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

Staff Writer, Singapore
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Tampines Rovers' Baihakki Khaizan battles with Geylang International goalkeeper Hairul Syrhan during their Singapore Premier League tie. (PHOTO: Singapore Premier League)
Tampines Rovers' Baihakki Khaizan battles with Geylang International goalkeeper Hairul Syrhan during their Singapore Premier League tie. (PHOTO: Singapore Premier League)

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

Tampines Rovers lead at halfway point of SPL

The Singapore Premier League (SPL) teams completed matches first round of seven matches against one another last week, with Tampines Rovers holding a two-point lead at the top of the table over Albirex Niigata (S).

The Stags beat bottom-placed Young Lions 1-0 on Wednesday (4 November) thanks to a 24th-minute strike by Madhu Mohana, before drawing 1-1 with Geylang International on Saturday. Geylang striker Khairul Nizam scored a stunning long-range shot in the 22nd minute, which cancelled out Boris Kopitovic’s 13th-minute opener.

Albirex stayed in second spot after a 4-0 rout of Hougang United on Sunday, the goals coming from Hiroyoshi Kamata (55th minute), Kenta Kurishima (69th), Tomoyuki Doi (77th) and Rio Sakuma (92nd).

Lion City Sailors moved into third spot with after a 1-1 draw against Hougang on Wednesday and a 7-1 thrashing of Balestier Khalsa on Saturday.

In the earlier match, Shahdan Sulaiman (60th) had cancelled out Shawal Anuar’s 34th-minute opener for Geylang. Then on Saturday, Stipe Plazibat (10th, 28th, 31st), Song Ui-young (19th), Saifullah Akbar (34th), Tajeli Selamat (56th) and Adam Swandi (65th) led the rout against Balestier, whose Kristijan Krajcek (63rd) scored the consolation goal.

Geylang had registered a 1-0 win over Tanjong Pagar on Wednesday, Khairul Nizam netting the winner in the 61st minute.

Insights on supporting athletes through COVID-19 at SSI Symposium

The 2020 Singapore Sport Institute (SSI) Symposium was held online on Thursday (5 November), and featured guest speakers on the overall theme “From Youth to Elite – Harnessing Potential in Pursuit of Excellence”.

Experts also discussed the local and international best practices, strategies and insights on how sport science may continue to support athletes during the ongoing COVID-10 pandemic.

“The job description of a sport scientist needs reshaping in the new normal. (We need to) rethink how we work, embracing digital work streams, data analytics and leverage off the strength we have gained through this period,” said Dr Low Chee Yong of the National Youth Sports Institute during a round-up discussion at the symposium.

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