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Jun 7, 2015

Games-In Laos, women’s rugby flourishes on unsuitable ground

SINGAPORE, June 6 (Reuters) – Diving into tackles on the lush green grass at the Southeast Asian Games is a rare treat for the Laos rugby sevens teams who are more used to sidestepping motorbikes during training on a gravelly car park in Vientiane.

In the impoverished country, where many live without electricity and unexploded ordnance litter rural areas, rugby is a sport that barely registers among the communist leaders.

Jun 4, 2015

Malaysian football woes continue with Thai loss

SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Malaysian football is enduring some troubled times and the performance of their under-23 side at the Southeast Asian Games has failed to lift the mood.

A 1-0 loss to Thailand at a steamy Bishan Stadium in Singapore on Thursday left them all but out of contention for a place in the semi-finals of the biennial multi-sport Games for the 11-member bloc.

Jun 4, 2015

Asia central to picking next FIFA chief

SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Once a football minnow, the Middle East has emerged as one of the sport’s most powerful blocs during Sepp Blatter’s 17-year reign at FIFA, and is likely to have a big say in who will replace the 79-year-old Swiss, who is stepping down amid a deepening corruption scandal at the organisation.

The Middle East holds power at the 46-member Asian Football Confederation (AFC), the third largest of FIFA’s six regional bodies but boasting the biggest and fastest growing population, a dream ticket for FIFA sponsors like Coca-Cola and Adidas.

Jun 4, 2015

Soccer-Asia central to picking next FIFA chief

SINGAPORE, June 4 (Reuters) – Once a soccer minnow, the Middle East has emerged as one of the sport’s most powerful blocs during Sepp Blatter’s 17-year reign at FIFA, and is likely to have a big say in who will replace the 79-year-old Swiss, who is stepping down amid a deepening corruption scandal at the organisation.

The Middle East holds power at the 46-member Asian Football Confederation (AFC), the third largest of FIFA’s six regional bodies but boasting the biggest and fastest growing population, a dream ticket for FIFA sponsors like Coca-Cola and Adidas.

Jun 3, 2015

Floorball survives chop despite Philippines withdrawal

SINGAPORE (Reuters) – The women’s floorball tournament at the Southeast Asian Games will still go ahead despite the late withdrawal of the Philippines leaving organisers without the minimum required number of teams.

Each medal event at the biennial multi-sport Games for the 11-nation bloc requires four teams to proceed but the Filipinos’ decision to pull out for unspecified reasons on Tuesday left only hosts Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand competing.

Jun 2, 2015

Tamarine pursues more success on court, rather than in one

SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Thai trailblazer Tamarine Tanasugarn is well prepared for life after tennis having completed a law degree but retirement talk remains on hold while the 38-year-old chases more success on the court rather than in one.

After more than two decades on tour, her grand slam appearances have receded but the California-born Thai is a central figure in the country’s Southeast Asian Games party looking to sweep the tennis medals in Singapore from June 5-16.

Jun 2, 2015

Games-Tamarine pursues more success on court, rather than in one

SINGAPORE, June 2 (Reuters) – Thai trailblazer Tamarine Tanasugarn is well prepared for life after tennis having completed a law degree but retirement talk remains on hold while the 38-year-old chases more success on the court rather than in one.

After more than two decades on tour, her grand slam appearances have receded but the California-born Thai is a central figure in the country’s Southeast Asian Games party looking to sweep the tennis medals in Singapore from June 5-16.

May 31, 2015

Singapore hoping SEA Games can inspire sporting legacy

SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Singapore is hoping spicy local rivalries at the Southeast Asian Games will prove far more appetising than the bland and expensive 2010 Youth Olympics as it bids once more to spark a sporting revolution.

The 28th SEA Games is the centrepiece of the city-state’s 50th anniversary celebrations and a successful, inspiring event has taken on greater importance following the death of the country’s founding father Lee Kuan Yew in March.

May 31, 2015

Games-Singapore hoping SEA Games can inspire sporting legacy

SINGAPORE, May 31 (Reuters) – Singapore is hoping spicy local rivalries at the Southeast Asian Games will prove far more appetising than the bland and expensive 2010 Youth Olympics as it bids once more to spark a sporting revolution.

The 28th SEA Games is the centrepiece of the city-state’s 50th anniversary celebrations and a successful, inspiring event has taken on greater importance following the death of the country’s founding father Lee Kuan Yew in March.

May 30, 2015

Indonesian jumper Londa eyeing Olympic mark

SINGAPORE (Reuters) – While the tourists bask on Bali’s famed beaches, Indonesian long jumper Maria Natalia Londa ploughs through her training sessions on the white sand hoping the hard work will take her to another picturesque seaside spot.

The 24-year-old Balinese jumper is desperate to make it to Rio de Janeiro and compete at the 2016 Olympics.