Sports World: Rugby tie to proceed at National Stadium

Rugby tie to proceed at National Stadium

The Singapore Rugby Union and Singapore Sports Hub have confirmed that the international Test match between Singapore national women's team and the Hong Kong national women's team at the National Stadium will proceed tomorrow.

The field at the National Stadium had attracted criticism following Tuesday's Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Cup game between Tampines Rovers and Selangor, as it looked sandy and uneven in patches. However, an inspection has deemed the pitch fit for play.

Lee's smash deemed most powerful

LONDON • Badminton world No. 2 Lee Chong Wei's 408 kmh smash at last year's Hong Kong Open has been recognised as the most powerful smash since September, according to the data provided by Hawk-Eye Innovations.

Denmark's Jan O Jorgensen was marginally behind the Malaysian with a 407 kmh smash at this year's Malaysia Open semi-finals, while Thailand's Ratchanok Intanon topped the women's list, clocking 372 kmh in the semi-finals of the same tournament.


Jose says he'll get job in next 2 months

MEXICO CITY • Former Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho is confident of managing a big football team again within the next two months, but claims to "know nothing" about replacing Louis van Gaal at Manchester United.

The Portuguese has been out of work since being sacked in his second spell at the Blues in December.


Political unrest won't affect Olympics

BERLIN • Preparations for the Rio de Janeiro Olympics, which begin in less than three months, will not be affected by the Brazilian senate's vote to put President Dilma Rousseff on trial, the International Olympic Committee said yesterday.

The first South American city to host the Olympic, has been racing to get ready for the Aug 5-21 Games - its second global sports event in two years - in the face of political turmoil, health scares and the country's worst recession since the 1930s.


Manohar elected chairman of ICC

NEW DELHI •India's Shashank Manohar was elected International Cricket Council (ICC) chairman yesterday, after championing reforms to ensure the governing body is not run for the benefit of its most powerful nations.

Days after quitting India's board, Manohar was unanimously chosen as the first "independent" ICC chairman, following reforms designed to ensure the incumbent no longer feels obliged to promote his own country's interests.


Scott worried about health of Rio golfers

SYDNEY • Australian golf star Adam Scott says he fears for the health of world No. 1 Jason Day as well as everyone involved with the Rio de Janeiro Olympics.

Scott will not be playing in Rio regardless of the Zika virus causing havoc for the organisers, but hopes those involved are taking the warnings and risks seriously.


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 13, 2016, with the headline 'Sports World'. Print Edition | Subscribe