Young and retired: Seeking a better post-playing future

In the recently-concluded 2021 Singapore Premier League (SPL) season, Hougang United caught the eye with their attacking verve as they netted an impressive 48 goals in 21 matches to record a joint league-best finish at third place. They were no slouches at the back either as they recorded the league’s third-best defensive record of the…
1 Dec 2021 9 mins read

Young and retired: Why players are leaving professional football in Singapore

Singapore football enjoyed a brief highlight in 2010 when the national Under-15 team were one of the success stories of the Youth Olympic Games (YOG) held on home soil. Their swashbuckling style of play captivated locals and ignited local football fever not seen for some time as images of full capacities at Jalan Besar Stadium…
8 Oct 2021 8 mins read

From the fringes to the mainstream: The aspirations of new Olympic sports

In announcing these new Olympic sports in the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Session at Rio de Janeiro on August 2016, President Thomas Bach had emphasised the need to connect the quadrennial global multi-sport event to the young. “With the many options that young people have, we cannot expect anymore that they will come automatically to…
17 Jun 2021 5 mins read

Uplifting the Singapore sports ecosystem

In exploring how Singapore’s sports industry could regain some of its former glory and shine, TheHomeGround Asia first looked at the Singapore Sports Hub as the centrepiece of the conversation on how best to utilise the venue post-pandemic. In the second and final part, we go beyond the billion-dollar facility and examine how the local…
5 May 2021 7 mins read

Reviving the sporting arena of dreams; can Singapore Sports Hub reignite its spark?

Once the source of national pride and joy, the Singapore National Stadium has struggled to regain its past glories since its reconstruction as part of the billion-dollar Singapore Sports Hub, in 2014. TheHomeGround Asia seeks views from a home-grown athlete-turned-businessman and a locally-based football events promoter to find out how the National Stadium can become…
29 Apr 2021 7 mins read

Spinning out of control into rhabdomyolysis

A form of indoor cycling known as spinning continues to be one of the most popular cardio workouts in many parts of the world, including Singapore. But recent media reports of spin class-induced injuries that resulted in rhabdomyolysis, a potentially fatal breakdown of damaged muscles, has taken the wind out of enthusiasts of this intense…
8 Apr 2021 5 mins read
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