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Singapore will be looking to Mohd Firdaus Abdul Rahman to defend his Skateboard Park title at the number one action sports competition in Asia, the KIA X Games Asia 2008 when the competition kicks off tomorrow at Shanghai’s Jiangwan Stadium.

He will be joined by compatriots Mohd Nazeer and Juraimi. The Republic will also feature in the events BMX Park (Luke Philomen and Ng Chee Keong) and Aggressive Inline Park (Brian Marsh, Addis Tan Hwee Kua, Craig Broklehurst).
 
The KIA X Games Asia 2008 looks certain to start off on a winning note when it opens its gates to Shanghai today with another impressive line-up of world class athletes for the second consecutive year. Renowned athletes at this year’s event will see the return of Andy Macdonald, the current KIA X Games Skateboard Vert defending champion, who shares the honor of having the most number of X Games skateboard medals (16) with the legendary Tony Hawk ; the Yasutoko brothers Eito and Takeshi Yasutoko, who regularly finish first and second at major competitions around the world and have dominated aggressive in-line vert for the past 10 Asian X Games; and the 2006 X Games BMX Vert champion Chad Kagy, who was last year’s gold medallist for the same event at the KIA X Games Asia 2007.

 

 
 

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After a successful Brazil Open for the women's singles event, Singapore's table tennis team went one better and took home two golds in Santiago, Chile. Li Jiawei, who has not been very successful in 2008, won the singles crown, and the men's doubles of Gao Ning and Yang Zi were successful as well. Unfortunately, the women's doubles team could not do deliver a triple win.

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With the new NBL season starting in September, the Singapore Slingers have already long begun their preparations in hope of delivering a better showing this time round. And their preparations can be seen in their movements in the transfer market. An experienced head who can star, and a towering wall have been added to the roster. The Slingers are still looking to further strengthen their team with a visit to the Philippines by their bosses.


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In a civic and socially-driven move, the Manulife Charity Swim 2008 is born. Manulife Singapore and the Singapore Swimming Association have joined hands to support both the sport of swimming and the underprivileged community. The public and affiliates are encouraged to join, and there is even a chance to swim against legends Ang Peng Siong and Joscelin Yeo, supporters of this event. Beneficiaries of the charity swim are the students under The Straits Times School Pocket Money Fund.


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Posted in: Swimming, Scoops
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The Singapore Ice Skating Association has hoped for years for membership into the International Skating Union. Only with membership can the country take part in international competitions sanctioned by them.
 
But the issue all this while was the absence of an Olympic-size ice rink on our island. That was the defining criteria for membership. With such a rink proposed to be up by end-2009, I talked to SISA's President Sonja Chong about the process and the progress.


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The School Challenge League was founded to allow more competition for netball school teams eliminated early in the National Schools. This gives the players more fun, playing time, and this perpetuates a healthy sport culture.



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Posted in: Netball, Scoops
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Like a passage of time, Sydney 2000 we had old warhorse Jing Junhong, and Li Jiawei fought valiantly at Athens in 2004. Does Beijing 2008 belong to Wang Yuegu?
 
"Wang... who?!", you ask. Yes, table tennis golden girl Li Jiawei is ranked behind Wang Yuegu in the world rankings.

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Premila Hirubulan, or Prem for short, has been playing netball since she was 10 years old. At only 17, she was the youngest player selected into the National Opens team and since then, she has never looked back. Having represented Singapore in numerous major sports competitions such as the 2001 Sea Games and 2004 Commonwealth Games, Prem has certainly grown to become one of the most respected and prominent figures in the game today.

One cannot possibly walk away after watching Prem play and not be blown away. She never fails to do the Goal Defence bib justice as she endlessly deflects and intercepts balls from her opponents, causing major disruption in opposing teams play. Prem also makes netball every bit of a spectator sport as her aerial ability on court is a feast to everyone's eyes. Her strong attacking style and flying interceptions from out of no-where are thrills that her many fans look forward to at every game.

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Posted in: Netball, Scoops
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Posted in: Football, Scoops
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