Zheng Wen gets his NS deferment

Swimmer granted NS deferment and can now focus on world c'ships and Olympics

"For the few individuals with exceptional sporting talent, we will also assess and support their case for long-term NS deferment... More recently, we’ve been tracking the progress of swimmer Quah Zheng Wen (above). He has been training very hard and has made tremendous progress in a relatively short time. This is why MCCY had supported Zheng Wen’s request for NS deferment, and I’m glad that Mindef has just announced that the application has been approved." - Minister for Culture, Community and Youth Lawrence Wong

He was already prepared to take a ferry to Pulau Tekong tomorrow to report for his National Service.

Instead, swimmer Quah Zheng Wen will be booked on a flight to Kazan, Russia, where he will compete in the Fina World Championships from July 24 to Aug 9.

The 18-year-old Singaporean, who won seven gold, four silver and a bronze medal at the SEA Games here last month, was yesterday granted a deferment from his NS till Aug 31 next year.

The postponement will allow the Anglo-Chinese School (Independent) graduate to train full time for the World Championships and the Rio Olympics, where he has already qualified for the men’s 200m butterfly.

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Asean Para Games hopes for public support

Deloitte signs on as sponsor as organisers hope Singaporeans will support Dec 3-9 Games

DELOITTE IS ONBOARD: (Clockwise from top left) Nila the mascot, Singapore Asean Para Games organising exco chairman Lim Teck Yin, Minister for Culture, Community and Youth Lawrence Wong, Deloitte Singapore CEO Philip Yuen, Singapore Disability Sports Council vice-president Raja Singh and para-sailor Jovin Tan at the unveiling of the Games' first official sponsor Deloitte at the Sports Hub Library yesterday.

The recent 28th South-east Asia (SEA) Games here saw an outpouring of support from Singaporeans.

The exploits of Team Singapore athletes such as swimmer Joseph Schooling and sprinter Shanti Pereira have been feted, just as much as stories of grit and sportsmanship, as in the case of marathoner Ashley Liew, who slowed down during his race when he found out that his competitors had taken a wrong turn.

The organisers of the 8th Asean Para Games are hoping that Singaporeans will similarly support Team Singapore's para athletes when the Republic hosts the Games for the first time from Dec 3 to 9.

But the organisers are well aware that the public may not be knowledgeable about para-sports, as they are with sports for the able-bodied.

"I think people will receive the Asean Para Games in a slightly different way," said Singapore Asean Para Games Organising Committee exco chairman Lim Teck Yin at the unveiling of the Games' first official sponsor Deloitte at the Sports Hub Library yesterday.

"Here, we need to raise awareness of the sports that will be played, as well as the rules, as many people in Singapore are not familiar with some of the para-sports, such as goal ball."

"I think the Asean Para Games will enable them to understand how our athletes have risen above their disabilities to perform with the same tenacity we see in all sports," added Lim, who was also the SEA Games organising exco chairman.

LIVE COVERAGE

Media coverage, television commercials and live coverage will go a long way to promote para-sports, said Incheon Asian Para Games gold medallist sailor Jovin Tan.

He said: "During the SEA Games, I wanted to check out live coverage of the sailing action online, as I also wanted to check out the conditions.

"But I couldn't find any and I hope this can change during the Asean Para Games, so that people can find out what disabled sailing is about."

Meanwhile, Deloitte, which was also a SEA Games sponsor, became the first official sponsor of the Para Games yesterday.

The firm will provide more than $500,000 in cash and services in terms of professional service delivery, marketing and creative support, and Games volunteers, making it a Tier One sponsor and the Official Professional Services Partner of the Games.

SECONDED TO HELP

Also, Deloitte staff such as national netball captain Micky Lin have already been seconded to work with the organising committee.

Lim is confident that the organisers will reach their target of $5 million in sponsorships, while Deloitte Singapore CEO Philip Yuen is also optimistic of more corporate sponsors coming forward.

Yuen said: "We have seen how (sponsorship) has taken off during the SEA Games... And this being the finale of SG50 celebrations, I think there will be a lot of support."

Bowlers sit for Tokyo test for world championships

JAPAN BOUND: (Standing, from left) Muhammad Jaris Goh, Javier Tan, Daphne Tan, Jazreel Tan, New Hui Fen, Jasmine Yeong-Nathan, Cherie Tan, Geraldine Ng, (front row, from left) Bernice Lim and Shayna Ng will be competing in the Bowling World Open in Tokyo. Joey Yeo is absent.

They won three golds and four silvers in five events at the recent South-east Asia (SEA) Games here.

Yet, there has been a feeling that the women’s bowling team have not been at their best, after they lost the team gold to Malaysia and failed to win a doubles medal.

National coach Remy Ong, who will conduct a SEA Games post-mortem by the end of the month, said: “We won three out of five gold medals, I don’t see why anyone should be disappointed.

Meanwhile, the team have had two weeks off after the SEA Games and will leave this morning for Japan, where they will compete in the Bowling World Open from tomorrow to Sunday.

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Rap Attack looks good to go

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Bench-warming for new Barca man Turan, says Neil Humphreys

Barca's new signing Turan will see more of the bench than the ball

"The signing of Arda is great news for everyone connected with Barcelona. We need to support Luis Enrique’s project. He asked for two players and he has them. It’s a great day after winning the Champions League." - Barcelona president Josep Bartomeu, on the signing of Arda Turan (above) to add to the arrival of Aleix Vida

Welcome to six months sitting in the stands, Arda Turan, followed by a lengthy spell on the bench.

That's the trouble with joining Barcelona. It's like a portrait painter being brought in to touch up the Mona Lisa. The brushes might as well be left behind.

When the game's pinnacle is considered base camp and immortality is expected, first-class men suddenly find themselves bumped into economy through no fault of their own.

Turan was an inspiring presence in Atletico Madrid's midfield and indispensable as Turkey skipper.

But, with a scribble on his new five-year Barcelona contract, he went from main man to making up the numbers.

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Terror trio set to wreak havoc

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Back from the brink

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