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Entries for July 2009


The atmosphere was fit for a cup final. The cheers, horns and most importantly, the belting of the Gerry and the Pacemakers, You’ll Never Walk Alone tune filled the National Stadium. These Liverpool supporters really made themselves heard in our Lion’s den. The 50,000 supporters were not left disappointed, as they were treated to a majority of regular Liverpool starters throughout the game.

The match kicked off with adrenaline pumped players who were eager to make their mark on the game. Our Lions played well and kept their composure. Liverpool took the lead at the stroke of half time, through an Andriy Voronin's strike. Once the second half started, there was no stopping the Reds. Goals were scored by Krisztian Nemeth (two), Fernando Torres and Albert Riera.

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Liverpool fans were in a frenzy the last couple days, as they eagerly waited for a rare chance to see their beloved players here in Singapore. On Friday afternoon, the team of players split up to make scheduled appearances at Vivocity, Courts (at Tampines), Jurong Point and Velocity (at Novena). They signed autographs and even posed for shots with fans that were present.

Then on Saturday, the team went on a river cruise down the iconic Singapore River. The atmosphere there was simply deafening as many jersey adorning fans cheered and even sang as the team’s boat sailed slowly past.

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The New Idea Australian Netball league (ANL) which will begin today, will have an international twist to the competition.

In 2009, ten Australian state and territory teams will be joined by Singapore, with the Asian nation the 11th team in the league. Singapore’s inclusion comes as a result of a long-standing relationship between Netball Australia and Netball Singapore with teams, coaches and umpires visiting from both countries on a regular basis.

Singapore’s involvement in the ANL will give the Singapore National team the exposure of playing against stronger opponents, in preparations for the Nations Cup from 6 to 12 December.

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At a press conference held yesterday evening in Singapore, Liverpool manager Rafa Benitez downplayed his side's unimpressive performances in preseason friendlies, saying that his team have been hampered by player absences. "It's very difficult when you have a lot of players away, coming back later,"

Rafa also gave the assurance that they are taking these pre-season friendlies seriously and that star player, Fernando Torres will be on the field longer than the when he played in Bangkok. He said: "We will have two or three more training sessions and if everything is okay, he will play more. We don't know how much, but clearly more than 10 minutes."

Liverpool, who are looking for their first win in their four pre-season matches, will take on our Singapore national team here on Sunday. The last time the two teams met was in 2001. That was when the Reds won 2-1 at the National Stadium.

Hopefully, our boys will do one better than the Thais and garner a win over the English Premier League giants this Sunday.

Go Lions!

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Demonstrating its commitment to the game yesterday, Nike brought NBA Finals MVP Kobe Bryant for the first time to Singapore. Yesterday’s visit was the second stop on Kobe’s Nike sponsored 2009 Asia Tour.

Kobe Bryant’s one-day Singapore visit kicked off with an interaction session with 50 elite young athletes from the Singapore Sports School, as well as the Asian Youth Games contingent at the Ritz Carlton Hotel. The Los Angeles Lakers star shared the motivational story of his journey to success as a world -class athlete, and fielded various questions from the youth. Indeed, at the end of the question and answer session, the youths were able to take away pointers to help them in their respective sports.

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Over the weekend of the 4th of July 2009, street racing fans gathered across the island to Changi Exhibition Center, for the Formula Drift ProAm Series 2009 (Singapore).

Drifting is a motorsport invented by the Japanese consisting of maneuvering through sharp turns by co-coordinating handbrake, clutch and accelerator. Originating from the mountains of Japan, traditional drifters would drift down these hills equipped with sharp turns and mighty acceleration. Best part? No road closures or notices. Thankfully, we are in Singapore and safety standards include oversized barriers and safety-smart drifters.

On Friday, July 3rd 2009, I was treated to a sneak peek of what the big deal was all about. Set in a press conference, the GoodYear Team was ready to answer any questions without hesitation. From questions about drifting to how the team met to rules and regulations of the competition and finally their personal lives.

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On July 4th 2009, the gates of Changi Exhibition Center opened to the yearning public for Formula Drift Pro Am Series 2009. Being the first day of the competition, drifters were given practice sessions to test the track. Getting a feel of the sharp turns and clipping points they should be aware of during the actual competition on the 5th.

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Standard Chartered Bank renewed its title sponsorship of the Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon for a further four years until 2012 with a commitment to invest about S$10 million in sponsorship and promotion fees over the next four years.

The extension of the sponsorship underscores the success of the partnership with the Singapore Sports Council (SSC) and the Singapore Athletic Association (SAA) in establishing the Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon as the country’s premier race, one that is renowned for its superb organisation. The event has been enjoying tremendous success ever since it started in 2002, from 6,000 participants to 50,000 participants last year.

So, what exactly made Standard Chartered want to continue supporting this marathon? “We are extremely proud to see the event that we have nurtured since 2002 become such a resounding success…It is important that home-grown events…continue to grow and flourish in Singapore. It takes a lot of courage and determination to take on the challenge of a long race. Every one of the runners is an inspiration for our continued commitment to this great event,” said Mr. Lim Cheng Teck, CEO of Standard Chartered Bank Singapore. Now, fans of this marathon will be happy to hear that this marathon will still continue and not be postponed due to the current economic climate.   

A significant change to this year’s marathon would be the apparel sponsor. New Balance, one of the leading global manufacturers of athletics products would be sponsoring for the next three years, including this year. Did you know that New Balance was the first apparel sponsor for the Singapore Marathon? So, runners will definitely be pleased at the new brand apparels they will be getting this year!

 Registration will begin on 16 July, so do get ready to take part in this coveted event!

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Even though the 1st Asian Youth Games (AYG) has drawn to a close, the spirit of the Games lingers on in the hearts of all the young athletes across Asia. Over the past nine days, Asia’s finest young athletes have converged on one ground to be part of the Games, and will certainly return to their homes with an unforgettable experience.

The closing ceremony brought the curtains down to what had been an amazing nine days of sporting action. We have witnessed the heart and determination of these youthful athletes, in their drive to excel in sports. It is even more heartening to see the new thread of friendships that have been spawned out from sports.

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Singapore bagged their second gold medal at the Asian Youth Games (AYG), as bowlers, New Hui Fen and Darshini Khrishna struck their way to victory in the Girls’ Doubles. This is Hui Fen’s second gold medal. She became the first Singaporean to win a Gold medal at the games after emerging champion in the Girl’s Singles.

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