Sport in Singapore

As a multicultural nation Singapore has plenty of fans for the world’s more common sports such as Football, basketball etc…, we take a look at some of the more traditional sports played and practised by native Singaporeans.


Silat is a type of martial art originating in Southeast Asia and is commonly practised in Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Vietnam and the Philippines. There are hundreds of different styles of Silat with some focusing on either strikes, throws, holds, bladed weaponry or a combination of all of them. Silat is one of the sports included in the Southeast Asian games and other regional competitions. There are several training halls in Singapore so any expat wanting to get fit and learn a martial art should definitely consider giving Silat a try. Practitioners of the sport are called pesilats.

The movements used in Silat are often performed as a dance at festivals and weddings and often done to music. As well as being a sport Silat is also pretty important culturally.

Sepak Takraw

We’ve mentioned this sport before in one of our blog posts and it requires a lot of skill. The name roughly translates as kick volleyball and is a sport native to Malaysia and Thailand but it has seen its popularity grow in the USA and Canada. Sepak takraw differs from volleyball in that players are only allowed to use their feet, knees and chest to touch the ball. A match is played by two teams comprised of three players and is won by winning the best of five sets. The game requires incredible skill and dexterity and is amazing to watch.


This traditional game sees participants needing great dexterity and balance to keep a feathered shuttlecock in the air for as long as possible by kicking it with the heel of a foot. It’s sort of similar to playing keepy uppy’s or the popular college students game of hacky –sack.