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Entries for January 2009

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LANKA LIONS & TCS - TWENTY20 CHAMPIONS !

The SCA T-20 Challenge 2009 successfully ended on the 27th January 2009 at the Fernvale grounds. In the Clubs category, CSC and Lanka Lions met in the final, and the star studded Lanka Lions team took the game home comfortably with over 3 overs to spare and 6 wickets in hand.

 

In the corporate category TCS and Sembawang Punj-Llyod played the finals which ended up in a tie. With both teams tied with 106 runs after each innings were completed, a bowl out was introduced to determine the winner. TCS came better of Sembawang by beating them 1-0 in the bowl out.

 

It was a nice atmosphere, the crowd was active throughout the day in supporting their team and the bhangra group added more vibe to it. The chief guests Mr. Harban Singh and Mr. Joe Grimberg honored the Corporate and Clubs category with the trophies respectively. SCA President Mr. Imran H. Khwaja honored the top players of the tournament.

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ARE YOU CYCLING SAFE?

The following are some simple safety tips for road cycling. 

Just remember S.A.F.E.

 

Be Seen                  - Use lights at night and have reflectors on your bike. Light-colored clothing can make you more visible to motorists.

 

Be Aware                - Ride defensively. Know what the other traffic is doing. Scan the road behind and shoulder check regularly. Be prepared to maneuver for safety even though bicycles have an equal right to use the road. Watch for cars entering from driveways.

 

Follow the              - You have the same rights and responsibilities as all other road

Rules                       users. Use hand signals. Let others know where you are going. Avoid weaving in and out of traffic or around parked cars.

 

Extra Space            - Ride in a straight line and have some space from the curb so you can move around road hazards. When riding beside parked cars, look for people inside.

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To the Youth of Asia!

 

With all the hype abuzzing around the upcoming inaugural Asian Youth Games (AYG), The Play Times (TPT) is excited to catch hold of the man behind the scene for a quick chat. At the helm of the team at the Singapore Sports Council is Mr Ng Eng Soon, the AYG Project Team Co-Director whose passion for sports knows no boundaries!

TPT Reporter          : TPT understands that the AYG was first mooted as part of the bid for YOG. Is there a specific vision that has been established for the AYG?

Eng Soon                : The AYG was created with the youth of Asia in mind. We wanted to create a legacy for Singapore and for Asia, hence the birth of the AYG. This will be an important stepping stone for the youth of Asia who wish to excel in the field of sports. The AYG is an excellent opportunity for them to hone their skills, while they learn the virtues of Olympism.

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World-Class Action at the OCBC Cycle Singapore!


On Sunday, 22 February 2009, Singapore will be staging its newest mass participation cycling event, OCBC Cycle Singapore. Featuring four criterium events, cyclists will be riding for a total prize purse of $100,000.

Event owner and organiser, Spectrum Worldwide has just announced the next wave of riders and four professional teams that will be making their way to the sunny island to compete in this inaugural event.

Professional cycling teams Lampre-NGC, Garmin Chipotle, CSC Saxo Bank and Fuji Servetto will all be sending top cyclists to take part in the Elite Criterium, the final event of the day-long road cycling festival. Competitors and spectators can expect to be treated to some world-class action with renowned riders such as Simone Ponzi from Italy and Cameron Meyer from Australia who are representing these top teams.

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Singapore, 21 January 2009 - Singaporeans can expect more updates on the local youth sports scene right from their television screens with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the Singapore Sports Council (SSC), the Ministry of Education (MOE) and MediaCorp today at the Convent of the Holy Infant Jesus (CHIJ) Secondary (Toa Payoh). This collaboration between the Singapore Sports Council, Ministry of Education and MediaCorp aims to build a strong sporting culture through wider exposure of youth sports and to give budding athletes support and encouragement.

The MOU was signed by Mr Oon Jin Teik, Chief Executive Officer for the Singapore Sports Council, Ms Sum Chee Wah, Director (Education Programmes) from the Ministry of Education and Mr Kenneth Liang, Executive Vice President, TV Programming and Production, Channel 5, MediaCorp TV Singapore Pte Ltd. Mr Teo Ser Luck, Senior Parliamentary Secretary, Ministry of Community Development, Youth & Sports and Ministry of Transport, Mr Masagos Zulkifli BMM, Senior Parliamentary Secretary, Ministry of Education and Ministry of Home Affairs, and Mr Lucas Chow, Chief Executive Officer of MediaCorp Pte Ltd witnessed the official signing ceremony.

Under the agreement, MediaCorp will broadcast highlights from the National School Sports Championships 2009 covering almost all of the 26 sports contested in the three age divisions in secondary schools and junior colleges from the quarter-finals onwards. The weekly 30-minute prime-time magazine show will include a summary of what has gone on in the week before as well as interviews and results of the various competitions. The 13-episode programme will air on MediaCorp Channel 5 from 4 March every Wednesday from 7:30pm - 8:00pm and is expected to wrap up in May when the competitions draw to a close. There will also be regular updates on the other MediaCorp platforms in print, radio and online.

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VOR bids Singapore Adieu!

 

Singapore’s inaugural stop-over on the 34-year-old Volvo Ocean Race (VOR) competition came to an end yesterday (Sunday, 18 Jan), as the teams continued with the fourth leg of the around-the-world voyage to make their way to Qingdao, China.

 

Delta Lloyd, the Dutch-Irish team that docked first in Singapore during the previous leg, kicked things off at the Sentosa Cove (Singapore) by heading out of the docks first to the starting line.

                                                                                                                       

The VOR is one of the most challenging sporting events in the world, owing to several treacherous elements of nature. Often referred to as the ‘Everest’ of sailing, the sailors need to brave dangerous storms, mountainous waves, extreme temperatures, relentless sleep deprivation and capricious winds.

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Singapore Cricket Association extends their gratitude to AMBOSS and ZOTI SPORTS for their support to the Singapore Under - 17 team and sponsoring them with the full cricketing kit. ‘AMBOSS’ and ‘ZOTI SPORTS’ have been generous to sponsor goods worth over S$14,000 for the U-17 Singapore team which is taking part in the upcoming ACC U-17 Elite Cup in Katmandu, Nepal from 4th February to 13th February 2009. AMBOSS and ZOTI SPORTS are also sponsors for the ongoing SCA Twenty20 Championship.

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Biking trails in town

Biking enthusiasts- seasoned and amateur alike- will be glad to know that there are now four mountain bike trails in town- Bukit Timah, Kent Ridge, Tampines and Pulau Ubin!

Max Mager, consultant for DirTraction and a volunteer who designs mountain bike trails, highlighted that these trails are safe and sustainable as the tracks do not turn muddy when it rains. Bikers can also look forward to variety as each trail poses a different challenge.

Bukit Timah and Tampines Park are ideal locations for the newbies, while intermediate bikers may like to try out the scenic Pulau Ubin. Advanced riders, on the other hand, can expect more challenging and technical trails at the Kent Ridge Park. But beware of the steep paths!

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SINGAPORE UNVEILS OFFICIAL LOGO
OF THE INAUGURAL YOUTH OLYMPIC GAMES

 

10 January 2009 - The Singapore 2010 Youth Olympic Games logo was officially launched today by Dr Vivian Balakrishnan, Minister for Community Development, Youth and Sports.

 

Spirit of Youth - the Singapore 2010 Youth Olympic Games logo - celebrates Singapore 2010 in an adventurous, open and fun way. It evokes the Singaporean sense of confidence and progress.  A red flame represents the passion to learn and the power of positive thinking. A purple star symbolises excellence and the pride of representing one’s nation.  A crescent reflects dynamic youth, full of promise.  The active appearance of the “Singapore 2010” wordmark comprises individual and unique characters that signify harmony among the diverse participants.  The Spirit of Youth inspires all of us to express the Olympic spirit and celebrate the first-ever Youth Olympic Games.

 

“The launch of the logo today is a major milestone for the Singapore 2010 Youth Olympic Games,” said Mr NG Ser Miang, Chairman of the Singapore Youth Olympic Games Organising Committee (SYOGOC). “The logo is an important symbol of the inaugural Youth Olympic Games. It embodies the vision of Singapore 2010 - Inspiring Youth, Sporting Singapore, and expresses the significance and legacy that we hope Singapore 2010 will have on the lives of Singaporeans and youths around the world before, during and after the Games.”

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A RECORD 372 PARTICIPANTS COMPETED IN ONE OF THE TOUGHEST ADVENTURE RACES IN SINGAPORE - THE SAFRA AVVENTURA, ROUGH RAMBLE

 

Participants of the SAFRA AVventura, Rough Ramble had to run, bike, kayak, scale a towering 25m rope ladder, sport climb, rope ascend, abseil down rugged slopes with their bikes slung over their shoulders, and clear a jungle trail and water crossing at one of the toughest adventure races held in Singapore. 

 

The SAFRA AVventura, currently into its third edition, has also grown to be one of the largest adventure races in Singapore since its debut in 2006. A record 372 racers representing 186 teams competed in the race this morning. This marked a more than 10 percent increase from the 336 adventure enthusiasts who had competed in the Coastal Challenge in September 2007.

 

Chairman of the Organising Committee Mr Kenneth Tan commented: “The popularity of adventure racing in Singapore has been growing steadily in recent years. Besides that, the organising committee for the SAFRA AVventura has also put in extra effort to introduce new elements and new challenges to the race each year. With that, we have been able to draw an increasing number of participants.”

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