21 Feb '12, 2am

Do you think sportsmen representing Singapore should be exempted from NS?

SINGAPORE - V Sundramoorthy's LionsXII have been blighted by National Service (NS) issues in their first month in Malaysian domestic football competitions, with some players unable to train regularly and others unable to travel for away games. Now, even the Singapore national team are not spared from this problem. As Radojko Avramovic's Lions prepare for their final Group A FIFA World Cup qualifying fixture against Iraq on Feb 29, they have been rocked by news of four players - Hariss Harun, Safuwan Baharudin, Shakir Hamzah and Yasir Hanapi - having to miss the Feb 24 friendly against Azerbaijan, because of NS-related issues. While the other three will join the squad on Feb 25, Hariss will not be able to travel at all. "I've been told that I will have to use my personal leave allocation - of which I have only 14 days a year - if I want to play," said Hariss. "I feel bad th...

Full article: http://www.todayonline.com/Sports/EDC120221-0000055/NS-is...

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