S'pore paddlers suffer double Qatar exit
DOHA (Qatar) • Singapore table tennis player Feng Tianwei lost 2-4 (11-5, 6-11, 12-14, 7-11, 13-11, 4-11) to China's Sun Yingsha in the women's singles round of 16 at the ITTF World Tour Qatar Open last night.
Feng and Yu Mengyu had lost 2-3 (11-5, 10-12, 9-11, 11-5, 11-13) to Japan's Honoka Hashimoto and Hitomi Sato in the women's doubles quarter-finals on Thursday.
Gollings, Forbes are S'pore7s ambassadors
All-time HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series points scorer Ben Gollings and former New Zealand Sevens captain D.J. Forbes were announced yesterday as ambassadors for this year's Singapore Rugby Sevens.
England's Gollings retired in 2011 with 2,652 points while Forbes won six world series and a gold at the 2010 Commonwealth Games before retiring last year.
Gatlin fourth in 150m in his season opener
PRETORIA (South Africa) • World 100m champion Justin Gatlin started his 2018 season with a fourth-placed finish in the rarely run 150m sprint at the Athletix Grand Prix on Thursday.
It was the first time the American had run the 150m and the earliest start he has made to a season as South African Anaso Jobodwana won in 15.08sec.
European Tour event in Saudi Arabia in 2019
PARIS • Saudi Arabia will stage its first European Tour golf event in 2019 as the conservative kingdom opens its doors a little more to pro sports. The Jan 31-Feb 3 event, the first in a three-year deal, takes place at the Royal Greens Golf and Country Club in King Abdullah Economic City.