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    Singapore netball head coach Ruth Aitken, flanked by captain Vanessa Lee (R) and co vice-captain Nurul Baizura. Josephine Yeo (L) and Yu Mei Ling are behind. (Photo: Netball Singapore)

    Less than a month after returning from the Asian netball championships, Singapore will find themselves in the thick of action again.

    This Sunday, Ruth Aitken’s charges will begin their Mission Foods Nations Cup 2016 campaign against Ireland, one of five invited teams to the 11th edition of the tournament.

    While Singapore did not manage to retain their Asian title, finishing third in Bangkok behind champions Sri Lanka and runners-up Malaysia, the New Zealander was happy with what she saw from a new-look team that was competing in its first major tournament.

    “I was really pleased with the development of some of the newer players and I thought the progress we made was really heartening,” she told local media at the Netball Singapore headquarters on Monday morning.

    “Certainly we were disappointed not to be

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    Jens Lehmann, an official Bundesliga ambassador, is in Asia as part of their Legends Tour. (Photo: Precious Communications)

    The English Premier League has always been branded as one of the most exciting leagues in the world, but that assumption has been severely tested by its German counterpart in recent years.

    The likes of Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund are regarded as genuine European football heavyweights, while other teams like Bayer Leverkusen, Schalke 04 and Borussia Moenchengladbach have helped to draw more attention to the Bundesliga with their slick performances in Europe.

    A revamp of youth development has also injected vibrancy and former Germany goalkeeper Jens Lehman believes this has helped underpin the league’s rise in popularity.

    “I think the pace of the game is higher now and the teams are getting fitter and fitter,” the 46-year-old told Yahoo Singapore on Monday at the Bundesliga’s Singapore office. He is here as an official ambassador of the league on their

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  • BLACKPOOL, ENGLAND - APRIL 10: Jens Lehman of Arsenal during the Barclays Premier League match between Blackpool and Arsenal at Bloomfield Road on April 10, 2011 in Blackpool, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Jens LehmanBLACKPOOL, ENGLAND - APRIL 10: Jens Lehman of Arsenal during the Barclays Premier League match between Blackpool and Arsenal at Bloomfield Road on April 10, 2011 in Blackpool, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Jens Lehman

    It has been 12 seasons since Arsenal last won the Premier League title in 2003/04, with supporters becoming increasingly disgruntled at their lack of league success.

    Last season’s second-place finish - for only the second time since their title triumph - may have given fans hope the team can contend again this season.

    Arsenal club legend Jens Lehmann, who played every game of that remarkable unbeaten title-winning season, believes it is imperative for Arsene Wenger’s men to do so.

    Speaking to Singapore media as part of his role as Bundesliga ambassador on Monday afternoon, the 46-year-old said he believed there is no clear favourite even though the Gunners’ rivals have improved their squads.

    “Of course, they have to challenge for the title,” Lehmann said. “The other teams are not that good as well. Manchester City last year were very average and Chelsea were a disappointment, although they have improved this season. Manchester United and City are probably better [than last season].

    “I

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  • "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.

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    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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  • 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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  • Singapore netballer Zhang Ailin in action during the 2016 Asian Netball Championships against Hong Kong. Singapore won the match to finish third. (Photo: Netball Singapore)Singapore netballer Zhang Ailin in action during the 2016 Asian Netball Championships against Hong Kong. Singapore won the match to finish third. (Photo: Netball Singapore)

    They failed to retain their crown, but Singapore netball head coach Ruth Aitken was still pleased with her team’s overall display at the Asian Netball Championships (ANC) which concluded on Sunday (7 August).

    Singapore were bidding for an eighth appearance in the final, but were edged out on Saturday in a 36-30 loss to Sri Lanka at Bangkok’s National Stadium.

    That left them with a final showdown against Hong Kong for third place on Sunday and the team showed great spirit, recovering to beat the 1993 champions 34-27.

    new-look team that featured six new players headed to Bangkok last week, where they topped their group after winning all four games.

    The wins earned them a berth in the semi-finals to face perennial rivals Sri Lanka, who had finished second behind Malaysia in Group B.

    The win over Hong Kong also ensured that Singapore’s record of never finishing out of the top three in the tournament extended to 10 editions. Only Sri Lanka can match that streak.

    Aitken, who led Singapore

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  • Goal shooter Pamela Liew takes a shot for Singapore against Chinese Taipei at the 2016 Asian Netball Championships. (Photo: Netball Singapore)Goal shooter Pamela Liew takes a shot for Singapore against Chinese Taipei at the 2016 Asian Netball Championships. (Photo: Netball Singapore)

    Singapore will be seeking a sixth consecutive appearance in the final of the Asian Netball Championships when they take on Sri Lanka in the semi-final of this year’s tournament on Saturday afternoon (6 Aug). 

    The Republic has been finalists in seven of the nine editions so far – a record matched only by their opponents on Saturday – and are looking to add a record third successive crown in the 10th edition in Bangkok. 

    Ruth Aitken’s charges have won all four of their Group A games over the past week, sweeping aside Hong Kong (32-18), Chinese Taipei (57-14), hosts Thailand (49-28) and the Maldives (83-6) to finish top.

    But their stiffest test will come at the National Stadium when they face record four-time winners Sri Lanka, who finished second to Malaysia in the other group. 

    While Singapore have won the last five meetings between the pair, both countries have brought along new-look squads this time. 

    Sri Lanka are missing the services of several senior players - including Asia’s

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    Muhammad Firdaus Bin Abdul Rahman poses for a photo at Somerset Skate Park. (Photo: Lim Yong Teck)

    Muhammad Firdaus Bin Abdul Rahman did something not many Singaporeans will consider doing - he became a professional skateboarder. With gradual hard work and effort, the 29-year-old has become a well-known figure in the skateboarding community. Firdaus has been invited to compete alongside world-class skateboarders in several international platforms such as the Tampa Pro in the US and the Street League Skateboarding in Barcelona, Spain.

    How did you get involved in skateboarding?

    When I was really young, about three to four years old, my dad bought me a board but at that point of time, I wasn’t really serious about it.

    A few years later, I was at the old McDonald’s outlet at East Coast Park, and

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  • Singapore's Joseph Schooling competes in the men's 200m butterfly final during the 28th Southeast Asian Games (SEA Games) in Singapore, on June 8, 2015Singapore's Joseph Schooling competes in the men's 200m butterfly final during the 28th Southeast Asian Games (SEA Games) in Singapore, on June 8, 2015

    When Joseph Schooling takes to the pool at the Olympic Aquatics Stadium in two weeks’ time to contest – as expected – the 100-metre butterfly final, he will have his mother, May, cheering him on from the stands.

    However, his father Colin will be back home in Singapore, unable to watch a potentially history-making swim from his 21-year-old son.

    The 100m butterfly is recognised as Schooling’s best chance to win the Republic’s first ever Olympic swimming medal, but Singaporeans will not be able to witness it “live” if it does happen.

    Two weeks ago, it was announced that national broadcaster Mediacorp had only secured a deal with rights holder Dentsu for delayed telecasts, whose reported asking price of US$6million (around S$8million) for “live” broadcasting of the Rio Games had no takers. It is believed that Singapore and Myanmar are the only Southeast Asian nations not to have a “live” telecast of the Olympics.

    Contrary to some online reports, Singaporeans will also not be able to

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  • Football friendly between Singapore and Cambodia on 28 July 2016. Screenshot: Prime Minister Hun Sen's Facebook pageFootball friendly between Singapore and Cambodia on 28 July 2016. Screenshot: Prime Minister Hun Sen's Facebook page

    Singapore were stunned 2-1 on Thursday night as they suffered their first loss to Cambodia in 44 years.

    The Lions were upset by opponents ranked 22 places in the world below them in a friendly at Phnom Penh’s National Olympic Stadium, where they beat the same opposition 4-0 last June in the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers.

    The Angkor Warriors’ last triumph over Singapore was 3-0 result in 1972 at the Jakarta Anniversary Tournament, 16 matches ago.

    The match was the last of a training tour to help prepare them for November’s AFF Suzuki Cup. V. Sundramoorthy and his charges arrived in Cambodia from Japan, where they lost 3-2 to the Niigata University of Health and Welfare, beat Japan Soccer College 2-0 and lost 3-0 to J-League side Albirex Niigata.

    Despite it being only a friendly, the game received warm support in Cambodia, with Prime Minister Samdech Hun Sen providing a “live” stream on his official Facebook page.

    Singapore had to do without overseas-based key players Hassan Sunny,

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