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TRAIL THREE: The Park Trail


When Kallang was Gay

Courting Glory

A Park for the People
(Source: Basketball Association of Singapore)

13. Courting Glory

The OCBC Arena provides multi-purpose halls for badminton, table tennis, basketball, volleyball and netball enthusiasts. This has allowed for the further development and revival of several of these sports, such as Basketball. The Merlion Cup was first held in 1984 (original Merlion Cup trophy shown below) and played intermittently at different venues, discontinued in 1996 and revived by the Basketball Association of Singapore in 2016.

You may refer to pages 36- 37, 80 of the Guide Book for more information.


(Source: Ministry of Information and the Arts Collection, courtesy of National Archives of Singapore)
The victorious Malayans with the Thomas Cup trophy in 1949. Singapore-based Wong Peng Soon is fourth from right, while his rival Ong Poh Lim is far right.
(Source: Basketball Association of Singapore)
The third Merlion Cup for basketball was held at Gay World Stadium in 1987.



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A Stage for Sports Tanjong Rhu and Pulau Geylang Making a Splash Where Three Rivers Meet & Kallang, All Rise Of Stilts and Cheroots The Pride of Kallang The Grand Old Dame Birth of the Kallang Roar The City of Fire Prepare for Take-Off Bridging the Merdeka Dream When Kallang was Gay Courting Glory A Park for the People The Home of Sporting Singapore From Runway to Subway Showtime in Kallang See This Stadium Soar

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