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BREAKING: Singaporeans supportive of Ben Davis, ready to accept foreign talents

Football fans or not, there is no doubt that the Ben Davis saga has been a hot topic among Singaporeans in the past few days. For the benefit of those living under the rock (but seriously, what kind of rock sia… no wifi ah??), here’s a quick recap on what this saga is all about: On the 13 July, it was reported that 17-year-old Singaporean footballer Benjamin James Davis (Ben Davis in short) signed a professional deal of his career with newly promoted Premier League club Fulham FC. Unfortunately, on the 15 July, in a statement released by Ministry of Defence (MINDEF) confirmed that Ben Davis’s application to defer his national service (NS) enlistment has been rejected as he “does not meet the criteria for long-term deferment from full-time NS”. A day after the release of the statement by MINDEF, on the 16 July, Ben Davis’s father, Harvey Davis, told

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SEA Games diving gold for S’pore after Malaysian diver failed doping test

Two months after the Kuala Lumpur edition ended, a surprise SEA Games gold could be on the cards for Singapore after it was reported on Thursday (26 Oct) that Malaysian diver Wendy Ng Yan Yee has been identified as the athlete to have failed a doping test conducted at the 29th Games. Wendy Ng’s B sample tested positive for sibutramine, a stimulant commonly found in slimming products but is on the banned list of substances by the World Anti Doping Agency, the Star newspaper reported. Wendy Ng had partnered compatriot Nur Dhabitah Sabri to win the women’s 3m springboard synchro event. Singapore’s duo of Ashlee Tan and Fong Kay Yian were second and Indonesia’s Eka Purnama Indah and Linadini Yasmin were third. With Wendy Ng’s disqualification, this means the Republic’s pairing of Ashlee Tan and Fong Kay Yian will be awarded the gold medal. It will be Singapore’s first diving

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Time to take out your sportswear…Great Singapore Workout is back!

Remember the Great Singapore Workout? For those who were born in the 80s, you will surely remember the Great Singapore Workout in the 90s where the Government introduced a aerobic workout to encourage exercise for a healthy lifestyle. If you were in school during that time, likely you will remember the workout and laughing at certain exercise steps or even hating the entire workout (like me…). Anyway, remember the theme song for this year’s National Day Parade that caught a bit of criticism when it was first launched? (yah this one…) Erm…so the people from Sports Singapore decided to put some workout steps to the song for all of us to do. Here’s the video of the workout: Now students, go and practice and memorise the steps ok? Cos for sure our teacher will ask you all to do the exercise on 8 August for the National Day school celebrations.

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Salah move? Liverpool Football Club smashes club record to sign player

Salah (“wrong” in Malay) move? Hehe. According to reports in UK, Egyptian Mohamed Salah will be given another chance to prove that he can be a hit in the English Premier League, as he prepares to undergo a medical check-up with Liverpool today. Liverpool expect to complete a club-record £39 million (S$69 million) deal for the Egyptian winger this week, and will pay Roma an initial fee of about £35 million. That matches the club-record sum they paid Newcastle United for Andy Carroll in January 2011. It will be topped up by £4 million in additional payments, depending on the player’s progress. Personal terms are believed to have been agreed, and the 25-year-old is set to sign a four-year deal with the option of a further 12 months. He will be paid about £90,000 a week – double his wage in Italy. Signing him represents a case of second time

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Singapore teen, 17, sets new World Squat Record with 208kg

Remember this name, Matthew Yap This 17-year-old Republic Polytechnic student sent shockwaves in the powerlifting world. The Singaporean powerlifter set a new squat world record in the Under-66kg sub-junior category on Sunday (Jun 18). The 18-year-old hit 208 kilogrammes in his final attempt at the World Classic Powerlifting Championships in Minsk, Belarus. This annual powerlifting meet typically runs over ten days, and comprises competitions for both genders, in various weight and age categories. He cleared 190kg on his first try but opted to skip his second attempt due to a cramp. On his third attempt, Yap managed to overtake Kazakhstan’s Dmitriy Chebanov on the leaderboard with his world-record lift, earning the Singaporean the gold medal. The win adds to Yap’s silver medals in the bench press as well as his overall standing in the competition, which ends this weekend. This is Yap’s final year in Sub-Junior division as he will

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Lionel Messi’s absence from Singapore game made local fans damn dulan…

Lionel Messi, regarded as one of the best players of his generation, is set to miss the Singapore-Argentina friendly match (June 13) despite being promoted as one of the star attractions of the match, which is being organised to mark the 125th anniversary of the Football Association of Singapore (FAS). Messi, who is currently in Melbourne preparing for Argentina’s friendly clash with Brazil on Friday night, but reports surfaced on Thursday from a number of Spanish news outlets that the superstar will be released from the squad to return to Barcelona following the Brazil match to finalise preparations for his wedding, which is apparently scheduled for the end of this month. The news was confirmed by new Argentina coach Jorge Sampaoli during a media conference in Melbourne on Thursday morning, where Argentina are currently in for their friendly against Brazil on Friday. Manchester City defender Nicolas Otamendi could be in

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Sundram: Door always open to overseas talents such as Luke O’Nien and Perry Ng

Luke O’Nien: As long as you are good enough, the door is open. That is the message Singapore national team head coach V Sundramoorthy has for players like Luke O’Nien and Perry Tan, who are born overseas but possess Singaporean lineage. O’Nien, a 22-year-old who has plied his trade in England’s fourth tier with Wycombe Wanderers for the past two seasons, recently affirmed his desire to represent the Lions on the international stage. “I’m not sure if the FAS is aware of who I am or if they have an interest in coming to watch me play, but I really hope they do… it would make my mum so proud (if I played) for Singapore,” Sundram said. The midfielder is born in Hemel Hempstead in east England, but qualifies to play for Singapore through his Singaporean maternal grandfather, the late Lim Cheng Siong. The latter is the younger brother of

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Man City and Mundipharama want to develop first Singaporean Premier League footballer

Imagine a Singaporean playing for Man City. It has been decades since a local footballer made an impact outside of the region, with Fandi Ahmad one of the few who enjoyed a successful European stint at Dutch top division side, FC Groningen, from 1983 to 1985. That could change in the future, as healthcare organisation Mundipharma and Manchester City Football Club (MCFC) set their sights on grooming local talents in the hope of producing a Singaporean footballer good enough to play in the English Premier League (EPL). To kickstart that goal, Mundipharma on Monday (May 22) announced the first Betadine Youth Football Development Programme, a week-long clinic conducted by City Football Schools’ coaches to provide top-level coaching for local youth players and coaches. Mr Raman Singh, chief executive officer of Mundipharma, whose Betadine range is the Official Healthcare Product Partner of MCFC, insisted that their goal of seeing a Singaporean

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Fandi Ahmad: Training ground, funds for overseas stints needed

With new leaders in place at the Football Association of Singapore (FAS), Fandi Ahmad, its head coach of youth, is hopeful that some of the sport’s problems will be fixed ahead of major competitions such as the 2018 Asian Games, SEA Games (2019, 2021) and the Olympic Games in Tokyo in 2020. Tasked with producing the Republic’s next generation of footballers, local icon Fandi Ahmad cited a lack of a permanent training ground as a key problem. The U20s currently alternate between training venues like The Arena, ITE College Central and Geylang Field. There is also no fixed facility for the national age-group teams. But this can be solved if a National Training Centre (NTC) — first mooted in 2010 as a permanent home for all of Singapore’s international teams — is finally built. “(Lack of) facilities is the biggest problem for our youth; S.League clubs, Prime League teams …

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