Tug-of-War possible in 2013 Myanmar SEA Games

03-10-2012, Singapore

SINGAPORE: ASEAN countries are looking to include Tug-of-War in the 2013 Myanmar SEA Games, and the 2015 Games which Singapore will host.

The first National Tug-of-War championship was held at the Singapore Flyer on Sunday where eight teams competed with Team Malaysia wining against Team Prison.

Team Prison, will now represent Singapore at the Asian Tug-of-War Championship in Brunei in 2012.

Dr Mohamad Maliki Osman, Senior Parliamentary Secretary for Defence and National Development was the guest-of-honour for the event organised by the Singapore Tug-of-War Association (STWA).

In July, STWA met the Asian Tug-of-War Federation and other ASEAN nations to sign a letter of memorandum to get the sport included in the 2013 Myanmar SEA Games.

Co-opted under the Singapore Athletics Association, STWA is also preparing a stronger team for the 2013 and 2015 SEA Games.

Tang Weng Fei, president of the Singapore Athletic Association, said: "Myanmar is trying to host this Tug-of-War in 2013 and we are trying to push for that.

"They don't have the technical expertise, so we are going to offer them help in technical expertise and hopefully if that is successful, we will include this in the 2015 SEA Games, where we are hosting.

"To build a real Tug-of-War team you need at least two years to build it."