Singapore’s Olympic hero Joseph Schooling said on Thursday (24 November) that he plans to give the prize money for his gold medal win at the 2016 Rio Games to his parents.
Speaking to the media prior to receiving the $1 million cheque under the multi-million dollar awards programme (MAP), the 21-year-old swimmer said that he was just happy for the support from his parents, Colin and May Schooling, to chase his sporting dreams.
“Probably they will put it into the bank, invest it. Why does a college kid need all that money?” Schooling said on the sidelines of the Singapore National Olympic Council’s (SNOC) MAP ceremony, which was also attended by his parents.
“I’m just going back to school (at the University of Texas) and do my thing. I don’t need that (money) but it’s nice, I appreciate it,” Schooling added.
Schooling was presented with the cheque by Tan Chuan-Jin, Minister for Social and Family Development and President of the Singapore National Olympic Council (SNOC), Grace Fu, Minster
- Nigel Chin | Fit To Post Sports – Thu, Nov 24, 2016 10:28 PM SGT
Singapore’s Olympic hero Joseph Schooling said on Thursday (24 November) that he plans to give the prize money for his gold medal win at the 2016 Rio Games to his parents.Read More »from Joseph Schooling to give prize money for Olympic gold to his parents
- John Duerden | Fit To Post Sports – Tue, Nov 22, 2016 11:07 PM SGT
Once again, Singapore deployed defensive tactics in the 2016 AFF Suzuki Cup tournament but Thailand managed to upset the apple cart of the Lions in their second group match by scoring a late goal to win 1-0.Read More »from AFF Suzuki Cup: Thailand stun Singapore with last-minute goal in 1-0 win
With the 89th minute header goal by forward Sarawut Masuk, Thailand are through to the semi-finals of the tournament with a game to spare after having beaten Indonesia 4-2 three days earlier.
For Singapore, they are now staring at elimination from the tournament with just one point so far after drawing 0-0 against the Philippines in their opening game on Saturday.
“We almost got that important point (against Thailand) for us to progress to the next game to see where we stand,” Singapore coach V. Sundramoorthy told a post-match press conference. “There were just minutes on the clock but that's football.”
From the start of the match, the Lions had many men behind the ball as they tried to deny the defending champions the space to attack.
Thailand kept Singapore goalkeeper Hassan Sunny
- John Duerden | Fit To Post Sports – Tue, Nov 22, 2016 9:30 PM SGT
For a tournament that will last for almost a month, Thomas Dooley, the head coach of the Philippines football team, knows that getting it right in several key areas of the game is crucial if the co-host nation were to win the ongoing AFF Suzuki Cup for the first time ever.Read More »from AFF Suzuki Cup: Fit Philippines are eager to go far - Dooley
Speaking to Yahoo Singapore in Manila after the Philippines drew 0-0 against Singapore on Saturday (19 November) in their opening match of the 2016 tournament, the former American international said that the Azkals may have home advantage over their opponents in the area of fitness.
“Some teams arrive at tournaments after long seasons and the players are tired and feeling burnt out but we would be just approaching peak fitness and still be fresh.”
Apart from Singapore, the Azkals are facing Indonesia on Tuesday and Thailand on Friday. At the time of this story’s publication, the Azkals are losing 2-1 to Indonesia in the 68th minute of the match.
But in the area of tactics, Dooley knows that the team have room for
- John Duerden | Fit To Post Sports – Sun, Nov 20, 2016 12:10 PM SGT
From left, Singapore's Safuwan Baharudin, the Philippines' Phil Younghusband and Kenshiro Daniels battle for ball possession in the AFF Suzuki Cup 2016 Group A final round at the Philippine Sports Arena in Bocaue township, Bulacan province north of Manila, Philippines. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)Singapore battled to a 0-0 draw against the Philippines in their opening game of the 2016 AFF Suzuki Cup in Manila on Saturday (19 November) after playing for about an hour with 10 men.Read More »from Singapore hold Philippines to scoreless draw in Suzuki Cup opener
The Lions were lucky to get away with a point after their midfielder Hafiz Sujad was given a red card in the 34th minute for a dangerous challenge on Philippine captain Phil Younghusband. The four-time champions dug in and managed to frustrate the co-hosts thanks to dogged defending and fine stops from goalkeeper Hassan Sunny.
Singapore set out from the start to play a defensive match with six players positioned to protect Hassan's goal. Their task became harder after the sending off but the Lions fought hard to
- Nigel Chin | Fit To Post Sports – Wed, Nov 16, 2016 8:53 PM SGT
There were plenty of eye-catching sporting moments from the week past, from a stunning turnaround in form by the Thai national football team to a mannequin challenge NBA-style. Yahoo Singapore picks out a selection.
1. Thailand’s football coach Kiatisuk Senamuang breaks down after guiding his team to a 2-2 draw against Australia
Thailand were bottom of the group with four defeats from four matches heading into the match against Australia in the final round of the qualifiers.Thus, the draw mattered little as the team have already fallen short of their goal to be the first Southeast Asia country to make the World Cup finals.
But the 2-2 draw in the final round of the qualifiers against the Socceroos was a massive boost to a nation still in mourning after the recent death of King Bhumibol Adulyadej.
The War Elephants even led the Asian champions 2-1 at one stage. Given the sombre mood of the Thai people since the King’s passing on 13 October, and it is understandable why the Thai coachRead More »from Must-see sports moments of the week: Thai coach Kiatisuk breaks down
- Nigel Chin | Fit To Post Sports – Thu, Nov 10, 2016 8:38 PM SGT
The England football team are hiding behind "too many excuses" whenever they underperform in tournaments, former Liverpool and Fulham midfielder Danny Murphy said on Thursday (10 November).Read More »from England shouldn't find excuses for underperforming: Danny Murphy
The 39-year-old ex-England player made the comment when he was asked by Yahoo Singapore whether the influx of foreign players into the English Premier League has harmed the Three Lions instead of helping them.
“I still think we have good players, we shouldn't be looking for too many excuses. The quality we have, we should have done better than the recent tournaments, there's no doubt,” Murphy said, after attending a football event for kids in Sentosa.
During his 20-year career, Murphy only earned England nine caps despite being called up into the squad on many occasions. Regarded as one of the best English midfielders during his prime, Murphy rarely took to the field because of the intense competition for places.
He said, “When I was trying to get in the England side, there was (Paul) Scholes,
- Nigel Chin | Fit To Post Sports – Thu, Nov 10, 2016 4:30 PM SGT
Former Tottenham Hotspurs and Manchester United striker Teddy Sheringham believes that this season’s English Premier League can see up to seven leading clubs vying for the title.Read More »from Teddy Sheringham: Up to seven clubs can challenge for EPL title
With 11 matches played by each club so far this season, Liverpool are leading the table with 26 points. Sheringham’s former clubs are currently among the top seven in the league - unbeaten Spurs are fifth, trailing Liverpool by five points, while sixth-placed Red Devils are eight points behind.
Last season, only Spurs were still in the race in the final few games but lost out to eventual champions Leicester City.
Speaking to reporters in Singapore, Sheringham said on Wednesday (9 November) that the league has become more competitive this season. The former England international is here to represent England Masters in the Battle of Europe match against Germany Masters, which takes place on Saturday at the Singapore National Stadium.
“I think it’s fantastic that the Premier League have got six or seven real top
- Nigel Chin | Fit To Post Sports – Wed, Nov 9, 2016 7:28 PM SGT
There were plenty of eye-catching sporting moments from the week past, particularly in the NBA where a certain rookie from the worst NBA team gave the best basketball player in the world a moment of embarrassment. Yahoo Singapore picks out a selection.
1. Joel Embiid’s chase-down block on LeBron James
King James has long been known as the best in the business for making blocks like this. But on Saturday (Nov 6), it was James who was on the receiving end after Embiid gave him a taste of his own medicine when Cleveland Cavaliers took on the Philadelphia 76ers.
Just barely five minutes into the game, the Cavaliers secured a defensive rebound and looked to break quickly with James handling the ball. He quickly blew past everyone on the Sixers team, including Embiid, and it appeared that James would have an easy bucket.
Just as James was laying the ball in though, the rookie center somehow found a burst of pace to catch up and slams the ball against the backboard so hard that it wentRead More »from Must-see sports moments of the week: Embiid blocks LeBron James
- DO NOT USE Safhras Khan | Fit To Post Sports – Mon, Nov 7, 2016 11:25 PM SGT
The Football Association of Singapore (FAS) plans to hold its first ever election to choose its council members by May next year.Read More »from FAS plans to hold election of council members by May 2017
The announcement was made after FAS held an extraordinary general meeting (EGM) to seek approval for the proposed amendments to its constitution at the Jalan Besar Stadium on Monday (7 November).
Speaking to the media, Lim Kia Tong, vice-president of the current council, said that all 38 members who attended the meeting voted for the amendments.
A constitutional task force led by Lim had recommended the changes after close consultation with the world governing body FIFA as well as FAS' affiliates and members.
Lim emphasised the need to create a constitution that is transparent and workable. The next step is to hold the election as planned, said Lim.
"The longer we delay the process, we will hamper the progress of football in Singapore," said Lim.
The new 15-member council will see the president, deputy president, four vice presidents and three other members
- Nigel Chin | Fit To Post Sports – Fri, Nov 4, 2016 3:47 PM SGT
The Singapore Swimming Association has appointed Gary Tan as head coach of the National Training Centre (NTC).
Former head coach Sergio Lopez posted a brief note of support when the 34-year-old was unveiled on Friday (Nov 4). “Proud of you Gary!” said the Spaniard.
The two-time Olympian was previously assistant to Lopez until the Spaniard left in August.
He will now oversee and train swimmers at the NTC. Eighty per cent of these swimmers are in the national team.
Tan will also be working closely with Sonya Porter, who has been appointed the new SSA Technical Director. Porter will continue working on the Long Term Athlete Development Pathway and work with different affiliates to strengthen the swimming eco-system.
SEA Games preparation ongoing
The first task at hand for Tan will be to continue preparations for the SEA Games in Kuala Lumpur next year and decide who will make the team.
“Whether we surpass our 23 gold medals target, we first need to find out who makes up the dynamic ofRead More »from New Singapore head coach Gary Tan aims for good showing at 2017 SEA Games