• (Photo courtesy of Edmund Sim)

    Edmund Sim truly suffers for his sport.

    The Singaporean national racewalker, 30, is routinely made fun of and abused during training sessions – all because of the very nature of his activity.

    “In (race) walking, you need to move your hips… so you look like a model,” Sim sheepishly admitted, as he shared with Yahoo Singapore numerous unpleasant encounters over his 17 years in the sport.

    He’s been called “ah gua” (Chinese dialect for a man acting womanly) and “bapok” (Malay for transvestite) along with a host of other profanities.

    Once, he was intentionally tripped by a school student.  On another occasion, a kid pulled down his shorts while the child’s parents stood by laughing.

    “Initially, I’d get angry, and stop to scold them,” recalled the affable Sim. “But after a while, there was just no point. How many can I argue with? Best to just work on what I’m doing and show them this is a real sport.”

    Racewalking, however, is as real as it gets: for instance, Sim can complete 5km in 22 minutes,

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  • By Early Doors (Original post on Yahoo Eurosport here)

    Gareth Bale is set to pick up an extra £2.5 million this summer despite being one of the few Real Madrid stars to miss out on the World Cup finals.

    The Wales forward is apparently on £300,000 a week after completing his record £86 million move from Tottenham to Real Madrid last summer, but is set to trouser the extra cash while stars like Cristiano Ronaldo, Karim Benzema and Xabi Alonso are battling it out in Brazil.

    Bale is set to use his "vacation" to embark upon a promotional tour of Asia that will earn him the eye-watering sum, according to the Daily Mail.

    Bale - who has scored 18 times in 34 outings since arriving at the Bernabeu - will earn £2.5m for spending a week in Indonesia and Singapore that will include appearing at a football festival in Jakara, a charity event and a coaching clinic.

    Edwin Sutiono - director of Indonesian company Dua Kelinci who are apparently sponsoring the deal - said in the Daily Mail: "Bale is a

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    Sunderland will be counting on winger Adam Johnson to save them from relegation. (Photo: Associated Press)Sunderland will be counting on winger Adam Johnson to save them from relegation. (Photo: Associated Press)

    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: Norwich City to beat West Brom

    Making sense of the statistics to come up with a Premier League dead cert


    I’ve been christened ‘Nostradamus’ following a wave of successful predictions in the past few weeks, so hopefully that rich vein of form will continue as we approach another crucial weekend for Yahoo Fantasy Football managers.

    Last week I fancied Swansea big time in their home match against a Norwich side who are woeful on the travels, and the Swans’ subsequent 3-0 win was as one-sided as a fight between a Staffordshire bull terrier and a toy poodle.

    [Play Yahoo Fantasy Football here.]

    But with home advantage so crucial to Norwich, I fancy the Canaries to turn the tables this

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  • [UPDATE] Critically injured OCBC Cycle rider dies

    OCBC Cycle Singapore, currently in its fifth year, is Singapore's largest mass cycling event. (Facebook photo: OCBC Cycle)OCBC Cycle Singapore, currently in its fifth year, is Singapore's largest mass cycling event. (Facebook photo: OCBC Cycle)

    [UPDATED 2 April, 2014: 240pm]

    A cyclist who was in critical condition after fracturing his skull on Sunday's OCBC Cycle Singapore event has died.

    "We are deeply saddened by the passing of Mr Chia Wee Kiak. We would like to express our deepest condolences to the family. Spectrum Worldwide and OCBC will continue to extend all the support needed to Mr Chia’s family in this very difficult time," said event organisers Spectrum Worldwide in a Facebook post on Wednesday afternoon.

    24-year-old Chia Wee Kiak, a full-time National Serviceman, underwent 13 hours of surgery at Singapore General Hospital on Monday to relieve blood clots on both sides of his brain but failed to recover from his coma.

    "We have respected the family’s wishes to only post this message after their official announcement," it added.

    Chia began cycling three years ago and was taking part in the 59km Super Challenge category in Singapore's biggest cycling event which started at the F1 Pit Building, reported local media.

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    Sir Bobby Charlton and his wife Norma attend the 2014 Laureus World Sports Awards at the Istana Budaya Theatre on March 26, 2014 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)

    Don’t worry, Manchester United are not in trouble.
    “We’re fine, we’re fine,” United’s director of football and English midfield great Sir Bobby Charlton told reporters in Malaysia Wednesday evening, ahead of the Laureus World Sports Awards held in Kuala Lumpur.
    This despite the Red Devils crashing to a woeful 3-0 defeat at Old Trafford to neighbours and bitter rivals Manchester City – just two weeks after losing to Liverpool by the same scoreline.
    “I’m always disappointed when we lose,” was the 76-year-old Charlton’s response to the derby debacle. “But we don’t do it very often, that’s the point.”
    One doesn’t even need to be a football fan to realise how completely untrue that has been this season.
    Under new manager David Moyes, United are currently dwelling in seventh position, 18 points behind leaders Chelsea and five behind sixth-placed Tottenham with just seven matches to go.

    The legacy of Sir Alex Ferguson has crumbled from winning the championship by 11 points last

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    Laureus Academy member Michael Johnson during a press interview ahead of the 2014 Laureus World Sports Awards at the Shangri-La Hotel on March 26, 2014 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. (Photo by Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images for Laureus)

    Usain Bolt is the fastest man on the planet over 100m and 200m, but not the 400m (yet).

    That record belongs to Michael Johnson, who set a sensational 43.18s mark back in 1999 that has yet to be smashed. Even then, the retired US legend remains an unashamed admirer of Jamaican phenomenon Bolt, whose personal best in the 400m is slower by over two whopping seconds.

    “He’s extremely talented and is one of those athletes born with out-of-this-world talent. There’s no doubt about that,” Johnson, 46, raved to reporters in Malaysia ahead of the Laureus World Sports Awards to be held Wednesday evening in Kuala Lumpur.

    Jamaica's Usain Bolt (L) wins the 100 metres final at the 2013 IAAF World Championships at the Luzhniki stadium in Moscow on August 11, 2013 as lightning strikes in the background (AFP Photo)

    The four-time Olympic and eight-time world champion insisted that natural ability was “first and foremost” in the makeup of a great athlete. “You can practice for 10,000 hours but it’s (still) critical to have talent,” said Johnson, who is the only man to win both the 200m and 400m at one Olympics in 1996. “We can’t fool ourselves in sports. It’s all about athletic

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    Laureus Academy Member Deng Yaping speaks during a press interview ahead of the 2014 Laureus World Sports Awards at the Shangri-La Hotel on March 25, 2014 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. (Photo by Stanley Chou/Getty Images for Laureus)

    Talk to China’s greatest table tennis athlete about the continued “export” of her country’s paddlers to play for other countries, and without prompting, she says, laughing, “Particularly Singapore, yes?”
    But when informed about the widespread Singaporean backlash against imported foreign sports talents, Deng Yaping also admitted to being ashamed by the perception of Chinese athletes as mercenaries playing for money.
    Nonetheless, the 41-year-old still sees more positives in the increasing number of players switching their national allegiances to achieve sporting success elsewhere.
    “We have many people who love to play table tennis in China, that’s why we have so many talented youngsters coming out all the time,” said Deng, speaking to Yahoo Singapore in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia a day before the Laureus World Sports Awards to be held in the capital.
    The 18-time Olympic and world champion continued, “The level is very high, and in the national team we only have a limited

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    Hidetoshi Nakata looks on during the Laureus All Stars Unity Cup ahead of the 2014 Laureus World Sports Awards at Royal Selangor Club on March 25, 2014 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images for Laureus)

    If Shinji Kagawa hasn’t managed to break into Manchester United’s first-team this season, it’s because of David Moyes.
    That was retired Japanese football icon Hidetoshi Nakata’s suggestion when asked to comment on his compatriot’s lack of playing time under the beleaguered manager.
    “I don’t know if he’s really struggling,” said Nakata, 37, speaking to media after a charity match in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. “Football is not easy… It’s not only (about) performances. Sometimes it depends on the coaches, sometimes it depends on the team.”
    The Red Devils have suffered a torrid first season without Sir Alex Ferguson at the helm: after being eliminated from both the League and FA Cup, they are currently toiling in seventh place, 18 points behind leaders Chelsea.
    And in the process Kagawa, 25, has been – some say criminally – shunted down the midfield pecking order, behind the likes of Wayne Rooney, Juan Mata and Adnan Januzaj.


    Having spent the bulk of his career in Europe,

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    Laureus Academy Member Marvelous Marvin Hagler visits the Chicago Youth Boxing Club in June 2013 to discuss the importance of being involved with sports. (Photo by Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images for Laureus)

    Marvelous Marvin Hagler – yes, that’s his legal name – knows a thing or two about fighting.
    The boxing Hall-of-Famer was a world champion from 1980 to 1987. He won 62 of his 67 bouts, with 52 by way of knockout.
    So when Hagler weighed in on the mixed martial arts (MMA) fever gripping the globe today, reporters in the Shangri-La Hotel room in Kuala Lumpur on Tuesday were all ears. 
    “That sport right there, I can’t see any art inside,” said 59-year-old Hagler, who was in Malaysia as a guest of the Laureus World Sports Awards to be held Wednesday evening there. “If you wanna teach a kid how to fight (in MMA), you can just take him to the bar. That’s what it looks like to me.”
    The New Jersey, USA native added, “I can’t understand them laying on the floor like that, and the ref don’t get them up. It’s terrible.”
    MMA incorporates stand-up striking techniques such as boxing and muay Thai along with the ground grappling methods of Brazilian jiu-jitsu and wrestling. Its

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  • (Photo courtesy of The willPower Method)

    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).

    It’s true – the feet are among the most ignored body parts when it comes to working out.

    Which is why, according to global fitness guru Stacey Lei Krauss, we need to ditch those shoes and start exercising barefoot.

    The 44-year-old is the founder of the 14-year-old willPower Method: a feet fitness programme done without footwear, of course, to develop strong and flexible feet while strengthening the core and correcting imbalances.

    “We have lost the connection between the brain and the feet,” Krauss declared. “Our feet are our basic support and our foundation of movement; they shouldn’t be forgotten or neglected. When you train your whole body, it should be

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