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A sell out crowd watch the Semi Final Asian Cup match between Australia and the United Arab Emirates at Hunter Stadium in Newcastle, Australia, 27 January 2015. EPA/DEAN LEWINS AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND OUT
A sell out crowd watch the Semi Final Asian Cup match between Australia and the United Arab Emirates at Hunter Stadium in Newcastle, Australia, 27 January 2015. EPA/DEAN LEWINS AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND OUT

SYDNEY (AFP) - Free-scoring Australia will seek continental glory in the Asian Cup final on January 31 but South Korea could gatecrash the party in a hugely anticipated decider between two of the region's toughest teams.

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Singapore has announced its intention to hold the largest “extravaganza”; its National Stadium has ever seen when it hosts the opening ceremony of the 28th Southeast Asian Games on June 5.

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Myanmar’s national sports teams have begun to announce their preparation plans for June’s South East Asian Games, to be held in Singapore.

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A general view from inside the new national stadium at sports hub complex in Singapore on May 21, 2014. The 55,000 all-seater National Stadium is the centrepiece of Singapore's new Sg$1.3 billion Sports Hub complex and includes a retractable domed roof and innovative cooling system. AFP PHOTO/ROSLAN RAHMAN
A general view from inside the new national stadium at sports hub complex in Singapore on May 21, 2014. The 55,000 all-seater National Stadium is the centrepiece of Singapore's new Sg$1.3 billion Sports Hub complex and includes a retractable domed roof and innovative cooling system. AFP PHOTO/ROSLAN RAHMAN

Singapore has announced its intention to hold the largest “extravaganza”; its National Stadium has ever seen when it hosts the opening ceremony of the 28th Southeast Asian Games on June 5.

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Nila, the 2015 SEA Games mascot shows of the games motto. Photo: Halim/SINGSOC
Nila, the 2015 SEA Games mascot shows of the games motto. Photo: Halim/SINGSOC

A war of words in advance of the 2015 South East Asian Games has begun as nations announce their expectations and Indonesia’s Youth and Sports Minister Imam Nahrawi has suggested that his country must deploy sporting espionage to gain advantage over the competition.

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The Volleyball Federation of Myanmar has been awarded the honour of hosting the first ever Asian Men’s U23 Volleyball Championship, to be held in May 2015.