The first ever Walking Football initiative in Southeast Asia was launched over the weekend with 20 participants from Malaysia and Singapore setting Sports Garage PJ alight with their skills.
Refereed by former Manchester United full-back and Astro Supersports’ football pundit Paul Parker, both the Lion Angels (Team Singapore) and Tiger d’Warriors (Team Malaysia) put up a tough fight over two halves of 15 minutes each. The match ended 0-0 at full time, which led to the customary penalty shootout.
In a best of five penalty shoot-out, Team Malaysia took the win and went home as champions.
Jointly organized by FourthOfficial.com and celebrity fitness guru Dee Dee Mahmood, the walking football initiative is part of research project seeking to explore the effects of exercise on obesity and cancer markers.
Since walking football is a minimal body contact sport with lower risk of injury, it is more accessible for individuals with health concerns. Participants of the tournament consist of obese, diabetic, hypertension, cancer survivors between the ages of 30 and 50.
“Both teams did exceptionally well and fought tight for 30 minutes — you cannot even tell there was a cancer patient in Team Singapore!” said fitness expert Dee Dee Mahmood, who trained both teams for the tournament. Dee Dee is also a celebrity trainer and physiologist based in Singapore and Malaysia.
FourthOfficial.com’s Keeshaanan Sundaresan expressed that they are more than thrilled to have worked together with fitness guru Dee Dee Mahmood to bring this health initiative to Southeast Asia.
“Walking football just as fun as regular football, it’s just at a slower pace. This initiative should encourage more individuals to come out and be physically active. More importantly though, it doesn’t take away the thrill and simple joys of playing football!” the Editor of FourthOfficial.com said.
This health initiative was supported by Uber Malaysia (Ridesharing Partner) and Columbia Asia Hospital (Medical Support Partner).
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