Sports World: EMS pours $350,000 into SSA

EMS pours $350,000 into SSA

The Singapore Swimming Association (SSA) announced a five-year sponsorship deal with Evacuation and Medical Support Unit (EMS) worth about $350,000 yesterday.

The deal will last till the end of 2020, and will see EMS continue as one of the SSA's corporate sponsors, which include OCBC Bank, 100Plus, Volkswagen, Neo Garden and apparel company TYR.

Play on longest hole next month

Marina Bay Golf Course will unveil the longest hole in Singapore on July 1, the country's first par-six hole which will measure 651m from the black tee box.

The fourth hole was lengthened from its previous 497m. It is an intimidating hole. The extended dog leg-right fairway leads to an obscured green, which is guarded by a pond and trees on the right side.

Park's fate now rests with the CAS

SEOUL • The Korea Olympic Committee (KOC) has turned down swimmer Park Tae Hwan's appeal to overturn a controversial doping suspension, leaving the swimmer's hopes of competing at the Rio Games in the hands of the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).

The former Olympic champion has already served an 18-month ban, but is fighting to repeal a KOC regulation that imposed an additional three-year suspension, effectively ruling him out of Rio.


Two changes to All Blacks side

WELLINGTON • Julian Savea has been dropped and Israel Dagg earned a recall, as the New Zealand All Blacks look to wrap up the series against Wales in the second rugby Test in Wellington tomorrow.

The axing of the try-scoring wing has allowed World Cup reject Dagg to reclaim the full-back slot, with Ben Smith moving to the right wing.

The only other change to the team who won the first Test 39-21 in Auckland last week sees lock Luke Romano out in an expected move to make way for a fit-again Sam Whitelock.


Federer in good start in latest bid

HALLE WESTFALEN • Roger Federer got his bid for a ninth Halle grass-court tennis title off to a winning start on Wednesday, with a 6-4, 7-6 (7-3) victory over Germany's world No. 88 Jan-Lennard Struff.

The 34-year-old world No. 3, who has now won 52 matches in his Halle career, has yet to win a title this year, his longest drought to start a year since he went winless in 2000.


Tendulkar to help pick new coach

NEW DELHI • Sachin Tendulkar will tune in from abroad by video link to help choose India's new cricket coach, after he was handed the task alongside fellow batting greats Sourav Ganguly and V.V.S. Laxman.

Tendulkar, Ganguly and Laxman, together with senior official Sanjay Jagdale, will get to work after the flood of 57 applications was whittled down to 21, a statement said on Thursday.


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 17, 2016, with the headline 'Sports World'. Print Edition | Subscribe