Monthly Archives: November 2009

Canada is second country to pull out of Youth Olympics swimming competition

Uh-oh, it looks like the Americans aren’t the only ones who will not be competing in the swimming competition of next year’s Youth Olympic Games.

The Canadians are following suit.

According to a report in The Straits Times today, Swimming Canada, the national body for the sport in the country, has decided that the Junior Pan Pacific Championships, which will be held in Hawaii from Aug 26-30, would be a more suitable competition for their top youth swimmers than the YOG.

No swimming for Canada and the US at next year's YOG

 What do they mean by that? Well, this is their explanation for not competing in the YOG:

After much deliberation Swimming Canada has determined that it is not strategically appropriate to attend the first Youth Olympic Games in Singapore.

“There were many factors leading to this decision, amongst them being a conflict with the dates for our primary summer competition, the Junior Pan Pacific Championships.

Suffice to say the key reason for our decision was to ensure our athletes are exposed to the best possible competitive and developmental opportunity. We’re confident that the Junior Pan Pac’s will provide the challenges our athletes require.”

You can find out more at this link.

Back in September, it was reported that  USA Swimming decided to pull out its swimmers of the YOG because it preferred to send them to qualifying meetsfo the senior and Junior Pan Pacific Championships. It also said that it felt that the YOG was more a’world peace and education programme’, than it is about ‘high-level competition’.

 Since then, the Singapore National Olympic Council and the Ministry of Community Development, Youth and Sports have been at pains to stress that the YOG will feature high standards of competition. But it looks like the Canadians are not convinced.

Here’s something for us to ponder: if the US and Canada have decided to focus on the Junior Pan Pacific Championships instead of the YOG, then isn’t there the strong possibility that other countries that regularly compete in the Junior Pan Pac might do the same.

I checked out the list of competing nations at this year’s Junior Pan Pac which was held in Guam. The 14 countries included traditional powerhouses such as China, Japan, Australia and New Zealand.

Here’s another thought: Even if these countries do send their swimmers to the YOG, how can we be sure that they will be the cream of their crop?

After all, the YOG has only allowed each country to send two boy and two girl swimmers. Who is to say that some of the countries competing in the unior Pan Pac might not be tempted to send their second-tier swimmers to the YOG to make up the numbers?

Yours in sport

Singapore Sports Fan

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28 Sept 2009: The US pulls out of YOG’s swiming competition…

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Kimberly puts in a strong bid for Asian Sailing C’ships slot

Optimist sailor Kmberly Lim Min was a model of consistency at the NOSS Saiing Championships (Picture courtesy of SingaporeSailing)

Tanjong Katong Girls School student Kimberly Lim Min emerged as a strong contender for a spot at next year’s 2010 Asian Sailing Championships when she won the NOSS Sailing Championships Optimist title last weekend.

The 13-year-old student put in a near-flawless display and was a model of consistency at the event held at the National Sailing Centre as she finished with just 13 points. Elisa Yukie Yokoyama of Katong Convent finished second while Jeremiah Guo of the Singapore Sports School was third.

The NOSS Sailing Championships is one of two nomination events for sailors vying to represent the Republic at the Asian Championships in Shanwei, China. The other nomination event is the Malaysian National Championships in Langkawi in December.

Meanwhile, national serviceman Scott Glen Sydney comprehensively thrashed the rest of the field in the Byte competition. The event proved to be a walkin the park for the 18-year-old who won the title after winning nine of the 10 races over three days of competition.

Brothers Tan Jen U (St Joseph’s Institution) and Tan Jen-E (Raffles Institution) finished second and third respectively.

Yours in sport

Singapore Sports Fan

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Singapore’s hockey teens finish sixth in U-18 Asia Cup

Heartiest congratulations to our national boys’ hockey team for finishing sixth out of 10 teams at the recent Boys Under-18 Asia Cup in Myanmar which ended on Nov 21.

The Singapore Hockey Federation had set the team the target of finishing fifth or sixth, and our lion-hearted hockey teens duly delivered.

Singapore was grouped with Taiwan, South Korea, Myanmar and Japan, and got their campaign off to a confidence-boosting  start with a 3-0 win over Taiwan.

But they were beaten by the Koreans 0-3 in their next game.

The Republic then brushed aside host Myanmar 4-0, a result which meant a chance at qualifying for the semi-finals if they could beat Japan in their final game.

However, it was not to be. Singapore gave it their all but  the cautious Japanese, needing only a draw to reach the semis, did just that.

Singapore was thus edged out of a spot in the semis by goal difference, and found themselves drawn to face India in the fifth-sixth place play-offs.

India were the defending champions of the competition but a poor showing in the group stages saw them missing out on the semis. The gulf in standards between the two countries was clear as India ran out comfortable 4-1 winners.

According to its website, the Singapore Hockey Federation said it was satisfied with the team’s performances and results, and take them as signs that the Republic is gradually bridging the gap between them and the region’s powerhouses.

So well done, guys, and good job.

I was not able to provide regular updates on the results as it was  practically impossible to find information about how you guys were doing in the tournament. There was no coverage of U-18 Asia Cup it in the local and even in the Malaysian newspapers. I guess the Malaysians were more caught up with their men’s senior team’s efforts to try to qualify for the 2010 World Cup.

But from the looks of the scores that Singapore recorded at the tournament, it looks like our boys had a decent outing which they could be proud of.

You can go to here and here for more information about how we fared in the tournament.

Yours in sport

Singapore Sports Fan

Previous report:

12 Nov 2009: Singapore’s lion-hearted hockey teens are back in action again

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