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'Kampung Games'? Are the SEA Games still relevant today? - Hard Tackle

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Synopsis: The Straits Times tackles the talking points in sport every second and fourth Wednesday of the month.  Podcaster: Deepanraj Ganesan Produc 
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Join our discussion to hear if the biennial event is still relevant in 2023?

Synopsis: Every fourth Wednesday of the month, The Straits Times dives into a sports topic and tackles the hard questions with its guests on Hard Tackle.

The region’s biggest sporting event will get underway in Cambodia as athletes from South-east Asia battle for top honours at the May 5-17 SEA Games. Singaporeans will be rooting for the 558 athletes that will represent the Republic across 30 sports, with some like football, indoor hockey and cricket kicking off even before the May 5 opening ceremony.

With the Cambodia Games being the 32nd edition, ST’s Hard Tackle discusses whether the biennial event is still relevant, with some having termed the event as the 'Kampung Games'.

ST sports reporter Deepanraj Ganesan invites two guests for this episode - former sprint-hurdler and four-time SEA Games medallist Dipna Lim-Prasad, and former national water polo vice-captain and three times Games gold medallist Yip Ren Kai.

They discuss why the Games matter and what they are looking forward to in the weeks ahead.

Highlights (click/tap above):

2:07 What do the SEA Games mean?

9:25 Why are the Games known as 'Kampung Games' and what can be done?

15:05 Do some sports get a free pass to the Games? Is that fair?

20:53 What sports are expected to deliver medals at the 2023 SEA Games? 

31:45 What would be deemed as a good performance from Team Singapore?

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Produced by: Deepanraj Ganesan (, Paxton Pang & Eden Soh

Edited by: Eden Soh

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