Andrew McNicol

Hong Kong

Andrew McNicol

Reporter, Sport

Andrew McNicol is a sports writer with a particular interest in football, rugby and mixed martial arts. He also enjoys covering local athletes and niche sports in the region. He has a master's degree in Media and Communications Governance from the London School of Economics and Political Science.

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Jeremy Lin in tears after finally finding Beijing Ducks form, as he reveals Covid-19 breathing issues and off-court struggles

‘My body was hurt, my heart was hurt,’ says the 33-year-old Beijing Ducks guard, citing breathing troubles and reflecting on ‘tough’ two years on and off the court.

‘My body was hurt, my heart was hurt,’ says the 33-year-old Beijing Ducks guard, citing breathing troubles and reflecting on ‘tough’ two years on and off the court.

19 Jan 2022 - 11:24PM
Singapore public donates more than US$270,000 to shuttler Loh Kean Yew as world champion wins silver at India Open

The ‘Loh Kean Yew Encouragement Fund’ closed on Sunday with more than S$367,000, not including Indonesian family’s S$200,000 injection, as the 24-year-old loses to Lakshya Sen in the India Open final

The ‘Loh Kean Yew Encouragement Fund’ closed on Sunday with more than S$367,000, not including Indonesian family’s S$200,000 injection, as the 24-year-old loses to Lakshya Sen in the India Open final

17 Jan 2022 - 9:30PM
Olympic fencing champion Cheung Ka-long makes Hong Kong history again with World Cup gold

Chief Executive Carrie Lam hails Olympic champion’s performance, after world No 4 foilist becomes the city’s first men’s fencing World Cup winner, following defeats of Edoardo Luperi in final and world No 1 Alessio Foconi in Paris semis, to

Chief Executive Carrie Lam hails Olympic champion’s performance, after world No 4 foilist becomes the city’s first men’s fencing World Cup winner, following defeats of Edoardo Luperi in final and world No 1 Alessio Foconi in Paris semis, to

16 Jan 2022 - 2:50PM
Naomi Osaka: Australian Open champ is back and ‘has really stepped up’, coach Yutaka Nakamura says

‘We’re here for a reason’, Australian Open champion’s personal trainer Yutaka Nakamura says ahead of grand slam comeback, after a mental health-related hiatus.

‘We’re here for a reason’, Australian Open champion’s personal trainer Yutaka Nakamura says ahead of grand slam comeback, after a mental health-related hiatus.

16 Jan 2022 - 1:01PM
New coach Jorn Andersen bans footballers from drinking alcohol while on Hong Kong duty

‘We don’t allow drinking alcohol when you are with or travelling with the national team. That is not possible,’ new senior men’s head coach Jorn Andersen says in first Hong Kong press conference.

‘We don’t allow drinking alcohol when you are with or travelling with the national team. That is not possible,’ new senior men’s head coach Jorn Andersen says in first Hong Kong press conference.

15 Jan 2022 - 3:00PM
New Hong Kong men’s football head coach Jorn Andersen to bring attacking philosophy – ‘not only defending, defending, defending’

Former North Korea manager outlines plans in first press conference after seeing ‘a lot of things I don’t like’ from Hong Kong game footage while in quarantine.

Former North Korea manager outlines plans in first press conference after seeing ‘a lot of things I don’t like’ from Hong Kong game footage while in quarantine.

14 Jan 2022 - 7:08PM
Beijing Winter Olympics: Sidney Chu, Hong Kong’s unwavering speed skater, finally living out his dreams

The 22-year-old patiently powered through an underdeveloped local scene and a career-threatening injury to earn Beijing 2022 qualification – ‘I learned how much the sport and the Olympics meant to me’.

The 22-year-old patiently powered through an underdeveloped local scene and a career-threatening injury to earn Beijing 2022 qualification – ‘I learned how much the sport and the Olympics meant to me’.

10 Jan 2022 - 6:15PM
Roma signing Shalika Aurelia makes history as first woman from Indonesia to join Italian club

The 19-year-old defender Shalika Aurelia Viandrisa becomes the first Indonesian women’s player to sign for a professional team in Europe, after previously having trials with West Ham and Bayern Munich.

The 19-year-old defender Shalika Aurelia Viandrisa becomes the first Indonesian women’s player to sign for a professional team in Europe, after previously having trials with West Ham and Bayern Munich.

10 Jan 2022 - 1:24PM
Chinese basketball star Zhou Qi ‘extraordinarily gifted in all aspects’, says South East Melbourne Phoenix teammate Ben Li

From on-court training to postgame hotpots, former NBA and CBA star Zhou Qi and prospect Ben Li have formed a brotherhood Down Under playing for South East Melbourne Phoenix.

From on-court training to postgame hotpots, former NBA and CBA star Zhou Qi and prospect Ben Li have formed a brotherhood Down Under playing for South East Melbourne Phoenix.

10 Jan 2022 - 9:45AM
Hong Kong golfer Jason Hak targets National Games success after claiming historic second on China Tour Order of Merit

The 27-year-old has capped an impressive 2021 in China, climbing more than 500 places in the world rankings, as Hong Kong Golf Association chief Danny Lai hopes he ‘brings home a medal’ at the 2022 Asian Games.

The 27-year-old has capped an impressive 2021 in China, climbing more than 500 places in the world rankings, as Hong Kong Golf Association chief Danny Lai hopes he ‘brings home a medal’ at the 2022 Asian Games.

6 Jan 2022 - 5:58PM
Chinese-Canadian star Ben Li on leaving his NCAA basketball dream behind for the Shanghai Sharks and meeting Yao Ming

The 20-year-old says he ‘couldn’t turn my back against’ CBA opportunity despite US college game being a childhood goal.

The 20-year-old says he ‘couldn’t turn my back against’ CBA opportunity despite US college game being a childhood goal.

6 Jan 2022 - 7:34PM
Priscilla Hon: biography, Australian tennis breakout star, Hong Kong heritage and Emma Raducanu friendship

From her mission to make her Hong Kong grandparents proud, to her friendship with Emma Raducanu, the 23-year-old is set for a breakout season after her first win over a top 20-ranked opponent in Adelaide.

From her mission to make her Hong Kong grandparents proud, to her friendship with Emma Raducanu, the 23-year-old is set for a breakout season after her first win over a top 20-ranked opponent in Adelaide.

5 Jan 2022 - 10:44AM
Singapore public raises more than S$130,000 for badminton world champion Loh Kean Yew after learning he did not earn any prize money

Badminton fanatic Wei Chan launches the ‘Loh Kean Yew Encouragement Fund’ after the 24-year-old’s historic BWF world championships win last month – ‘I felt compelled to do something to thank him’.

Badminton fanatic Wei Chan launches the ‘Loh Kean Yew Encouragement Fund’ after the 24-year-old’s historic BWF world championships win last month – ‘I felt compelled to do something to thank him’.

6 Jan 2022 - 10:14AM
Celtic sign Japanese trio Daizen Maeda, Yosuke Ideguchi and Reo Hatate after success of Kyogo Furuhashi

J1 League joint-top scorer Daizen Maeda reunites with Celtic boss Ange Postecoglou after season at Yokohama F Marinos, while Yosuke Ideguchi and Reo Hatate join from Gamba Osaka and Kawasaki Frontale.

J1 League joint-top scorer Daizen Maeda reunites with Celtic boss Ange Postecoglou after season at Yokohama F Marinos, while Yosuke Ideguchi and Reo Hatate join from Gamba Osaka and Kawasaki Frontale.

3 Jan 2022 - 5:48PM
Rugby World Cup: Samoa international and former Hong Kong coach Bella Milo on potentially facing city in ‘mixed emotions’ qualifier

Eyeing a fourth World Cup outing, Bella Milo recalls getting ‘a bit emotional’ while serving as a Hong Kong coach against Samoa, but says facing her ‘second home’ would be ‘a cool and different experience’.

Eyeing a fourth World Cup outing, Bella Milo recalls getting ‘a bit emotional’ while serving as a Hong Kong coach against Samoa, but says facing her ‘second home’ would be ‘a cool and different experience’.

31 Dec 2021 - 8:15AM
Reigning US Women’s Open champion Yuka Saso ‘would love to see’ LPGA Tour event in Hong Kong

The 20-year-old breakout star Yuka Saso recalls ‘unforgettable’ Hong Kong debut in 2015, while Hong Kong Golf Association chief Danny Lai says an LPGA Tour event in city would ‘definitely inspire local players’.

The 20-year-old breakout star Yuka Saso recalls ‘unforgettable’ Hong Kong debut in 2015, while Hong Kong Golf Association chief Danny Lai says an LPGA Tour event in city would ‘definitely inspire local players’.

30 Dec 2021 - 8:15AM
Beijing 2022 Olympics: Hong Kong becoming ‘a force to be reckoned with’, says speed skater Sidney Chu

‘We want to do as much as we can to let people know, ‘hey, we’re going to the Beijing 2022 Olympics’,’ says the 22-year-old Sidney Chu, who was selected to represent Hong Kong in the 500m short-track speed skating event.

‘We want to do as much as we can to let people know, ‘hey, we’re going to the Beijing 2022 Olympics’,’ says the 22-year-old Sidney Chu, who was selected to represent Hong Kong in the 500m short-track speed skating event.

29 Dec 2021 - 11:32AM
Hong Kong’s domestic helpers fight through Covid-19 travel restrictions, hectic work hours and substance abuse

‘I have Muay Thai training in the morning, then taekwondo in the afternoon. My day off is very busy. My employers are like ‘how do you do that? You must be so tired’,’ said domestic helper Aibil Villaluna.

‘I have Muay Thai training in the morning, then taekwondo in the afternoon. My day off is very busy. My employers are like ‘how do you do that? You must be so tired’,’ said domestic helper Aibil Villaluna.

28 Dec 2021 - 6:41PM
Ones to watch: 5 Asian athletes we think will make a splash in 2022

From skiing sensation Eileen Gu, to China’s first Formula 1 driver Zhou Guanyu, here are some sportsmen and women to watch out for next year.

From skiing sensation Eileen Gu, to China’s first Formula 1 driver Zhou Guanyu, here are some sportsmen and women to watch out for next year.

24 Dec 2021 - 11:30AM
Cheung Ka-long and Hong Kong foil team leave home behind for 6 to 9 months to ‘maximise’ skills ahead of 2022 Asian Games

City’s top foilists in Paris to train with France and Japan ahead of bumper international calendar, as they look to ‘maximise’ skills going into 2022 Hangzhou Asian Games.

City’s top foilists in Paris to train with France and Japan ahead of bumper international calendar, as they look to ‘maximise’ skills going into 2022 Hangzhou Asian Games.

7 Jan 2022 - 2:47PM
Golf sensation Yuka Saso on life since US Open win, shadowing LPGA star Inbee Park and ‘remembering to have fun’

The 20-year-old reigning US Women’s Open champion praises ‘great golf talent’ across Asia and says anything can be achieved ‘regardless of who you are and where you came from’.

The 20-year-old reigning US Women’s Open champion praises ‘great golf talent’ across Asia and says anything can be achieved ‘regardless of who you are and where you came from’.

22 Dec 2021 - 7:45AM
Newly crowned Hong Kong champions call on more youngsters to take up windsurfing as they eye Asian Games selection race

Winners Au Ying-leung and Ma Kwan-ching hope dominant Hong Kong Open wins will help increase talent pool and close the gap between the city and their international rivals.

Winners Au Ying-leung and Ma Kwan-ching hope dominant Hong Kong Open wins will help increase talent pool and close the gap between the city and their international rivals.

7 Jan 2022 - 2:47PM
GOLD4HK NFT collections set to immortalise Hong Kong’s fencing king Cheung Ka-long, his teammates and their Olympic memories

‘What we achieved with Hong Kong is something amazing and I wanted the community to remember this for as long as possible,’ said Olympic gold medal-winning coach Gregory Koenig ahead of the roll-out of 5,424 NFTs.

‘What we achieved with Hong Kong is something amazing and I wanted the community to remember this for as long as possible,’ said Olympic gold medal-winning coach Gregory Koenig ahead of the roll-out of 5,424 NFTs.

19 Dec 2021 - 12:28PM
Young guns Au Ling-yeung and Ma Kwan-ching maintain leads at Hong Kong Open Windsurfing Championships

Wonderkid Au extends his lead ahead of the final round as he sets out course for 2022 Asian Games and 2024 Paris Olympics selection, while Ma Kwan-ching maintains 100 per cent win record.

Wonderkid Au extends his lead ahead of the final round as he sets out course for 2022 Asian Games and 2024 Paris Olympics selection, while Ma Kwan-ching maintains 100 per cent win record.

18 Dec 2021 - 6:50PM
Hong Kong breakdancers cry for funding and recognition ahead of Paris 2024 Olympics - ‘we might win a world championship and nobody would know’

‘You could argue we’ve already lost the moment we step on to the international stage,’ says city’s number one women’s breakdancer Chan Ka-yi, also known as Bgirl Lady Little.

‘You could argue we’ve already lost the moment we step on to the international stage,’ says city’s number one women’s breakdancer Chan Ka-yi, also known as Bgirl Lady Little.

14 Dec 2021 - 9:00AM
Canadian-Chinese driver Samantha Tan hopes trailblazing achievements inspire other ‘badass Asian females’

The 24-year-old eyes historic Le Mans outing as a means to ‘redefine’ stereotypes that Asian women are ‘docile, dainty and submissive’ after winning six championship titles in the 24H Series GT4 class.

The 24-year-old eyes historic Le Mans outing as a means to ‘redefine’ stereotypes that Asian women are ‘docile, dainty and submissive’ after winning six championship titles in the 24H Series GT4 class.

12 Dec 2021 - 9:15AM
Paris 2024: Hong Kong breakdancers set out Olympic qualifying blueprint after World Championships outing

Four of the city’s highest-ranked Bboys and Bgirls return from the World Breaking Championships with local star Chan Ka-yi declaring ‘this is just the start’ on their long road to Paris 2024.

Four of the city’s highest-ranked Bboys and Bgirls return from the World Breaking Championships with local star Chan Ka-yi declaring ‘this is just the start’ on their long road to Paris 2024.

10 Dec 2021 - 11:28AM
Macau Grand Prix winner Darryl O’Young on Covid-19 sacrifices that led to Hong Kong driver’s ‘miracle’ win and ‘my first tears after a race’

The veteran driver overcomes Macau crash, South Africa confusion, and Penny’s Bay quarantine to return to family in time for Christmas – ‘this time it took me three months to get home’.

The veteran driver overcomes Macau crash, South Africa confusion, and Penny’s Bay quarantine to return to family in time for Christmas – ‘this time it took me three months to get home’.

8 Dec 2021 - 11:19PM
Hong Kong’s Doo Hoi-kem and Wong Chun-ting bow out of WTT Cup Finals as coach laments lack of killer instinct

Tokyo 2020 Olympic bronze medallist Doo Hoi-kem struggles against Hina Hayata, while teammate Wong Chun-ting almost takes world No 5 Tomokazu Harimoto to fifth game but was ‘not decisive enough’, says coach Zhang Rui.

Tokyo 2020 Olympic bronze medallist Doo Hoi-kem struggles against Hina Hayata, while teammate Wong Chun-ting almost takes world No 5 Tomokazu Harimoto to fifth game but was ‘not decisive enough’, says coach Zhang Rui.

6 Dec 2021 - 5:09PM
Hong Kong quintet earn FIFAe Nations Cup 2022 spot as Asian Games selection edges closer

Kenny Yung Shing-long takes a dramatic win in the HKFA eFootball Open final to lead Hong Kong’s team in second-ever Nations Cup.

Kenny Yung Shing-long takes a dramatic win in the HKFA eFootball Open final to lead Hong Kong’s team in second-ever Nations Cup.

7 Jan 2022 - 2:47PM