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Date [ 2015-12-10, 04:54 ]

International icon David Beckham delighted hundreds of athletes by making a surprise visit to the Official Games Village of the 8th ASEAN Para Games (APG).

Tanasjevich, Muhamn Umar, Beckham, Games mascot Nila & Lim TeckYin.

(Singapore=Koreanpress) by Park So-jin = The football legend, who is no stranger to competitive sports and is known for his philanthropic efforts, was taken on a tour of the “Nila Suite” – an area at the Games Village where athletes can rest and enjoy recreational activities.

Accompanied by Marina Bay Sands’ President and Chief Executive Officer Mr. George Tanasijevich and Mr. Lim Teck Yin, Chairman of the Singapore APG Organising Committee (SAPGOC) Exco, Beckham also mingled with the athletes who were present.

During the tour, the sports celebrity chatted with athletes from the region. He also participated in an origami lesson, placing a folded paper heart on a wall art installation in the suite.

Mr. Lim Teck Yin later hosted Beckham at a football five-a-side match between Team Singapore and Team Thailand at the Sands Expo and Convention Centre.

Beckham said: “It is inspiring to see athletes pursue their passion with such great desire. There is no bigger honour than having the opportunity to represent your country. The sporting spirit is very much alive at the Games Village and I am privileged to have the chance to meet these incredible people.”

As the Official Games Village, Marina Bay Sands welcomed more than 2,500 athletes and officials, housing them in 1,300 hotel rooms. For the first time, an entire level of hotel rooms in Tower 3 was converted into 24/7 medical suites.

Sands Expo and Convention Centre housed competition venues for Goalball, Football five-aside, Powerlifting, as well as a Transport Hub and a Dining Hall, where over 14,000 meals were prepared for the athletes and organisers throughout the whole Games period.

Marina Bay Sands lent its support in more ways than one – over 170 Team Members volunteered as caretakers and ushers during the Games, as part of the property’s Sands for Singapore Corporate Social Responsibility programme.


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