Southeast Asian Silat athletes welcome return of international Silat competition at OCBC Arena, Singapore Sports Hub from 25 to 27 February
Flag raising ceremony for Team Singapore Silat was held at OCBC Arena, Singapore Sports Hub ahead of the 8th Southeast Asia Pencak Silat Championships. PHOTO: JUPONG, SINGAPORE SILAT FEDERATION
23 February 2022, Singapore - Singapore will once again play host to yet another international sport event as part of its overall re-opening efforts and to bring sport back.
91 of the region's best silat exponents are expected to compete in the first international competition since the Covid-19 pandemic began, with athletes hailing from the five countries of Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam.
Athlete Sheik Farhan and CEO of Singapore Silat Federation Sheik Alau'ddin speaking with members of media at a press conference. PHOTO: JIA XING / SIA KIAN TECK, SINGAPORE SILAT FEDERATION
In a pre-tournament media conference held at the Grand Mercure Singapore Roxy, Team Singapore silat exponent Sheik Farhan Sheik Alau’ddin shared: "I'm just glad that we can finally get back to international competition. Two years is a long time, so I’m ready for this."
Singapore Silat Federation (Persisi) CEO Dr. Sheik Alau'ddin Yacoob Marican said: "We are excited, and I want to say a big thank you to Sport Singapore for allowing and supporting us with their team’s expertise to organise this event."
"With the SEA Games coming up in Vietnam in May, it's just right that we host the Southeast Asia Championship as a prelude to the Games, as well as the World Championships in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia," he added.
The Championships will witness the new International Pencak Silat Competition Rules and Regulations in place for the first time.
The Team Singapore Silat team at a Flag Raising ceremony session that was held at OCBC Arena, Singapore Sports Hub ahead of the 8th Southeast Asia Pencak Silat Championships. PHOTO: JUPONG, SINGAPORE SILAT FEDERATION
The rules, last amended in 2013, have been updated to reflect the development of martial arts around the world. Some key changes include allowing techniques which were previously not permitted, such as pulling and grabbing to perform dropping techniques.
Pre Tournament press conference for the 8th Southeast Asia Pencak Silat Championship 2022. PHOTO: JIA XING, SIA KIAN TECK, SINGAPORE SILAT FEDERATION
The event is not open to public but for invited guests only, with spectators expected to be capped at 300. Fans can catch the livestream of the event on Singapore Silat Federation's YouTube Channel here.