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Synopsis: The Straits Times tackles the talking points in sport every second Wednesday of the month. 

Podcaster: Deepanraj Ganesan

Produced by podcast editor Ernest Luis & The Straits Times, SPH Media Trust.

Hard Tackle The Straits Times

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Synopsis: The Straits Times tackles the talking points in sport every second Wednesday of the month. 

Podcaster: Deepanraj Ganesan

Produced by podcast editor Ernest Luis & The Straits Times, SPH Media Trust.

    Raising an Olympian in Singapore

    Raising an Olympian in Singapore

    What does it take for parents to nurture an athlete who wants to reach sport’s pinnacle?

    Synopsis: The Straits Times tackles the talking points in sport every second Wednesday of the month. 

    The Olympics is just around the corner and come July, several Team Singapore athletes will fly the flag for the Republic in Paris. Two of them, kitefoiler Maximilian Maeder and Singapore kayaker Stephenie Chen will make their Olympics debut. 

    Beyond their individual hustle to get to sports’ grandest stage, Maeder's and Chen’s journey to the Olympics has been helped by their families' relentless support.

    In this episode, Maximilian’s parents Valentin Maeder and Hwee Keng and Michael Chen and Sarah-Yvonne, parents of Stephenie, join sports reporter Deepanraj Ganesan to talk about how they have supported their children’s aspirations. 

    Highlights (click/tap above):

    2:00 Did Maximilian Maeder's and Stephenie Chen’s parents have sporting backgrounds that influenced their kids?  

    13:10 Is there a point in which parents build a roadmap to sporting success?  

    17:40 Why is there a need to trust the experts and coaches as opposed to intervening? 

    21:12 Making sacrifices for your children when they pursue sports 

    26:28 Why parents should be a safe space for their children who pursue sports 

    35:00 Reacting to naysayers who say there is no future in sports

    Read: https://str.sg/DMK2

    Produced by: Deepanraj Ganesan (gdeepan@sph.com.sg), Eden Soh and Amirul Karim 

    Edited by: Amirul Karim 

    Follow Hard Tackle every month here and get notified for new episode drops:

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    Website: http://str.sg/stpodcasts

    Feedback to: podcast@sph.com.sg

    Follow Deepanraj Ganesan on X: https://str.sg/wtra

    Read his articles: https://str.sg/ip4G

    Catch visual snippets of the podcast from ST's sports Instagram page: https://str.sg/vn2F

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    Music Lab: https://str.sg/w9TX

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    Special edition series:

    True Crimes Of Asia (6 eps): https://str.sg/i44T

    The Unsolved Mysteries of South-east Asia (5 eps): https://str.sg/wuZ2

    Invisible Asia (9 eps): https://str.sg/wuZn

    Stop Scams (10 eps): https://str.sg/wuZB

    Singapore's War On Covid (5 eps): https://str.sg/wuJa

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    The App Store: https://str.sg/icyB

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    • 43 min
    Singapore EPL fans, sports presenter John Dykes debate a thrilling season

    Singapore EPL fans, sports presenter John Dykes debate a thrilling season

    Join in this passionate post mortem of the recently concluded 2023/24 English Premier League season.

    Synopsis: The Straits Times tackles the talking points in sport every second Wednesday of the month. 

    As the dust settles on another thrilling English Premier League (EPL) season, the post-campaign analysis has begun at the Hard Tackle.

    ST Sports reporter Deepanraj Ganesan and guest co-host Zia-ul Raushan - assistant program director for Money FM 89.3 - invited nine die-hard EPL fans and renowned sports presenter John Dykes to dissect the highs and lows of their favourite teams, reflect on the past season's triumphs and tribulations and eagerly anticipate what lies ahead.

    Is there a world after Jurgen Klopp for Liverpool, and can we talk about Manchester City’s title win without mentioning their alleged breaches?

    Will Arsenal return for another tilt at the title next season? We discuss all that and more on this special end-of-season podcast.

    Highlights (click/tap above):

    5:30 Has Manchester City’s title celebrations been overshadowed by Premier League’s 115 breaches of regulations?

    12:44 After finishing second again, can Arsenal continue to challenge for the title next season?

    15:04 Do fans agree with Phil Foden being crowned player of the season?

    20:55 How are Liverpool fans feeling after the emotional final day farewell to Jurgen Klopp?

    32:45 On Aston Villa balancing Europe and Premier League next season 

    45:57 Will Newcastle be able to hold on to their key assets?

    55:17 Erik ten Hag: In or out?

    Guests/fans:

    Arsenal fan - Eddy HironoLiverpool fan - Imran FarizLiverpool fan - Rishi BudhraniMan City fan - Haizam ShahMan Utd fan - Fauzie LailyNewcastle fan - Terence OngSpurs fan - Nitin NambiarAston Villa fan - Jod GillChelsea fan - Kalvinder GillSports presenter - John Dykes

    Watch the full video podcast here: https://str.sg/cbY4

    Read: https://str.sg/7aUq

    Hosted & produced by: Deepanraj Ganesan (gdeepan@sph.com.sg), Zia-ul Raushan (raushan@sph.com.sg)

    Filmed in: Studio+65

    Edited by: Amirul Karim & Studio+65

    Executive producer: Ernest Luis

    Follow Zia-ul Raushan at Sports Minutes Podcast, Money FM 89.3: https://str.sg/umMD

    Follow Hard Tackle every month here and get notified for new episode drops:

    Channel: https://str.sg/JWRE

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    SPH Awedio app: https://www.awedio.sg/

    Website: http://str.sg/stpodcasts

    Feedback to: podcast@sph.com.sg

    Follow Deepanraj Ganesan on X: https://str.sg/wtra

    Read his articles: https://str.sg/ip4G

    Catch visual snippets of the podcast from ST's sports Instagram page: https://str.sg/vn2F

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    Discover more ST podcast channels:

    All-in-one ST Podcasts channel: https://str.sg/wvz7 

    The Usual Place: https://str.sg/wEr7u

    COE Watch: https://str.sg/iTtE

    Asian Insider: https://str.sg/JWa7

    Health Check: https://str.sg/JWaN

    Green Pulse: https://str.sg/JWaf

    Your Money & Career: https://str.sg/wB2m

    Hard Tackle: https://str.sg/JWRE

    #PopVultures: https://str.sg/JWad

    Music Lab: https://str.sg/w9TX

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    ST Podcast website: http://str.sg/stpodcasts

    ST Podcasts YouTube: https://str.sg/4Vwsa

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    Special edition series:

    True Crimes Of Asia (6 eps): https://str.sg/i44T

    The Unsolved Mysteries of South-east Asia (5 eps): https://str.sg/wuZ2

    Invisible Asia (9 eps): https://str.sg/wuZn

    Stop Scams (10 eps): https://str.sg/wuZB

    Singapore's War On Covid (5 eps): https://str.sg/wuJa

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    Get The Straits Times' app, which has a dedicated podcast player section:

    The App Store: https://str.sg/icyB

    Google Play: https://str.sg/icyX

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    • 1 hr 2 min
    What is the state of the Deloitte Women's Premier League?

    What is the state of the Deloitte Women's Premier League?

    Diving into women’s football in Singapore

    Synopsis: The Straits Times tackles the talking points in sport every second Wednesday of the month. 

    In this episode of Hard Tackle, we look at the state of women’s football in Singapore and what the Republic needs to do to improve its standards. 

    In the Lionesses’ most recent international friendlies, they suffered 3-0 and 8-0 defeats by Bangladesh. Meanwhile, the Deloitte Women’s Premier League (WPL) kicked off on March 9 but lacklustre field conditions at the Choa Chua Kang stadium caused much frustration and anger to players, coaches and fans.

    Join ST Sports reporter Deepanraj Ganesan, current women’s footballer Sara Merican, former national captain Charmaine Lim and former national footballer Chris Yip-Au who is now with Seychelles Football Federation as its head of women’s football and women’s national team coach.

    They explore the current issues in women’s football and what the future holds for the ladies. 

    Highlights (click/tap above):

    2:45 How Yip-Au, Sara and Lim were introduced to football in the early days

    9:55 Has access to information on women’s football increased in recent years?  

    18:50 What is needed for countries including Singapore to progress up the rankings in women’s football? 

    19:55 How do national team players balance work or school with playing football and get that aspect be improved or helped?

    30:15 Discussion on the facilities in the WPL 

    Read: https://str.sg/d3CE

    Produced by: Deepanraj Ganesan (gdeepan@sph.com.sg) & Amirul Karim

    Edited by: Amirul Karim

    Follow Hard Tackle every month here and get notified for new episode drops:

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    Website: http://str.sg/stpodcasts

    Feedback to: podcast@sph.com.sg

    Follow Deepanraj Ganesan on X: https://str.sg/wtra

    Read his articles: https://str.sg/ip4G

    Catch visual snippets of the podcast from ST's sports Instagram page: https://str.sg/vn2F

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    Discover more ST podcast channels:

    All-in-one ST Podcasts channel: https://str.sg/wvz7 

    The Usual Place: https://str.sg/wEr7u

    COE Watch: https://str.sg/iTtE

    Asian Insider: https://str.sg/JWa7

    Health Check: https://str.sg/JWaN

    Green Pulse: https://str.sg/JWaf

    Your Money & Career: https://str.sg/wB2m

    Hard Tackle: https://str.sg/JWRE

    #PopVultures: https://str.sg/JWad

    Music Lab: https://str.sg/w9TX

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    ST Podcast website: http://str.sg/stpodcasts

    ST Podcasts YouTube: https://str.sg/4Vwsa

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    Special edition series:

    True Crimes Of Asia (6 eps): https://str.sg/i44T

    The Unsolved Mysteries of South-east Asia (5 eps): https://str.sg/wuZ2

    Invisible Asia (9 eps): https://str.sg/wuZn

    Stop Scams (10 eps): https://str.sg/wuZB

    Singapore's War On Covid (5 eps): https://str.sg/wuJa

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    The App Store: https://str.sg/icyB

    Google Play: https://str.sg/icyX

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    • 55 min
    What Singapore can learn from Joseph Schooling's retirement

    What Singapore can learn from Joseph Schooling's retirement

    Did Singapore let its golden boy down in any way?

    Synopsis: The Straits Times tackles the talking points in sport every second Wednesday of the month. 

    In this episode of Hard Tackle, we delve into the lessons from the recent retirement of Singaporean swimming sensation Joseph Schooling on April 2, 2024, at just 28 years of age.

    Join ST Sports reporter Deepanraj Ganesan and assistant sports editor Rohit Brijnath as they host two guests - Singapore Aquatics president and former national swimmer Mark Chay and two-time Olympian David Lim.

    They explore the implications of Schooling's decision and discuss how Singapore can draw valuable lessons from his meteoric rise to the 100m butterfly gold at the 2016 Rio Olympics and his struggle after that historic win. 

    Could the Singapore sports ecosystem have done more for Schooling?

    Is there a conversation about national service and high performance athletes and crucially, who will be Singapore swimming’s next superstar after Schooling? 

    We ask the hard questions, the guests respond, and now it is time for you to listen in on our debate.

    Highlights (click/tap above):

    3:00 Rohit Brijnath on how he felt after speaking to Schooling about his retirement 

    12:10 Why retirement was the better option for Schooling rather than going for success at regional competitions?  

    14:05 Could there have been better support for Schooling?

    22:30 On how Singapore can do better in drawing on the knowledge, experience and ups and downs of our successful athletes 

    28:40 Why we need to have a closer look at how Schooling became a success 

    34:00 Will stakeholders have a conversation about NS and its impact on athletes?

    Listen to our earlier episode with Joseph Schooling himself: https://str.sg/LFUG

    Read: https://str.sg/JJJQF

    Produced by: Deepanraj Ganesan (gdeepan@sph.com.sg) & Amirul Karim

    Edited by: Amirul Karim

    Follow Hard Tackle every month here and get notified for new episode drops:

    Channel: https://str.sg/JWRE

    Apple Podcasts: https://str.sg/JWRa

    Spotify: https://str.sg/JW6N

    SPH Awedio app: https://www.awedio.sg/

    Website: http://str.sg/stpodcasts

    Feedback to: podcast@sph.com.sg

    Follow Deepanraj Ganesan on X: https://str.sg/wtra

    Read his articles: https://str.sg/ip4G

    Catch visual snippets of the podcast from ST's sports Instagram page: https://str.sg/vn2F

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    Discover more ST podcast channels:

    The Usual Place: https://str.sg/wEr7u

    COE Watch: https://str.sg/iTtE

    Asian Insider: https://str.sg/JWa7

    Health Check: https://str.sg/JWaN

    Green Pulse: https://str.sg/JWaf

    Your Money & Career: https://str.sg/wB2m

    Hard Tackle: https://str.sg/JWRE

    #PopVultures: https://str.sg/JWad

    Music Lab: https://str.sg/w9TX

    Discover ST Podcasts: http://str.sg/stpodcasts

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    Special edition series:

    True Crimes Of Asia (6 eps): https://str.sg/i44T

    The Unsolved Mysteries of South-east Asia (5 eps): https://str.sg/wuZ2

    Invisible Asia (9 eps): https://str.sg/wuZn

    Stop Scams (10 eps): https://str.sg/wuZB

    Singapore's War On Covid (5 eps): https://str.sg/wuJa

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    Get The Straits Times' app, which has a dedicated podcast player section:

    The App Store: https://str.sg/icyB

    Google Play: https://str.sg/icyX

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    • 44 min
    Get into the new Hard Tackle Podcast channel from The Straits Times

    Get into the new Hard Tackle Podcast channel from The Straits Times

    Hear the tough questions posed to our sports stars or authorities in our studio, and how they react.

    Synopsis: The Straits Times tackles the talking points in sport every second Wednesday of the month. 

    The Straits Times' sports podcast has been around for the past few years, in different formats - from Game Of Two Halves, to Sports Talk, and now...the Hard Tackle.

    We've found that this format has worked the best for us, and the harder the tackle, the more our listeners come back for more.

    Host Deepanraj Ganesan's boyhood Manchester United hero Roy Keane would be so proud to hear this.

    He will engage guests from the local or foreign sports community as ST looks at the biggest talking points in sport.

    Catch back episodes of Hard Tackle:

    Olympic champ Joseph Schooling in his own words as he retires

    The Lions’ Tsutomu Ogura era is underway

    New Lions head coach Tsutomu Ogura talks his vision for SG football

    Catch visual snippets of the podcast from ST's sports Instagram page: https://str.sg/vn2F

    Connect with Deepan on X to give him your ideas/feedback: https://str.sg/wtra

    Produced by: Deepanraj Ganesan (gdeepan@sph.com.sg) & Amirul Karim

    Edited by: Amirul Karim

    Follow Hard Tackle every month here and get notified for new episode drops:

    Channel: https://str.sg/JWRE

    Apple Podcasts: https://str.sg/JWRa

    Spotify: https://str.sg/JW6N

    SPH Awedio app: https://www.awedio.sg/

    Website: http://str.sg/stpodcasts

    Feedback to: podcast@sph.com.sg

    Read Deepan's articles: https://str.sg/ip4G

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    Discover more ST podcast channels:

    The Usual Place: https://str.sg/wEr7u

    COE Watch: https://str.sg/iTtE

    Asian Insider: https://str.sg/JWa7

    Health Check: https://str.sg/JWaN

    Green Pulse: https://str.sg/JWaf

    Your Money & Career: https://str.sg/wB2m

    Hard Tackle: https://str.sg/JWRE

    #PopVultures: https://str.sg/JWad

    Music Lab: https://str.sg/w9TX

    Discover ST Podcasts: http://str.sg/stpodcasts

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    Special edition series:

    True Crimes Of Asia (6 eps): https://str.sg/i44T

    The Unsolved Mysteries of South-east Asia (5 eps): https://str.sg/wuZ2

    Invisible Asia (9 eps): https://str.sg/wuZn

    Stop Scams (10 eps): https://str.sg/wuZB

    Singapore's War On Covid (5 eps): https://str.sg/wuJa

    ---

    Get The Straits Times' app, which has a dedicated podcast player section:

    The App Store: https://str.sg/icyB

    Google Play: https://str.sg/icyX

    #hardtackle
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    • 1 min
    Olympic champ Joseph Schooling in his own words as he retires

    Olympic champ Joseph Schooling in his own words as he retires

    Eight years after his stunning success at the 2016 Rio Olympics, Singapore’s greatest athlete has called time on his career.

    Synopsis: The Straits Times tackles the talking points in sport every second Wednesday of the month. 

    In this special episode, we bring you an excerpt of assistant sports editor Rohit Brijnath’s interview with Singapore’s Olympic gold medallist Joseph Schooling. 

    The swimmer who won the 100m butterfly gold at the 2016 Rio Olympics called time on his career on April 2. 

    Listen to Schooling as he looks back on his career with honesty and relives the moment he stunned the world and put Singapore on the sporting map.  

    Highlights (click/tap above):

    1:13 Schooling on how life changed after the 2016 Olympic gold 

    7:20 What was it like to deal with the cannabis saga that put Schooling in the headlines again? 

    8:00 Is it fair to have expectations on sportsmen to have a certain level of responsibility in how they conduct themselves? 

    11:04 How Schooling felt on the day he made history 

    15:11 When did Schooling realise he had won that historic race? 

    What Singapore can learn from Schooling's retirement: https://str.sg/Mor8

    Read: https://str.sg/JJJQF

    Produced by: Rohit Brijnath (rohitb@sph.com.sg) & ST Video

    Edited by: Amirul Karim

    Follow ST Sports Talk every month:

    Channel: https://str.sg/JWRE

    Apple Podcasts: https://str.sg/JWRa

    Spotify: https://str.sg/JW6N

    SPH Awedio app: https://www.awedio.sg/

    Website: http://str.sg/stpodcasts

    Feedback to: podcast@sph.com.sg

    Read Rohit Brijnath's articles: https://str.sg/wFu2

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    Discover more ST podcast channels:

    The Usual Place: https://str.sg/wEr7u

    COE Watch: https://str.sg/iTtE

    Asian Insider: https://str.sg/JWa7

    Health Check: https://str.sg/JWaN

    Green Pulse: https://str.sg/JWaf

    Your Money & Career: https://str.sg/wB2m

    Hard Tackle: https://str.sg/JWRE

    #PopVultures: https://str.sg/JWad

    Music Lab: https://str.sg/w9TX

    Discover ST Podcasts: http://str.sg/stpodcasts

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    Special edition series:

    True Crimes Of Asia (6 eps): https://str.sg/i44T

    The Unsolved Mysteries of South-east Asia (5 eps): https://str.sg/wuZ2

    Invisible Asia (9 eps): https://str.sg/wuZn

    Stop Scams (10 eps): https://str.sg/wuZB

    Singapore's War On Covid (5 eps): https://str.sg/wuJa

    ---

    Get The Straits Times' app, which has a dedicated podcast player section:

    The App Store: https://str.sg/icyB

    Google Play: https://str.sg/icyX

    #hardtackle
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    • 18 min

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