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Xing Aiying on her way to an upset of 7th seed Tracey Hallam.
Xing Aiying provided a ray of hope for the Singapore fans on a day that the Aviva Open Singapore 2008 saw some (more) major upsets.

It was Aiying's triumph over the 7th seed Tracey Hallam of England in her second round match which kept the almost 4,500 fans at the Indoor stadium on the edge of their seats. Aiying beat the English player 21-14, 21-12. The 19-year old Aiying will play Denmark's Tine Rasmussen, the reigning All England champion in the quarter-finals and is hoping to pull off another giant killing act again.

"I hope the Singapore fans will come and support me in my match against Tine. I am so happy with my win over Tracey but I know Tine will be a more difficult opponent. The last time we met was at the 2005 German Open and I remember very clearly that beating," said Aiying who is the sole Singaporean flag bearer left at the US$200,000 tournament.

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Posted in: Badminton, Scoops
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Participation over triumph. That is the message from Teo Ser Luck, true to the spirit of the Olympics.

The Senior Parliamentary Secretary in the Ministry of Community Development, Youth & Sports recently shone the spotlight on the sport of triathlon and expressed hopes that he wishes to see more Singaporeans taking up this sport.
 
There are three factors for the current interest. Firstly, the shot up in the number of participants for this year’s OSIM Singapore International Triathlon (OSIT). Secondly, the sport being included in the roster of 2010’s Youth Olympic Games (YOG). Lastly, the Let’s Play initiative to encourage Singaporeans to take up a sport today and enjoy it.

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The Asian Hockey Federation Cup (AHF Cup), hosted by Singapore, will be held between 14th - 22nd June at the Delta Stadium and will feature nine teams battling out for tournament supremacy while simultaneously aiming to qualify for berths to the 2009 Asia Cup and the 2010 World Cup.

With regional and world ranking points at stake the event becomes all the more important as nations jockey for positions to qualify or make qualification for other prestigious events.

This tournament will serve Singapore as a dress rehearsal as it is to co-host next year's Men's Junior World Cup with neighbours Malaysia including the 2010 Youth Olympic Games with both gender tournaments to be staged here.

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Our Beijing hopeful readies himself for another point.
It was reported that he has gotten over his injuries and worries, and that he's ready for anything. But even though he admitted he was in "superb condition" yesterday, top local shuttler Ronald Susilo had no way past arch-rival Boonsak Ponsana. The loss was so assured that even the Thai ace said it was the easiest outing he has had against our man.

The defending champion moves on. Unfortunately, in a day of surprises, many seeded players fell at the first hurdle. That included the top men's doubles team from Denmark, Lars Paaske and Jonas Rasmussen.
 
The second-round matches will be played today at the Singapore Indoor Stadium.

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Posted in: Badminton, Scoops
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The national girls with Tan Wee Khim, President of Netball Singapore (extreme left), Miles Webster, country manager of Fisher & Paykel (second from left)
and coach Lisa Beehag (extreme right) posing with the SMRT bus.
Having hosted the 4 Nations and 5 Nations in the last two years, and won them, Singapore has expanded the Nations Cup once again, this time to feature 6 including the local ladies.

The field is considerably stronger, with 2 powerhouses above us in the world rankings confirmed as participants. The retention of the title is even harder now that the squad is much younger and inexperienced than before. 10 of the girls have no international caps.
 
But the team is putting their sights far. With a new coach, the objective is to be ready for the 2011 World Netball Championships, which Singapore won the rights to host.

The 2008 Fisher & Paykel Nations Cup will take place at the Toa Payoh Sports Hall.

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Posted in: Netball, Scoops
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71-year old grandfather and 51-year-old housewife compete against chefs, bankers and CEOs in 55-km run-cycle-run event.

That was the appeal of this year's Saab City Duathlon. Participants came from all walks of life to race through the Marina Bay area. The event attracted 1,745 people this year, a rise of almost 600.

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Team Singapore has organized a series of events for Singaporeans to show their support for the athletes as the excitement builds up towards the biggest sporting event on the planet - the 2008 Beijing Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Do your part for Team Singapore by joining us at these events and cheering our athletes on! They will need the support of the whole country to be able to perform to the best of their abilities! Do your country proud and show the world what we can do!

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The 2008-09 season for the Singapore Slingers is shaping up nicely, as the team roster looks increasingly attractive.

In addition to recruits Darren Ng, the star shooting guard, and 2.23m centre Sam Harris, the tallest player to play in the National Basketball League (NBL), the team has acquired Jason Castro, Chris Daniel and Darius Rice.

Having retained veteran captain Ben Knight and the impressive rookie Blagoj Janev, the Slingers look like they will fly much higher than 2007’s second-last finish.

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Posted in: Basketball, Scoops
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Li Jiawei (left) and Sun Beibei.
Twice they've been runners-up, now finally a victory. Furthermore, on home soil.

The pair of Li Jiawei and Sun Beibei delivered a first local win at senior level at the TMS Singapore Open, ousting their Korean opponents in a relatively easy contest. 1,000 Singaporeans came to the Toa Payoh Sports Hall in the early afternoon to cheer on our own. It was the first final of the day, before the men's version, and the two singles event. All three others were won by China.
 
The relative success of the Li-Sun combination over Li and Wang Yuegu has given Team Singapore a selection headache for the Olympics team event, the sport's biggest hope for a medal.

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Although it still promises some world-class badminton action, the Aviva Open Singapore 2008 must certainly have been hit by the no-show of some of the game’s best.

In addition to original absences of China’s golden couple Lin Dan and Xie Xingfang, compatriots and world number 3 and 4, Bao Chunlai and Chen Jin respectively, and defending female champion Zhang Ning, several top names have pulled out in the last two weeks.

The worst hit are the men’s singles and usual crowd favourite men’s doubles events.

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Posted in: Badminton, Scoops
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