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Tandon scales pain barrier to lift Challenger 5 title

He had to withdraw midway through his last tournament two weeks ago because of a twisted ankle, and has yet to fully recover. Yet, India's Ramit Tandon still found enough in his tank to win the Professional Squash Association men's Challenger 5 event at the Singapore Squash Open yesterday at the Kallang Squash Centre. The world No. 88, seeded sixth for this tournament, beat Chinese Taipei's James Huang 3-0 (11-3, 11-6, 11-3) to claim the...


Instructor wants to arm masses with self-defence skills

Kapap Academy chief executive and co-founder Qin Yunquan, 28, wants to teach self-defence to the masses. The 1.62m-tall instructor teaches a version of Kapap, a form of Israeli martial arts. Ms Qin's academy, which was founded in 2008 and has had about 8,000 students this year, has tweaked the original version to better suit real-life situations. Called Modern Street Combatives, the academy's self-defence system teaches people to be street...


Table tennis: The medal strategy with a silver lining for Singapore at Beijing Olympics 2008

The (Singapore table tennis) team's third and last request to Project 0812 was to ask for help to get better players. At the start of Project 0812 in 2006, the three main women's singles players were Li Jiawei, Sun Beibei and Zhang Xueling. Although they managed to win a silver medal at the Doha Asian Games, the Singapore Table Tennis Association (STTA) felt that it was not a strong enough team to repeat the feat...


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