• "Why I Play” is a weekly column every Wednesday showcasing the stories of people who enjoy playing sports in Singapore. Want to see your sport featured? Let us know via Facebook, Twitter or email.


    Marc Chiang, 36, plays in the Singapore national goalball men’s team and participated in last year’s ASEAN Para Games (APG). The national team captain, who can only see with about five percent of his vision, now trains regularly with the national team as they prepare for the next APG in Malaysia in 2017. 

    They have weekly practice at Delta Sports Complex on Tuesdays and weight training on Fridays at Raffles Quay’s Fitness First.

    Goalball is played with three players in each team defending a goal that is nine-metre wide and 1.3 metres in height. The ball used in the game is the size of a basketball but weighs about twice as much and contains bells inside. All the players also wear black masks to ensure that none of the players can see. The bells help the players to detect where the ball is.

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  • Building off a spectacular submission victory last March, the Philippines’ Edward “The Ferocious” Kelly (7-3-0) is looking for success once again inside the ONE Championship cage. This time, it’s against Dutch-Indonesian mixed martial arts veteran Vincent Latoel (16-17-2) in Indonesia.

    Kelly and Latoel square off in a three-round featherweight battle at ONE: TITLES & TITANS, which takes place at the Jakarta Convention Center this Saturday, 27 August. It will be one of Kelly’s toughest bouts to date due to Latoel’s vast experience inside the MMA cage.

    “Vincent [Latoel] I know to be a very good striker with lots of power. It will be an interesting matchup between us two,” said Kelly, who trains in Baguio City with his stablemates at Team Lakay.

    “That’s why I’m laser-focused on training. He beat (top contender) Eddie Ng by knockout, so that says a lot about his capabilities.”

    Kelly gave the best performance of his career in his last bout, winning by first-round rear-naked choke submission.

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    Vincent Latoel understands the importance of his upcoming fight with Edward Kelly. After all, the bout will take place in his ethnic home of Indonesia.

    The two meet this Saturday at ONE: TITLES AND TITANS at the Jakarta Convention Center, and the rest of the card features Luis Santos vs. Igor Svirid in a possible ONE Welterweight title-eliminator, along with Marcin Prachnio taking on Jake Butler with the same implications at middleweight.

    Latoel, a 37-year-old from the Netherlands, has competed for ONE since 2013, going 3-4 over a seven-fight run. His bouts, though, have also brought people to their feet regardless of the outcome.

    “(This fight vs. Kelly) will be a very exciting fight with a lot of action,” Latoel said. “We are going to go back and forth. I promise you all some fireworks in the cage. I will leave the cage with both arms in the air and a big winning smile!”

    Back in 2015, Latoel picked up an impressive second-round finish over Arnaud Lepont after dropping him just 15 seconds

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  • He owns a ONE Championship record for fastest knockout in history, with a six-second highlight reel finish of a game opponent. But in his last bout, he went up against celebrated veteran Yohan Mulia Legowo and ended up tapping out to a deep guillotine choke. 

    Jakarta, Indonesia’s Mario Satya Wirawan is a former college footballer turned mixed martial artist who now plies his trade in Asia’s largest MMA promotion. Being a martial artist he says, is something that took a little bit of getting used to.

    “For me the most important principle of martial arts is the constant pursuit of improvement and evolution,” said Wirawan.

    “Martial artists are ambitious students of self-defense and combat. They are passionately curious individuals who study and train martial arts like it is a basic human need. Since being involved in that kind of environment, I have also become more and more like them. Everything in martial arts is about hard work and consistency.”

    Hard work isn’t something new to Wirawan,

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  • ONE Championship lead commentator and Fox Sports Presenter Steve Dawson gives his take on this possible title eliminator for the ONE Middleweight World Championship.

    One of the signs of a great MMA match up must be when both fighters are coming off career-highlight wins. That will certainly be the case at the Jakarta Convention Center on 27 August when Jake Butler takes on Marcin Prachnio.

    Butler, of Evolve MMA, last fought in January on a Kuala Lumpur card that pitted him against the tricky and vastly experienced Tatsuya Mizuno. The American scored a technical knockout with 30 seconds left in the first round, taking his record to 7-1. His only loss, to Sylvain Potard, was avenged a couple of years ago.

    Prachnio is on a six-fight winning streak that’s seen his record advance to 11-2. He’s fought twice already this year – a first-round stoppage of Alexandre Machado and a close split decision over Leandro Ataides.

    That decision win over Ataides, Butler’s former teammate at Evolve, went in a

    Read More »from Fight Preview: Cardio The Key as Jake Butler Clashes With Marcin Prachnio
  • ONE Championship lead commentator and Fox Sports Presenter Steve Dawson analyzes this titanic clash of welterweights.

    Boxing fans look back on Ali, Frazier, Foreman, and Norton as the foursome who defined an era - heavyweight boxing’s greatest ever.

    If ONE Championship has a foursome that promises to engage and entertain over a period of years as those fighters once did, it would be Ben Askren, Vitaly Bigdash, Luis Santos, and Igor Svirid.

    These thrilling fighters are in the early years of what could be a six- or even ten-fight series which, when the dust has settled, will be looked back upon as a golden era in its own right.

    Here’s the current state of play. Santos fought Askren for the ONE Welterweight World Championship, but that ended in a no contest due to an accidental eye poke. Bigdash, on the other hand, recovered from numerous knockdowns and near-finishes by Svirid to score a stunning comeback TKO victory in the second round, claiming Svirid’s ONE Middleweight World Championship.

    Read More »from Fight Preview: Santos Vs. Svirid, Jakarta’s Best Night Yet
  • The 36-year-old Para, Brazil, native keeps getting better and better, and is looking to prove that statement true on 27 August when he meets former ONE Middleweight World Champion Igor “Lionheart” Svirid at ONE: TITLES & TITANS in Jakarta, Indonesia.

    “I really believe I’m the best I’ve ever been in my career right now. We’re both very aggressive. This will be a great fight,” he says. “The fight is going to be very entertaining for all of the ONE Championship fans. We’re both two explosive fighters and the fans are already excited for it.”

    In Svirid, he battles the promotion’s former 93kg kingpin. Training out of the relatively new Arnau-RS gym, the Kazakhstani is a heavy-handed mixed martial artist who holds a 10-2 record with four submission wins and three knockout victories. He is an intense grappler who has a penchant for delivering knockouts, and that’s something the Brazilian plans to avoid.

    “I need to pay attention to his hands because he has very good striking,” Santos is quick to

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  • Ten months after dropping the ONE Middleweight World Championship, Kazakhstani mixed martial artist Igor “Lionheart” Svirid returns to action on 27 August at ONE: TITLES & TITANS in Jakarta, Indonesia, where he makes his welterweight debut against former contender Luis Santos.

    Svirid is confident about scoring the victory in his return bout, but understands his opponent is a tough match-up and that’s just the way he likes it.

    “The reason I’m excited is because Luis Santos is an extremely, extremely experienced fighter,” the 30-year-old says. “He’s got quite a few fights under his belt, and I respect him a lot. Fighting against someone like this is going to be very exciting.”

    To be fair, Santos has more than just a few fights under his belt. The Brazilian owns a formidable 62-9-1 1NC record and has won eight of his last nine fights, with all but one ending in the first round. Though the American Top Team product holds a black belt in both Brazilian jiu jitsu and judo, he is also a lethal

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  • 3 impactful ways to support an athlete

    Singapore Olympic gold medallist swimmer Joseph Schooling takes a selfie with fans during a homecoming ceremony at Singapore's Changi Airport August 15, 2016. REUTERS/Edgar SuSingapore Olympic gold medallist swimmer Joseph Schooling takes a selfie with fans during a homecoming ceremony at Singapore's Changi Airport August 15, 2016. REUTERS/Edgar Su

    By Calvin Kang

    We have seen an influx in support from companies pledging their support for the success of Joseph Schooling’s Olympic win and sometimes, it is hard to tell whether these efforts come as a marketing ploy to ride on the wave or a genuine heartfelt gratitude that these companies are proud of, it could be both, it could be either or neither.

    The process of the journey of excellence does not begin when the athlete gets a medal or proves that he/she is capable, the journey begins right from the seed and with the maturing process that of a plant growth : firstly, a seed that grows into a shoot, followed by shaping up as a plant and flourishing into flowers in due time. What are the support needed to see another ‘Joseph Schooling’? and to groom the next Olympic and World Champion?

    Here are some suggestions that will be crucial and impactful in journeying with these athletes:

    1) Adopt an Athlete
    Adopting an athlete under the wing of a company or an organization has proven to be

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    Held at The Venetian Macao on 13 August, the ONE Grappling Challenge Macao turned out to be a great success. A total of 134 competitors from 15 countries competed for the US$50,000 combined prize purse, the largest to date in Asian grappling. 

    Based on IBJJF rules, the no-gi grappling tournament saw 12 winners in total, with prizes ranging from US$300 to US$5,000 across the different categories. Male and female competitors were divided into Beginner, Advanced, and Elite levels according to BJJ belt colour and years of experience, and were then split into two weight classes. 


    The biggest winner on the day was undoubtedly BJJ Hall of Famer, eight-time BJJ World Champion, and new ONE Championship athlete Michelle Nicolini from Evolve MMA, who walked away with US$10,000. Nicolini didn’t just become the Female Elite division champion at her actual under-65kg weight class; she prevailed over a heavier opponent to claim first place in the over-65kg category as well.

    The Male Elite division was a

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