Read More »from Fingers crossed for Singapore tennis to come ‘alive’ with WTA Championships
It’s a rare opportunity to catch the likes of tennis megastars Maria Sharapova and Li Na live in action.
But for Singapore’s competitive tennis scene, the coming of the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) Championships in October represents an even rarer chance for the sport to finally make some progress.
Both young local female players and their governing Singapore Tennis Association (STA) are hoping for a long-lasting impact from having the world’s best eight women grace the Indoor Stadium over the next five years.
“The WTA will inspire a lot of young kids,” said Angela Lim, 16. “If they’re there watching, seeing it happen, maybe they’ll feel they can achieve (the same) and work towards that.”
“Tennis will be more alive in Singapore,” added the Singapore Sports School student, who trains under the STA’s full-time tennis programme (FTTP).
Along with fellow FTTP and Sports School teammates Ashley Yim and Maxine Ng, both 13, Lim is looking forward to coaching clinics hosted by the tennis
- Justin Ong | Fit To Post Sports – Thu, Apr 24, 2014 2:24 PM SGT
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Read More »from Singapore marathon king Mok Ying Ren’s Olympic dream lifts off with AirAsia
One small step for Mok Ying Ren, one giant leap for Singapore sports.
Mere moments after the announcement of his three-year, S$100,000 sponsorship by budget carrier AirAsia, the Singaporean and Southeast Asian (SEA) Games marathon and triathlon champion was already thinking of his fellow countrymen.
“This is a big step for sports in Singapore,” said Mok, 25. “I hope more and more corporate companies will come in and support athletes.”
His AirAsia sponsorship, which runs from 1 January 2014 to 1 January 2017, will mainly cover travel expenses, including flights for all overseas training and races, in preparation for Mok’s big goal of qualifying for the 2016 Olympic marathon event in Brazil.
Local fans of Mok will even enjoy travel packages to support the long-distance ace’s overseas exploits.
“We are extremely privileged and proud to support Mok and his big dream of representing Singapore at the 2016 Olympics… We are glad to provide Mok with a platform to excel globally,” said the
Marina Bay Sands, Resorts World Sentosa among 20 Singapore hotels set to house 2015 SEA Games athletesBy Justin Ong | Fit To Post Sports – Wed, Apr 16, 2014 3:23 PM SGT
Read More »from Marina Bay Sands, Resorts World Sentosa among 20 Singapore hotels set to house 2015 SEA Games athletes
The 2015 Southeast Asian (SEA) Games in ultra-modern Singapore now has an added aura of glitz and glam.
Organisers announced on Wednesday that 20 local four- to five-star hotels are to accommodate all athletes, officials and delegates during the bi-yearly regional sporting meet from 5 to 16 June next year.
These were awarded the tender from an initial bidding list of 45 from late last year.
In line with a “Village in the City” theme, the Singapore Southeast Asian Games Organising Committee (SINGSOC) selected a range of hotels within three major areas of Havelock, Tanjong Pagar/Chinatown and Marina.
These include Pan Pacific, Swissotel the Stamford, Grand Copthorne and Singapore tourism’s crown jewel, Marina Bay Sands – all based in close proximity to the Singapore Sports Hub and other locations earmarked as competition venues.
Resorts World Sentosa also made the cut, in view of golfing events being held on the getaway destination.
“The 28th SEA Games will celebrate and showcase sport against
Pardon his French, but the words that Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard had wanted to keep between himself and his team-mates is out.
“This does not f*****g slip now. This does not f****** slip now. Listen. Listen. This is gone. We go to Norwich. Exactly the same. We go again. Come on.”
Such is the determination and passion heard in his voice that it's not hard to imagine why Sunday's epic 3-2 win over title rivals Manchester City meant so much.
For the first time in 24 long years, the Premier League title is tantalisingly within Liverpool's grasp. Four games, four wins -- so close, yet still so far.
And for Gerrard, at the age of 33, time is running out for the one-club man to win the elusive final honour missing from his storied career.
And so he exhorted his team-mates to forget the win and focus on the next game: Norwich this Sunday.
Add to this the emotion running high on the day, the same day as the 25th anniversary of the tragic Hillsborough disaster, in which 96 fans perished,Read More »from This does not f****** slip now: Steven Gerrard
- Justin Ong | Fit To Post Sports – Mon, Apr 14, 2014 6:17 PM SGT
Read More »from Singapore's 2015 SEA Games will cost less than YOG: committee chief
The 2015 Southeast Asian (SEA) Games will not cost Singapore as much as the 2010 Youth Olympic Games (YOG).
Singapore's SEA Games Organising Committee (SINGSOC) exco chairman Lim Teck Yin made the promise at a press briefing on Monday to provide updates on the regional competition, to be held in the Republic from 5 to 16 June next year.
“The final budget will be clarified by the end of the year… (But) we can say it’s less than YOG,” he said, referring to the 2010 fiasco which saw the costs of the inaugural YOG held in Singapore to balloon three times over its original budget of S$104 million. The final cost of running the two-week Games came up to a total of S$387 million, a figure which came under heavy scrutiny from both media and Singaporeans alike.
But Lim assured reporters that the upcoming 28th edition of the SEA Games, to be hosted by Singapore for only the fourth time in history, would be “cost-effective”. While he didn’t specify the exact figure, he revealed that around 70% of
From delivering pizzas to battling injuries, Singapore’s 1st MMA fighter chips away in journey to the topBy Cheryl Tay | Fit To Post Sports – Mon, Apr 14, 2014 10:41 AM SGT
Passionate about cars and motorsports, Cheryl Tay is a familiar face in prominent local, regional as well as international automotive titles. She is equally enthusiastic about health and fitness and is always on the lookout for the latest workout trends. More of her at CherylTay.sg and on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram (cheryltay11).
Cook, cafe server, pizza delivery boy, security guard and mixed martial arts (MMA) athlete. What do these occupations have in common?
Radeem Rahman has worked them all – some even simultaneously – although these days, he’s fully focused on being Singapore’s first MMA professional, preparing for his second appearance in Asia’s largest promotion One Fighting Championship.
The 26-year-old will have you know, however, that his is a status borne of humble beginnings.
Fresh out of National Service, Radeem, already a keen fight-sport fan from watching DVDs and learning taekwondo and boxing in his younger days, set his sights on training at the hugely popularRead More »from From delivering pizzas to battling injuries, Singapore’s 1st MMA fighter chips away in journey to the top
- jeffoon | Fit To Post Sports – Sun, Apr 13, 2014 9:23 AM SGT
Man United duo Tom Cleverley and Danny Welbeck were snapped joking and "dancing in the streets" of Manchester in the early hours of Friday morning, showing little sign of dismay following their dismal Champions League exit at the hands of reigning European champions Bayern Munich just 24 hours earlier.
Cleverley, who has come under much criticism from United fans this season due to a string of poor performances, looked in fine fettle as he displayed a number of dance moves outside nightclub Sakura at Deansgate Docks in Manchester.
The pair attempted to avoid publicity as they exited through a rear entrance around 3am, but were caught by fellow clubbers dancing and entertaining female company.Read More »from Man United stars caught partying after Champs League exit
- (From left) Ultimate Warrior, Randy Savage and Andre the Giant have died in recenty years. (Yahoo UK photo)
The death of the Ultimate Warrior earlier this week was just the latest grim reminder that professional wrestlers continue to drop dead from something other than old age at an alarming rate.
The pinnacle of the Warrior's career was WrestleMania VI on April 1, 1990, at SkyDome in Toronto. Warrior defeated Hulk Hogan in the main event to win the championship.
Shockingly, Warrior is the 12th wrestler who competed at WrestleMania VI in 1990 to have died - one-third of the card's participants. The oldest was just 63.
Reasons for wrestlers dying early - gruelling travel schedules, painkiller abuse, steroid use - have been well-documented.
The passing of the Warrior at age 54 from what is suspected to be a heart attack just days after his induction to WWE's Hall of Fame only underscores the issue.
And the scary list of deceased stars of WrestleMania VI brings the issue into starkRead More »from 80s WWE wrestling stars dropping like flies. Why?
- Richard Lenton | Fit To Post Sports – Thu, Apr 10, 2014 11:43 AM SGT
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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
Pick of the weekend: Swansea not to lose against Chelsea
Making sense of the statistics to come up with a Premier League dead cert
Chelsea have lost their last three away games in all competitions and a trip to Swansea is hardly a three-point banker, despite their Champions League heroics in midweek.
Swansea are still fighting for their lives in the lower reaches of the table, even though manager Garry Monk has a plethora of good quality attacking options in his squad.
Their defeat at Hull last weekend was something of a surprise, but before that they’d drawn with Arsenal and given Everton all that they could handle before losing out 3-2.
Swansea’s last three home meetings with the Blues have all ended in draws, and
By Early Doors (original post on Yahoo Eurosport here)Read More »from Proof that Luis Suarez is a nice guy after all
Liverpool fans will defend Luis Suarez to the hilt.
Not only is he a great player, but he’s a lovely chap, even if his on-pitch antics leave something to be desired.
Many remain to be convinced – hugging team-mates and being nice to one’s family are hardly indicators of an unusually kind soul – but this photo may change your mind.
The photo, which is actually from last season but has just gone viral, was taken after the Uruguayan striker was out in his local park when he spotted seven-year-old Ethan Mullin playing with a Liverpool-branded football.
Suarez decided to join in, before posing for a photo with Ethan, who has Down’s Syndrome, and his father David.
Hilariously, it took a while for the penny to drop, with the youngster’s cousin Ben Mullin - who posted the image - saying on Liverpool's Reddit page that his uncle initially “thought it was just some annoying man”.
We spoke to Ben, who explained that his uncle isn't a big football