WEEKLY ROUND-UP: Sports happenings in Singapore (20-26 Feb)
SportSG chief execs honoured, Hangzhou Fun Run at Sports Hub, invites for HSBC Women's World Championships
SINGAPORE — Here is a round-up of sports events and developments in Singapore in the past week (20 to 26 February):
Outgoing SportSG chief executives honoured
Outgoing Sport Singapore chief executive Lim Teck Yin and his deputy Chiang Hock Woon were honoured in a farewell dinner on Monday (20 February) at the Sports Hub.
The event was organised by several national sports associations, and was graced by Eric Chua, Senior Parliamentary Secretary for Culture, Community and Youth, who gave out tokens of appreciation to both Lim and Chiang.
During Lim's 12-year tenure, he oversaw the hosting of the 2015 SEA Games and ASEAN Para Games, and spearheaded key sports initiatives such as ActiveSG, the Sport Excellence Scholarship and the Unleash the Roar! football project.
Lim will officially step down on 1 April, and taking over him will be Alan Goh, deputy secretary (development and regulation) at Ministry of Communication and Information.
Asiad-bound athletes join in Hangzhou Fun Run
More than 150 Asian Games-bound athletes joined the community on a run at the Singapore Sports Hub in the Singapore edition of the Hangzhou Fun Run, organised by the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) and the Singapore National Olympic Council (SNOC) on Saturday (25 February).
Since 2004, the OCA has been organising a series of fun runs in different Asian cities to promote the Asian Games prior to the upcoming edition. Besides Singapore, the Hangzhou Fun Run has also visited communities in Uzbekistan, Thailand, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia, and will continue to Maldives, Sri Lanka, Bhutan and Qatar.
Participants from the ActiveSG Academies, Team Nila and community walking groups joined Team Singapore athletes from 12 sports in a 3km run, flagged off by SNOC president Tan Chuan-Jin.
The crowd was also introduced to Team Singapore’s chefs de mission for the Hangzhou Asian Games. Basketball Association of Singapore president Koh Koon Teck will lead the contingent, and will be assisted by former athletes Tao Li and Koh Seng Leong.
Singapore is set to send its largest contingent to the Asiad, with 382 athletes selected in 29 sports by the SNOC at the selection meeting last year. The 19th Asian Games is scheduled to take place from 23 September to 8 October in Hangzhou.
Four invite beneficiaries for HSBC Women's World C'ship
Invites have been announced for the 2023 HSBC Women’s World Championship ahead of the tournament from 2 to 5 March at Sentosa Golf Club.
The invite beneficiaries are: Hong Kong’s Tiffany Chan, a two-time Olympian and winner of the 2016 Hong Kong Ladies Open; China's Yu Liu, ranked world No.165; Japan’s Mao Saigo, world ranked No.31; and China's Shi Yuting, who won her first JLPGA title at the Golf5 event in September.
The four Asian rising talents will join Singapore’s Amanda Tan, who won the national qualifying tournament to earn her spot at the Women's World Championship for the fifth time.
The top five women's golfers in the world - Lydia Ko, Nelly Korda, Minjee Lee, Atthaya Thitikul and defending champion Jin Young Ko - lead the line-up, which includes 18 of the world’s top 20 ranked players.
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