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Where do we draw the line between 'having fun' and doing something silly?

News website had yesterday tweeted the Amateur Swimming Union of Malaysia's (ASUM) statement, confirming the involvement of three senior and four junior national divers of a "disciplinary issue" during their training in Guangzhou, China.

This comes following a video that made its rounds showing several divers allegedly "partying and drinking alcohol", as widely reported. 

The reports also named the divers involved - Pandelela Rinong, Nur Dhabitah Sabri, Chew Yiwei, Hanis Nazirul Jaya Surya, Jellson Jabillin, Gabriel Gilbert Daim and Kimberly Bong. 

Smoking severely impairs a person's stamina - even more so for an athlete. Yet, it is obvious some of our athletes continue to smoke. I'm sure the experts (and test results) from the National Sports Institute know so (and will reveal so). 

Alcohol when consumed excessively is bad for health too. But athletes of the yesteryear will tell you how they used to spend hours at watering holes after their …
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SAM Election: Uphold spirit of brotherhood

To those who have served the Sportswriters' Association of Malaysia (SAM) - a big thank you.

To those who will begin their new SAM adventure - all the best.
Progress is achieved when the successors do better than their predecessors. This should not be viewed as a contest between individuals but a marathon to ensure the association continues to shine.
Shortcomings should be addressed through proper channels. After all it's an association comprising of journalists - thus it's best we practice what we preach. 
Learn from, instead of  harping about, the "good old days".
SAM is made up of journalists, not politicians. As such, journalists should behave like journalists - and not like desperate politicians eager to justify their existence.
SAM is not just about organising activities. SAM is about brotherhood and unity.
Egos will continue to clash but that should never be at the expense of the association. The election is neither a popularity contest nor a reality show…

Aaliyah inks historic second place finish at US Junior Masters


Teenage water skier Aaliyah Yoong Hanifah (pic) has taken a giant leap forward by adding another feather to her growing list of achievements.
The 14-year-old was in her element as she claimed a first ever podium finish in tricks at the prestigious Nautique Waterski US Junior Masters at the Callaway Gardens, Atlanta on Friday.
Aaliyah, a triple gold medallist at the 2017 Kuala Lumpur SEA Games, had taken second spot in the first round with a score of 6,530.
That was just what she needed as only the top three skiers out of six, progress to the final.
Aaliyah then stayed consistent enough when it mattered to produce a final score of 6,400, behind Canada’s Paige Rini who finished with 8,020.
It was just shy of her season best of 6,960 and some mark off her national record of 7,600 but it was enough to secure her a second placed finish after American Kristen Baldwin only came third with 5,570.
It is quite the achievement for the talented youngster who had burst onto the scene in 201…

OCM's ice skating probe begins, four witnesses called in

The Olympic Council of Malaysia (OCM) had yesterday started their investigation into the selection of an ice skater for the KL SEA Games last year.

It is understood the Council's disciplinary board met "four witnesses" including those from the Ice Skating Association of Malaysia (ISAM).

The board is investigating claims that the skater in question, who was part of the 3,000m short track speed skating relay team that won gold, was not being selected by the council for the regional Games.

The relay team won the gold medal as Malaysia emerged overall champions in the short track speed staking competition with four gold and three bronze medals. "Two former OCM officials, one allegedly linked to the matter, will be called in soon," said a source. Twentytwo13 had on May 22 reported that an ex-OCM official would be investigated.

It was then reported that a complaint was lodged and the matter was referred to the disciplinary board but the matter was put on hold following…

Waterski siblings eager to make waves after Florida stint


WATERSKI siblings Aaliyah Yoong Hanifah, Aiden Yoong Hanifah and Adam Yoong Hanifah will be looking to rewrite some national records after a two-week stint in Florida.

The trio have spent the last two weeks training at the renowned Cory Pickos ski school at Santa Rosa Beach, Florida.

They have performed above their personal bests during training and the Florida Inboards Record tournament this weekend will be the perfect test for them.

The 14-year-old Aaliyah will be looking to better at least one of her three records from slalom, jump and her pet event - tricks.

The triple SEA Games gold medallist has never failed to rewrite her tricks record every year.

She currently holds a personal best of 7,600 points achieved during the Asian Oceanian Championships in Australia last year while she also holds the Asian record of 7,250 points.

In slalom, she will look to do better than the 0.5/55/12 she achieved during last year’s Florida meet and she also has her sights on bettering the 32.…

Why Azim Zabidi?

Phones are ringing within the circle as conversations zero in on one question: Why was Datuk Seri Azim Zabidi nominated for the FA of Malaysia (FAM) president's post?

Also, why Azim - already wearing several important hats - is considering the opportunity to sit in FAM, a national body that requires a major overhaul.

Utusan Malaysia quoted Azim as saying:

“Sebelum ini PBNP (Pahang FA) ada menyua­rakan perkara ini kepada saya dan pada mulanya saya menolak kerana merasakan keadaan tidak sesuai tetapi selepas itu mereka mahu mencalonkan saya, saya kata nak calonkan tidak menjadi masalah dan saya berterima kasih kepada Tengku Muda Pahang, Tengku Abdul Rahman Sultan Ahmad Shah di atas kepercayaan ini. “Bukan Pahang sahaja, ada beberapa negeri lain turut menyatakan sokongan tetapi saya perlu berjumpa dengan ahli gabungan lain bagi melihat sokongan mereka, sekiranya tidak begitu kuat, saya fikir lebih baik tidak perlu (bertan­ding). “Saya akan maklumkan pendirian saya sama ada akan bertan­din…

Could this be Umno’s death or rebirth?

UPDATE (May 12, 1.18pm): 
Umno Youth, Wanita and Puteri are scheduled to have a press conference at 2pm. Here are some questions I hope that would be asked (if they allow questions from the Press that is):
i. Why didn't Umno Youth, Wanita and Puteri play check and balance and looked into Dr Mahathir Mohamad's calls just before he quit Umno in 2016? (Read: Umno Youth loyal because Najib produces results, says Khairy).
ii. Despite so many nationwide programmes involving the masses and youths, it is evident they failed to translate into votes. Shouldn't Pemuda, Wanita and Puteri be also held accountable over Barisan Nasional's failure in GE14?
iii. And if change they are demanding - then should the change start with new faces heading Pemuda, Wanita and Puteri?

UPDATE (May 12, 12.49am):  Watch the KiniTV videoTegang  ...pemuda umno 'bergelut' pada majlis ulangtahun Umno

Also read: Khairy: The time to rebuild Umno starts now --- ORIGINAL POST

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