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OCBC Arena and Aquatic Centre closed to public for exclusive use by Team Singapore athletes

OCBC Arena and Aquatic Centre closed to public for exclusive use by Team Singapore athletes
May 21, 2021

Singapore’s OCBC Arena and OCBC Aquatic Centre have been closed to the public from today to allow Team Singapore's athletes to train ahead of the Olympic, Paralympic and SEA Games.

The Singapore Sports Hub said in an advisory yesterday that this will allow athletes to prepare for the Games in their ‘bubbles’ with no cross-exposure to the public during Phase 2: Heightened Alert, introduced after a surge in COVID-19 cases.

Athletes from sports including badminton, basketball, boccia, netball, table tennis, volleyball, fencing, rhythmic gymnastics, silat, swimming and diving will benefit from the exclusive use which will apply till further notice.

With the Singapore Government reapplying tight COVID-19 measures in the wake of a recent rise in Coronavirus cases, locations including gyms and fitness centres have been closed and mass participation events suspended since Saturday 8th May in order to reduce the risk of community transmission.

No spectators are allowed at sports events during this period.

While the closures will apply until 30th May, Sport Singapore (SportSG) has advised that low-intensity physical activities such as yoga, barre, Pilates and tai chi are allowed in certain indoor gym and studios location.

Activities such as martial arts and combat sports are also allowed, provided the activities are modified according to the tightened safety measures.

The measures have seen the OCBC Cycle Speedway Championships, scheduled for 29thMay, postponed until further notice.

The National School Games, which kicked off in March, have also been suspended "to minimise intermingling of students across schools/institutions", according to Singapore’s Ministry of Education.

Image: Swimmers at the OCBC Aquatic Centre.

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