Tag: SEA Games

“Is this how we repay our athletes…?” Netizens are unhappy with ‘report card’ being given to teams

Singapore—The country’s athletes placed 6th overall in the recently-concluded SEA Games, held this year in the Philippines, its lowest rank in years. Channel NewsAsia (CNA) reported Richard Gordon Singapore Sports Institute’s (SSI) head of high performance and athlete life as saying, “We’ve seen a...

Brief encounter: fighter wins SEA Games gold after underwear row

by James EDGAR A Filipino martial artist was prepared to give up his chance of winning a Southeast Asian Games title because he didn't want to wear underpants beneath his traditional loincloth. Crisamuel Delfin eventually picked up gold for his weapon-wielding anyo routine in the arnis...

Olympic swim champ Schooling vows to ‘fix’ physique after SEA Games flop

Olympic champion Joseph Schooling vowed to "fix" his physique after winning only one individual gold medal at the Southeast Asian Games, less than eight months before his title defence at Tokyo 2020. The 24-year-old Singaporean famously beat his idol, US legend Michael Phelps, at the...

Filipino surfer forsakes SEA Games gold to save the life of Indonesian rival

Philippines—Roger Casugay, a Filipino surfer, heavily favoured to take home a gold medal in this year’s South East Asian Games lost the chance to become a medalist. But it is for the best reason possible—rescuing the life of Indonesian opponent Arhip Nurhidayat on Friday, December...

Behind the scenes at SEA Games 2019: From not enough food to “too good to resist”

Manila—This year’s SEA Games, hosted by the Philippines, has certainly had its share of drama—from athletes getting stuck in traffic (true), and having to sleep on the floor while waiting for their rooms to be ready (also true) to stories of Muslim athletes being...

Typhoon causes cancellation, re-scheduling of some SEA Games events

Manila—Some of the scheduled events of this year’s South East Asian  (SEA) Games in the Philippines have been cancelled or rescheduled due to the Typhoon Kammuri, which entered the Philippine Area of Responsibility over the weekend. The tropical cyclone brings winds of 112 kph up...

Fake news: Muslim athletes from Singapore NOT served pork at SEA Games in Manila

Singapore—Amidst the rocky start that a number of participants in this year’s SEA Games have experienced in Manila, Philippines, at least one story has been debunked as fake news. There was no truth, apparently, to the news that Muslim athletes from Singapore had been...

SEA Games off to a rocky start, Singapore team and others face food and logistic challenges

To say that the 30th Southeast Asian Games (SEA Games) hosted by the Philippines is off to a rocky start is an understatement. The SEA Games will officially open on Nov 30, but the host country's apparent lack of management and preparation has been the...

Breakdown in communication between Mindef and parents led youngster Ben Davis to play for Thailand: SCMP

South China Morning Post says a “breakdown in communication” over mandatory national service resulted in Singapore’s great football hope Ben Davis joining Thailand instead of Singapore's football team for this year's Southeast (SEA) Games. The Hong Kong daily says an earlier tit-for-tat between Davis’ father,...

Unfazed by haze, Singapore’s athletes keep up SEA Games training

Singapore—Haze or no haze, the country’s premier athletes are busy getting ready for the upcoming SEA Games later this year. If needed, they will wear protective gear or move training to indoor venues, as they single-mindedly prepare for their athletic events. According to The Straits...