The Celebrity Sports Day stars: Sweat is sexy!

Mediacorp artistes-slash-sports contenders reveal if they have ever tried to impress someone of the opposite sex with their athletic charm

The Celebrity Sports Day stars: Sweat is sexy!
The Celebrity Sports Day stars: Sweat is sexy!
23 Feb 2016

The Celebrity Sports Day stars: Sweat is sexy!

Photos: Dion Tang, Tammi Tan
Videos: Charlene Chong, Tay Yixuan

On March 12, over 50 Mediacorp artistes will go from dazzling audiences on the small screen, to duking it out on race tracks and courts at Singapore’s very first Celebrity Sports Day.

Yesterday evening (February 22), about 30 of the competitors gathered at Bugis+ for a public press conference, where they shared briefly about their preparations for the tournament and their respective team’s – Red (led by Tay Ping Hui) or Blue (led by Kym Ng) – chances of winning.

They also took the opportunity to take good-natured jabs at their opponents or even at themselves, depending on their physical advantage (or lack thereof).

For instance, Julie Tan, who is one of the Blue Team’s representatives in the 4x100m relay, joked about her walking speed being equal to that of petite Red Team runner Jayley Woo’s dashes. Brandon Wong and Yao Wen Long, both in the Blue Team’s basketball group, were also self-deprecating about their age, “fats” and “poor eyesight” compared to the Red Team’s fit and sharp young things.

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The basketball competitors
The basketball competitors
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The basketball competitors

As we learned from the press conference or during our interviews with the various sports teams, quite a number of the contenders were active athletes in their school days. As such, we couldn’t help but wonder out loud: have they ever tried to impress someone with their sporty appeal?

According to Lee Teng, “All guys are the same – as long as there’s a girl watching them play a sport, they will put more effort into it.”

Ping Hui conceded, explaining, “It’s true according to science! When male athletes are competing in the presence of someone they love, their score will increase. So we don’t need to pretend to be better, we are better.”

Desmond Tan admitted that when he played basketball or football in the past, he and his friends would immediately take off their shirts to play when they spotted girls in the crowd. “Guys like to use their athleticism to impress girls,” he said. “I think it’s because girls find it very attractive when guys look very determined to win.”

This led Zheng Ge Ping to quip, “Girls are very sadistic – when they see guys sweating and suffering they go, ‘Oh yes, I love it!’ (laughs)”

Pictured from left to right: Red Team's Yao Wen Long, Lee Teng and Brandon Wong; Blue Team's Tay Ping Hui, Ian Fang, Jeffrey Xu and Nick Teo.

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The ladies of the Captain's Ball teams
The ladies of the Captain's Ball teams
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The ladies of the Captain's Ball teams

The ladies had a completely different answer to our question.

Carrie Wong, who was in her secondary school’s volleyball team, said, “I was very competitive and had no time to think about whether guys were noticing me. I never cared about it!”

Her fellow former volleyball player – and now Captain’s Ball rival – Kimberly Wang echoed her sentiments. “When you’re playing, you have no time to think about things like that,” explained the 987FM DJ.

For Jayley, she said the only time she impressed someone with athletic abilities was when she made the top 20 of a run – but that someone was herself. “I played the guzheng in school, I never took part in sports to get anyone’s attention,” she told us.

Outspoken Julie, who recently came clean about a new relationship, declared, “It’s the guys who need to impress me; I’m a girl so I don’t need to do anything!”

Pictured from left to right: Blue Team's reserve player Julie Tan; Red Team's Kimberly Wang and Yahui; Blue Team's Carrie Wong, Sora Ma and Chen Ning.

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100m dashers Desmond Tan and Romeo Tan from the Blue Team
100m dashers Desmond Tan and Romeo Tan from the Blue Team
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100m dashers Desmond Tan and Romeo Tan from the Blue Team

However, there was something both sexes had a common opinion on: sporty people are their “type” (well, with the exception of Ian Fang, who prefers dancers).

Desmond and YES 933 DJ Kun Hua said almost the exact same thing at different times, “Girls that sweat are sexy!” with the former elaborating, “It shows their determination and stamina. (I like seeing) them out jogging in their running attire – there’s just something that makes them glow, not just because of the sweat, but it’s from within.”

Famously fit Ge Ping confessed that he finds women the most charming when they are working out. “Seeing their muscles, sweat and how they go [exaggeratedly mimics the grunts of someone using gym equipment]…wow!”

Elvin Ng, who is known for his skills on the soccer pitch, said that he likes “girls that are gentle but have an athletic side”, while YES 933 announcer Jeff Goh made known his fondness towards females with a sporty sun-kissed glow.

Unsurprisingly, the ladies did not need to hesitate to nod enthusiastically when asked if they have a thing for athletic men. “It means they have the body leh!” exclaimed Kimberly, as Yahui added, “Who likes a guy who (squeals and recoils) when you throw a ball at him!?”

Well, we think she can rest assured that she won’t find anyone like that – male or female – at The Celebrity Sports Day.

Click through for more photos from The Celebrity Sports Day 2016 press conference:

The Celebrity Sports Day 2016 contestants (well, most of them) post a group pic
The Celebrity Sports Day 2016 contestants (well, most of them) post a group pic
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The Celebrity Sports Day 2016 contestants (well, most of them) post a group pic

For a full list of who's in the Red Team and Blue Team, click here.

The runners from the Red and Blue Teams
The runners from the Red and Blue Teams
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The runners from the Red and Blue Teams


Tug of War contestants from the Blue Team and Red Team
Tug of War contestants from the Blue Team and Red Team
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Tug of War contestants from the Blue Team and Red Team

Julie Tan receives the Red Team's official T-shirt
Julie Tan receives the Red Team's official T-shirt
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Julie Tan receives the Red Team's official T-shirt

Carrie Wong receives the Blue Team's official T-shirt
Carrie Wong receives the Blue Team's official T-shirt
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Carrie Wong receives the Blue Team's official T-shirt

Blue Team cheerleader Guo Liang, Blue Team leader Kym Ng and Red Team leader Tay Ping Hui
Blue Team cheerleader Guo Liang, Blue Team leader Kym Ng and Red Team leader Tay Ping Hui
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Blue Team cheerleader Guo Liang, Blue Team leader Kym Ng and Red Team leader Tay Ping Hui

Blue Team's Kym Ng and Red Team's Tay Ping Hui are prepared to duke it out!
Blue Team's Kym Ng and Red Team's Tay Ping Hui are prepared to duke it out!
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Blue Team's Kym Ng and Red Team's Tay Ping Hui are prepared to duke it out!

Kym Ng reacts after Guo Liang chooses to be the Blue Team's cheerleader
Kym Ng reacts after Guo Liang chooses to be the Blue Team's cheerleader
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Kym Ng reacts after Guo Liang chooses to be the Blue Team's cheerleader

DJs/hosts Chen Ning and Kimberly Wang interview the 100m dash runners
DJs/hosts Chen Ning and Kimberly Wang interview the 100m dash runners
23 Feb 2016

DJs/hosts Chen Ning and Kimberly Wang interview the 100m dash runners

Red Team's basketball players Shane Pow and Nick Teo
Red Team's basketball players Shane Pow and Nick Teo
23 Feb 2016

Red Team's basketball players Shane Pow and Nick Teo

Red Team's Tug of War players Zheng Ge Ping, Ian Fang and Jeff Goh
Red Team's Tug of War players Zheng Ge Ping, Ian Fang and Jeff Goh
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Red Team's Tug of War players Zheng Ge Ping, Ian Fang and Jeff Goh

Red Team's Captain's Ball player Yahui
Red Team's Captain's Ball player Yahui
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Red Team's Captain's Ball player Yahui

Blue Team's basketball players Yao Wen Long, Lee Teng and Brandon Wong
Blue Team's basketball players Yao Wen Long, Lee Teng and Brandon Wong
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Blue Team's basketball players Yao Wen Long, Lee Teng and Brandon Wong

Blue Team's Chen Ning, Carrie Wong and Kym Ng
Blue Team's Chen Ning, Carrie Wong and Kym Ng
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Blue Team's Chen Ning, Carrie Wong and Kym Ng

Blue Team's Captain's Ball players Hong Ling and Sora Ma
Blue Team's Captain's Ball players Hong Ling and Sora Ma
23 Feb 2016

Blue Team's Captain's Ball players Hong Ling and Sora Ma

Red Team's Ian Fang is playing Tug of War and Basketball
Red Team's Ian Fang is playing Tug of War and Basketball
23 Feb 2016

Red Team's Ian Fang is playing Tug of War and Basketball

Red Team's 4x100m relay runners Jayley Woo and Nick Teo
Red Team's 4x100m relay runners Jayley Woo and Nick Teo
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Red Team's 4x100m relay runners Jayley Woo and Nick Teo

Red Team's 100m dashers Jeffrey Xu and James Seah
Red Team's 100m dashers Jeffrey Xu and James Seah
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Red Team's 100m dashers Jeffrey Xu and James Seah

Blue Team's Hong Ling and Julie Tan, and Red Team's Shane Pow
Blue Team's Hong Ling and Julie Tan, and Red Team's Shane Pow
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Blue Team's Hong Ling and Julie Tan, and Red Team's Shane Pow

Blue Team's runners Desmond Tan, Carrie Wong, Kun Hua and Seraph Sun
Blue Team's runners Desmond Tan, Carrie Wong, Kun Hua and Seraph Sun
23 Feb 2016

Blue Team's runners Desmond Tan, Carrie Wong, Kun Hua and Seraph Sun

Many fans showed up to support their favourite artistes
Many fans showed up to support their favourite artistes
23 Feb 2016

Many fans showed up to support their favourite artistes

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The Celebrity Sports Day 2016
Date: March 12, 2016 (Saturday)
Time: 2.30pm-5pm
Venue: OCBC Arena Hall 1
Ticket price: S$10 (including booking fees)

Tickets can be purchased from www.sportshubtix.sg.

Related: Local stars to battle it out at The Celebrity Sports Day

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