Read More »from Singapore yet to secure 2014 World Cup broadcast rights: Will history repeat itself?
It looks like history is about to repeat itself with Singapore telcos SingTel and StarHub yet to secure broadcast rights to the 2014 World Cup.
The globe’s biggest football event is less than four months away, with the Brazil-Croatia opener kicking off on 13 June, but the two companies remain locked in negotiations with rights holder FIFA.
According to local broadsheet The Straits Times, the telcos have haggled with FIFA for “more than a year” over issues such as cost, timings of matches as well as the omnipresent cross-carriage rule.
It is a scenario similar to the 2010 World Cup, when SingTel and StarHub shared broadcast rights in a deal concluded mere weeks before the matches began.
The last-minute arrangement left TV viewers with subscription prices that skyrocketed from S$10 in 2006 to SS$70 in 2010.
Now there is the concern that consumers will be made to pay through their noses yet again, as this brewing World Cup broadcast saga threatens to become the latest chapter in a long-running
- Justin Ong | Fit To Post Sports – Fri, Feb 14, 2014 4:08 PM SGT
Read More »from Singapore yet to secure 2014 World Cup broadcast rights: Will history repeat itself?
- Justin Ong | Fit To Post Sports – Fri, Feb 14, 2014 12:22 PM SGT
Read More »from Singapore’s National Stadium re-launch to be delayed by two months
[UPDATE on Wednesday, 19 February, 10:00am: Adding details of Sports Hub's phased opening]
The long-awaited return of Singapore’s iconic National Stadium will not be in April as previously promised, according to local newspaper TODAY.
Instead, the 55,000-seater centrepiece of the upcoming billion-dollar Singapore Sports Hub is slated to be ready only around June.
TODAY reported that the delay is due to “higher-than-average rainfall in December” as well as “engineers working to ensure the complex functioning of the stadium’s retractable dome roof will be glitch-free”.
“The safety and quality of experience at the Sports Hub are paramount and we want to ensure that these are not compromised,” Sports Hub CEO Philippe Collin Delavaud told TODAY.
He was also quoted as saying the Hub’s facilities will be “progressively rolled out from April”.
On Tuesday evening, the Sports Hub released a statement confirming that 95% of construction will be completed by April, and its various venues will open
- Justin Ong | Fit To Post Sports – Thu, Feb 13, 2014 8:50 PM SGT
Read More »from Singapore badminton Open adds Malaysian world No.1 Lee Chong Wei to lineup
[UPDATE on Friday, 28 February, 1pm: Adding confirmation of international participants]
Singapore's biggest badminton event, the OUE Singapore Open, announced the addition of Malaysian superstar and world No.1 Lee Chong Wei on Friday afternoon. The Olympic silver medalist, arguably his country's most successful athlete ever, last crossed the Causeway in 2010 and had this to say: "It's been a long time since I last came here to meet my fans... hope I can do well."
Powerhouse China has also confirmed its presence at the 2014 OUE Singapore Open with 20 singles and doubles entries, including Olympic women's singles gold medalist Li Xuerui and defending Singapore Open women's singles champion Wang Yihan.
Elsewhere in Asia, Japan entered 20 shuttlers, Korea 17 and Indonesia confirmed 38 participants with men's singles defending champion Tommy Sugiarto leading the charge. World No.1 men's doubles Hendra Setiawan and Mohamad Ahsan will also contest the April event at the Indoor Stadium.
- Y! | Fit To Post Sports – Thu, Feb 13, 2014 7:57 AM SGT
By Early Doors (original post by Yahoo Eurosport can be found here)
Joseph Minala, the 17-year-old who plays for Lazio, has now shut down his social media accounts following abuse over his age.
The internet was awash with pictures of the teenage midfielder with everyone staggered that he was just 17.
Well, sadly the uproar over Minala's birth date on his passport seems to have really got to the poor guy after he closed down his social media accounts.
The Cameroonian has now blocked photos on his Instagram account, deleted his Facebook profile and filtered out Twitter pictures of himself.
He did, however, tweet the following message, which has been translated.
"Envy is the weakness of man, and those with a poor soul hurt others when you are in Serie A. Love you! Forza Lazio."
He may only be 17, but it's already been a pretty controversial career for Minala who, some have rather harshly said, has looked to have aged a lot through it already.Read More »from 17-year-old Lazio player (who looks much older) quits social media after abuse
"He had a difficult time growing up. If you talk to
- Justin Ong | Fit To Post Sports – Wed, Feb 12, 2014 4:58 PM SGT
Read More »from Say yes to bicycle lanes in Singapore: national cyclists
It would be “fantastic” if Singapore had bicycle lanes, said Travis Woodford, a rider signed to OCBC Singapore’s professional cycling team.
The full-time national serviceman, 22, has strong reason to think so: four months ago, he was riding home alone from training when a car rammed into his two-wheeler from the back.
While Woodford was fortunate to escape with minor injuries and whiplash, it wasn’t his first run-in with a vehicle – and if he had it his way, there would be a lot more respect between motorists and cyclists who share the roads in Singapore.
That was one of many messages shared by Woodford and his OCBC teammate Low Ji Wen as they launched this year’s OCBC Cycle Singapore’s Safe Cycling Campaign with a clinic at Yu Neng Primary School.
Into its fourth year running, the initiative saw Low and Woodford give over 800 kids a brief presentation on cycling etiquette and road rules, as well as the importance of wearing helmets.
Student Jovi Huang, who takes a ten-minute bicycle
- Cheryl Tay | Fit To Post Sports – Tue, Feb 11, 2014 5:25 PM SGT
Passionate about cars and motorsports, Cheryl Tay is a familiar face in prominent local, regional as well as international automotive titles. More of her at CherylTay.sg. and on Facebook, Twitter orInstagram (cheryltay11). She also happens to be a recent gym and fitness convert.Read More »from Singapore’s Sherilyn Lim: From bullied ‘fat’ girl to pro-MMA fighter
She may be a lean, mean fighting machine now, but once upon a time, Sherilyn Lim was that poor girl in class that everyone picked on.
“I was fat, rounder and chubbier during my secondary school and polytechnic days, weighing the heaviest at 67kg,” said the Singaporean pro-mixed martial artist (MMA) signed to One Fighting Championship (One FC).
“I got bullied… my secondary school classmates didn’t want to talk to me, often ostracising me. I was also always the last to be picked for group activities.”
The 23-year-old Fight G gym member cum employee was also given nicknames associated with being “fat” or “ugly”.
These ghosts of her past have yet to be completely exorcised, admitted Lim, who said she continues to
- Y! | Fit To Post Sports – Tue, Feb 11, 2014 8:46 AM SGT
By The Hairdryer (original post on Yahoo Eurosport can be found here)
Read More »from No more excuses: David Moyes is now officially up for the sack
First off, let me say that the support for David Moyes shown by the Manchester United fanbase (well, not ALL of them…) over the last nine months has been exemplary.
Yes, I'm well aware that said support is probably motivated more by a desire to appear less fickle than other fans than it is by genuine humanitarianism, but nonetheless, it has been refreshing and commendable.
Which is why I would like to hereby declare that as of 18:00 GMT on Sunday, February 9, 2014, the 'give David Moyes the benefit of the doubt' window is well and truly closed.
Every Manchester United fan, regardless of their stance on the torrid first season of the Moyes campaign so far, should no longer feel any moral obligation whatsoever to any possible excuse for why United are such a shambles.
- It's impossible to immediately follow Sir Alex Ferguson, the greatest British manager of all time.
- The squad Moyes inherited was one
It was reported recently that the Subway chain of sandwich restaurants has decided to remove the chemical Azodicarbonamide (ADA) from breads. Most consumers would prefer not to eat a chemical found in shoes and rubber mats.
The most common symptom if you are sensitive to this chemical is asthma along with increased cancer risks.
As a side note, ADA's use is not allowed in Singapore according to food regulations but are commonly used in food products in the United States.
This is a good sign of a company listening to the voices of informed customers. As a side note, the breads in most other fast food chains like Dunkin' Donuts, Burger King and McDonald's also contain this chemical - so now you are a more informed customer as well!
Hopefully our desire for healthier, non cancerous food choices will make food producers give us what we want.
But there are a bunch of other things in processed food that we should be aware of!
Maybe if consumers give feedback about these we will find less ofRead More »from What other chemicals are in our foods?
- Richard Lenton | Fit To Post Sports – Fri, Feb 7, 2014 8:43 AM SGT
Read More »from Fantasy Football: Chelsea hitman Samuel Eto'o displaying 'immense class' of late
Richard Lenton is an experienced journalist and broadcaster. He was the editor of the critically-acclaimed but rarely bought Football Punk magazine in the UK, before heading to Singapore to present live football coverage on Mio TV. www.richardlenton.co.uk Twitter: @richardlenton
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It may have taken African legend Samuel Eto’o a while to settle in to the pace and rhythm of English Premier League football after his two-year spell in Russia, but the veteran front man has begun to show his immense class in recent weeks.
The Cameroon international, who has won titles in Italy and Spain, bagged a hat-trick last month as Chelsea crushed champions Manchester United 3-0. This goalscoring display was described as a ‘breakthrough performance’ by newspapers back in the UK, but Eto’o insists that he was performing well regardless and that he had nothing to prove.
He told French newspaper Le Monde: "I have
- Justin Ong | Fit To Post Sports – Thu, Feb 6, 2014 1:59 PM SGT
Read More »from ONE FC’s Sherilyn Lim already inspiring a new generation of Singapore female MMA fighters
Nothing and everything is different about Sherilyn Lim.
She is still the same down-to-earth, Singapore girl-next-door who put on gloves and stepped into a cage for her professional mixed martial arts (MMA) debut at One Fighting Championship last year.
But after a worldwide media storm leading up to the bout and her ensuing win over Malaysian Ann Osman, much has changed too for 23-year-old Lim.
She cannot help but receive the occasional nod on the street, even when dressed in nothing MMA-related, said the local heroine as she met Yahoo Singapore ahead of her rematch with Osman this March in Malaysia.
Significantly, in the last few months since her contest, more people have signed up for lessons at Fight G, the gym where she works and trains at.
On an even more relevant note, eight women have come forth for MMA trial classes – up from a grand total of zero before Lim’s fight. Of these, five are now training regularly.
She has also become a role model for her Fight G teammates, according to