Sports World: S'pore women's rugby gets $60k injection

S'pore women's rugby gets $60k injection

The Singapore Rugby Union received a $60,000 boost to develop the women's rugby scene after signing a one-year deal with global technology firm Dimension Data yesterday.

Apart from player development, this partnership will also support the grooming of female referees to represent Singapore on the world stage.

Women's rugby has seen a steady development in the last few years - the national sevens team are currently ranked second in the region.


Pacquiao reveals plan to fight in Malaysia

MANILA • Philippine boxer Manny Pacquiao has said he intends to fight in Malaysia some time in May or June against Argentinian Lucas Matthysse or Danny Garcia of the United States.

Pacquiao told Philippine broadcaster ABS-CBN in an interview on Tuesday that his camp had narrowed the choices down to World Boxing Association (Regular) welterweight champion Matthysse or former WBA super-welterweight champion Garcia.

"Definitely, Malaysia is where we will fight. If not May, this coming June," said Pacquiao.


Mahrez's Facebook account hacked

LONDON • Leicester confirmed yesterday that star forward Riyad Mahrez is not quitting football after a bizarre post appeared on the player's Facebook page announcing his retirement.

The post said the Algerian was "staying away from football after consultation with many doctors" and his "time as a footballer had come to an end", prompting an outpouring of disappointment from fans but also claims that it was fake.

A club spokesman told AFP that Mahrez's account had been hacked and the post has since been deleted.


Jamaican hurdler McLeod to miss Games

LONDON • Olympic and world champion hurdler Omar McLeod will miss the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games, Jamaican authorities said on Tuesday.

The 23-year-old, who claimed the 110m hurdles gold at the 2016 Rio Olympics and the world title at the London world championships in 2017, "did not make himself available, as simple as that", Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association president Warren Blake told Reuters.

McLeod could not be reached for comment but he told Reuters in January that he was doubtful to compete at the April 4-15 Games.


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 08, 2018, with the headline 'Sports World'. Subscribe