• Quah Zheng Wen's latest Instagram post on 23 Sept 2016 showing his Olympic rings tattoo.Quah Zheng Wen's latest Instagram post on 23 Sept 2016 showing his Olympic rings tattoo.

    National swimmer Quah Zheng Wen is sporting a new tattoo of the Olympics rings after his 2016 Rio campaign.

    In a photo posted on Instagram on Friday (23 Sept), Quah posted a photo of himself shirtless with his pet dog. The five Olympic rings can be seen on his right chest. "This picture took longer than the tatt," he wrote.

    Fellow swimmer Joseph Schooling also inked the five Olympic rings on his right bicep after winning Singapore's first Olympic gold medal.

    Quah was given a boost for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics after being granted a second National Service (NS) deferment on 22 Sept 2016.

    He said, "I’m deeply appreciative of the opportunity to be able to train full-time and dedicate myself to doing my best and making our nation proud."

    Schooling had earlier said he believes Quah can win a medal at the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo. “He has a lot more potential, I think he can actually win a medal or even win [a gold] in 2020 if he keeps on this path,” said Schooling.

    Quah qualified for the

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  • Theresa Goh looking at Yip Pin Xiu during the welcome ceremony at Changi Airport Terminal 3 on September 21, 2016.Theresa Goh looking at Yip Pin Xiu during the welcome ceremony at Changi Airport Terminal 3 on September 21, 2016.

    Despite the difference in prize money awarded for gold medals, para-athletes and their able-bodied counterparts are both fighting to allow sports to unite Singaporeans, said three-time Paralympic gold medallist Yip Pin Xiu.

    Speaking to reporters at a media session at the Singapore Sports Institute on Wednesday (21 September), the 24-year-old swimmer weighed in on the controversy over prize money for athletes. Paralympic gold medalists are currently awarded prize money of $200,000, while Olympic gold medalists get $1,000,000.

    But Yip said that she did not see the differing amounts as a “slight”, and that she is driven by the “intrinsic motivation” of constantly wanting to better herself, not prize money.

    “My (former) coach Ang Peng Siong once said this to me: If you start swimming for the money, you will eventually lose the reason to swim, because sometimes the money is not there.”

    In the same media session, Yip’s close friend and fellow Paralympian Theresa Goh said that besides money,

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  • 2016 Rio Olympics - Swimming - Semifinal - Men's 100m Butterfly Semifinals - Olympic Aquatics Stadium - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - 11/08/2016. Quah Zheng Wen (SIN) of Singapore competes. REUTERS/Jeremy Lee FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS.2016 Rio Olympics - Swimming - Semifinal - Men's 100m Butterfly Semifinals - Olympic Aquatics Stadium - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - 11/08/2016. Quah Zheng Wen (SIN) of Singapore competes. REUTERS/Jeremy Lee FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS.

    Note: This story was updated at 5pm with Quah Zheng Wen's comments on the deferment.

    National swimmer Quah Zheng Wen has been given a boost for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics after being granted a second National Service (NS) deferment.

    This was announced by Minister for Defence Ng Eng Hen on Thursday afternoon on his Facebook page, who noted that Quah is an “Olympics medal prospect”.

    Quah, who turns 20 next week, became the first male Singaporean swimmer to qualify for a semi-final when he made it to that stage in the 200-metre butterfly event at the Rio Olympics last month. He also qualified for the 100m butterfly semi-finals along with Joseph Schooling, who went on to win a historic gold.

    He was due to enlist for NS in July last year, but had been granted a last-minute long-term deferment to train for Rio. That deferment expired at the end of August this year.

    “MINDEF (Ministry of Defence) has granted Quah Zheng Wen’s application to extend his National Service deferment until after the

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  • Theresa Goh and Yip Pin Xiu posing with their respective bronze and gold medals at Changi Airport Terminal 3 on September 21, 2016.Theresa Goh and Yip Pin Xiu posing with their respective bronze and gold medals at Changi Airport Terminal 3 on September 21, 2016.

    The last of Singapore’s Paralympic contingent for Rio 2016 arrived home on Wednesday morning, including double-gold medallist Yip Pin Xiu and bronze winner Theresa Goh.

    The duo’s success in the pool in Brazil sparked a fresh debate over the monetary rewards that they should receive. The amount for Paralympic gold currently stands at $200,000, but many members of the public believe it should be raised to match the $1 million that Joseph Schooling received when he won Singapore’s first-ever Olympic gold a month earlier.

    Goh, the first local swimmer to make it to a Paralympics when she qualified for Athens in 2004, weighed in on the issue during a media session on the afternoon of their arrival.

    Thoughtful and measured, the 29-year-old believes that having the same amount of financial reward as their able-bodied counterparts is just one aspect of the concept of equality.

    “I’ll just say this: equality will be nice,” she asserted. “Being treated equally, who wouldn’t want that?

    “It’s not

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  • Staph is a word that gets tossed around martial arts gyms all over the world a lot, but not everyone knows exactly what it is, how one prevents it, and how it is treated. 

    We got Doctor Warren Wang, longtime BJJ practitioner, gym owner, and ONE Vice President of Medical Services, to shed some light on this dangerous bacteria. This article is part of a series of regular columns by the veteran fight doctor.

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    Staphylococcus aureus, commonly known as Staph, is a bacteria that is frequently found in the nose, respiratory tract, and on the skin. Although S. aureus is not always pathogenic, it is a common cause of skin infections such as abscesses, respiratory infections such as sinusitis, and food poisoning.

    In the context of a gym, we are most worried about skin infections and diseases. S. aureus can cause a range of skin disorders such as pimples, impetigo, boils, cellulitis, folliculitis, carbuncles, scalded skin syndrome, and abscesses. Search for more information on these disorders on the

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  • Ang Peng Siong file photo. Photo: Jeremy Ho/Yahoo SingaporeAng Peng Siong file photo. Photo: Jeremy Ho/Yahoo Singapore

    In 1982, Ang Peng Siong became the first Singaporean swimmer to be ranked world number one when he clocked 22.69 seconds in the 50-metre freestyle at the US Swimming Championships.

    He was 19 then and studying at the University of Houston on a full athletic scholarship, earned as a result of being the only non-American swimmer to make the 50m freestyle final two years earlier at the Hawaii International Invitational.

    The mark was testament to his burgeoning potential, but it was never fulfilled properly due to, ironically, timing. The 50m was Ang’s pet event, but it was not included in the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics, where he came in ninth in the 100m.

    It was then included for the first time in the 1988 Seoul Games, but his preparations for that were unfortunately hindered by National Service (NS). That robbed Ang of the chance to build on his fourth-place finish at the 1986 World Championships, having been called back to serve his country right after that competition.

    “By the time I

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    Mighty Sports head coach Charles Tiu is flanked by players Alfred Thornton (R) and Marcus Douthit. (Photo: Teng Kiat)

    They might have trained together for less than two weeks, but Philippines basketball outfit Mighty Sports are bullish about their chances of winning the Merlion Cup in Singapore.

    The Pilipinas Commercial Basketball League side will play South Korea’s Seoul Samsung Thunders on Wednesday evening at Singapore's OCBC Arena on the opening day of the tournament, which is making a comeback after a 20-year hiatus.

    Mighty Sports will be regarded as one of the favourites, having won the William Jones Cup in July in commanding fashion. Up against the likes of Korea and Iran’s national teams, they won all eight of their matches to emerge as champions.

    While they did not have the opportunity to practice together until recently, head coach Charles Tiu remained confident of his team’s prospects in Singapore.

    “We’ve only trained together for 10 days and we’ve only been complete for

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  • There were plenty of eye-catching sporting moments from the week past, most notably in our backyard during Formula One’s only night race. Yahoo Singapore picks out a selection.

    1. Anger-ed by referee

    Bordeaux' player Diego Rolan (R) vies with Angers' Cheikh Ndoye (L) during the French L1 football match Bordeaux vs Angers on September 17, 2016Bordeaux' player Diego Rolan (R) vies with Angers' Cheikh Ndoye (L) during the French L1 football match Bordeaux vs Angers on September 17, 2016

    Girondins Bordeaux footballer Diego Rolan took things into his own hands - or feet - during a Ligue 1 game against SCO Angers when the referee failed to call two pretty blatant fouls on him.

    With his team trailing 1-0 and the match entering the last five minutes, the Uruguayan striker was trying his best to get them back into it.

    The 23-year-old managed to shrug off a pull on his shorts by Famara Diedhiou, only for Chiekh N’Doye to unceremoniously barge him off the ball.

    To his shock, referee Olivier Thual did not call either foul. This only served to enrage Rolan, who promptly launched into a full-blooded, both-footed ankle-breaker on Pierrick Capelle, who had unfortunately picked up the loose ball.

    Unsurprisingly, Thual did take action this time and pulled out a red card right away.

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    Two of the most renowned martial arts academies in the world have joined forces to launch the largest No-Gi Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) program ever seen in Asia. Evolve MMA has partnered with 10th Planet Jiu Jitsu in a deal which will see 10th Planet black belt Rick Marshall teaching full-time in Singapore.

    The 10th Planet Jiu Jitsu system was developed by BJJ legend Eddie Bravo and focuses on training without the traditional BJJ Gi. It is taught at over 50 locations across the world and has earned a reputation as one of the most effective forms of grappling for competitive MMA.

    Marshall, who received his black belt directly from Eddie Bravo, will be moving to Singapore in October to head the Evolve MMA No-Gi Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu program as a full-time instructor. He is one of 10th Planet’s most senior practitioners and respected figures.

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    Evolve MMA is already home to multiple BJJ black belts and world champions, as well as world champions from wrestling, boxing, Muay Thai, and MMA.

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  • Screenshot from Formula One Twitter account @F1Screenshot from Formula One Twitter account @F1

    A different sort of track intruder appeared during this year’s Formula One race in Singapore.

    During the practice run on Saturday evening (17 Sept), Red Bull driver Max Verstappen alerted his team saying, “"There's a giant lizard on the track! I’m not joking.”

    "You came face to face with Godzilla then," someone wryly replied.

    The ‘giant lizard’ is believed to be a monitor lizard.

    The official Formula One account tweeted about the incident, commenting, "Things you don't expect to hear in FP3"

    Last year, a track intruder made headlines during the Singapore Grand Prix weekend for walking on the track during the race. Briton Yogvitam Pravin Dhokia, 27, entered the track to take a video of the race between

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