• “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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    Stanley Ng, 30, is the President of FAT UWR, which stands for First Asian Team Underwater Rugby – the only underwater rugby team in Singapore and first in the region. The team may be less than two years old but they have been punching above their weight clinching back-to-back third placing at the regional 2015 and 2016 Pan Pacific Cup in Australia.

    They train every weekend at Queenstown Swimming Complex.

    How did you get involved in this sport?

    I was looking for a sport that allowed me to keep up my active lifestyle, but without all the hard impact and negative side effects you would get from land sports. I knew the founder of the sport in Singapore, we were college mates and I thought I’d give it a go.

    What kind of a workout do you get from playing this sport?

    I would say it’s comparable to

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    Singapore U21 striker Amiruldin Asraf battles for the ball with two Iranian players. The hosts showed good fighting spirit despite losing. (Photo: FAS)

    Singapore’s Under-21 footballers put up a spirited showing in their 0-1 defeat by their Iranian counterparts on Saturday (23 July) night at Bishan Stadium.

    Both sides were contesting the final of the inaugural International Challenge Cup, a friendly tournament hosted by the Football Association of Singapore (FAS). Singapore thrashed Hong Kong 5-0 on Wednesday (20 July), while Iran saw off Uzbekistan on penalties after a 1-1 draw.

    Mehdi Mehdikhani’s clinical first-half goal was enough to separate the two sides, who also clashed twice in three days in Tehran in March this year. Singapore lost those games 0-1 and 0-2, but Iran head coach Amir Hossein Peiravani believes they have improved.

    “Today, Singapore were better than they were three months ago,” he noted. “Their transition from defence to attack was very good, especially on the

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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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    National shooter Jasmine Ser poses for a photo during a media session at SAFRA Yishun on June 4, 2016 in Singapore.

    Almost as if it was her calling, Jasmine Ser made the national shooting team within two years of joining the sport and has been donning the red and white since the age of 15. Having previously made her Olympic Games debut in London on an unused quota spot, the 25-year-old made rapid improvements to secure a qualification based on her own abilities. Her 50m three-positions gold medal at the Asian Qualifiers in New Delhi in January this year will send her to the upcoming Rio Olympics to compete amongst the best in the world.

    How did you get involved in shooting?

    My sister was the shooting club president in secondary school (Ahmad Ibrahim Secondary) and when I saw her winning

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  • In winning her 22nd Grand Slam title, Serena Williams is level with Steffi Graf's Open Era record, and now the US player is eyeing Margaret Court's all-time record of 24 SlamsIn winning her 22nd Grand Slam title, Serena Williams is level with Steffi Graf's Open Era record, and now the US player is eyeing Margaret Court's all-time record of 24 Slams

    Fresh off her recent Wimbledon triumph, Serena Williams will head to the Olympics in Rio next to defend the singles gold she won in 2012.

    She will naturally be the favourite to take gold again, and tennis legend Chris Evert believes her fellow American has it in her – even if it will take an “almost superhuman” effort.

    “Now if she’s not at her best, she’s beatable,” explained the 61-year-old over the phone in an interview with Singapore media on Thursday morning.

    “Before, even when she wasn’t at her best, she could still win matches. Now the [other] players are playing a lot better, so she needs to be at her best to beat everybody else.

    “If she’s hungry and can get psyched up for both the Olympics and US Open – to me, it would take an unbelievable effort for her to win both of those after winning Wimbledon.

    “But if anybody can do it, she can.”

    Evert also believes that the pressure on Williams has eased following her victory over Angelique Kerber, especially after her mini-drought at

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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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    Richard Neo poses for a photo at Nanyang Technological University on July 10, 2016 in Singapore. Photo: Lim Yong Teck

    On the surface, basketballer Richard Neo seems like any other local athlete, juggling academic pursuits and training schedules. Currently a full-time accounting and finance student at University of London’s programme at Singapore Institute of Management, Neo also has to find time to coach at Ahmad Ibrahim Secondary School and Si Ling Primary School. The 26-year-old also tapped into his business acumen and co-founded Trendink, a custom apparel manufacturer, with two friends. Once part of a select group of youth players that shared the court with Kobe Bryant during his Singapore tour in 2009, Neo is currently suiting up for the combined universities team and competing at the

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  • Portugal's Eder, centre, celebrates after scoring the opening goal during the Euro 2016 final soccer match between Portugal and France at the Stade de France in Saint-Denis, north of Paris, Sunday, July 10, 2016. (AP Photo/Michael Probst)Portugal's Eder, centre, celebrates after scoring the opening goal during the Euro 2016 final soccer match between Portugal and France at the Stade de France in Saint-Denis, north of Paris, Sunday, July 10, 2016. (AP Photo/Michael Probst)

    The dust has settled after one month of frenetic action at the UEFA Euro 2016 in France, with Portugal beating France 1-0 in the final earlier Monday morning to lift the trophy. 

    Portugal may have walked home with the greatest prize, but there were plenty of other winning moments throughout the tournament as well. In no particular order, Yahoo Singapore presents some of those that caught our eyes…

    Eder-rific Portugal
    He couldn’t cut it in the Premier League, but Eder won Euro 2016 for Portugal. The 28-year-old, born in Guinea-Bissau, didn’t score a single goal in 15 games for Swansea last season and was loaned out to Lille.

    France has proved to be a happier hunting ground for the lanky frontman, who conjured a winner out of nothing with a sizzling 30-yard rocket to beat the hosts in extra time.
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    The next time you run a marathon, do not be surprised if you hear someone shout: “Please give way to the blind runners!”. Turn around and you might be greeted by the effervescent Chris Hortin Tan, 43, clad in her trademark white cap, who races with only 5 per cent of vision.

    Tan, who has completed two full marathons and two triathlons, is the vice-chairman of the organising committee for Runninghour 2016, the first and only mass running event in Singapore where participants run alongside people with disabilities. The event will take place at East Coast Park this Sunday (10 July).

    The visually impaired mother of two began losing her vision at the age of 14, when glaucoma ended her track and field school career. Almost three decades later, she is making up for lost time.

    “I represented my school for track and field and I loved to play ball games like basketball and volleyball, so when I was diagnosed with glaucoma and the doctor said I couldn’t

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    Clockwise from left: Dipna Lim-Prasad at the dENiZEN launch with fellow Team Singapore athletes Chase Tan (basketball), Tay Wei Ming (badminton), Charmaine Soh (netball) and Muhammad Shakir Juanda (silat). (Photo: Sport Singapore)

    Before Dipna Lim-Prasad embarked on a month-long training stint this June, there were naysayers who insisted that she “wasn’t fit” and told her to “forget about this season”.

    This was after a series of disappointing 400m race timings, even though she only resumed training in March after a three-month layoff due to an ankle injury and in spite of a 56.33sec time at April’s Singapore Open – just 0.1sec off her personal best, which she set in March 2013.

    “After that, unfortunately, my timings did not improve,” she told Yahoo Singapore on Tuesday (5 July) on the sidelines of an dENiZEN Team Singapore apparel launch. “A few of them were even 57.1sec, so it was demoralising… when I started to not do well, they were like, ‘I told you so’.”

    “It is really difficult

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  • Singaporean Su-Ann Heng is a former professional golfer and national athlete. She's also a fitness fanatic who loves a good workout. In this series, Su-Ann demonstrates five of her favourite workouts that you can do at home if you don't have time to hit the gym.

    Read more about Su-Ann here in our previous interview with her.

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    1. Single leg reverse lunge
    This exercise strengthens your lower body and improves core strength.

    2. Four o' clock and eight o' clock sumo squats
    These squats work your hamstrings, hip flexors, calves, glutes and quads.

    3. Plank
    The plank builds your core strength and improves your posture.

    4. TRX crunch
    This exercise is ideal for building your core strength and working your abs.

    5. Glute bridge
    A good exercise for your glutes and hamstrings. It also improves your core stability.

     

     

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  • No, Frodo, don't!No, Frodo, don't!

    by Nicholas Yong


    There is a scene in “Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring”, where the humans, dwarves and elves are gathered in Rivendell. They have to decide who among them will carry the Ring, an object of great power, and have it destroyed at Mount Doom in Mordor.

    No one can agree on a course of action, and proceedings lapse into a chorus of shouting and recrimination. In the end, it is poor, brave Frodo who stands up to declare, “I will take the Ring to Mordor.”  

    Now that Roy Hodgson has fallen on his own sword after the humiliating 2-1 defeat to Iceland in Euro 2016, who will be the next hapless Frodo to carry the Ring that is the England manager’s job? The only thing we know is that the role will likely leave the successor dispirited and despondent.

    I can say this with confidence because I have been supporting the Three Lions since 1996, when England hosted the Euro tournament. The team played a glorious brand of football that summer, as exemplified by Paul Gascoigne’s

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