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Only vaccinated players, fans to enter stadium?

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This poll is from Bahas Bola.  As Malaysia has started with the National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme should athletes, officials and fans produce their Covid-19 vaccine passports before they are allowed to enter into stadiums? What say you?  It'll be interesting to see how certain quarters react to this. p/s: I'd expect the guy behind Bahas Bola, Yunus Zakariah, a regular contributor of Twentytwo13, to write about this in his next Twentytwo13 article.

NSC chief dives into sports bubble debate, says it's no prison

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"Our intention is to protect every single person within the sports bubble and to keep it safe. Once again, I would like to stress that the athletes and coaches have choices. They can follow our processes or be on their own and take full responsibility.” Those were the words of National Sports Council Datuk Ahmad Shapawi Ismail, as reported on Twentytwo13 today. Click on Twentytwo13 to read the full article. Shapawi was responding to what was posted on this blog on Feb 22 . To stress once again, the Feb 22 'It is not a sports bubble. It is a prison' posting was a MESSAGE received by the author.  It's good to see the director-general of a government agency engaging with the press.  If only other government agencies and ministries do the same.

National Sports Vision: I want to be optimistic, but ....

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Like it or not, such blueprints only serve as eye candy. And the same will be said about the National Sports Vision 2030. That was the last paragraph of my article published in Twentytwo13 this morning.  This is not to disrespect the civil servants who have been tasked to come up with the blueprint. But the content must be strong. The narrative must be stronger and planned even before the announcement is made. This is to ensure constant conversations regarding the vision. It is also important to obtain the "buy-in" from other ministers/ministries too.  I must add there should have been more thought put into the National Unity Blueprint 2021-2030 and 10-year Digital Economy Blueprint before they were launched. Don't let the National Sports Vision turn out to be another " syiok sendiri " effort. I doubt there will be anything new to offer. Let's just start working on getting the basics right. I mean well. I truly do.

'It is not a sports bubble. It is a prison'

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"It’s not a sports bubble. It’s a prison. Some of these athletes have not been allowed out since they got in during the RTT (Road To Tokyo) camp in June last year. Athletes from Sabah and Sarawak I’m talking about.  Olympic athletes are getting severely stressed because they have no ability to disassociate from their training environment.  General public sport has begun yet MSN (National Sports Council) is forcing the national athletes, who share the same venue as the public, to remain in their prison.  The person who came up with this ridiculous sports bubble SOP (standard operating procedure) has not considered the long-term impacts on the wellbeing of the nation’s top athletes.  All they really care about is (cyclist) Azizulhasni (Awang) but he’s free to go about his normal life in Australia while his teammates in Bukit Jalil are going stir crazy in a low-performance environment. Once again MSN stifles creativity with a one size fits all approach." I received this message.

NSC turns 50 today. Should it be around for another 50 years?

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The National Sports Council (NSC) turns 50 today. Happy anniversary! Youth and Sports Minister Datuk Seri Reezal Merican Naina Merican was quoted by Harian Metro as saying:  "Sementara kita berbangga dengan sejarah lalu, kita perlu mencipta lebih banyak cerita kejayaan dan nama-nama baru di tinta emas dalam bidang sukan. "Perencana dan pencetus 'prime mover' kepada keseluruhan ini tentu sekali terletak di bahu MSN (NSC)."   So what exactly is NSC's role? Has it evolved for the better or worse? And more importantly, do we really need such a government agency? If you are at NSC's site, make sure you click next to Maklumat Am  (general information) and slide to the left. Otherwise, you'd see an "Oops! Nothing Found". If I was NSC, I'd actually rectify that. If you click on Sejarah (history), I believe some paragraphs are missing. Or perhaps it's my machine is not high tech enough to read the fonts. Oh well.  And more importantly, let

As Parliament remains suspended, let MPs meet at stadiums instead

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  On the left is Khalid Abdul Samad. On the right is Tan Sri Annuar Musa. Khalid is the MP of Shah Alam, president of the Kuala Lumpur Football Association served as Federal Territories (FT) Minister up until the sudden change in government early last year.  Annuar Musa is the Ketereh MP and is now the FT Minister. Both of them were seated next to each other, even smiling, at a press conference organised by Kuala Lumpur United. The duo were cordial and respectful throughout their session and despite their differing ideologies, they spoke highly about the need to promote Kuala Lumpur football. As I tweeted, football unites. Football unites. pic.twitter.com/kM3AK897Lz — Haresh Deol 🇲🇾 ‏ (@HareshDeol) February 20, 2021 But these two gentlemen have had tensed episodes in the past - in Parliament. Watch the video below. While schools will start soon, people can already dine-in, non contact sports are now allowed and the M-League will kick off soon despite the Movement Control Order in Ku

Still banking on Malaysia Open? I still have my doubts

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On Feb 10, I wrote: The Malaysia Open is scheduled for March 31 to April 4. However, the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) may be forced to postpone the tournament again with the Movement Control Order (MCO) still in place. Read the full article on Twentytwo13. The Badminton World Federation yesterday confirmed: Take note badminton fans, here's the latest from @bwfmedia : Malaysia Open 2021 will now take place on May 25-30. Malaysia Masters 2021 has been postponed until further notice. Singapore Open 2021 has been moved to June 1-6. The @Olympics qualifying period ends on June 15. — Twentytwo13 (@Twentytwo13news) February 19, 2021 So will the Malaysia Open really take place on May 25-30?  I had in my article highlighted why this Malaysia Open could turn out to be super costly for the host - ie. the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM). There are also several factors to consider - the on-going battle against Covid-19 and talks of a possible general election. In short, ther