WEEKLY ROUND-UP: Sports happenings in Singapore (6-12 June)

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Singapore national bowler Cherie Tan.
Singapore national bowler Cherie Tan. (FILE PHOTO: Stefanus Ian/Yahoo News Singapore)

SINGAPORE — Here is a round-up of sports events and developments in Singapore in the past week (6 to 12 June):

Cherie Tan maintains winning form as she clinches PWBA BowlTV Classic

Singapore bowler Cherie Tan clinched the PWBA BowlTV Classic title in New York on Friday (10 June), less than a month after she won three golds at the Hanoi SEA Games.

The 33-year-old defeated Colombia's Clara Guerrero 237-213 at the Maple Lanes Rockville Centre to take home the winner's cheque of US$10,000 (S$13,900). The PWBA BowlTV Classic is the second leg of the three-tournament PWBA Classic Series.

Tan's sister Daphne came in fourth in the tournament, while compatriots New Hui Fen and Shayna Ng finished 13th and 18th respectively.

Powerlifter Farhanna Farid breaks her own world record

National powerlifter Farhanna Farid smashed her own world record lift en route to winning the Under-52kg dead lift title at the World Open Classic Powerlifting Championships 2022 in Sun City, South Africa, on Monday (6 June).

The 29-year-old's 200.5kg effort in her final lift eclipsed her previous world record of 197kg achieved in her second lift.

French duo Noemie Allabert (192.5kg) and Shizuka Rico (185kg) – who held the previous mark of 196.5kg before the meet – finished second and third respectively.

Lions' Asian Cup qualifying hopes end after 0-1 loss to Tajikistan

Singapore's hopes of qualifying for the 2023 AFC Asian Cup are over, after the men's national football team fell to a 0-1 loss by Tajikistan in their Group F match in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, on Saturday (11 June). Mabatshoev Shervoni's close-range goal in the 53rd minute condemned the Lions to defeat.

It was the Lions' second loss in the qualifying group, after a 1-2 defeat by hosts Kyrgyzstan on Wednesday. With Kyrgyzstan beating Myanmar 2-0 on Saturday, Singapore can finish no better than third in the four-team group, even if they defeat Myanmar in their final group match on Tuesday.

The six group winners and five best second-placed teams will advance to next year's finals. Singapore's sole appearance in the Asian Cup finals was in 1984 as hosts.

New head coach Takayuki Nishigaya remains winless after three matches in charge.

FIBA 3x3 Asia Cup to be held at Marina Bay Sands

The FIBA 3x3 Asia Cup 3-on-3 basketball tournament returns for its fifth edition from 6 to 10 July at the Marina Bay Sands Event Plaza, with 53 of the region's top men's and women's teams from 30 countries battling for honours.

The event will mark the return of the Asia Cup since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, and will be the second time a FIBA 3x3 official competition is organised in Singapore. The winners of the tournament will qualify for the FIBA 3x3 World Cup next year.

Tickets start from S$5 for those aged 18 and below, and organisers are expecting to welcome up to 1,500 spectators each tournament day.

Geylang International announces partnerships

Singapore Premier League club Geylang International announced on Wednesday (8 June) a strategic partnership with Glanbia Performance Nutrition Singapore, whereby the Singapore-based company will come on board as the club’s official performance nutrition partner.

The partnership will see Optimum Nutrition - Glanbia’s flagship performance nutrition brand - support the team’s performance goals. It will provide players with performance nutrition products, fuelling their training and maximising recovery.

Optimum Nutrition will also work with qualified sports nutritionists to provide players with overall nutritional education, helping them make informed choices on their nutritional goals that support their performance on the ground.

Meanwhile, fitness and wellness company True Group announced a partnership with Geylang International to hold a fitness challenge in the lead up to Father’s Day.

The challenge is open to all members and non-members, and each participating pair needs to include a father. Participants are to complete seven fitness stations within 20 minutes at any True Fitness/TFX club.

The top three pairs will win a two-month True Fitness/TFX membership, and get the opportunity to challenge each other against the Geylang International goalkeeper in a penalty shoot-out during the half-time of a Singapore Premier League match on 26 June.

OCBC Cycle 2022 concludes virtual rides

The virtual rides of OCBC Cycle 2022 concluded on Monday (6 June), with over 3,700 participants taking part in this edition. This wraps up this year’s OCBC Cycle event, which saw the successful completion of the in-person rides earlier in May.

This year saw the introduction of the Team Challenge Virtual Ride, as close to 70 teams took part to compete against one another and clock the longest distance over a maximum of four rides.

The winning team, Wheels on Fire, completed a combined distance of 3,146km from 7 May to 6 June.

Two SPL matches rescheduled amid AFC Cup

Two upcoming Singapore Premier League matches have been rescheduled to allow Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Cup 2022 contenders Hougang United and Tampines Rovers receive adequate rest.

Tampines’ match with Albirex Niigata (Singapore) will be rescheduled from 1 July to 4 July, as the Stags will play their AFC Cup Group H matches on 27 and 30 June in Kuala Lumpur.

Meanwhile, the match between Hougang and the Young Lions will also be rescheduled from 3 July to 5 July as the Cheetahs’ three AFC Cup Group I matches in Ho Chi Minh City take place from 24 to 30 June.

Yogafest World Edition returns to Sentosa

The Yogafest World Edition returns on 25 and 26 June at Palawan Green in Sentosa, marking a return to mass in-person yoga festivals for the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic.

The weekend festival, which was last held virtually in 2020, comes with an array of classes to suit all levels - from mass yoga sessions to specialised classes led by top yoga teachers.

A highlight of this year's festival is the Acro-Village, which offers space and programme for AcroYogis to move, play and connect. Fans of AcroYoga will be delighted to experience a combination of acrobatics, yoga and healing arts with renowned teachers.

Tickets to Yogafest World Edition can be bought online. The current tier of Early Bird tickets start at $78 for a 1-Day pass or $218 for a bundle of 3 tickets. For 2-Days pass, it costs $128 per ticket or $368 for a bundle of 3 tickets.

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