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Jun 11, 2015

Games-Banned Indonesia end Singapore’s football hopes

SINGAPORE, June 11 (Reuters) – Hosts Singapore limped out of the Southeast Asian Games football tournament on Thursday after slumping to a 1-0 loss to Indonesia, who completed the semi-final lineup.

Midfielder Evan Dimas scored the only goal in the 46th minute as the country banned by world governing body FIFA last month for government interference in their football association kept up their bid for a first soccer gold since 1991.

Jun 10, 2015

Asian heavyweights kick off Road to Russia

SINGAPORE, June 10 (Reuters) – Asia’s heavyweight nations kick off their World Cup campaigns in some unusual places over the next six days, with a qualification revamp putting the continent’s minnows in line for some painful thrashings.

Thirty nine of the Asian Football Confederation’s 46 members will compete in the second round, which means rare qualifying matches for Guam, Bhutan and East Timor, but only the winners of the eight groups are guaranteed a place in the third round and also a spot at the 2019 Asian Cup.

Jun 10, 2015

Indonesia’s Manganang shines after gender protest dismissed

SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Organisers of the 28th Southeast Asian Games said on Wednesday they had dismissed an appeal from the Philippines regarding the eligibility of Indonesian female volleyballer Aprilia Santini Manganang.

The Philippines asked the organisers, SINGSOC, to verify Manganang’s gender ahead of their match at Singapore’s Sports Hub on Wednesday.

Jun 9, 2015

Games-Philippines win first sprint double with an American twist

SINGAPORE, June 9 (Reuters) – The Philippines celebrated a first ever sprint-double at the Southeast Asian Games on Tuesday with the success cheered across the country as well as in Texas and California.

Texas-based Eric Shauwn Cray blitzed the field to win the men’s race in a national record and personal best time of 10.25 seconds before 17-year-old Kayla Anise Richardson edged the women’s in 11.76 after a nerve-jangling photo finish.

Jun 8, 2015

Chelsea’s Brunei Prince bows out of SEA Games

SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Chelsea forward Faiq Jefri Boliah is easily the most marked footballer at the Southeast Asian Games. Everywhere the 17-year-old Brunei royal goes someone is by his side.

Off the field it is two bodyguards who ensure the nephew of the Sultan of Brunei Hassanal Bolkiah, one of the world’s super rich, is well looked after.

Jun 8, 2015

Games-Chelsea’s Brunei Prince bows out of SEA Games

SINGAPORE, June 8 (Reuters) – Chelsea forward Faiq Jefri Boliah is easily the most marked footballer at the Southeast Asian Games. Everywhere the 17-year-old Brunei royal goes someone is by his side.

Off the field it is two bodyguards who ensure the nephew of the Sultan of Brunei Hassanal Bolkiah, one of the world’s super rich, is well looked after.

Jun 7, 2015

In Laos, women’s rugby flourishes on unsuitable ground

SINGAPORE (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 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.