Singapore athletes, coaches and officials have completed COVID-19 vaccinations

About 220 of Team Singapore’s athletes, coaches and officials have completed their COVID-19 vaccinations, with the inoculation of athletes travelling to the Tokyo Olympics and the Paralympics an “immediate priority”, said Sport Singapore (SportSG) on Thursday (May 27). “We started the vaccination for our athletes, coaches and officials in February and, so far, about 220 have completed their vaccinations,” said Mr Toh. “We will continue to progressively vaccinate athletes, coaches and key officials representing Singapore at the upcoming major Games, by end-May 2021. In the same way, more athletes, coaches and other officials will be vaccinated progressively…

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Transgender women allowed to play women's rugby in France

The French rugby federation (FFR) will allow transgender women to play women’s rugby as of next season, going against governing body World Rugby’s guidelines, it said on Monday. Last year, World Rugby said that after months of research, it had “concluded that safety and fairness cannot presently be assured for women competing against trans women in contact rugby”, however allowing national federations to implement grassroot policies. The FFR said that transgender women “must certify that they have been on hormonal treatment for at least 12 months” and “must not exceed…

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From unknown to being the best in his position in the world

When Atletico Madrid paid Benfica 16m euros for the relatively unknown 21-year-old Slovenian goalkeeper Jan Oblak in 2014, many people thought the Spanish side’s manager Diego Simeone had panicked following the loss of Thibaut Courtois to Chelsea Seven years on, Oblak can lay claim to being the best in his position in the world. His stats are remarkable and Simeone has had the last laugh Anyone wanting to sign the 28-year-old now would have to meet the club’s 120m euros release clause. “I think I was born to be a…

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Giving up is not in our DNA

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says giving up on the Premier League title is “not in our DNA” even though their pursuit of runaway leaders Manchester City appears hopeless. The Norwegian believes his side are on the right track but admits adding to their 20 league titles is unlikely. “Of course we’ll never give up,” Solskjaer said after his side wrapped up a 4-0 aggregate victory against Granada in the Europa League quarter-finals on Thursday, setting up a last-four clash with Roma. They are also desperate to claim their…

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Conor McGregor's trilogy fight to take place in Vegas

Conor McGregor’s trilogy fight with Dustin Poirier will take place before a capacity crowd in Las Vegas in July, said Ultimate Fighting Championship chief Dana White. It will mark the first time a capacity crowd has attended a UFC fight in Nevada since the Covid-19 pandemic. “I’m so happy to finally be able to say Vegas is back,” White said. UFC has staged events in multiple venues like Las Vegas, Florida and Abu Dhabi since the pandemic erupted, mostly behind closed doors with strict safety protocols. However with restrictions gradually…

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Team Sapura Cycling with high hopes for Turkey

A year without international action, Team Sapura Cycling are looking to mark their return to racing on a bright note at the Tour of Turkey on April 11-18. Sapura will be up against a strong field at the UCI ProSeries race which includes WorldTour teams such as Astana-Premier Tech and Deceuninck-Quickstep. The UCI Continental team, who left for Turkey yesterday, have included Danilo Celano (Italy), Jesse Ewart (Ireland), Ahmet Orken (Turkey), Nur Aiman Rosli, Zawawi Azman and national road champion Akmal Hakim Zakaria in their squad. “Danilo has been especially…

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Malaysia Cup goes into its 100th year

Malaysia Cup goes into its 100th year very much alive and kicking, the Malaysian Football League (MFL) are getting ready to celebrate the centenary. And it’s coming back with a bang after surviving Covid. Last year, the Malaysia Cup had to be called off after just one round due to the virus. The stars are getting aligned, The tournament, which has a special place in the hearts of Malaysian fans, is returning in time for the full 100-year circle. The Malaysia Cup evokes memories of legends like the late Datuk…

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Team Sapura Cycling have cancelled their plan to Greece

Team Sapura Cycling have cancelled their plan to race in Greece after one of their Italian riders tested positive for Covid-19. Team principal Sayuti Zahit revealed that Pierpaolo Ficara, who finished fourth overall in Le Tour de Langkawi (LTdL) last season, tested positive for the virus in Syracuse, Sicily last month. Sapura’s foreign riders have been training in their own countries since the pandemic struck last year. “Pierpaolo’s condition has improved, he has informed us that he has been discharged from hospital and is now undergoing home quarantine in Italy,”…

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Wong Choong Hann brought everyone down to earth

BA of Malaysia (BAM) coaching director Wong Choong Hann was quick to bring everyone down to earth, despite the national players’ recent success in Europe. According to Choong Hann, everyone needs to continue working hard and not be satisfied with one or two achievements. Earlier this month, Lee Zii Jia became the talk of the town when the 23-year-old captured the All England men’s singles title. “Honestly, I would want to see them all beef up their fitness level after what I saw in Europe. This includes the Orleans Masters.…

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Malaysian Ladies' singles needs the push

If Indra Wijaya can do it with Lee Zii Jia, he can surely do the same to help the women’s singles players. However, the Indonesian-born coach will need some time with the current batch of shuttles. Among the players under his charge are reigning Sea Games champion S. Kisona, two-time world junior champion Goh Jin Wei, Lee Ying Ying and Eoon Qi Xuan Kisona was knocked out in the first round of the All England earlier this month. As a result, the BA of Malaysia (BAM) withdrew her from the…

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