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Table tennis: A format whose time has come

When the inaugural matches of table tennis league T2 Asia-Pacific (T2APAC) take place under theatrical spotlights today, there will be no ranking points nor professional titles up for grabs.

But something valuable - perhaps worth even more than the event's sizeable US$1.75 million (S$2.43 million) prize purse - could be on the horizon for the participants.

Former legends and many ...more

Right move for FAS to spice up S League


THE pulse of football fever in any country is measured best by its domestic league.

The English Premier League, Spain's La Liga, the Bundesliga in Germany, and the Brazilian League all have a rich history, long tradition and, most importantly, a keen rivalry that results in their respective national teams receiving rave reviews and high respect.

Therefore, when ...more

Athletics: Singapore Athletics, coach Oh, compromise over Pereira and camp

The parties warring within Singapore Athletics (SA) over Shanti Pereira have finally found common ground.

The star sprinter's coach Margaret Oh and SA's high performance team have agreed to look past the friction and work together, with the 20-year-old set to attend a pre-SEA Games centralised training camp next month, despite being in doubt initially.

However, another curveball ...more

National polo team have gold in their sights

The Singapore national polo team will be aiming for gold when the sport returns to the SEA Games after a 10-year absence.

Captain Satinder Garcha said the team are confident of putting up a good showing at the Aug 19-30 affair in Kuala Lumpur.

Garcha, 44, who also captained the 2007 team, believes the team this year are stronger, noting: "The calibre of horses are better and we ...more

Darts pairing grateful for World Cup support

For one week, Paul Lim and Harith Lim felt like they had been transported 30 years back in time.

Not just because the Singaporean pair created shock waves by stunning top seeds Scotland in the opening round at the World Cup of Darts in Frankfurt, before falling in the quarter-finals.

But it was also because they received a sudden outpouring of adulation and praise from fellow Singaporeans. ...more

Talented teen golfers do Singapore proud


THERE are many aspects of golf that one has to put together to be a good player.

More often than not when a golfer tries to get his driving, short game, pitching, sand play and putting right, either one aspect gives way or a couple of blown bad holes result in an unexpected inflated score.

That dire situation occurs when the golfer is seriously affected by a bad ...more

Athletics: Ang Chen Xiang rewrites his national hurdles record at Thailand Open

National track and field athlete Ang Chen Xiang shaved 0.19 seconds off his previous mark to lower the national record in the men's 110m hurdles at the Thailand Open yesterday.

The 23-year-old crossed the finish line in 14.19sec, placing a creditable sixth against the continent's top athletes in the final.

"This is of tremendous significance to me, as I took a gap year in my final ...more

Yeo is world's no. 1 Junior

For the first time, Singapore can boast of a world No. 1 in badminton.

Yeo Jia Min is the newly-crowned top junior female in the world, after the latest world rankings were released yesterday by the Badminton World Federation, the sport's world governing body.

She leapfrogged Malaysia's Goh Jin Wei to claim the top rung of the ranking for players aged below 19.

The 18-year-old ...more

S'pore U-22 football team still heading to Qatar

The Singapore Under-22 football team will proceed with a training trip to Qatar next Monday even as the Gulf state remains mired in a diplomatic crisis.

The team, led by national youth teams head coach Richard Tardy, will train and play a few friendly matches in Qatar to prepare for the Kuala Lumpur SEA Games in August.

Trips to the Middle East, where the level of football is higher, ...more

Water polo: Serbian system a good model

The national water polo men's team will be counting on insider knowledge at this week's Singapore Water Polo Challenge Cup which starts today.

Two players Yip Yang and Chow Jing Lun spent three months in January training in Serbia, footing the bill themselves, to improve their skills ahead of the Kuala Lumpur SEA Games.

Serbia is a powerhouse in water polo and won every major title ...more

Bowling: Bowlers hope to turn the table on SEA Games hosts

Expectations of a gold medal clean sweep were high for Singapore's female bowlers prior to the 2015 SEA Games on home soil.

But Malaysia tore up the homecoming script and bagged two of the five golds on offer.

The pressure then was immense and played a part as the Republic fell short of their targets, admitted national bowler Jazreel Tan, who won the women's masters but finished ...more

Swimming: Dreams come true for eight local student athletes in Hungary trip

It is the June school holidays but unlike many of her peers, Hanisa Karim not will be heading overseas for a vacation.

Travelling out of Singapore is difficult for the Gan Eng Seng Secondary 4 student and her financially strapped family. The second oldest child shares a one-room flat in Bukit Merah, a 10-minute walk from her school, with five other siblings, aged 17, 13, 11, 10 and nine, ...more

Dragon-boat training helps him unwind

Q What is your secret to looking fabulous? A Exercise, drinking lots of water and staying positive. I watch my diet carefully on weekdays.

Q What is your lifestyle like? A I work hard on weekdays and train hard on weekends, especially during the annual dragon-boat race season. I'd go for dragon-boat training for two hours every Saturday and Sunday, on top of my regular fitness routine.

For ...more

Gymnasts' Olympic bid gets a lift

A series of high-profile appointments, coupled with a new organisation structure, could spark new life in the Singapore gymnastics scene.

The sport's national governing body, Singapore Gymnastics (SG), has landed a coup by bringing on board Karen Norden, who was a senior manager (participation and sport development) at Gymnastics Australia.

The 54-year-old Australian will be the ...more

Canoeing: Flat-out strategy pays off for Lightning-quick teens

They entered the National Canoe Sprint Championships merely with the aim of gaining competitive experience and to gauge where they stood at the national level.

So it was a pleasant surprise for the Lightning Kayaking Club (LKC) when they captured the senior men's kayak quartets 200m title yesterday.

The LKC quartet of 17-year-olds Jasmond Tan, Julian Seow, Bill Lee and Jack Smith ...more
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