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 | US Open: teenaged phenoms Emma Raducanu and Leyla Fernandez turn the world on its ear as their lives get set to change dramatically

England’s Raducanu wins historic US Open final over Canada’s Fernandez in a seminal match that resonated globally.

England’s Raducanu wins historic US Open final over Canada’s Fernandez in a seminal match that resonated globally.

12 Sep 2021 - 10:21PM
Opinion | Hideki Matsuyama: Japan’s Olympic hype machine will need to tread carefully with mild-mannered Masters hero

While Olympic organisers will look to exploit the golfing star’s historic victory, hopefully it will raise awareness on other pressing domestic issues.

While Olympic organisers will look to exploit the golfing star’s historic victory, hopefully it will raise awareness on other pressing domestic issues.

13 Apr 2021 - 4:44PM
Opinion | With Houston Rockets’ Daryl Morey finally out of the picture, China and NBA can safely fall back in love again

The Houston Rockets general manager had to know his number would eventually be up and almost one year to the day of that fateful tweet supporting Hong Kong protesters he is gone.

The Houston Rockets general manager had to know his number would eventually be up and almost one year to the day of that fateful tweet supporting Hong Kong protesters he is gone.

19 Oct 2020 - 11:38AM
Opinion | NBA in China: choppy waters lie in wait for pious league as it crosses the Rubicon of sport and social justice

A highly damning ESPN expose about abuses at NBA academies in China counters the league’s mantra of protecting individual freedoms and human rights as the season resumes.

A highly damning ESPN expose about abuses at NBA academies in China counters the league’s mantra of protecting individual freedoms and human rights as the season resumes.

4 Aug 2020 - 10:50PM
Opinion | How the rumblings of raging hormones could completely burst the NBA’s bubble

The stakes are high on a number of levels as the league returns to a truncated and contrived format in the midst of the pandemic and endless protests over social justice.

The stakes are high on a number of levels as the league returns to a truncated and contrived format in the midst of the pandemic and endless protests over social justice.

27 Jul 2020 - 11:12AM
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.

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
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.

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
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.

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
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.

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

27 Jan 2020 - 9:43PM
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.

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
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.

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

23 Nov 2019 - 9:10PM
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

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
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.

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
‘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.

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

28 Oct 2019 - 9:24PM
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.

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
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?’

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
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.

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
‘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

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
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

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
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

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
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.

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
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.

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
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.

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
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.

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
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.

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
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

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
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.

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

5 Oct 2019 - 11:55AM
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.

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
28 Sep 2019 - 9:33PM
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.

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