WEEKLY ROUND-UP: Sports happenings in Singapore (18-24 July)

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Singapore football great Fandi Ahmad. (FILE PHOTO: Yahoo News Singapore)
Singapore football great Fandi Ahmad. (FILE PHOTO: Yahoo News Singapore)

SINGAPORE — Here is a round-up of sports events and developments in Singapore in the past week (18 to 24 July):

Fandi Ahmad joins Pahang as technical adviser

Singapore football great Fandi Ahmad has been named as the technical adviser for Malaysian Super League (MSL) club Sri Pahang, less than a month after he left his head of elite youth role at the Football Association of Singapore upon his contract's expiry on 30 June.

The 60-year-old had played for the club in 1991 and 1992, winning the Malaysia league and cup double in the second season.

Pahang - who are struggling at 11th place in the 12-team MSL - also announced on their social media platforms that current team manager and Malaysia football great Dollah Salleh, who was Fandi's teammate at Pahang, will take over Frenchman Christophe Gamel as interim head coach.

Late winner gives Sailors 2-1 win over Tampines in fiery SPL match

A stoppage-time winning goal from defender Pedro Henrique gave Lion City Sailors a precious 2-1 win over Tampines Rovers at the Jalan Besar Stadium on Sunday (24 July), as they maintained their five-point lead atop the Singapore Premier League (SPL).

The Brazilian's 94th-minute winner ended a two-match winless streak for the defending SPL champions, after Tampines' Taufik Suparno scored in the 77th minute to cancel out Song Ui-young's 30th-minute opener. The match was marred by skirmishes after the match, as both teams jostled angrily and Sailors head coach Kim Do-hoon and Tampines' Syazwan Buhari were yellow-carded.

Second-placed Albirex Niigata (Singapore) had temporarily narrowed the gap to two points with a game in hand on Saturday after a 5-0 rout of bottom-placed Young Lions at Jalan Besar Stadium. Ilhan Fandi (24th minute), Masahiro Sugita (29th), Kodai Tanaka (64th and 73rd) and an own goal by Syahrul Sazali (85th) earn the big win for the Swans.

Tanjong Pagar United maintained their third placing in the league with a 2-0 win over Balestier Khalsa on Saturday, with a brace from Reo Nishiguchi (28th and 78th).

On Friday, Geylang International maintained their recent hot streak with a 2-1 comeback win over Hougang United at Hougang Stadium, with goals from Vincent Bezecourt (77th) and Sime Zuzul (88th) cancelling Pedro Bortoluzo's opener (34th).

Singapore to host inaugural Asian 9-ball Open

Singapore will be hosting the inaugural Asian 9-ball Open from 24 to 28 August at the Aspire Recreation Centre at Harbourfront Centre, reported The Straits Times.

Asia's top pool players - including Singapore world No.7 Aloysius Yapp and his coach Toh Lian Han, Japan's Naoyuki Oi (No.4), as well as former world champions such as Filipino Carlo Biado (No.34) and Taiwanese Ko Pin-yi (No.51) - are set to feature in the event.

They will compete for the top prize of $10,000. The tournament will also be part of Matchroom Pool's Nineball World Ranking schedule.

Evolve MMA academy at The Star Vista. (PHOTO: Evolve MMA)
Evolve MMA academy at The Star Vista. (PHOTO: Evolve MMA)

Evolve MMA to open new academy at The Star Vista

Evolve Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) will be opening a new academy at The Star Vista in October, joining its stable of outlets at Far East Square, Orchard Central, KINEX and Clarke Quay Central.

Running seven days a week from early morning to late night, Evolve Star Vista will see top instructors in muay thai, boxing, Brazilian jiu-jitsu (BJJ), wrestling, MMA and submission grappling bring their dedication and expertise to the lifestyle mall outlet.

The academy will offer a comprehensive selection of martial arts classes featuring muay thai, boxing, BJJ, wrestling, WarriorFit (strength and conditioning), and the Evolve Little Samurai children’s program.

“With the opening of Evolve Star Vista, our academies’ combined schedules will now have over 1,000 classes per week, led by our expanding roster of world-champion instructors,” said Wesley De Souza, Evolve MMA's vice-president.

Ironman 70.3 Desaru Coast saw 348 Singaporean participants

The Ironman 70.3 Desaru Coast, Malaysia’s first Ironman event since the COVID-19 pandemic saw 348 Singaporeans among 1,475 participants who completed the 1.9km swim, 90km ride and 21.1km run at The Westin Desaru Coast Resort on Sunday (24 July).

The fastest Singaporean finisher was Benjamin Khoo, 31, who finished fifth overall in 4hr 29min 11sec. The top female Singaporean finisher was Cheryl Ang, 30, who completed her first Ironman 70.3 race in 5:33:37.

The top finisher for the event was Japan's Kenshin Mizushima, who crossed the finish line in 4:18:22.

Mazars in Singapore raises $6,629 in cycling challenge

Audit, tax and advisory firm Mazars in Singapore has completed a 3,000km cycling challenge to raise $6,629 for terminally-ill patients in support of Ambulance Wish Singapore.

Close to 100 employees, including 10 partners and directors, have joined the month-long challenge, culminating with a final 20km ride across Singapore on 15 July.

The cycling challenge marks the beginning of "Move with Mazars", a well-being movement launched in June which inspires employees to lead healthier lives while contributing to a noble cause.

Mazars has partnered with Ambulance Wish Singapore’s virtual ride challenge, Cycle of Peace, which aims to raise awareness on their commitment to fulfil the end-of-life wishes of the terminally ill. Its team was ranked fourth in terms of distance covered in the team category.

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