Sports World: Singapore paddler Koen secures YOG berth

Singapore paddler Koen secures YOG berth

Singapore paddler Koen Pang qualified for the Oct 6-18 Youth Olympic Games (YOG) after winning the Road to Buenos Aires 2018 YOG Oceania qualification tournament in Rarotonga, Cook Islands yesterday.

The 16-year-old defeated Belgium's Laurens Devos 4-11, 11-9, 11-8, 3-11, 11-7, 7-11, 11-6 in the final. He had also beaten Laurens, 17, in the junior boys' singles and mixed team finals of the Cook Islands Junior & Cadet Open, which took place at the same venue from June 4-7.

Koen joins compatriot Goi Rui Xuan, who secured her berth at the YOG in April. Both paddlers' participation at the YOG is subject to final approval from the Singapore National Olympic Council.

Local Fifa gamer signs for Fuchs' e-sports team

Chiang "Hibidi" Wen Jun has become the first Singaporean Fifa player to be signed by a major European e-sports team.

He was on Friday named as one of four Fifa players signed up by e-sports team NoFuchsGiven launched by Austria and Leicester City defender Christian Fuchs.

Chiang will represent NoFuchsGiven in Fifa competitions around the world. The 27-year-old Singapore Management University alumnus has been a competitive Fifa player since 2006 and has two World Cyber Games gold medals.

Liverpool's Can to leave, Kenny Dalglish knighted

LONDON • Germany midfielder Emre Can is leaving Liverpool, along with out-of-favour defender Jon Flanagan, 25, the English Premier League football club confirmed on Friday.

Both players are out of contract this summer. Can, who joined from German Bundesliga side Bayer Leverkusen in 2014, looks set to be on his way to Italian champions Juventus in the Serie A.

Meanwhile, Liverpool great and former manager Kenny Dalglish, 67, was awarded a knighthood in Queen Elizabeth's birthday honours list that was announced on Friday.


Brazil tennis legend dies at 78 after cancer battle

SAO PAULO • Maria Bueno, the Brazilian "queen" of tennis who won three Wimbledon and four US championship singles titles, died on Friday in Sao Paulo at age 78, the hospital where she had been treated said.

She had been suffering from mouth cancer since last year and was hospitalised last month.


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on June 10, 2018, with the headline 'Sports World: Singapore paddler Koen secures YOG berth'. Print Edition | Subscribe