Tim Noonan

Tim Noonan

Tim Noonan has been crafting uniquely provocative columns for the SCMP and SMP for more than a decade. A native of Canada, he has over 20 years’ experience in Asia and has been a regular contributor to a number of prominent publications, including Time magazine, Forbes, The New York Times, The International Herald Tribune and The Independent.

Latest from Tim Noonan

Opinion | Tokyo 2020: Japan and IOC can spin Olympics negative into positive – it just needs vision

Whenever the IOC holds the Games in 2021 there will be massive conflicts, but these are the Olympics so everyone fall into line.

28 Mar 2020 - 10:01PM

Whenever the IOC holds the Games in 2021 there will be massive conflicts, but these are the Olympics so everyone fall into line.

Tokyo 2020: Japan and IOC can spin Olympics negative into positive – it just needs vision
Opinion | Japan holding its breath as Tokyo 2020 chiefs await IOC’s inevitable postponement of Games

Japan holding its breath for International Olympic Committee to make the call, fearing initial refusal to consider postponing the Games could take a terrible toll on the nation.

23 Mar 2020 - 10:19PM

Japan holding its breath for International Olympic Committee to make the call, fearing initial refusal to consider postponing the Games could take a terrible toll on the nation.

Japan holding its breath as Tokyo 2020 chiefs await IOC’s inevitable postponement of Games
Tokyo 2020: Only an apocalypse – or government ineptitude – can prevent the Olympics from going ahead

Virus? What virus? Japanese Olympic and government officials too busy planning for the Games to worry about the plague on their doorstep.

29 Feb 2020 - 6:23PM

Virus? What virus? Japanese Olympic and government officials too busy planning for the Games to worry about the plague on their doorstep.

Tokyo 2020: Only an apocalypse – or government ineptitude – can prevent the Olympics from going ahead
Opinion | Kobe Bryant’s death is China’s loss as kindred spirit is mourned in ‘second home’

Kobe Bryant’s death will be heavily felt in China, the ‘second home’ that he first visited in 1998.

27 Jan 2020 - 9:43PM

Kobe Bryant’s death will be heavily felt in China, the ‘second home’ that he first visited in 1998.

Kobe Bryant’s death is China’s loss as kindred spirit is mourned in ‘second home’
How Hidetoshi Nakata went from football and fashion icon to Japanese cultural ambassador

The ‘David Beckham of Asia’ returned from a storied career in Europe to learn about his country. Now he is set to use sake to tell the tale of Japan’s time-honoured craftsmanship.

27 Nov 2019 - 11:30AM

The ‘David Beckham of Asia’ returned from a storied career in Europe to learn about his country. Now he is set to use sake to tell the tale of Japan’s time-honoured craftsmanship.

How Hidetoshi Nakata went from football and fashion icon to Japanese cultural ambassador
Opinion | History counts for nothing as already besieged Hong Kong Golf Club is now forced to put flagship event on ice

Uncertain future for venerable golf tournament as the European Tour postpones 60-year-old event amid security fears.

23 Nov 2019 - 9:10PM

Uncertain future for venerable golf tournament as the European Tour postpones 60-year-old event amid security fears.

History counts for nothing as already besieged Hong Kong Golf Club is now forced to put flagship event on ice
In the scrum | Japan 2019 officially kicked into touch, now it’s off to France for the 2023 Rugby World Cup

Only time will tell if lessons learned from experience with first tier two host Japan will aid growth of rugby globally

3 Nov 2019 - 11:22PM

Only time will tell if lessons learned from experience with first tier two host Japan will aid growth of rugby globally

Japan 2019 officially kicked into touch, now it’s off to France for the 2023 Rugby World Cup
Exploring Tokyo’s iconic Ueno Park during the Rugby World Cup

Cherry blossoms, musicians and Vince Carter fans in the capital’s green oasis during the tournament offer a quiet reprieve for locals and tourists alike.

1 Nov 2019 - 7:46PM

Cherry blossoms, musicians and Vince Carter fans in the capital’s green oasis during the tournament offer a quiet reprieve for locals and tourists alike.

Exploring Tokyo’s iconic Ueno Park during the Rugby World Cup
‘Our players understand they haven’t done anything yet’: England coach Eddie Jones coy before Rugby World Cup final against South Africa

The English boss is once again keeping the heat off his players with his cryptic but entertaining press conferences.

28 Oct 2019 - 9:24PM

The English boss is once again keeping the heat off his players with his cryptic but entertaining press conferences.

‘Our players understand they haven’t done anything yet’: England coach Eddie Jones coy before Rugby World Cup final against South Africa
In the scrum | Rugby World Cup: all hail England as fans in Japan left in awe after huge win over New Zealand

Seemingly more stunned than delirious, English fans savour a seminal win as rival fans heap praise on their side’s spirited effort.

27 Oct 2019 - 9:33PM

Seemingly more stunned than delirious, English fans savour a seminal win as rival fans heap praise on their side’s spirited effort.

Rugby World Cup: all hail England as fans in Japan left in awe after huge win over New Zealand
Tokyo 2020 Olympics moves marathon to Sapporo as IOC issues royal decree, sparking outrage in host city

Sweltering Tokyo weather is too hot to host the marquee event, Olympics bosses tell organisers, but irate governor asks: ‘Who proposed this?’

26 Oct 2019 - 10:04PM

Sweltering Tokyo weather is too hot to host the marquee event, Olympics bosses tell organisers, but irate governor asks: ‘Who proposed this?’

Tokyo 2020 Olympics moves marathon to Sapporo as IOC issues royal decree, sparking outrage in host city
Opinion | Rugby World Cup: Wales looking for historic victory to cement their place among game’s royalty

Despite being dwarfed by the huge shadow of the other three semi-finalists, Wales won’t take a back seat to anyone – particularly their long-time English rivals.

25 Oct 2019 - 9:22PM

Despite being dwarfed by the huge shadow of the other three semi-finalists, Wales won’t take a back seat to anyone – particularly their long-time English rivals.

Rugby World Cup: Wales looking for historic victory to cement their place among game’s royalty
‘No one thinks we can win’: England rugby coach Eddie Jones says his squad feel no pressure heading into New Zealand showdown

The quick-witted, sharp tongued coach gives a legendary press conference in Tokyo ahead of his squad’s semi-final

23 Oct 2019 - 9:07AM

The quick-witted, sharp tongued coach gives a legendary press conference in Tokyo ahead of his squad’s semi-final

‘No one thinks we can win’: England rugby coach Eddie Jones says his squad feel no pressure heading into New Zealand showdown
Rugby World Cup: Japan says sayonara to Brave Blossoms at ‘Rugby Paradiso’ in Tokyo

Bowing out in the quarter-finals will go down as a huge win for Japanese rugby once the sting of their loss to the Springboks wears off

21 Oct 2019 - 9:54PM

Bowing out in the quarter-finals will go down as a huge win for Japanese rugby once the sting of their loss to the Springboks wears off

Rugby World Cup: Japan says sayonara to Brave Blossoms at ‘Rugby Paradiso’ in Tokyo
Opinion | How Nick Nurse’s ‘big picture’ coaching vision was 30 years in the making

A coaching nomad, Nurse led the Toronto Raptors to the NBA title in his first season in charge and seeks similar success with the Canadian national team

19 Oct 2019 - 9:59PM

A coaching nomad, Nurse led the Toronto Raptors to the NBA title in his first season in charge and seeks similar success with the Canadian national team

How Nick Nurse’s ‘big picture’ coaching vision was 30 years in the making
In the scrum | Rugby World Cup: looking for a rugby buzz in multifaceted and sprawling Tokyo

Despite four huge matches on the card this weekend including the Japanese team, the Rugby World Cup has to share the stage in the world’s largest city.

18 Oct 2019 - 9:32PM

Despite four huge matches on the card this weekend including the Japanese team, the Rugby World Cup has to share the stage in the world’s largest city.

Rugby World Cup: looking for a rugby buzz in multifaceted and sprawling Tokyo
Rugby World Cup: All Blacks fighting to stay sharp as the business end kicks off this weekend in Japan

While Tokyo and Oita will host two intriguing quarter-finals, New Zealand versus Ireland will be the premier heavyweight battle.

17 Oct 2019 - 10:49PM

While Tokyo and Oita will host two intriguing quarter-finals, New Zealand versus Ireland will be the premier heavyweight battle.

Rugby World Cup: All Blacks fighting to stay sharp as the business end kicks off this weekend in Japan
In the scrum | Rugby World Cup: typhoon be damned, fans root for the home team as Japan digs out from another natural disaster

An historical victory for Japan in the Rugby World Cup is tempered by the damage from Typhoon Hagibus less than 24 hours earlier.

14 Oct 2019 - 8:59PM

An historical victory for Japan in the Rugby World Cup is tempered by the damage from Typhoon Hagibus less than 24 hours earlier.

Rugby World Cup: typhoon be damned, fans root for the home team as Japan digs out from another natural disaster
Opinion | NBA China crisis: why Adam Silver had little choice but to back Rockets’ GM Daryl Morey and infuriate Chinese government

The Houston GM’s tweet in support of Hong Kong has exposed corporate hypocrisy and political duplicity like never before.

12 Oct 2019 - 10:21PM

The Houston GM’s tweet in support of Hong Kong has exposed corporate hypocrisy and political duplicity like never before.

NBA China crisis: why Adam Silver had little choice but to back Rockets’ GM Daryl Morey and infuriate Chinese government
NBA commissioner Adam Silver: ‘We will protect our employees’ freedom of speech’

As controversy over Houston Rockets GM’s controversial Hong Kong protest tweet grows, Adam Silver says league will not compromise on its values.

9 Oct 2019 - 11:11PM

As controversy over Houston Rockets GM’s controversial Hong Kong protest tweet grows, Adam Silver says league will not compromise on its values.

NBA commissioner Adam Silver: ‘We will protect our employees’ freedom of speech’
In the scrum | Kotaro Matsushima and his electric play is leading Japan forward both on and off the pitch

Japan’s star winger is far from a social activist, even though his feats inspire the plight of the ethnically mixed in the country

5 Oct 2019 - 9:51PM

Japan’s star winger is far from a social activist, even though his feats inspire the plight of the ethnically mixed in the country

Kotaro Matsushima and his electric play is leading Japan forward both on and off the pitch
In the scrum | Rugby World Cup: grit meets glamour as even uber-stylish Ginza pitches in for the cause

Rugby fans are particularly easy to spot wandering through the most exclusive and fashionable area of Japan.

5 Oct 2019 - 11:55AM

Rugby fans are particularly easy to spot wandering through the most exclusive and fashionable area of Japan.

Rugby World Cup: grit meets glamour as even uber-stylish Ginza pitches in for the cause
In the scrum | Rugby World Cup 2019: ‘everyone is Japanese right now’ after huge win over Ireland

Revellers pour out into the early evening throughout Japan to celebrate another improbable and historic victory by the country’s national rugby team.

29 Sep 2019 - 8:26PM

Revellers pour out into the early evening throughout Japan to celebrate another improbable and historic victory by the country’s national rugby team.

Rugby World Cup 2019: ‘everyone is Japanese right now’ after huge win over Ireland
Eddie Jones’ star burns brightest at Rugby World Cup as the man who put Japan on the world map seeks glory with England
In the scrum | Rugby World Cup 2019: tier two minnows reaping tier one earnings from World Rugby

Despite being at all nine World Cup tournaments, the gulf in class between Canada and the top teams remains wide.

27 Sep 2019 - 10:13PM

Despite being at all nine World Cup tournaments, the gulf in class between Canada and the top teams remains wide.

Rugby World Cup 2019: tier two minnows reaping tier one earnings from World Rugby
Rugby World Cup 2019: exploring Japan’s Fukuoka on Kyushu Island

The city, a three-and-a-half hour flight from Hong Kong, Fukuoka and Kyushu Island is still rugby mad like the rest of the country

26 Sep 2019 - 9:12PM

The city, a three-and-a-half hour flight from Hong Kong, Fukuoka and Kyushu Island is still rugby mad like the rest of the country

Rugby World Cup 2019: exploring Japan’s Fukuoka on Kyushu Island
In the scrum | Rugby World Cup 2019: Yokohama Stadium’s big screen test best seen through lens of a telescope

Rugby World Cup deserved better for a showcase stadium but old school still trumps new school in Japan.

23 Sep 2019 - 9:46PM

Rugby World Cup deserved better for a showcase stadium but old school still trumps new school in Japan.

Rugby World Cup 2019: Yokohama Stadium’s big screen test best seen through lens of a telescope
Rugby World Cup 2019: it’s show time for Japan and World Rugby as they get set to crack the code

Spotlight is now on for a country and a sport that have both expressed a desire, if not a willingness, to grow

22 Sep 2019 - 4:35PM

Spotlight is now on for a country and a sport that have both expressed a desire, if not a willingness, to grow

Rugby World Cup 2019: it’s show time for Japan and World Rugby as they get set to crack the code
In the scrum | Rugby World Cup 2019 is about growing the game – which means you need to know your place

If you’re reporting for a tier two nation then don’t expect the VIP treatment, but the big tournament opener between hosts Japan and Russia is still a blast.

21 Sep 2019 - 12:22PM

If you’re reporting for a tier two nation then don’t expect the VIP treatment, but the big tournament opener between hosts Japan and Russia is still a blast.

Rugby World Cup 2019 is about growing the game – which means you need to know your place
Rugby World Cup: warriors on the field and action heroes off it, All Black greatness pushes new boundaries

On the eve of the Rugby World Cup, Manhattan gallery goers will be getting an eyeful of New Zealand’s vaunted rugby culture and their championship national team.

15 Sep 2019 - 12:45PM

On the eve of the Rugby World Cup, Manhattan gallery goers will be getting an eyeful of New Zealand’s vaunted rugby culture and their championship national team.

Rugby World Cup: warriors on the field and action heroes off it, All Black greatness pushes new boundaries