WEEKLY ROUND-UP: Sports happenings in Singapore (16-22 Nov)

Staff Writer, Singapore
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Youth golfers (from left) Sean Lee and Shannon Tan will be taking part in the Singapore Junior Masters Open category. (PHOTO: Singapore Junior Masters)
Youth golfers (from left) Sean Lee and Shannon Tan will be taking part in the Singapore Junior Masters Open category. (PHOTO: Singapore Junior Masters)

SINGAPORE — Here is a round-up of sports events and developments in Singapore in the past week (16 to 22 November):

Singapore Junior Masters to be held from 30 Nov to 2 Dec

A total of 77 junior golfers – 47 boys and 30 girls from nine nationalities – will be taking part in the inaugural EFG Singapore Junior Masters from 30 November to 2 December at the Masters Course at Laguna National Golf and Country Club.

This World Amateur Golf Ranking points-earning event will be the first golf event held in Singapore since the COVID-19 circuit breaker period in April and May. Strict safe management measures will be observed and enforced throughout the three-day tournament.

In the Open category, Singapore will be spearheaded by Shannon Tan, Sean Lee and Brandon Han. In the Under-14 Division, Daryl Low, Brayden Lee, sisters Jaymie and Denise Ng, and Guo Jun Xi are tipped to vie for the title. The youngest players in the field will be eight-year-old Freya Kylie Lim and nine-year-old Passion Hsu.

Contact sports can proceed within groups of five

From 18 November (Wednesday), sports with prolonged contact can proceed within groups of five, without the need for modification, as governing body Sport Singapore updated its advisory on resumption of sport and physical exercise under Phase 2 of the reopening from the COVID-19 circuit breaker.

Sports with prolonged contact, such as wrestling and ju-jitsu, may proceed if a group size limit of five is maintained at all times. Multiple groups of five can share the same space, but must comply with safe distancing measures.

There shall be no intermingling between participants from different groups undertaking prolonged contact sport formats. Any participant who wants to change groups must observe a 14-day cooling period, during which the individual is not allowed to participate in prolonged contact sports with either the old or new group.

Albirex Niigata (S) players celebrate scoring during their SPL tie with Lion City Sailors. (PHOTO: Singapore Premier League)
Albirex Niigata (S) players celebrate scoring during their SPL tie with Lion City Sailors. (PHOTO: Singapore Premier League)

Albirex open up 2pt lead at top of SPL after thrilling win

Albirex Niigata (S) opened up a two-point lead atop the Singapore Premier League after a thrilling 3-2 win over Lion City Sailors at on Sunday (22 November). Goals from Tomoyuki Doi (13th minute), Muhammad Fairoz Hasan (34th) and Yasuhiro Hanada (77th) sealed the win at Bishan Stadium, with Song Ui-young (22nd) and Tajeli Salamat (45th) replying for Lion City.

Second-placed Tampines Rovers drew 2-2 with bottom-placed Tanjong Pagar United at Jurong East Stadium on Sunday. Boris Kopitovic’s brace (5th, 75th) was not enough for the Stags, as Luiz Carlos also scored twice for the Jaguars (61st, 81st).

The Young Lions leapfrogged over Tanjong Pagar at the bottom of the SPL table after a 2-1 win over Balestier Khalsa on Saturday. Jacob Mahler (45th) and Ryhan Stewart (86th) got the goals for the Young Lions, while Balestier replied through R Aaravin (57th).

In another match on Saturday, Geylang International defeated Hougang United 2-0, with goals from Barry Maguire (42nd) and Amy Recha Pristifana (59th).

There were no major upsets in an earlier round of matches held on Tuesday. Albirex scored a 2-0 win over Balestier, courtesy of goals from Hiroyoshi Kamata (65th) and Doi (80th), while Jordan Webb scored a hat-trick (50th, 70th, 85th) as Tampines came from behind to beat the Young Lions 3-1.

Lion City Sailors also scored a 3-1 win over Hougang, with goals from Gabriel Quak (12th), Hafiz Nor (58th) and Shahdan Sulaiman (87th) before Charles Mitchell scored a late consolation for the hosts. At Our Tampines Hub, Geylang beat Tanjong Pagar 2-1 with goals from Shahrin Saberin (23rd) and Fareez Farhan (69th).

ONE announces partnership with Facebook

Singapore-based mixed martial arts (MMA) fight company ONE Championship announced on Thursday (19 November) a global partnership with Facebook.

The partnership includes:

  • An agreement to deliver custom content to martial arts fans globally, featuring unique camera angles, behind-the-scenes footage and more, exclusively made for Facebook Watch and IGTV.

  • The joint launch of ONE Championship and ONE Esports Facebook Gaming channel, where fans can watch ONE athletes stream their gaming activity exclusively on Facebook Gaming.

  • The launch of “Only on Oculus” next-generation virtual reality content in the Venues app for Oculus Quest.

SGX Bull Charge Virtual CharitSingapore President Halimah Yacob (second from left) in a cheque presentation by the SGX Bull Charge Virtual Charity Run to Community Chest.y Run
Singapore President Halimah Yacob (second from left) in a cheque presentation by the SGX Bull Charge Virtual Charity Run to Community Chest. (PHOTO: SGX)

SGX Bull Charge raises $3.63m through Virtual Charity Run

The flagship charity initiative of Singapore Exchange, SGX Bull Charge, has raised $3.63 million after clocking over 150,000 kilometres for its Virtual Charity Run.

At a ceremony at SGX Centre on Wednesday (18 November), President Halimah Yacob witnessed the cheque presentation to Community Chest, through which all proceeds would be channelled to the adopted beneficiaries for this year: AWWA, Autism Association (Singapore), Fei Yue Community Services, HCSA Community Services and Shared Services for Charities.

The annual Charity Run, in its 17th year, was changed into a two-week virtual fundraiser due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It kicked off on 30 October with former Singapore swimmer Joscelin Yeo joining 44 chief executive officers and chiefs of companies in the 3km virtual Chief Challenge, which was flagged off by former sprinter C. Kunalan and para-swimmer Theresa Goh.

Over 5,000 participants in the virtual Mass Run ran at their own pace and space across different cities, with ultra-marathoner Stephen Lim who topping the individual leaderboard with 800km clocked.

SGX, which donated S$1.5 million including matching contributions dollar-for-dollar, will commit an additional 1,000 volunteer hours to charity in appreciation of the strong support from its community for the run.

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