SINGAPORE — Here is a round-up of sports events and developments in Singapore in the past week (23 to 29 November):
Tampines Rovers regain top spot after 4-1 win over Albirex Niigata
Tampines Rovers took over at the top of the Singapore Premier League (SPL) after a come-from-behind 4-1 win over previous table-toppers Albirex Niigata (S) at Jurong East Stadium on Sunday (29 November). They now lead Albirex by one point.
With two round of games left in the season, Tampines took the crucial top-of-the-table clash with goals from Boris Kopitovic (48th and 62nd minutes), Amirul Adli (56th) and Taufik Suparno (88th), after Albirex had taken the lead through Tomoyuki Doi (38th).
Third-placed Lion City Sailors kept their slim titles hopes alive after a 4-0 rout of the Young Lions on Sunday with goals from Arshad Shamim (34th and 55th), Song Ui-young (41st) and Gabriel Quak (73rd). They are four points behind Tampines in the league table with two matches left.
On Saturday, Balestier Khalsa climbed to fourth place with a 2-0 win over Geylang International through goals from Kristijan Krajcek (48th) and Hazzuwan Halim (58th). At Hougang Stadium, Hougang United beat bottom-placed Tanjong Pagar United 3-2, as goals from Shawal Anuar (25th), Anders Aplin (52nd) and Shahfiq Ghani (88th) gave the hosts the win with Farihin Farkhan (22nd) and Suria Prakash (65th) replying for the Jaguars.
In an earlier round of matches on Tuesday, both Albirex and Tampines registered 2-0 wins over Young Lions and Hougang United respectively. Ong Yu En and Kazuki Hashioka scored for Albirex, while Boris Kopitovic and Taufik Suparno netted for the Stags.
On the same day, Lion City beat Geylang 3-0 with goals from Song Ui-Young, Gabriel Quak and Kaishu Yamazaki, while Balestier Khalsa (Danish Uwais Ridwan, Shuhei Hoshino) drew 2-2 with Tanjong Pagar (Luiz Carlos Jr, Shodai Nishikawa).
StanChart Singapore Marathon announces Charity Challenge
The Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon (SCSM) announced its 2020 Charity Challenge on Thursday (26 November), inviting runners of the SCSM Grand Finale to clock more miles to raise up to $1 million for youth causes in Singapore.
Funds raised will be channeled through Community Chest in multi-year programmes in partnership with the members in its National Council of Social Service network. Each runner raises $15 for every kilometre recorded as part of the SCSM Grand Finale.
As part of the Grand Finale, there will be a 90-minute live SCSM “Race As One” show on 5 December from 6pm. Runners can tune in via various channels as hosts Chua Enlai, Patrick Kinghorn and Barbara Latimer take the audiences through the SCSM Grand Finale experience.
A line-up of celebrities and personalities will be participating in the Charity Challenge, including Minister for Culture, Community and Youth Edwin Tong, Speaker of Parliament Tan Chuan-Jin, former radio personality Mark Richmond and Mediacorp artiste Kym Ng. They will be running while streaming for the Race As One show from the broadcast studio, ActiveSG gyms and various outdoor locations.
Regional celebrities and personalities will also be joining the SCSM Grand Finale virtually. They include former Liverpool left-back Jose Enrique, Nuseir Yassin (better known as Nas Daily), celebrity lifeguard Andrew Reid, Thai actress and fitness influencer Yoe Hassadeevichit, Filipino TV personality Kuya Kim Atienza and German TV presenter, Ilka Groenewold.
Up to 6,000 slots for the Grand Finale are available until 6 December at 12 ActiveSG gyms islandwide. For more information on the SCSM 2020 and the SCSM Virtual Club, please visit www.singaporemarathon.com.
Joseph Schooling launches fitness app Schooling Sport
Olympic swimming champion Joseph Schooling launched his fitness app, Schooling Sport, on Friday (27 November). The app will provide real-time interactive audio coaching and tailored workouts based on individual VO2 max (maximal oxygen uptake) and heart-rate data.
Schooling Sport has hundreds of workouts and training plans, ranging from running to yoga to strength training. There will also be selected workouts where Schooling will coach users personally through the sessions.
All users who download Schooling Sport are eligible for a free two-week trial that provides access to all features in the app. After the two-week trial period, users will retain access to four premium workouts, including the Body Weight Circuit with Joseph Schooling. These four workouts will remain accessible at no additional cost.
A Schooling Sport subscription starts at $5.99 per month and $60 per year, and will provide users access to all workouts.
ONE Championship announces 2 events in December in Singapore
Singapore-based mixed martial arts fight company ONE Championship announced on Monday (23 November) two events at Singapore Indoor Stadium for December – ONE: Big Bang on 4 December and ONE: Collision Course on 18 December.
Both events offer 250 special in-person “Superfan” ticket packages priced at $188 each. These packages come with premium socially-distanced seating and exclusive ONE merchandise worth over $80. Patrons are required to undergo the Antigen Rapid Test (ART) on event day and produce a valid negative ART certificate to qualify for admission.
ONE: Big Bang will be headlined by reigning ONE light-heavyweight kickboxing champion Roman Kryklia of the Ukraine, who will defend his title against Murat Aygun of Turkey and the Netherlands.
Meanwhile, ONE: Collision Course will see defending ONE bantamweight muay thai champion Nong-O Gaiyanghadao of Thailand taking on compatriot Rodlek PK.Saenchaimuaythaigym, and Singapore’s Amir Khan facing South Korea’s Park Dae Sung.
Run For Inclusion sees over 1,000 participants in 2 formats
Over 1,000 participants took part – either in person or virtually – in the Run For Inclusion event at the Singapore Sports Hub on Saturday (28 November) to support the inclusion of persons with special needs. Organised by Runninghour, the event was graced by Edwin Tong, Minister for Culture, Community and Youth and Second Minister for Law.
This year’s run was presented in two race formats, allowing participants to take part in the run either physically in-person or virtually at their own pace. The onsite event was held between 7am to 8pm with several flag-off timings throughout the day to ensure the safety of all participants.
The participants were given an hour on the track to attempt the distance they signed up for or any distance, motivating them to challenge themselves beyond their personal best. The virtual event remains open until 11 December.
UOB employees clocked more than 200,000km to raise funds for charities
UOB employees and their families walked, jogged or ran more than 200,000 kilometres throughout October to raise funds for charities, as part of the first UOB Global Heartbeat Virtual Run/Walk.
By going virtual, the event allowed UOB colleagues and their families from around the world to keep fit and to keep the good going in a safe way amid the COVID-19 pandemic – whether it was a hike to The Victoria Peak in Hong Kong, an urban run by Jakarta’s Bundaran HI (Selamat Datang Monument) or a leisurely stroll by Marina Bay in Singapore.
Their collective efforts saw the bank donate an additional $75,000 to 17 charities and welfare organisations as part of the Bank’s #UnitedForYou COVID-19 Relief Programme. The global programme had directed more than $1.65 million to help frontline healthcare workers and vulnerable members of the community overcome the challenges of COVID-19.
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