WEEKLY ROUND-UP: Sports happenings in Singapore (2-8 Mar)

Lion City Sailors' Iqram Rifiqi (blue jersey) tussling for the ball with Tanjong Pagar players during their 1-1 Singapore Premier League draw at Jurong East Stadium. (PHOTO: Singapore Premier League/Facebook)

SINGAPORE — Here is a round-up of sports events and developments in the past week (2 to 8 March):

Lion City Sailors draw their first-ever SPL match

The Lion City Sailors, Singapore Premier League’s (SPL) first privatised football club, began their inaugural season with a 1-1 draw against Tanjong Pagar United at Jurong East Stadium on Friday (6 March).

Tanjong Pagar, who rejoined the league after a five-year absence, took the lead in the 26th minute through defender Yann Motta Pinto. However, the Sailors equalised just before half-time through striker Andrew John Pennelly.

In other SPL matches this week, defending champions Brunei DPMM began their title defence with a 2-0 win over Tampines Rovers in Bandar Seri Begawan on Friday, while Balestier Khalsa and Albirex Niigata Singapore drew 2-2 at Bishan Stadium on Saturday.

Slingers’ ABL games postponed

The Singapore Slingers have postponed three of their upcoming Asean Basketball League (ABL) games, after their new signing Jameel McKay is listed on the contact list of a COVID-19 coronavirus patient, who was on the same Turkish Airlines flight with McKay from Istanbul to Singapore.

McKay was held at Singapore immigration after the Slingers returned from their match against Kuala Lumpur Dragons. He is being quarantined until 17 March, and is under observation. He does not have any symptoms and does not feel ill.

Meanwhile, ABL has postponed three of the Slingers matches: against San Miguel Alab Pilipinas (8 March), Macau Black Bears (15 March) and Mono Vampire Basketball Club (18 March). The Kuala Lumpur Dragons’ clash against the Alab Pilipinas on 10 March is also postponed.

Barbie celebrates International Women’s Day with female athletes

In conjunction with the International Women’s Day on Sunday (8 March), renowned doll brand Barbie celebrates three female athletes who have brought Singapore pride through their athletic achievements: taekwondo’s Chelsea Ann Sim, silat’s Nurul Suhaila and shooting’s Martina Lindsay Veloso.

Each athlete has shared their words of inspiration, aimed at inspiring both girls and boys and to promote sports in the country.

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