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Unvaccinated students aged 12 and below may play in National School Games in sports that meet 5-person cap: MOE

SINGAPORE — Unvaccinated students aged 12 and below, as well as older pupils who are medically ineligible for Covid-19 vaccination, may take part in the upcoming National School Games, albeit in groups of five or fewer, the Ministry of Education (MOE) said on Friday (March 18). 

Students aged 13 and above who are not vaccinated are not allowed to take part in the National School Games, but those who are medically ineligible may do so in groups of up to five. 
Students aged 13 and above who are not vaccinated are not allowed to take part in the National School Games, but those who are medically ineligible may do so in groups of up to five. 

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SINGAPORE — Unvaccinated students aged 12 and below, as well as older pupils who are medically ineligible for Covid-19 vaccination, may take part in the upcoming National School Games, albeit in groups of five or fewer, the Ministry of Education (MOE) said on Friday (March 18). 

Previously, to play any sport, students needed to be fully vaccinated, have recovered from Covid-19, or be medically ineligible for vaccination.

In the upcoming school term that starts next Monday, all 29 sports under the National School Games will resume for vaccinated students and those who have recovered from Covid-19. 

MOE said in response to queries from TODAY that unvaccinated students may participate in the National School Games, "depending on their age group and the type of sport". 

"For example, students aged 12 and below may participate in sports that can be conducted within the national group size limit of five regardless of vaccination status," MOE added.

This means that those 12 years old and below who are unvaccinated may play sports in groups of five or fewer.

Students aged 13 and above who are not vaccinated are not allowed to take part in the National School Games, but those who are medically ineligible may do so in groups of up to five. 

For vaccinated students, they may participate in team sports of up to 30 players. 

MOE said: "In line with the latest Sport Singapore guidelines, which allow up to 30 fully vaccinated persons to participate in bigger team sports, National School Games 2022 will be played in standard formats for all sports, with the exception of rugby, which will be played in a 7v7 format."

Some team sports involving bigger groups, such as football and hockey, have not been played in their standard format since 2020, when group size restrictions were put in place. 

Last year, only 12 sports resumed under the National School Games, while 17 sports remained suspended. The sports that resumed were primarily individual sports such as bowling or golf, or those featuring smaller groups such as 3-on-3 volleyball and sepak takraw. 

MOE added that since Tuesday, schools have already started training for these sports in their standard formats. 

The ministry also said that it will work with the sports councils and schools to ensure the safety of students and staff members, and that safe management measures will be put in place during the National School Games.

Due to the shorter competition season, some sports will also be played only at the zonal level.

"In addition, to help student athletes ease back into full competition, calibrations such as rolling substitutions, reduction in playing time and increased rest intervals will be considered," MOE added. 

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