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Malaysian dodgeball teams crowned world champions


National men's and women's dodgeball teams with their medals after being crowned world champions.
— Picture by Malaysian Dodgeball Association
Name me one sport which has BOTH the Malaysian men's and women's teams as world champions?

DODGEBALL!



The women’s team retained their gold medal after defeating Australia 7-5 in the playoffs, while the men’s team won their first gold ever after defeating Canada 8-6 at the World Dodgeball Championships in Toronto, Canada on Saturday (Oct 21).



If you're been living under a tempurung (coconut shell), the sport (yes it's a sport) is defined as:

Here's another hint - remember the movie Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story featuring Ben Stiller and Vince Vaughn?

That moustache by Ben Stiller should inspire many ahead of Movember.


Twelve nations took part in the world meet that was first staged in Malaysia in 2012.

An elated women's team captain Janelle Chong Hwei Xian, had in a press release issued by the Malaysian Association of Dodgeball, said:


“I am extremely proud that the girls have successfully defended the world title. After one whole year of preparations, my team mates and I are proud that our hard work has paid off.”

And here's what the men's team captain Robert Ng Chee Keong, 27, had to say:


“I’m speechless, too excited. We've worked very hard, overcome so many obstacles, taken time off our lives to be champions. We’re proud to win this for Malaysia.”

And we're proud of both teams too!

Just like the movie, the nation's dodgeball teams are true underdog stories. The teams nearly missed the World Dodgeball Championships due to a lack of funds. The teams’ trip was partially funded.

"We really need financial assistance from the private sector and the government to fund the sport. Doing our country proud should be a grand thing but sadly this is not the case. 

"It’s been years and yet we have not received help from our government. I hope after our efforts here in Canada, they will finally recognise our sacrifice for the nation and develop the sport at the grassroots level." — Robert Ng

This blog posting is my small contribution following the fine exploits by our national dodgeball athletes.

Still think lowly of dodgeball?

Read this:

Dodgeball was originally played in Africa over two hundred years ago, but instead of the fun, jocular game that it is today, it was in fact a deadly game.

Instead of using soft, rubber balls, the game was actually played with large rocks or putrefied matter, and it was used as an intense work out for the tribes, where each competitor would attempt to hit their opponent with the rock to injury or incapacitate them.

Once a player was hit, they would attempt to be pelted by further rocks to finish them off. It would be the responsibility of the team mates of the fallen competitor to try and defend him and force the attackers off with their own rocks.

This would said to be a great way to encourage the tribesman to work together during skirmishes against other tribes, working to take out the weak and protect their own.


Click here for the complete history of dodgeball.

And click here for the top health benefits of the sport.

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