THE largest ASEAN-based sporting event in Australia is back! Zanardy Annuar tells you how you can catch the ASEAN Games Australia live in action.
The largest ASEAN-based sporting event in Australia is back this year.
Organised under the ASEAN-Australia Agenda (AAA), the 2013 ASEAN Games will be held from September 27 to 29 in Albert Park, Melbourne.
Sporting events will include popular favourites such as table tennis, volleyball, badminton, basketball, netball and futsal.
In an effort to extend and expand their reach, the ASEAN Games this year will include squash, a new addition to the run-up.
The cash prize has also doubled from last year. Winners can look forward to $4000 of prizes in total.
The ASEAN games logo also has undergone a makeover this year to create a more defined design based on the three values that the Games stand for: Passion, People, and Performance.
Much like last year, 25 per cent of the proceeds will be donated to a chosen charitable organisation within the ASEAN nations, while the remainder will be rolled over to next year’s ASEAN Games Australia.
The Games are held this year with the goals of uniting the ASEAN community across Australia and increasing sports activity to encourage positive mental health among the community and to provide a professional platform for aspiring players.
In the future, the AAA looks to expand to the rest of Australia and collaborate with all other student bodies across the country.
To catch this year’s games live, head down to the venues to show your support!
Men’s and women’s basketball games will be held over the weekend, on September 28 and 29, at the Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre. Men’s and women’s badminton singles and doubles will also be held on both days, at the same venue.
As for table tennis, volleyball and squash, the games will be held on September 29 from 9am till late afternoon, also at the Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre.
Netball events will be held on Sunday, September 29 at the Albert Park Indoor Sports Centre. Futsal men’s and women’s games will be held at the same venue, stretching across Saturday and Sunday.
Touch rugby games start from 6pm on September 27 at Fawkner Park on Commercial Road. Tennis matches will be held at the Albert Reserve Tennis Centre, stretching across Saturday and Sunday as well.
Last but not least, ultimate frisbee matches will be held on Sunday, from 9am to mid-afternoon.
The Games will conclude with a closing ceremony on Sunday, September 29 at the Melbourne Sports Aquatic Centre at 5pm, where the winning athletes will be presented with medals, and the champion nation of the year will be presented with an ASEAN Games Australia plate.
If you can’t make it down to the Games, watch this space as we bring you the results from each day.
For more information about the event, visit the ASEAN Games Australia website.