Catholic youth and young adults from the Church of St Joseph’s (Bukit Timah) Football Club participated in this year’s Harmony Games with people from other races and religions.
Shamir Robinson, 19, said that “even though we were representing the Catholic Church, there were no barriers in interacting with others from different faiths”.
He was part of a team of eight men aged 17-34 who took part in futsal, one of the four events in the Harmony Games.
This year, the Hindu Endowments Board and the Hindu Advisory Board hosted the games at the Singapore Indian Association at 69 Balestier Road on April 26, under the theme ‘Play Together, Friends Forever’.
The annual games are supported by the Ministry of Community, Culture and Youth and the National Steering Committee on Racial and Religious Harmony. The event aims to encourage interaction between different racial and religious communities through sports.
Apart from the Catholic team, there were about 200 participants from the Hindu, Buddhist, Muslim and Protestant communities, as well as people from various other associations and schools.
The guest-of-honour was Mr Lawrence Wong, Minister for Culture, Community and Youth.
Nicholas De Silva, 19, said that the games demonstrated “futsal as a universal sport with different races and religions showing passion for the game.”
The Catholic Church will be the host of Harmony Games 2015.
By Gerald Kong