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Hanafi Akbar arrested for drug offences

BRIGHT POTENTIAL, BUT... Hanafi Akbar began skipping training while he was with the NFA U-18 in 2013. He enlisted for NS last year.

Footballer Hanafi Akbar, who starred for Singapore at the 2010 Youth Olympics Games (YOG), was arrested for drug offences on Wednesday morning.

The New Paper understands that the 19-year-old, once considered one of Singapore’s most exciting prospects, was arrested around 5am outside his home and was taken to Bedok Police Station.

When contacted yesterday, his father, Akbar Abu Bakar confirmed that police had called his home to inform him of Hanafi’s arrest, but no further details were revealed.

As of last night, Hanafi, who is serving his National Service (NS) with the Singapore Police Force, was still in remand at the police station and under interrogation.

Read the full report in our print edition on Jan 30.

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New initiatives for para athletes

ASSISTANCE: 
Dr Teo-Koh Sock Miang (above), chairman of Singapore National Paralympic Council, speaks of two new initiatives to help the Republic's para athletes. AWARDS NIGHT: Jovin Tan (second from left) and Yap Qian Yin (second from right) receives a total of $50,000 in prize money.
AWARDS NIGHT: Jovin Tan (second from left) and Yap Qian Yin (second from right) receives a total of $50,000 in prize money.

With Singapore playing host to the Asean Para Games for the first time in December, 2015 might well be a watershed year for disability sports in the country.

“I believe that this year is going to be the catalyst for so many things, especially disability sports,” said Singapore National Paralympic Council (SNPC) chairman, Associate Professor Dr Teo-Koh Sock Miang.

“We have a lot of things lined up for our para athletes, things that will benefit them greatly from a personal and professional standpoint.”

At the Athletes’ Achievement Award Reception yesterday, when the Republic’s medallists at the 2014 Incheon Para Games were given monetary awards totalling $145,000 for their good performances, two new initiatives were introduced for the nation’s para athletes.

The first is the athletes’ committee helmed by Dr Teo-Koh, which is dedicated towards the welfare of para athletes.

The second initiative — the inter-agency committee — is pledged towards building a lasting legacy for disability sports beyond the Para Games. It is chaired by Minister of State Mr Sam Tan.

Read the full report in our print edition on Jan 30.

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