Young Sikh Association (Singapore)
24 March 2018
The 14th ‘Racial Harmony’ 4-A-Side Football Tournament was organised by the Young Sikh Association (Singapore) (YSA), using football, one of the most popular sports in Singapore, as a platform to bring together young Sikhs and youths of different ethnicity, nationality, race, religion and backgrounds to interact and network with one another, whilst promoting a healthy and sporting lifestyle.
Held on 24 March 2018 at Kovan Sports Centre, the event featured football matches where teams of six played against one another in various categories: Open, Veteran, Ladies, Youths, and Junior. As a requirement for participation, each team had a diverse composition, with at least three members from different ethnic groups or nationalities. The highlight of the event was an exhibition match with the Guest-of-Honour Mr Louis Ng (MP for Nee Soon GRC), and participants were invited to participate in other activities, including a telematch, a juggling and target shooting competition, and a Singapore quiz where they were tested on local trivia to better understand Singapore and its way of life.
A regular event on YSA’s calendar, the ‘Racial Harmony’ 4-A-Side Football Tournament encourages people of all races, locals as well as new citizens and foreigners, to interact and form meaningful bonds through a common interest in football.
Ms Dilmeet Kaur, who played on the multiracial Deloitte team in 2016, commented that the event gave her a chance to understand and appreciate her colleagues’ different backgrounds, and to mingle with them outside work hours. She shared, “When we are working, it is hard to interact with one another as some of us are in different work groups. Such sporting activities bring us together by letting us have some good fun and meet other people who share the same interests as us.”
Mr Tamil Marren, a former national footballer, was impressed with the diversity of participants brought together through this event. He said, “When you look at the tournament, you see so many players – young and not so young, men and ladies, Chinese, Malays, Indians and Sikhs, local and expatriates, and new citizens – all coming together to play football. And in doing so, they meet, interact and go home with a better understanding of one another.”