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For Singapore, playing host to the vote for the 2012 Olympics might be the next best thing to hosting the Olympics themselves.
It is a national monument, the jewel in Singapore's crown, and this week Raffles Hotel will become a bubbling cauldron of lobbying and politics as the city state stages the most keenly-contested Olympic venue vote in the history of the Games.
The chances of the national eventing team taking part in the Doha Asiad equestrian competition looks bleak at the moment because they still do not have enough funds.
The Singapore F1 Grand Prix scheduled for Sept 28 will not only be the biggest sporting event hosted by the republic but it will also be a much anticipated and much talked about affair.
All eyes will be on the much-anticipated night race in the 'Monaco of the East'
Driving on a street circuit and with monsoonal rain a threat, Ferrari's Felipe Massa says a quick qualifying time will be crucial at the Singapore Grand Prix this week.
LIMA: A Peruvian soccer player was sentenced to seven years in prison on Thursday for helping thieves steal money from First Division club Cienciano two years ago.