists and doctors to learn more about anti-doping regulations. The signatories of the MOU were Dr Tan Eng Liang, Chairman of the 18th AUG Organising Committee; and Dr Patrick Goh, Chairman of SEARADO, and Anti-Doping Singapore, with witnesses from each of the six host universities. UniSIM was represented by Dr Yap Meen Sheng, Director (Service-Learning & Student Life).