• As the Master of Ceremonies and main Panel Moderator for the Asia Summit 2016, ONE Championship lead commentator and Fox Sports Presenter Steve Dawson was perfectly placed to give an overall recap of the three-day event. 

    During the morning break of ONE Championship’s third Asia MMA Summit last week from 21-23 September, the Director of a Media Corporation in Hong Kong came up to me, hand extended.

    “It’s good to meet you,” he said. “I love this sport, but not many Hong Kong people know how to bring MMA to my country.”

    “Speak to Victor Cui,” I told him. “He’s the guy in the light-coloured suit and black shirt.” He turned, walked earnestly, and just like that, our conversation was over.

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    The ONE Championship CEO was very much in demand that day at Singapore’s Marina Bay Sands. With a broadcast viewership of one billion people across 118 countries, the ONE footprint is set to get even bigger in the coming years. Victor Cui is likely to get even busier.

    The focus, while not limited to Asia, was

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    Jimmer Fredette in action for new team Shanghai Sharks in the Merlion Cup final in Singapore. He scored 41 points in the final to help them win the trophy. (Photo: Sport Singapore and Basketball Association of Singapore)

    Many people may have had different things to say about Jimmer Fredette’s basketball career, but the former college phenomenon is simply focused on what he can control.

    A star during his time at Brigham Young University (BYU), he was named the 2011 national player of the year and selected by the Milwaukee Bucks as the 10th overall pick in the NBA draft that year. After being traded, he spent his first three years playing for the Sacramento Kings. 

    Despite sparking “Jimmermania” and being a fan favourite with the Kings, Fredette never really managed to establish himself in the NBA. He bounced through four teams and played in the D-League, and while he was named the NBA D-League All-Star Game MVP this February and did well in the Summer League with the Denver Nuggets, he

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  • Serena Williams' 186-week reign at the top of the WTA rankings ended after her semi-final defeat at the US OpenSerena Williams' 186-week reign at the top of the WTA rankings ended after her semi-final defeat at the US Open

    Former world number one Monica Seles remembers clearly the day she was upset by a 16-year-old in the now-defunct Ameritech Cup Chicago in 1997.

    Then ranked fourth in the world, the nine-time Grand Slam winner lost in the quarter-finals to a fresh-faced Serena Williams, who was playing only her second professional tournament.

    Seles played her last tour match in 2003 at 29 and officially retired in 2008, while Williams went from strength to strength to become one of the most dominant forces in women’s tennis.

    Of the last 24 Grand Slam finals, nine have been won by Williams. Only three players - Angelique Kerber, Maria Sharapova and Victoria Azarenka with two each - have won more than one title during that period.

    At 35, Williams remains one of the game’s best - proven by winning Wimbledon and reaching two finals this year.

    “I just remember calling my agent and saying to her that evening that my days are numbered and I had just played the future number one,” Seles recalled of their

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  • Team Singapore Paralympians pose for a photo with Minister of Culture, Community and Youth, Grace Fu at Vivocity, the final stop of the celebratory parade.Team Singapore Paralympians pose for a photo with Minister of Culture, Community and Youth, Grace Fu at Vivocity, the final stop of the celebratory parade.


    Singapore's team to the 2016 Summer Paralympics has been invited to be given tribute in Parliament, Minister for Culture, Community and Youth Grace Fu said on Saturday (24 Sept).

    "I have invited the entire team of Paralympians to one of the upcoming Parliament sittings, to pay tribute to them for their extraordinary achievements," she wrote in a Facebook post.

    As some of the Paralympians will be going away for the holidays, a suitable date will be found for them after they return, she added.

    Fu also expressed delight over the thousands who turned up a celebratory parade to honour the efforts and achievements of the 13 athletes who participated in the event.

    "By showing so evidently their tenacity and resilience to fly Singapore's flag high, our Paralympians have brought out the Singapore Spirit in us," she noted.

    Singapore's showing in Rio de Janeiro, where the Paralympics were held, included two gold medals and a bronze earned by swimmers Yip Pin Xiu and Theresa Goh.

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  • 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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