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Table Tennis: Four countries assured of medals

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Four countries - Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia and Vietnam - secured their first medals at the SEA Games on Monday when they booked their places in their semi-finals of doubles table tennis.

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28th SEA Games Table Tennis matches kicked off today. Photo: SINGSOC/Action Images via Reuters

They won't know what colours their medals will be until the competition resumes on Tuesday but all four nations will be on the podium when the first presentations take place at the 28th SEA Games.

For Singapore, a regional powerhouse in the sport, the host-nation could not have wished for a better start to the Games with their paddlers already guaranteed four medals after getting two teams through to the semi-finals in both the men's and women's doubles events.

Gao Ning and Li Hu, who teamed up to win the bronze medal at last year's Asian Games, were given a bye in the first round then beat the Indonesian pair of Maulana Gilang and Haruri Akhmad Dahlan 11-4 11-8 11-9 in the quarter-finals.

Gao and Li will face Tran Tuan Quynh and Nguyen Anh Tu of Vietnam while Singapore's Clarence Chew and Chen Feng will play in the other semi-final against Thailand's Padasak Tanviriyavechakul and Chanakarn Udomsilp.

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Singapore's Clarence Chew in action in his Men's Doubles match against Indonesia. Singapore beat Indonesia 3-1. Photo: SINGSOC/Action Images via Reuters

In the women's doubles, Singapore's multi-Olympic medallist Feng Tianwei joined forces with Yu Mengyu to reach the semi-finals, where they will play Malaysia's Ho Ying and Lee Rou You.

Another Singaporean pairing, Lin Ye and Zhou Yihan, also made it through to the last four, and will play the Thai duo of Nanthana Komwong and Suthasini Sawettabut.

Malaysia, Singapore and Brunei all registered wins in the netball competition, which is back in the Games for the first in 14 years.

The defending champions Malaysia followed up their 62-goal win over Myanmar on Monday with an even more ruthless 112-11 victory over the Philippines. Norashikin Kamalzaman was again in great form, netting 61 goals from 66 attempts.

The reigning Asian champions Singapore registered their second win with a 65-24 victory over Thailand with goal shooter Charmaine Soh scoring 28 goals.

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Singapore's Charmaine Soh (L) in action. Photo: SINGSOC/Action Images via Reuters

Brunei beat Myanmar 56-47 in a hard-fought match at the OCBC Arena that was still in the balance late in the final quarter.

In football, there were two developments off the pitch.

The team manager of the East Timor team was provisionally suspended by the Asian Football Confederation pending a match-fixing allegation.

The suspension of Orlando Marques Henriques Mendes came after Singapore's Corrupt Practices Investigation Bureau said on Friday they had arrested an alleged local match-fixer and several "co-conspirators" of different nationalities following an investigation.

Malaysian midfielder Mohd Nazmi Faiz Mansor could be kicked out of the Games after being sent off in his team's 1-0 win over East Timor.

Nazmi will miss Malaysia's next two matches against Vietnam and Thailand and Malaysian coach Ong Kim Swee said he may face extra punishment from the team.

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