WEEKLY ROUND-UP: Sports happenings in Singapore (26 Sept - 2 Oct)

(From left) UOL sponsors bowlers for Deaflympics, Feng Tianwei joins SportSG, and largest indoor skatepark opens. (PHOTOS: UOL/Sport Singapore/Por Vida Skateboarding)
(From left) UOL sponsors bowlers for Deaflympics, Feng Tianwei joins SportSG, and largest indoor skatepark opens. (PHOTOS: UOL/Sport Singapore/Por Vida Skateboarding)

SINGAPORE — Here is a round-up of sports events and developments in Singapore in the past week (26 September to 2 October):

Feng Tianwei joins SportSG's Sport Development Group

Paddler Feng Tianwei, Singapore's most bemedalled Olympian, has joined Sport Singapore's (SportSG) Sport Development Group, working on the development of sport pathways for children and youths, particularly in table tennis.

For the next two years, the 36-year-old will work part-time with the group, committing about 8 to 10 hours a week, as she will be pursuing a master’s degree in sport industry management concurrently at the Physical Education Teaching and Research Department of Peking University.

"I have come to a point to transit beyond my playing days," Feng said in a media release by SportSG on Monday (26 September). "I believe that pursuing further studies, on top of my experience as an athlete, will give me a better understanding of the region’s sport industry, and there will be more I can offer and contribute to the local sporting fraternity thereafter.

"I will continue to train, albeit at a lower intensity to maintain my fitness, so that if I am given the opportunity, I will continue to represent Singapore.”

Sailors title defence suffers big blow in 3-5 defeat

The Lion City Sailors' bid to retain the Singapore Premier League (SPL) title were dealt a severe blow on Sunday (2 October), as they succumbed 3-5 to Balestier Khalsa at Toa Payoh Stadium.

Ryogo Taniguchi had a hat-trick for the hosts (44th, 48th and 75th minutes) while Daniel Goh (50th) and Shuhei Hoshino (58th) scored too. The Sailors replied through Song Ui-young (29th, 30th) and Hariss Harun (63rd).

League leaders Albirex Niigata (Singapore) moved four points ahead of the second-placed Sailors with a 1-1 draw with Hougang United, as Tadanari Lee (73rd) cancelled out Andre Moritz's opener (29th).

On Saturday, Tanjong Pagar United thrashed bottom-placed Young Lions 8-1 at Jurong East Stadium, with Reo Nishiguchi scoring five goals (3rd, 8th, 53rd, 79th, 82nd) and Khairul Amri (45th), Blake Ricciuto (50th) and Khairul Nizam (70th) chipping in. Abdul Rasaq Ishiekwene Akeem (66th) scored Young Lions' consolation goal.

Also on Saturday, Tampines Rovers and Geylang International fought to a 0-0 draw at Our Tampines Hub.

The final matchweek will now be played on 20 and 21 October, with Hougang facing Balestier Khalsa and Tampines taking on Tanjong Pagar on the former, as well as Geylang hosting Albirex and the Sailors entertaining the Young Lions on the latter.

Two matches in Matchweek 27 have been rescheduled from 15 to 14 October – Tanjong Pagar v Sailors and Balestier v Geylang.

Angela Lee fails again to become first ONE women's double champ

Mixed martial arts star Angela Lee failed again in her bid to become the first ONE Championship women's double champion, after she lost to reigning women's strawweight champion Xiong Jingnan via unanimous decision after five rounds at the One Fight Night 2 event at Singapore Indoor Stadium on Saturday (1 October).

Lee, who fights for Singapore-based Evolve MMA, is the reigning women's atomweight champion, but has not been successful in two attempts to wrest Xiong's title away.

Elsewhere on the card, Mikey Musumeci became ONE Championship's first submission grappling world champion when he won the men's flyweight title by beating fellow Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt Cleber Sousa via unanimous decision after a single 10-round bout.

ONE debutants Ilya Freymanov and Halil Amir both knocked out their opponents Martin Nguyen and Timofey Nastyukhin in featherweight and lightweight bouts respectively.

Tampines Rovers drawn in Group B for Singapore Cup defence

Defending champions Tampines Rovers are drawn into Group B of the 2022 Singapore Cup - together with Tanjong Pagar United, Hougang United and Geylang International - following the official draw at Jalan Besar Stadium on Tuesday (27 September).

Group A will consist of Lion City Sailors, Balestier Khalsa, Albirex Niigata (Singapore) and the Young Lions, who are back in the Cup for the first time since 2016. This will also be the Sailors' first Singapore Cup campaign since they were formed in 2020, as the tournament was suspended for 2020 and 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The group-stage matches will run from 27 October to 6 November, with the top two teams from each group proceeding to a two-legged semi-final stage. That will take place on 11 and 15 November, with the third-place playoff and final scheduled for 18 and 19 November respectively.

Borussia Dortmund to play Lion City Sailors on 24 Nov

Eight-time German champions Borussia Dortmund will play a friendly match against defending Singapore Premier League champions Lion City Sailors on 24 November at Jalan Besar Stadium.

The match is the first leg of Dortmund’s Southeast Asia Tour that will see them travel to Vietnam and Indonesia next. The friendly match will take place days after the FIFA World Cup kicks off in Qatar, and will not feature some of Dortmund’s stars who will be on international duty with their national teams.

Tickets for the match are on sale at Sistic, and will cost between S$25 (Adult, Gallery) and $35 (Adult, Grandstand). Early bird discounts are available from 30 September to 24 October, with Lion City Sailors members able to purchase tickets at preferential rates.

The clubs have also lined up a series of off-the-field professional activities, such as knowledge sharing sessions, fan activations and community activities.

Great Eastern Women's Run returns to physical race on 20 Nov

The 16th edition of the Singapore Great Eastern Women’s Run (GEWR) returns 20 November with a physical all-women race for the first time since 2019.

Registration has opened, and runners can choose to join the 10km, 5km or 2km "Mummy + Me" categories this year. There will also be a competitive 21.1km race, open only to invited local elite athletes. All runners will flag off from the Singapore Sports Hub.

Participants are also invited to join exclusive pre-race virtual and physical activities organised specially for GEWR 2022, via the 42Race virtual platform. These activities include a virtual run milestone challenge that helps runners ease into the momentum of running up to the race day. Participants can also get active and bond with family and friends through various activities including kayaking and others at subsidised rates.

On race day, participants and their families can look forward to the return of the post-run Race Village at the Singapore Sports Hub, where kids can enjoy a geolocation game and taking family shots at fun photo booths.

GEWR 2022 also aims to help raise awareness and funds for its two adopted charities, Daughters Of Tomorrow and Singapore Cancer Society. The public can support these causes in a fund-raising initiative led by Great Eastern staff and financial representatives.

Por Vida Skateboarding opens biggest indoor skatepark

Skateboarding school Por Vida Skateboarding opened Singapore’s largest indoor skatepark and school on Saturday (1 October). Located within GR.iD Mall, the 6,708 square feet (623 square metres) skatepark offers a range of indoor facilities dedicated to skateboarding.

Nestled in the basement of the mall, the air-conditioned space is open daily from 10am to 10pm and has a capacity limit of 35 persons. It is specially designed and customised with various types of skate obstacles like mini ramps, quarter pipes, flat bank, flat bar and rails, manual pad, benches, ledges and even wave ramp, making the space suitable for skateboarders of all skill levels and ages.

Other than skateboarding, the park also welcomes rollerblading and roller skating, as well as other land board sports such as longboarding and surf skating. Students and visitors will have the option to rent gears on site or even purchase the latest gears at the dedicated retail space. The indoor skatepark also features a resting and refreshment area that allows skateboarders to relax and bond in between sessions.

Registration for October 2022 classes is now open.

Youth paddlers win 2 golds, 2 silvers, 4 bronzes in Darwin

Team Singapore paddlers finished with two golds, two silvers and four bonzes at the World Table Tennis (WTT) Youth Contender tournament in Darwin, Australia from 27 to 29 September (Tuesday to Thursday).

Zane Ong and Chevelle See clinched the Under-11 boys' and girls' titles respectively. Zane defeated Australia's Lawrence Fan 3-1 in the U-11 boys' final, while Chevelle defeated compatriot Pu Keng Jeong 3-0 in the U-11 girls' final.

Loy Xing Yao added a silver in the U-15 boys' division, after he lost 2-3 to Taiwan's Hsu Hsien-chia in the final. The four bronze medallists are Michael Wong (U-11 boys), Sarah Yip (U-11 girls), Sie Lay Yin and Vanessa Ye (both U-13 girls).

UOL to sponsor Singapore bowlers at Deaflympics

UOL Group Limited announced on Saturday (1 October) that it will sponsor Singapore’s bowling delegation for the 24th Deaflympics to be held from 20 to 30 October in Kuala Lumpur.

The Singapore athlete contingent comprises bowlers Adelia Naomi Yokoyama, 23, and Kimberly Quek, 22, and they were given a rousing send-off at a flag presentation ceremony at Parkroyal on Beach Road with guest-of-honour being Eric Chua, Senior Parliamentary Secretary for Culture, Community and Youth.

UOL’s support allowed the Deaf Sports Association (Singapore) to cover the costs of the six-member contingent, including airfares, accommodation and physiotherapy services, so that the bowlers can focus on the international competition.

At the last Deaflympics in 2017, Yokoyama and Quek bowled their way to a gold and bronze medal respectively in the women’s Masters event, becoming Singapore’s first medallists at the Deaflympics. Both young women also picked up numerous medals at the 2019 ASEAN Deaf Bowling Championships.

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