Sports happenings in Singapore (15 April to 1 May)

Singapore shuttle Loh Kean Yew at the Badminton Asia Championships in Manila. (PHOTO: Rouelle Umali/Xinhua via Getty Images)

SINGAPORE – Here is a recap of sporting events and developments in Singapore over the past week (25 April to 1 May):

Loh Kean Yew narrowly lost at the Badminton Asia Championships

Reigning badminton world champion Loh Kean Yew narrowly lost to world No. 8 Indonesian Jonatan Christie at the Badminton Asia Championships in Manila on Friday (April 29), losing 20-22, 21 in the quarterfinals in men’s singles: 23

The Singapore shuttle, ranked No. 10 in the world, has not beaten Christie in any of their five encounters. The Indonesian also beat Loh in the group stage of the Tokyo Olympics last year, preventing him from reaching the knockout stages.

Despite losing in the quarterfinals, it was Loh’s best performance to date at the Badminton Asia Championships, having been eliminated in the opening round of his previous two appearances in 2016 and 2019.

Next, he will focus on the Thomas Cup final in Bangkok from May 8-15 before traveling to Hanoi for the SEA Games.

Lion City Sailors exit AFC Champions League after losing to Daegu

Reigning Singapore Premier League champions Lion City Sailors exited the AFC Champions League after a 2-1 defeat by Daegu FC on Saturday (30-30 June).

The Sailors finished third in the group after earning seven points with two wins (3-0 v Daegu and 3-2 v Shandong Taishan), one draw (0-0 v Shandong) and three losses (1-2 v Daegu , 1-4 and 0-6 vs. Urawa Red Diamonds).

Points tally is the best performance by a Singapore team in the AFC Champions League. SAFFC picked up one and four points in 2009 and 2010 respectively, while Tampines Rovers ended their season with six straight losses last year.

SEA Games Men’s and Women’s Soccer Teams Announced

The final 20-man squad of the Singapore men’s soccer team heading to the SEA Games will not have any of the Fandi brothers as Irfan and Ikhsan Fandi have not been sacked by their Thai club BG Pathum United as the games are off-the-record FIFA window.

Serious injuries had plagued the squad, with Ilhan Fandi ruled out of games with an ankle injury and Jacob Mahler suffering an anterior cruciate ligament injury in Young Lions’ Singapore Premier League game against Tampines Rovers on 20 April.

Head coach Nazri Nasir has called up elders Zaiful Nizam, Syahrul Sazali and Zulfahmi Arifin to fill the three aging spots.

Meanwhile, the women’s team has also been completed with 20 selected players, with expatriate players Siti Rosnani Azman, Putri Nur Syaliza Sazali, Danelle Tan and Nicole Lim selected for the Hanoi games.

Skateboarder Tina Wan from Singapore.  (PHOTO: United Skates)

Skateboarder Tina Wan from Singapore. (PHOTO: United Skates)

Skateboarder Tina Wan signs with United Skates

Singaporean skateboarder Tina Wan has signed a sponsorship deal with United Skates, a Singapore-based skateboard company.

United Skates said in a media release on Monday (April 25) that the sponsorship will support her training and development as a competitive skateboarder and will help her progress through training and competing across the region to focus on preparing big games.

The company also unveiled a specially designed skateboard, “Tina’s Treats,” created with Tina’s input and capturing her bubbly optimism and individualistic style. The design is the brainchild of renowned Singaporean artist and graphic designer Little Ong.

The Singapore Turf Club reopens its doors after two years

The Singapore Turf Club (STC) announced on Monday (April 25) that it will reopen its doors to the public after almost two years of racing behind closed doors. Spectators were in the stands on Saturday to watch horse racing live.

All STC visitors and spectators must be fully vaccinated to enter the site. Vaccination status validation and SafeEntry check-in are required and only via TraceTogether token or app. In addition, wearing masks remains mandatory indoors and in areas that are considered indoors.

Live streaming of races will continue to be available to Singapore Pools account holders online or via StarHub Ch288 and Ch289.

Added fights to UFC 275 pay-per-view

Ultimate Fight Championships (UFC) on Friday (April 29) announced additional fights for the pay-per-view match “UFC 275: Teixeira vs. Prochazka” at the Singapore Indoor Stadium on June 12.

Additional bouts include former UFC strawweight champion Zhang Weili versus former fellow strawweight Joanna Jedrzejczyk in a highly anticipated rematch of their 2020 fight of the year.

Other bouts include: Kang Kyung-ho Kang of South Korea vs. Danaa Batgerel of Mongolia, Choi Seung-woo of South Korea vs. Josh Culibao of the Philippines, Liang Na of China vs. Silvana Gomez Juarez of Argentina, and Hong Kong’s Ramona Pascual vs. Joselyn Edwards Panama.

NBA opens office in Singapore

The National Basketball Association (NBA) announced Tuesday (April 26) that it is opening an office in Singapore.

The Singapore office joins the league’s offices in Manila and Mumbai to expand the NBA’s existing efforts in the region, which include live game distribution, youth development programs, interactive fan events, merchandise sales and social responsibility efforts.

The NBA has hosted 17 preseason and regular season games in the region, most recently in 2019 when the Houston Rockets and Toronto Raptors played two preseason games in Tokyo and the Indiana Pacers and Sacramento Kings played two preseason games in Mumbai.

With the opening of the Singapore office, the NBA now has offices in 15 markets worldwide: Beijing, Dakar, Hong Kong, Johannesburg, Lagos, London, Madrid, Manila, Mexico City, Mumbai, New York/New Jersey, Rio de Janeiro, Shanghai, Singapore and Toronto.

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