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Jul 29, 2015

China’s Sun sets sights on golden haul in Kazan

By Julian Linden

(Reuters) – Chinese swimming sensation Sun Yang cannot seem to escape the spotlight in or out of the water, and at the world championships, starting in Russia on Aug. 2, the towering freestyler will again be the name of everyone’s lips.

A multiple world and Olympic gold medallist, Sun’s feats in the pool are already legendary but it is his exploits on dry land that have attracted the most attention in recent years.

Jul 29, 2015

Swimming-China’s Sun sets sights on golden haul in Kazan

July 29 (Reuters) – Chinese swimming sensation Sun Yang cannot seem to escape the spotlight in or out of the water, and at the world championships, starting in Russia on Aug. 2, the towering freestyler will again be the name of everyone’s lips.

A multiple world and Olympic gold medallist, Sun’s feats in the pool are already legendary but it is his exploits on dry land that have attracted the most attention in recent years.

Jul 22, 2015

Absentees add to uncertainty at world championships

SINGAPORE (Reuters) – The absence of a handful of the world’s best swimmers, including Michael Phelps, has added an air of uncertainty to the 16th world aquatic championships, starting in Russia on Friday.

Taking place in Kazan from July 24-August 9, the championships were meant to be a full dress rehearsal for next year’s Olympics in Rio but a spate of high-profile withdrawals has diluted the competition.

Jul 22, 2015

Swimming-Absentees add to uncertainty at world championships

SINGAPORE, July 22 (Reuters) – The absence of a handful of the world’s best swimmers, including Michael Phelps, has added an air of uncertainty to the 16th world aquatic championships, starting in Russia on Friday.

Taking place in Kazan from July 24-August 9, the championships were meant to be a full dress rehearsal for next year’s Olympics in Rio but a spate of high-profile withdrawals has diluted the competition.

Jul 17, 2015

World Rugby officials seeking answers from Japan

SINGAPORE (Reuters) – World Rugby officials are seeking urgent talks with organizers of the 2019 rugby World Cup following Friday’s surprise announcement that Japan’s proposed new national stadium won’t be ready in time for the tournament.

The 80,000-seat stadium in Tokyo, which is also the centerpiece of the 2020 Olympics, was scheduled to host the biggest matches in 2019, including the opening game and the final of the first rugby World Cup awarded to Asia.

Jul 17, 2015

Rugby-World Rugby officials seeking answers from Japan

SINGAPORE, July 17 (Reuters) – World Rugby officials are seeking urgent talks with organisers of the 2019 rugby World Cup following Friday’s surprise announcement that Japan’s proposed new national stadium won’t be ready in time for the tournament.

The 80,000-seat stadium in Tokyo, which is also the centrepiece of the 2020 Olympics, was scheduled to host the biggest matches in 2019, including the opening game and the final of the first rugby World Cup awarded to Asia.

Jun 15, 2015

Games-Thailand secure top place on SEA Games medals table

SINGAPORE, June 15 (Reuters) – Thailand beat Myanmar 3-0 in the men’s soccer final at the 28th Southeast Games to ensure they finished at the top of the medals table for the fourth time in the last five editions of the region’s biggest multi-sports event.

With one day of competition still to go, the Thais built an unassailable lead on the 11-nation medal standings, picking up their 93rd gold medal by winning the football final at Singapore’s National Stadium.

Jun 13, 2015

Malaysian minister defends gymnast’s outfit at SEA Games

SINGAPORE (Reuters) – A Malaysian government minister came out in defence of one of the country’s gold medal winning gymnasts at the Southeast Asian Games after critics said her outfit was too revealing.

Farah Ann Abdul Hadi was one of the stars of the artistic gymnastics competition at the 28th SEA Games in Singapore but unwittingly got more attention for her leotard than her somersaults.

Jun 13, 2015

Games-Malaysian minister defends gymnast’s outfit at SEA Games

SINGAPORE, June 13 (Reuters) – A Malaysian government minister came out in defence of one of the country’s gold medal winning gymnasts at the Southeast Asian Games after critics said her outfit was too revealing.

Farah Ann Abdul Hadi was one of the stars of the artistic gymnastics competition at the 28th SEA Games in Singapore but unwittingly got more attention for her leotard than her somersaults.

Jun 12, 2015

Thailand overtake Singapore in SEA Games medals table

SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Thailand, propelled by their track and field team and ace golfers, overtook host nation Singapore at the top of the medal standings at the Southeast Asian Games on Friday.

Tiny Singapore had led the 11-nation table since the first medal was decided 10 days ago but a lean return on Friday saw the city-state slip back to second place.

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