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SDP revives futsal tournament as Manimaran Cup in tribute to late member

Singapore Democratic Party revives its futsal tournament as the Manimaran Cup in Singapore. The event, honoring late party member Manimaran Ashukumar, saw 16 teams, including from alternative political parties, compete with community spirit.

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Group photo at the Manimaran Cup (Photo: Singapore Democratic Party)

SINGAPORE: The Singapore Democratic Party (SDP) brought back its popular futsal tournament after more than a decade, rebranding it as the Manimaran Cup in a heartfelt tribute. The event, held last Saturday (27 Jan), at Homeground Sports in Woodlands, saw 16 teams compete in a spirited showdown for the title trophy and cash prizes.

Manimaran Ashukumar, a former SDP Central Executive Member and youth leader, who passed away in 2023 at age 33, was remembered for his passion for football and dedication to Singapore’s betterment. The SDP aims to continue this legacy, fostering connections among football enthusiasts and sparking dialogues about Singapore’s sports scene.

Dignitaries like SDP Secretary-General Dr Chee Soon Juan, party members, Changemakers, and representatives from Red Dot United and the People’s Alliance for Reform graced the event. The tournament also drew supporters, family, and friends, including those of the late Manimaran Ashukumar, in whose honour the cup is named.

The tournament commenced at 9am with opening remarks from SDP Chairman, Professor Paul Tambyah. The morning buzzed with excitement as group-stage matches unfolded in a round-robin format, leading to the top 8 teams progressing to the intense knock-out stage in the afternoon.

Priscilla Prasad

The highlight of the day was the prize presentation ceremony, where Priscilla Prasad, the wife of Manimaran, gave an emotional speech. She expressed gratitude to the SDP, its partners, and participants for honoring her late husband’s memory and upholding the community spirit he cherished.

Prof Tambyah presented medals and the Championship trophy to the top 3 teams, with Kampung Buangkok B clinching the Gold, Kampung Buangkok A the Silver, and Revolution FC the Bronze. The event wrapped up around 3pm, ahead of schedule.

The SDP expressed gratitude for the community’s support for the Manimaran Cup 2024 and looks forward to making it an annual event.

 

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