Sports world: 470 sailors Choo and Ng earn Rio nod

470 sailors Choo and Ng earn Rio nod

Singapore sailors Jovina Choo and Amanda Ng have earned the nod to represent Team Singapore at the Rio Olympicss in the women's 470 class.

They were the fastest among three teams vying for national selection for the sailing class at the April 5-12 470 Open European Championship in Bay of Palma, Spain. The duo were placed 49th overall, edging out Priscilla Low and Lee Shu Xian (50th) and Elise Yukie Yokoyama and Joan Poh (52nd).

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JOHANNESBURG • Allister Coetzee is finally expected to be named coach of the South Africa national rugby team on Tuesday, four months behind schedule.

The national rugby union chose a "preferred candidate" rather than advertise the post and the media is convinced that Coetzee will become the second black coach of the Springboks after Peter de Villiers.


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 12, 2016, with the headline 'Sports world: 470 sailors Choo and Ng earn Rio nod'. Subscribe