Patrick Blennerhassett

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Patrick Blennerhassett

Reporter, Sport

Patrick Blennerhassett is an award-winning Canadian journalist and four-time published author. He is a Jack Webster Fellowship winner and a British Columbia bestselling novelist. He has covered sport for the Post since 2018.

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Rich Froning’s CrossFit Mayhem Freedom turnover continues as he searches for new teammates for 2021

CrossFit legend searching for new teammates to comply with new rules and regulations.

26 Jan 2021 - 10:00PM

CrossFit legend searching for new teammates to comply with new rules and regulations.

Rich Froning’s CrossFit Mayhem Freedom turnover continues as he searches for new teammates for 2021
The Takedown | UFC 257: Khabib Nurmagomedov is walking away because there is no one left to beat

Khabib Nurmagomedov cleared out one of the most stacked MMA divisions ever, and the next champion will have an asterisk next to his name.

26 Jan 2021 - 6:00PM

Khabib Nurmagomedov cleared out one of the most stacked MMA divisions ever, and the next champion will have an asterisk next to his name.

UFC 257: Khabib Nurmagomedov is walking away because there is no one left to beat
Hong Kong government suffocating sport and fitness industry to death

Hong Kong is enduring its fourth wave, and sports facilities and gyms have now been closed for more than 140 days since the start of the pandemic. Heavy-handed restrictions on the entire industry have left locals with few options in terms of staying fit and active, says Patrick Blennerhassett. With no end in sight, will the government ever hear the cries of a dying industry and economic catastrophe in the making?

26 Jan 2021 - 1:43PM

Hong Kong is enduring its fourth wave, and sports facilities and gyms have now been closed for more than 140 days since the start of the pandemic. Heavy-handed restrictions on the entire industry have left locals with few options in terms of staying fit and active, says Patrick Blennerhassett. With no end in sight, will the government ever hear the cries of a dying industry and economic catastrophe in the making?

Hong Kong government suffocating sport and fitness industry to death
Hong Kong gym owners drown in paperwork waiting on delayed second round of Covid-19 relief funding

Now closing in on six months, gym owners say they are in a frustratingly endless back and forth with Home Affairs Bureau demanding more paperwork.

26 Jan 2021 - 5:03PM

Now closing in on six months, gym owners say they are in a frustratingly endless back and forth with Home Affairs Bureau demanding more paperwork.

Hong Kong gym owners drown in paperwork waiting on delayed second round of Covid-19 relief funding
The Takedown | UFC 257: MMA world will watch Khabib Nurmagomedov watch Conor McGregor vs Dustin Poirier

Retired UFC lightweight champ Khabib Nurmagomedov’s reported presence cageside for Conor McGregor vs Dustin Poirier rematch makes for a thrilling MMA spectacle.

22 Jan 2021 - 3:46PM

Retired UFC lightweight champ Khabib Nurmagomedov’s reported presence cageside for Conor McGregor vs Dustin Poirier rematch makes for a thrilling MMA spectacle.

UFC 257: MMA world will watch Khabib Nurmagomedov watch Conor McGregor vs Dustin Poirier
Opinion | Jeremy Lin chasing dying NBA dream while spurning fame, fortune and a prolonged career in China

Asian-American Lin’s G League push with Golden State Warriors should be dropped and instead go the route of Stephon Marbury and turn his fame in China into a golden ticket.

22 Jan 2021 - 8:00AM

Asian-American Lin’s G League push with Golden State Warriors should be dropped and instead go the route of Stephon Marbury and turn his fame in China into a golden ticket.

Jeremy Lin chasing dying NBA dream while spurning fame, fortune and a prolonged career in China
CrossFit: 2028 Los Angeles Olympics is the dream for functional fitness lobby group

The International Functional Fitness Federation has an ambitious goal for CrossFit – Olympic glory – but has work cut out educating the world about the name and the brand.

21 Jan 2021 - 8:00PM

The International Functional Fitness Federation has an ambitious goal for CrossFit – Olympic glory – but has work cut out educating the world about the name and the brand.

CrossFit: 2028 Los Angeles Olympics is the dream for functional fitness lobby group
Opinion | Hong Kong government’s straitjacket on sport and recreation is suffocating entire industries

Hong Kong Rugby Union’s move to axe elite programme is a bellwether of things to come, with sport and recreation choked out and sitting lifeless.

26 Jan 2021 - 1:54PM

Hong Kong Rugby Union’s move to axe elite programme is a bellwether of things to come, with sport and recreation choked out and sitting lifeless.

Hong Kong government’s straitjacket on sport and recreation is suffocating entire industries
Conor McGregor: bio, net worth, fighting style and UFC 257 rematch with Dustin Poirier

Irish MMA phenom Conor McGregor has taken the UFC by storm since his first fight with the organisation in 2013, building an empire which includes endorsements and his own brand of whiskey.

20 Jan 2021 - 9:22AM

Irish MMA phenom Conor McGregor has taken the UFC by storm since his first fight with the organisation in 2013, building an empire which includes endorsements and his own brand of whiskey.

Conor McGregor: bio, net worth, fighting style and UFC 257 rematch with Dustin Poirier
CrossFit: Battle Cancer kicks off with star power including Sam Briggs and Noah Ohlsen

UK-based charity looks at exercise and diet as a vital part of overcoming disease, with CrossFit stars Sam Briggs and Noah Ohlsen joining the programme.

18 Jan 2021 - 7:14PM

UK-based charity looks at exercise and diet as a vital part of overcoming disease, with CrossFit stars Sam Briggs and Noah Ohlsen joining the programme.

CrossFit: Battle Cancer kicks off with star power including Sam Briggs and Noah Ohlsen
CrossFit's China ambitions face huge hurdles despite middle-class demand for exercise options

CrossFit is a branded fitness regimen that has survived its early days of being maligned as dangerous and “cult like”. Started in 2000 in a garage in the city of Santa Cruz, California, the US company has grown into an empire of gyms or “boxes” in more than 150 countries around the world and its flagship event the CrossFit Games. Now CrossFit is looking to expand into new footholds in Brazil, India, Japan and China. But as the SCMP’s Patrick Blennerhassett explains, some major challenges stand in the way of CrossFit’s dreams of cultivating roots in China as strong as what it enjoys in North America, Europe and many parts of Asia including Hong Kong.

18 Jan 2021 - 3:39PM

CrossFit is a branded fitness regimen that has survived its early days of being maligned as dangerous and “cult like”. Started in 2000 in a garage in the city of Santa Cruz, California, the US company has grown into an empire of gyms or “boxes” in more than 150 countries around the world and its flagship event the CrossFit Games. Now CrossFit is looking to expand into new footholds in Brazil, India, Japan and China. But as the SCMP’s Patrick Blennerhassett explains, some major challenges stand in the way of CrossFit’s dreams of cultivating roots in China as strong as what it enjoys in North America, Europe and many parts of Asia including Hong Kong.

CrossFit's China ambitions face huge hurdles despite middle-class demand for exercise options
UFC: Georges St-Pierre says Khabib Nurmagomedov legacy bout highly unlikely now because of Covid-19

UFC legend Georges St-Pierre says a dream match-up with Khabib Nurmagomedov is highly unlikely now because of Covid-19 and logistical hurdles.

15 Jan 2021 - 2:00PM

UFC legend Georges St-Pierre says a dream match-up with Khabib Nurmagomedov is highly unlikely now because of Covid-19 and logistical hurdles.

UFC: Georges St-Pierre says Khabib Nurmagomedov legacy bout highly unlikely now because of Covid-19
Hong Kong’s fitness industry on verge of financial ruin as gyms fall – ‘We are in a race against the clock’

Gyms are only weeks, even days, away from collapsing as coronavirus pandemic restrictions crush their business and government lags on second handout.

14 Jan 2021 - 7:25PM

Gyms are only weeks, even days, away from collapsing as coronavirus pandemic restrictions crush their business and government lags on second handout.

Hong Kong’s fitness industry on verge of financial ruin as gyms fall – ‘We are in a race against the clock’
The Takedown | Dana White should wash his hands of Donald Trump if he wants to take UFC to next level

Capitol Hill riots should be final straw for UFC boss Dana White in supporting outgoing US President Donald Trump.

13 Jan 2021 - 8:43PM

Capitol Hill riots should be final straw for UFC boss Dana White in supporting outgoing US President Donald Trump.

Dana White should wash his hands of Donald Trump if he wants to take UFC to next level
Does China’s ice hockey squad face an Olympic-sized embarrassment at 2022 Winter Games in Beijing?

National Hockey League players are set to lace up their skates for a return to the Winter Olympics in 2022 in Beijing. The anticipated talent from the world’s sixth-biggest sporting league is great news for the International Olympic Committee. But as the SCMP’s Patrick Blennerhassett points out, the top skaters could end up giving host China’s men’s ice hockey team a rough time at the tournament.

13 Jan 2021 - 5:26PM

National Hockey League players are set to lace up their skates for a return to the Winter Olympics in 2022 in Beijing. The anticipated talent from the world’s sixth-biggest sporting league is great news for the International Olympic Committee. But as the SCMP’s Patrick Blennerhassett points out, the top skaters could end up giving host China’s men’s ice hockey team a rough time at the tournament.

Does China’s ice hockey squad face an Olympic-sized embarrassment at 2022 Winter Games in Beijing?
Opinion | CrossFit champion Mat Fraser sets rumour mill afire but talk of retirement off the mark

Five-time CrossFit Games champion Mat Fraser talks about uncertainty of competing in 2021 – ‘we don’t put together an attack plan until we see facts’

12 Jan 2021 - 8:00PM

Five-time CrossFit Games champion Mat Fraser talks about uncertainty of competing in 2021 – ‘we don’t put together an attack plan until we see facts’

CrossFit champion Mat Fraser sets rumour mill afire but talk of retirement off the mark
Hong Kong police swiftly shut down Tamar Park gathering as tennis coaches cry foul – ‘The government is living on another planet’

Players and coaches, facing financial ruin because of ‘heavy-handed and inconsistent’ government policies, are told to disperse immediately or face being arrested.

11 Jan 2021 - 5:31PM

Players and coaches, facing financial ruin because of ‘heavy-handed and inconsistent’ government policies, are told to disperse immediately or face being arrested.

Hong Kong police swiftly shut down Tamar Park gathering as tennis coaches cry foul – ‘The government is living on another planet’
Asian NHL players Matt Dumba, Nick Suzuki and Kailer Yamamoto primed for breakout seasons

Matt Dumba, Nick Suzuki and Kailer Yamamoto could become Asian stars in the NHL this season.

9 Jan 2021 - 10:59PM

Matt Dumba, Nick Suzuki and Kailer Yamamoto could become Asian stars in the NHL this season.

Asian NHL players Matt Dumba, Nick Suzuki and Kailer Yamamoto primed for breakout seasons
Opinion | CrossFit Games: can Sara Sigmundsdottir or Katrin Davidsdottir ever beat Tia-Clair Toomey?

CrossFit Games four-time champion Tia-Clair Toomey has effectively quashed Sara Sigmundsdottir and Katrin Davidsdottir.

7 Jan 2021 - 8:00PM

CrossFit Games four-time champion Tia-Clair Toomey has effectively quashed Sara Sigmundsdottir and Katrin Davidsdottir.

CrossFit Games: can Sara Sigmundsdottir or Katrin Davidsdottir ever beat Tia-Clair Toomey?
Hong Kong’s fitness industry forced outdoors as trainers push Covid-19 restrictions

Personal trainers say they are forced to push social-distancing rules to stay afloat as group sessions move outdoors.

7 Jan 2021 - 12:05PM

Personal trainers say they are forced to push social-distancing rules to stay afloat as group sessions move outdoors.

Hong Kong’s fitness industry forced outdoors as  trainers push Covid-19 restrictions
CrossFit: Rich Froning responds to Mat Fraser’s claim that they haven’t spoken in years as ‘boldfaced lie’

CrossFit’s Rich Froning responds to Mat Fraser comments about the two’s sour relationship.

7 Jan 2021 - 7:53AM

CrossFit’s Rich Froning responds to Mat Fraser comments about the two’s sour relationship.

CrossFit: Rich Froning responds to Mat Fraser’s claim that they haven’t spoken in years as ‘boldfaced lie’
Opinion | CrossFit: should IOC consider adding the functional fitness regime to Olympics?

The International Olympic Committee, if it really wants to be cool, should take a serious look at the functional fitness regime.

6 Jan 2021 - 8:00AM

The International Olympic Committee, if it really wants to be cool, should take a serious look at the functional fitness regime.

CrossFit: should IOC consider adding the functional fitness regime to Olympics?
CrossFit: Mat Fraser says he hasn’t spoken to Rich Froning in over two years – ‘I’ve seen him just excommunicate people’

Five-time champion Mat Fraser speaks about his lack of interaction with Rich Froning.

5 Jan 2021 - 2:30PM

Five-time champion Mat Fraser speaks about his lack of interaction with Rich Froning.

CrossFit: Mat Fraser says he hasn’t spoken to Rich Froning in over two years – ‘I’ve seen him just excommunicate people’
The Takedown | UFC: Georges St-Pierre needs to pass, again, on Khabib Nurmagomedov superfight

A superfight against UFC lightweight champ Khabib Nurmagomedov is not a smart move for Georges St-Pierre, who risks tarnishing his great legacy.

5 Jan 2021 - 10:14AM

A superfight against UFC lightweight champ Khabib Nurmagomedov is not a smart move for Georges St-Pierre, who risks tarnishing his great legacy.

UFC: Georges St-Pierre needs to pass, again, on Khabib Nurmagomedov superfight
Canadian contingent in Hong Kong helps ice hockey podcast find devout following at home and abroad

Across the Pond ice hockey podcast in Hong Kong finds it niche with local Canadian listeners.

2 Jan 2021 - 10:50PM

Across the Pond ice hockey podcast in Hong Kong finds it niche with local Canadian listeners.

Canadian contingent in Hong Kong helps ice hockey podcast find devout following at home and abroad
The Takedown | UFC: Conor McGregor faces make-or-break year in 2021 with time running out to regain glory

Former UFC two-weight champ Conor McGregor might only have a few fights left in the tank while still in his prime, and simply cannot afford defeat by Dustin Poirier.

2 Jan 2021 - 8:21PM

Former UFC two-weight champ Conor McGregor might only have a few fights left in the tank while still in his prime, and simply cannot afford defeat by Dustin Poirier.

UFC: Conor McGregor faces make-or-break year in 2021 with time running out to regain glory
CrossFit’s Eric Roza on approaching Chinese market – ‘We’ve got to operate within the constructs of US foreign policy’

The Eric Roza era of CrossFit starts in earnest as the company looks to China for massive growth and world’s most sought-after demographic – the mainland’s middle class.

1 Jan 2021 - 12:32PM

The Eric Roza era of CrossFit starts in earnest as the company looks to China for massive growth and world’s most sought-after demographic – the mainland’s middle class.

CrossFit’s Eric Roza on approaching Chinese market – ‘We’ve got to operate within the constructs of US foreign policy’
Opinion | 2022 Winter Olympics: China’s ice hockey teams will be on wrong side of massive blowouts in Beijing

The Chinese men’s ice hockey team are going to get blown away by NHL players at the Winter Olympics in Beijing.

31 Dec 2020 - 10:51PM

The Chinese men’s ice hockey team are going to get blown away by NHL players at the Winter Olympics in Beijing.

2022 Winter Olympics: China’s ice hockey teams will be on wrong side of massive blowouts in Beijing
Hong Kong wheelchair climber Lai Chi-wai ready to summit Nina Tower skyscraper

Former professional rock climber Lai Chi-wai to take on 320-metre Nina Tower in a fundraising event on January 9.

31 Dec 2020 - 10:16AM

Former professional rock climber Lai Chi-wai to take on 320-metre Nina Tower in a fundraising event on January 9.

Hong Kong wheelchair climber Lai Chi-wai ready to summit Nina Tower skyscraper
UFC: China’s Zhang Weili takes best MMA fight for classic with Joanna Jedrzejczyk

Chinese UFC superstar Zhang Weili wins top honours at 12th World MMA Awards for classic strawweight slugfest with Poland’s Joanna Jedrzejczyk.

28 Dec 2020 - 5:10PM

Chinese UFC superstar Zhang Weili wins top honours at 12th World MMA Awards for classic strawweight slugfest with Poland’s Joanna Jedrzejczyk.

UFC: China’s Zhang Weili takes best MMA fight for classic with Joanna Jedrzejczyk