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One’s a restaurant chef with N-level qualifications. The other’s a mass communication undergraduate at Nanyang Technological University.

They’re also buddies, united by a passion for the sport of lion dance, often classified, which they feel “unfairly”, as a cultural activity.

The pair, who makes up the ‘lion’, will see their months of hard work and sacrifices culminate in the National Lion Dance Championships zonal (East) qualifiers this Sunday at the Kaki Bukit Community Centre.

The Singapore Sports Council’s (SSC) Let’s Play initiative was launched in hope of reviving the fun element in sports and remind Singaporeans that sports is to be enjoyed.

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Singaporean hopeful Lam Chih Bing has vowed to rise to the occasion when he takes a second crack at the British Open at Royal Birkdale in Southport, England next week.

The Asian Tour stalwart admitted he was a bundle of nerves in his Open debut at Carnoustie but feels the valuable lessons learnt from 12 months ago will help him become the first Singaporean to play in all four rounds in the world's oldest major.

"I think I was way too nervous last year and I got off to a bad start on both days. However, I'm sure I'll be able to handle myself much better this time, especially now that I know what to expect. I feel I have some experience playing links golf and I should be better prepared," said Lam.

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The Singapore U18 team lost narrowly to Bahrain in their second match at the Asean Football Federation Youth Championship in Jakarta earlier this afternoon.

The Bahrainis scored 90 seconds into the game through Ahmed Isa Ali and even though the Singaporean boys valiantly tried to get a goal back, luck was not on their side as they eventually succumbed 1-0.

This is their second defeat in a row as after they went down to arch rivals Malaysia 2-0 in their opening game on Tuesday.

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Singapore will be fielding its best-prepared athletes at the upcoming Beijing 2008 Olympic and Paralympic Games with contingents of 25 and six athletes respectively. Both the Games will be held in Beijing, China.
 
National flags were presented to the teams at a ceremony last Thursday at Plaza Singapura.

Former Olympian, Dr Tan Eng Liang, Vice-President of the Singapore National Olympic Council and Chairman of the Special Training and Assistance Committee, will lead the Beijing 2008 Olympic contingent as Chef-De-Mission. The Beijing 2008 Paralympic contingent will be lead by Chef-de-Mission Frankie Thanapal Sinniah, PBM.

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FAS Referees Department head Shamsul Maidin will be joining world football governing body FIFA as a Referee Instructor from 22 July.  

Shamsul will be one of four Referees Instructors from Asia (the others from Japan, Iran and Saudi Arabia) appointed by FIFA to execute the Referee Assistance Programme (RAP) which was launched by FIFA President Sepp Blatter in December.

His role will be to assist referee developmental programmes at various Members Associations in South-East Asia and East Asia as well as the coordination of the teaching materials. He will also monitor the progress of participants in the FUTURO III courses, regularly analysing the feedback received and providing positive and constructive advice.

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15
The International Federation of Netball Association (IFNA) and Netball Singapore (NS) has put pen to paper in an official signing ceremony, to formalise the agreement between both parties for the organization of the World Netball Championships in Singapore in 2011.

IFNA’s Congress resolved on 11 November 2007 to entrust the hosting of the World Netball Championships in 2011 to NS after a competitive bid with Australia. The tournament will make a return to Singapore’s shores after 28 years when it last hosted the Championships in 1983.

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Posted in: Netball, Scoops
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Olympic favourites Australians Courtney Atkinson and Emma Moffatt showed just why they have been tipped to mount the podium in Beijing next month by demolishing the competition in the elite categories of this year’s OSIM Singapore International Triathlon 2008.

Atkinson, a three-time International Triathlon Union World Cup winner finished his race in one hour and fifty-four minutes, almost two minutes ahead of fellow countryman James Seear.

Moffatt likewise demolished the rest of the elite field, easily winning in slightly over two hours, and almost seven minutes ahead of second placed compatriot Sarah Anne Crowley.

Said Atkinson, who also won the title last year to complete a double this time round: “I race in Asia five to six times a year, and the conditions here are similar to that in Beijing. With the Olympics in five weeks, the conditions in Singapore are excellent as a lead-up and today was a good test and warm up to the big day in August.

“It felt great to defend the title and certainly a boost towards my dream of a gold medal - it’s one thing to go in believing that you can win, but I intend to make my dream a reality.”


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04
Singapore have been drawn to meet Jordan, Thailand and three-time winners Iran in Group E of the Final Qualification Round for the AFC Asian Cup 2011 in Doha.

The draw for the 20 teams took place this afternoon in the Qatari capital which sees them placed in five groups of four.

The top two teams from each group will progress to the finals in 2011 joining hosts Qatar as well as the top three finishers in last year's AFC Asian Cup Finals - Iraq, Saudi Arabia and Korea Republic. Two other slots will be reserved for the champions of the 2008 and 2010 AFC Challenge Cups.

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Posted in: Football, Scoops
03
Destination Doha 2011

The 20 teams will be drawn in five groups of four with the top two from each group earning a ticket to Doha in 2011, the 15th edition of Asia's premier international football competition.

Singapore have been seeded 18th and placed in Pot 4 alongside Yemen, Kuwait, India and Lebanon.

In the last qualifying campaign two years ago, two memorable results stand out: our 2-0 win over eventual winners Iraq in the opening match as well as the goalless draw against 2004 AFC Asian Cup runners-up China at the National Stadium.

Official Draw:
Thursday 3rd July 2008 at 12 noon (local time) - Aspire Dome, Doha, Qatar

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Posted in: Football, Scoops
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