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Sadly, it takes two to tango ...

Now here's a tale about a bailarin.

The bailarin, had just slightly over a year ago, tried hard to lure new partners. He did the cabeceo, a traditional technique for selecting dance partners from a distance using eye contact and head movements. But he was snubbed.

He tried to book a date (minus the chimichurri steak and wine), hoping to catch the attention of the new dance partners. The bailarin failed.

He was without doubt slighted.

Fuelled with hope, the bailarin continued to practica (informal training session for tango dancers) on his own. He has been training hard to do the gancho, hoping once he 'hooked' the new dance partner, the parejas will be able to passionately mesmerise the crowd.

The bailarin was willing to adapt, even it means dancing while playing Tango 5: The Last Dance on his Android phone or to the tune of the 'Game of Thrones' theme.

It's been over a year and none of the new partners have reached out nor even paid him a visit at the dance…

Bro representing Youth and Sports Ministry?

Well that's what many people are saying.

But are they missing the point and barking up the wrong tree?

To be fair, let's look at the original Facebook posting by eSports Malaysia that made its rounds and riled many up.

Syed Abdullah Syed Abdul Rahman, brother of the Youth and Sports Minister, was listed as the guest of honour at the Malaysia eSports selection for the 2019 SEA Games.

And the comments that followed were nothing but pleasant.
It should, however, be noted that no where in the posting above states that Syed Abdullah was representing the Youth and Sports Ministry or was he representing the minister, who happens to be his brother.
Unless it can be proven that the ministry had allowed Syed Abdullah to represent it (which is highly unlikely but then again anything is possible these days), it is fair to say the writer of the Facebook posting believed highlighting the minister's name could carry some weight and please the sponsors but backfired instead.

No help for former footballer V. Krishnasamy? Really?

Can the relevant authorities like FAM or the Football Association of Penang do something to alleviate (V.) Krishnasamy’s financial situation?

This was published in The Star's letters page today:

It is nice of Kok Foo Leong to voice concerns about his good friend and former national footballer V. Krishnasamy. That shows compassion and the desire to help a friend - a noble trait that must be applauded.

But Mr Kok, the FA of Malaysia (FAM) has provided financial assistance to Krishnasamy not too long ago.

Then FAM general-secretary (now president) Datuk Hamidin Amin had presented financial assistance to Krishnasamy on Feb 26, 2018. Read the full report here.

In fact, a month earlier (Jan 18, 2018) the National Athletes Welfare Foundation (Yakeb) visited Krishnasamy.

Berita Harian had then quoted Yakeb's general manager Zuhairi Abdul Manaf as saying:

"Hari ini Yakeb menghulurkan sum…

Hangzhou to host International Football Club Soccer 9s

The city of Hangzhou in China will play host to the International Football Club (IFC) 11th Soccer 9s tournament next week (April 20).
The annual competition, featuring veteran footballers, will be held in Tonglu County after Kuala Lumpur hosted last year's edition in conjunction with IFC's  50th anniversary.
Hangzhou hosted the tournament in 2011, the club's first tournament abroad. Other cities that have hosted the tournament since are Pattaya (2012), Phnom Penh (2014 & 2016) and Krabi (2017).
IFC president Kiranjit Singh said that it was not an easy feat for a Malaysian-based veteran football club to host a tournament overseas as he thanked the organising committee for their good work.
“This is not the first time we are bringing he tournament away from Kuala Lumpur and doing it for the sixth time in our history of the eleven-year tournament is indeed a feat to be proud off,” said Kiranjit.
“We are also thankful to the Malaysian-based teams who continuously support our tou…

Sportswriters honoured at SAM-100Plus awards ceremony

Sports writers in Malaysia were honoured at the Sportswriters Association of Malaysia (SAM)-100Plus 2018 awards ceremony last night.

The awards ceremony was to recognise the good work carried out by the journalists throughout 2018 with Berita Harian's Helmi Talkah and Fabian Peter of the New Straits Times (NST) bagging the Siebel Award after picking up the Best News Report (Print) award for their article 'Badminton Dipalit Bookie'.

Norman Siebel was the first SAM president. The award, introduced in 2016, was to recognised Siebel's contribution in sports journalism in the 60s and for pioneering the establishment of SAM.

Some 200 entries were submitted for the various awards.

Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Shah and his consort Tunku Azizah Aminah Maimunah graced the event.

Roll of honour

Siebel Award: Helmi Talkah (BH) and Fabian Peter (NST)

Best News Report (Print): Helmi Talkah (BH) and Fabian Peter (NST) - Badminton Dipalit Bookie

Best Commentary (Print): Mo…

"Malaysia's first rugby stadium." Really?

This was posted on social media yesterday and was widely reported. Let's look at the history regarding the construction of a rugby stadium in Malaysia.

1. For years, domestic and international rugby matches have been played at the MBPJ Stadium in Kelana Jaya. It must also be noted that several clubs like the Eagles Rugby Club in Sandakan, Sabah have beautiful playing spaces, equipped with the right set up similar to that of a stadium.

2. In Feb, 2010, then Youth and Sports Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Shabery Cheek revealed there were plans to build a RM35 million rugby stadium in Kota Kinabalu, as reported by The Star.

3. The construction of the stadium did not take off immediately due to several contributing factors including "finding the right site and financial constrains".

4. Ahmad Shabery's predecessor Khairy Jamaluddin had in 2015 visited the site for the new rugby stadium, as posted on his Twitter account.

5.  In 2017, Sabah Rugby Union's Vela Tan was quote…

2017 KL SEA Games Report: Let's give credit where credit is due

1. Sports is about giving your best. Only the best are rewarded and glorified. The rest are easily forgotten.

2. Criticism is part of sports. Criticism pushes athletes, coaches and stakeholders to produce better results, to put a good performance.

3. After all, those who would win accolades and the hearts of the people through such motivation is the athlete and those around him or her - and not the critics.

4. The Malaysian athletes contributed 145 gold medals at the 2017 SEA Games held in Kuala Lumpur, enabling the host nation to be crowned the overall champions.

5. But this fact was overshadowed by numerous unsavory episodes throughout the meet, as documented by the author on Aug 31, 2017 and the Bangkok Post, among others.

6. Some 18 months following the Games, the 2017 SEA Games Report finally surfaced. The report did not provide any analysis, data or insights but for some messages, a commentary by the Malaysian Organising Committee (MASOC), team list of the participation nations…

Elite athlete takes Sports Minister to task; asks what are his vision and mission for sports?

UPDATE (11.13am): The National Sports Council director general Datuk Ahmad Shapawi Ismail issued a statement regarding Irfan's outburst.

Full statement below:


He has broken the national record 13 times and brought honour to Malaysia at the SEA Games and Asian Championships.
Yet, discuss thrower Irfan Shamsuddin has been left heart broken as he resorted to venting his frustration on Instagram, demanding to know why his coach's contract has not been renewed and his plans to train abroad shelved. 
And the national athlete has placed Youth and Sports Minister Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman in the spot - a move that is rarely seen prior the May 9 General Election.
In the emotional posting, Irfan wrote: "Just want to ask you Syed Saddiq, first you dissolved the Podium Programme. Then my coach's contract has been terminated with immediate effect after I broke the national record 13 times, won three SEA Games gold medals and a silver medal at the Asian Championships ac…

beIN Sports urges Serie A to "seriously reconsider" hosting Italian Super Cup in Saudi Arabia

PRESS RELEASE Ahead of the Supercoppa Italiana (Italian Super Cup) match between Juventus and AC Milan scheduled to be held in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia on 16 January, beIN Media Group has written to Luigi de Siervo, CEO of Serie A, to express its disappointment at the latter’s decision to hold the match in Saudi Arabia. Additionally, beIN Media Group calls for de Siervo to join the international sporting community’s fight against the piracy carried outbySaudi Arabian backed“beoutQ.” In the letter, beIN Media Group CEO Yousef Al-Obaidly iterates the company’s stance – that, by proceeding with the game in Jeddah, Serie A is not only endorsing the flagrant daily breach of international norms and rule of law, but would also have failed to uphold its duty to its member clubs and the wider sporting community, including other major international leagues whose intellectual property rights and revenue streams are threatened by“beoutQ’s”actions. Since August 2017,“beoutQ”has been stealing the broadcas…