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Jun 1, 2015

Vietnamese gymnast Thanh eyes big haul at SEA Games

SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Patience, as much as skill and flexibility, has become a necessary part of the armory of Southeast Asia’s top-ranked gymnast, Vietnam’s Phan Thi Ha Thanh.

Despite its universal appeal, gymnastics has not been a permanent fixture on the Southeast Asian Games program, an inconsistency that has both frustrated and tested the resolve of the region’s leading competitors.

Jun 1, 2015

Games-Vietnamese gymnast Thanh eyes big haul at SEA Games

SINGAPORE, June 1 (Reuters) – Patience, as much as skill and flexibility, has become a necessary part of the armoury of Southeast Asia’s top-ranked gymnast, Vietnam’s Phan Thi Ha Thanh.

Despite its universal appeal, gymnastics has not been a permanent fixture on the Southeast Asian Games programme, an inconsistency that has both frustrated and tested the resolve of the region’s leading competitors.

May 29, 2015

Singapore probes match-fixing at SEA Games

SINGAPORE (Reuters) – At the same time as football’s world leaders were meeting in Switzerland vowing to clean up the game following the latest corruption cases, another scandal emerged, this time involving match-fixing in Asia.

Singaporean authorities announced on Friday, at the exact same time that the FIFA Congress was taking place in Zurich, that they had arrested an alleged match-fixer as well as several co-conspirators following an investigation into upcoming football matches at the Southeast Asian Games.

May 29, 2015

Soccer-Singapore probes match-fixing at SEA Games

SINGAPORE, May 29 (Reuters) – At the same time as soccer’s world leaders were meeting in Switzerland vowing to clean up the game following the latest corruption cases, another scandal emerged, this time involving match-fixing in Asia.

Singaporean authorities announced on Friday, at the exact same time that the FIFA Congress was taking place in Zurich, that they had arrested an alleged match-fixer as well as several co-conspirators following an investigation into upcoming soccer matches at the Southeast Asian Games.

May 28, 2015

Schooling sets his sights high at SEA Games

SINGAPORE (Reuters) – As one of Singapore’s most successful and popular swimmers, Joseph Schooling knows the next two weeks of his life will be akin to living in a fish bowl.

The teenager is already a sporting celebrity in the tiny city-state because of his feats in the pool but his profile is set to soar to new heights with Singapore hosting the 28th Southeast Asian Games, starting next week.

May 25, 2015

Games-Southeast Asian Games showcase region’s rapid growth

SINGAPORE, May 25 (Reuters) – The 28th Southeast Asian Games (SEA Games) begins in Singapore next week, an event that promises to showcase the region’s spectacular economic growth as much as the athletes and their competitions.

Like all regional multi-sports events, the SEA Games struggles for mainstream recognition outside its own borders, but for the 11 competing countries, the stakes could hardly be higher.

May 17, 2015

Dan Excel wins back-to-back Singapore Cups

SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Hong Kong stayer Dan Excel won Sunday’s S$3 million (1.45 million pounds) Singapore Airlines International Cup, becoming the first horse to win Southeast Asia’s richest race in successive years.

Patiently ridden by Australian jockey Tommy Berry, the evergreen seven-year-old charged to the front from the second widest barrier then held off his rivals in the straight to win the 2,000 metre Group One race at a floodlit Kranji racecourse.

May 15, 2015

Globetrotting French trainer targets Singapore

SINGAPORE (Reuters) – France’s master horseman Freddy Head has been plundering the world’s biggest races for decades but keeps looking for new frontiers.

Initially as a jockey and now as a trainer, Head has enjoyed remarkable success across Europe, Britain, Ireland, North America and the Middle East.

May 14, 2015

Brazil jockey makes every post a winning one in Asia

SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Horse racing has always thrived on its romantic notions. The rich and famous might own most of the best horses but it is the success of the battlers that keeps the sport’s heart beating.

The Brazilian jockey Joao Moreira is living proof of that endearing appeal. Born into a life of poverty, he has defied the odds and risen to become one of the most accomplished riders in the sport, breaking records all over the world.

May 7, 2015

Eligibility rules under the spotlight as World Cup looms

SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Less than five months before the World Cup kicks off in England and Wales, some of rugby’s best players are still deciding which country to represent. For many, money, rather than national pride, could be the deciding factor.

The days have long gone when players unhesitatingly opted to play for the land where they were born and raised. Now, players can pick and choose who they want to appear for, thanks to the sport’s controversial eligibility rules.

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