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Tough challenge, but Fandi can deliver

The next 12 months may be rocky for Singapore football legend Fandi Ahmad as he takes on one of the toughest challenges of his career - taking charge of the Young Lions for the S-League season next year. His reputation may also be at stake.

The team finished at the bottom of the recently concluded league, with only one win and three draws in 24 matches. But I am confident Fandi will be able ...more

Athletics: Shanti Pereira considers move to Florida in bid to qualify for Olympics

Her ambitions lie in East Asia, in the form of the Tokyo Olympics in 2020. To get there, Singapore sprinter Shanti Pereira may have to look west, to the IMG Academy in the United States.

The 21-year-old is seriously considering relocating to Florida, where the academy is based, after the Asian Games in Palembang next August to train full time for at least a year to qualify for the 2020 Olympics.

The ...more

Record S'pore medal haul at Asian Youth Para Games

Singapore's para-athletes are returning home with yet another record medal haul, this time from the Asian Youth Para Games (AYPG) in Dubai, which ended yesterday.

The four golds, five silvers and six bronzes obtained in the third edition of the quadrennial event - as of press time last night with the athletics session still ongoing - tops the Republic's previous best showing (2-1-1) at the ...more

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 ...more

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, ...more

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 ...more

Netball: Stingrays to rejoin NSL fold next year

Leading local club Sneakers Stingrays will rejoin the M1 Netball Super League (NSL) next year.

The five-time champions sat out this year's edition due to a disagreement between the club and Netball Singapore over their national players' training commitments.

They had been unhappy that their four national players at the time - national captain Vanessa Lee, Shina Teo, Parveen Nair ...more

More women coaches think outside the box

According to that old silly saying, behind every successful man is a woman. A much smarter saying, which could neatly describe the 2017 tennis season, is that there are now very smart women behind many successful female players.

Two of this year's Grand Slam winners were guided to their titles by women coaches - Jelena Ostapenko won her maiden Major at the French Open under former pro Anabel ...more

Bowling: Change in approach does the trick for Singapore keglers

Having missed out on top honours in the singles and doubles at the Asian Youth Tenpin Bowling Championships, the girls' team gold - the one Singapore's keglers had been eyeing - became something they desired even more.

But after a rocky start yesterday during the second block (of three games) at the Coronado Lanes Starmall Edsa in Manila, it seemed, for a moment, that it would be another ...more

Golf: Blustery days in store for Asia-Pacific C'ship

They had expected strong winds at the Royal Wellington Golf Club in New Zealand and that was exactly what Singapore's Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship (AAC) contingent was greeted with at yesterday's practice round.

At least there will be no rude introduction to tough conditions when the prestigious golf tournament begins today, Joshua Ho said.

The 23-year-old was part of the Republic's ...more

Learn from para-athlete's never-say-die attitude

My heartiest congratulations to Asean Para Games gold medallist Jason Chee for winning The Straits Times Star of the Month award (Courage resulted in golden reward; Oct 14).

Having followed his news since the naval accident in which Mr Chee lost his legs, left arm and three fingers on his right hand, I cannot help admiring his determination and resilience.

He has not wallowed in ...more

Eye doctor swims 1,500 laps over three days for charity

For three days, eye doctor Quah Boon Long swam till his arms and legs burned.

He had a target: 1,500 laps.

Yesterday, under the scorching sun, the 54-year-old finally hit his mark.

With that, he won the open category at Safra's Swim for Hope charity drive.

The three-day event ended yesterday and involved more than 2,000 swimmers doing laps at five Safra clubhouses ...more

Hiit workouts a hit here

For a long time, fitness junkies have lived by the mantra that good things take time.

Want to build muscles? Carve out an hour to pump weights at the gym.

If it is cardio fitness or weight loss you are after, strap on your running shoes and pound the pavement a few times a week.

But in recent years, the idea of an extended workout routine seems to be going out of vogue.

In ...more

Budding stars united in chasing their dreams

They arrived at Kallang Wave mall last Tuesday one by one, sharing a group hug and exclamations of delight upon meeting.

But this hour-long gathering of Clare Cheng, Sneha Sivakumar and Lau Ywen was no ordinary outing among friends - it was a reunion five years in the making.

Chosen to attend the 2012 Olympics as young journalists under the McDonald's Champions of Play programme, ...more

Asian champs aiming for C'wealth Games

After a strong showing at the Asian Lawn Bowls Championships that included a historic gold, Singapore's lawn bowlers are now hopeful the result will lift them to a first appearance at the quadrennial Commonwealth Games next year.

The squad of 10 completed their outing on Monday in New Delhi with a total of four medals, including top honours in the men's fours event. The women completed the ...more
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