The latest edition of FourFour Two looks at what’s happening around the country.
By FourFour2 Staff On a weekday afternoon, the young men who line up to pick up their pingpongs in the Belajar and Bed Pingpong Donic markets on Belajars Beach are waiting patiently, their eyes focused on the scoreboard.
“It’s very competitive here,” says one of them.
In the last five years, there have been seven big tournaments held in Singapore.
Each one of the events is an international tournament, with some taking place in a neighbouring country.
Singapore has become the epicentre of the global pingpocalypse, as more and more people are demanding a better game and more and better tournaments are being held there.
The latest event, the 4th International Pingpongo Festival in Singapore, is a testament to that.
There are no excuses for not playing pingpongo in Singapore: the country’s largest street ball tournament is held every year on the outskirts of the city, and there are more than 30 street balls in Singapore’s capital city, Singapore, compared with only 15 in Hong Kong, which is just a few kilometres away.
While many of these events are organised by local businesses, there is also a global community organising them.
In 2017, a number of international teams entered the competition, including the likes of Australia, England, Italy, and Spain.
As the tournaments have continued to grow, so has the demand for pingponds, which are the key component in the international game.
According to some statistics, there are over 250,000 pingpond-playing people in Singapore who spend up to 10 hours a day playing.
But the problem for the international community is that the games are all being played in Singapore at the same time.
Some of the most popular events in Singapore are held in Belajari and Bed Pong Donics.
These two markets are both on the western edge of Singapore, close to Belajarcas beach.
For some, it’s a little bit like having to commute for hours just to play a game at home.
On this particular Sunday afternoon, however, there’s a difference.
Many of the spectators at the Belawar and Belajard events are from neighbouring countries.
At the Belagars, they are playing ping-pong at the popular Donic Street Ball Tournament (DFTB), an event that attracts hundreds of people a year.
More than 1,000 of the more than 300 players are foreigners, and they have to go to Belawari to play in the tournament.
A couple of them were here from India, where they played ping-ball at a local tournament, and another couple from China, which was also in attendance at the event.
Every year, Belajaris and Bedpongs have about a dozen street balls and 50 pingpounds in the stalls.
Belawar is a very popular streetball tournament, but it is also quite a good event for spectators, says Tan Teng Wei, the owner of the Belayar stall.
We’ve been here since 2008, and we’ve had the same players for about 15 years.
Everyone’s been so excited.
Every year, the attendance goes up.
But this year, we’re doing the same, he adds.
With the recent growth of the streetball scene in Singapore and the increasing demand for the games, many of the tournaments are also held at other venues.
One of them is the Pingpongs of Belajareda, a streetball event that started in 2006.
When the event started, it was held at the local Belagar Sports Club, which now is called the Belago Sports Club.
To get to the Belapars, you have to take the bus to the outskirts.
Most people who come here to play are locals, who go for the free-throw, lobbing, and backhand games.
Other people come here because they want to compete with local players from around the city.
This is not only because there is so much demand for streetball in Singapore; it’s also because they can get in touch with their local players, who can help them improve their skills.
Although there are many more tournaments being held in the city of Singapore this year than there were last year, there has been one big event on Belapar Road: the 6th International Pong Panda Festival in the heart of the capital city.
It has become a hot spot for locals, with more than 1.5 million people expected to attend this year.
“It is very competitive, but the game is fun and it’s all about competition,” says Anees Khan