ASEAN Prisons Track & Field Championships 2011, Singapore
A Brief History
The first ever ASEAN Prisons Track & Field Championships was held in July 1980. In tandem with the establishment of the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN), then Singapore's Director of Prisons, Mr Quek Shi Lei, had proposed the setting up of an International Athletics Meet that would involve correctional staff from the five ASEAN countries – Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand and Singapore.
With the concurrence and support of the various Heads of Departments from the ASEAN countries, Singapore was given the honour of hosting the first ASEAN Prisons Track & Field Championships.
17th ASEAN Prisons Track & Field Championships
Since its inception in 1980, the APTFC has provided an opportunity for the prison services from the ASEAN nations to meet in the spirit of kinship and friendly competition. Other than sharing the atmosphere of sportsmanship and pursuit of excellence, participants have a chance to renew old friendships and forge new ties with their counterparts. The APTFC is thus an important forum to promote professional exchange and co-operation among the ASEAN correctional services.
This is the 5th time that the Singapore Prison Service is hosting the APTFC; Singapore last hosted this event in 2000. More than 200 athletes will compete at Bishan Stadium from 11 March to 13 March 2011 in events such as the 100m and 200m sprints, tug-of-war and golf.