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'Explosive' Sunday for Selangor athletics

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  The above picture was sent to me earlier today. It shows the hall at Wisma OCM, all set for the Selangor Athletics Association extraordinary general meeting this Sunday. It could turn out to be an "explosive" affair - as reported by news website Twentytwo13 yesterday. The main issue will be about the RM110,000 from the association's fixed deposit. The problem is, those claiming that the money is "missing" can't seem to provide any form of documentation to show that the money is indeed "missing". But the series of transactions between Sept 12 and Sept 14 - as reported by Twentytwo13 - raises eyebrows. The transactions amount to RM110,000 and why were they done via the cash deposit machine?  Does this mean that the association now has over RM220,000 - RM110,000 being the fixed deposit and another RM110,000 via the recent transfers to its accounts? If the association has indeed raised that amount of money, I would like to commend those running the

'Look into grassroots'. Haven't we heard this before?

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This appeared in New Straits Times today. B. Satiananthan is right to say "look into grassroots". The problem is - haven't we heard this before. And isn't it obvious? It's 2021 and we are still highlighting matters that should have been normalised decades ago. Question - what is being done to address this? When will we start paying a whole lot of intention and investment into grassroots football (or sports, generally)?  Satiananthan was qouted as saying:  "I am not just talking about the Mokhtar Dahari Academy. It should be holistic changes." Betul!

Oct 9: Hari Sukan Negara, it's now Datuk Pandelela & Twentytwo13 gets recognition from global sports body

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Today is Hari Sukan Negara. Surprisingly missing from the launch at Wisma KBS in Putrajaya this morning are the other major stakeholders in sports - one of them being the Olympic Council of Malaysia (OCM). In the spirit of the much touted 'Keluarga Malaysia' concept, one would expect a key official (or two) from OCM to join Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob during the launch event. After all, didn't OCM say it wanted to play a bigger role in the Malaysian sports industry? Oh well. Today is also a day to remember for national diver Pandelela Rinong.  The Sarawakian is among the 17 recipients of the Panglima Setia Bintang Sarawak (PSBS) which carries the title ‘Datuk’ in conjunction with the 85th birthday of the Yang Dipertua Negeri, Tun Abdul Taib Mahmud today.  Last but not least, Kuala Lumpur-news website Twentytwo13 is the first media organisation from Southeast Asia to team up with Sport Integrity Global Alliance (SIGA) to usher sports into a new era of in

Are you ready for Hari Sukan Negara tomorrow?

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Hari Sukan Negara is tomorrow. More could have been done to inject the spirit of getting active among the rakyat .  HSN, as it is better known, is beyond just getting Malaysians to sweat it out. It is to meet several objectives which include: i. to promote and encourage a sports culture among the people. ii. for sports to continue despite the Covid-19 pandemic. iii. to unite the people through sports. iv. to promote sports industry. Several activities have been lined up. Visit harisukannegara.my for more information. Let's not limit the act of getting active on just one day. Let's do it everyday.  Only then we can truly become a sporting nation.

Bekas ketua pengarah MSN Zolkples Embong meninggal dunia

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  Saya telah menerima mesej berikut: "YBhg Dato Seri Zolkeples Embong, bekas ketua pengarah Majlis Sukan Negara (MSN) dan bekas KPE MASOC KL 2017 telah didapati meninggal dunia berseorangan di rumah arwah. Kematian arwah disedari oleh beberapa pegawai MSN yang cuba menghubungi beliau sejak hari Jumaat apabila mendapati beliau tidak hadir solat Jumaat di Vista MSN, Bukit Jalil.  Pagi ini (Ahad), beberapa pegawai MSN telah pergi ke rumah beliau dan didapati berkunci. Pihak polis dan bomba telah dihubungi dan selepas berjaya membuka pintu rumah, arwah telah terbaring di ruang dapur rumahnya.  Punca kematian masih belum diketahui dan jenazah akan dibawa ke Hospital Kuala Lumpur." Arwah berumur 62 tahun. Mantan Menteri Belia dan Sukan Datuk Seri Ahmad Shabery Cheek, Khairy Jamaluddin dan Datuk Seri Reezal Merican Naina Merican antara mereka yang merakamkan ucapan takziah. Negara kehilangan tokoh dunia sukan yang sungguh hebat. Ketua Pengarah MSN dan CEO KL2017 sewaktu saya di @KB

Amarjit Singh: Booted out of OCM, wins big in UCI

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  Last month, Datuk Amarjit Singh was booted out of the Olympic Council of Malaysia.  The lawyer lost his assistant treasurer post to Datuk Mohd Nasir Ali, who secured 65 votes.  Amarjit got 36 votes. On Friday, Amarjit - who is the Malaysian National Cycling Federation vice-president - retained his UCI management committee seat at the International Cycling Union (UCI) elections in Leuven, Belgium. He was re-elected for the 2021-2025 term after garnering 38 votes out of 43 delegates. Even he was surprised by the big win. "Honestly, I was taken aback at my winning margin," he told Bernama . Congratulations, Amarjit.  Hopefully, he will be able to explain to local sports fans and officials what it means to be within the UCI management committee - and how will such a position benefit the sport in Malaysia.

Gyms apparently can open tomorrow but pending SOP. Huh?!

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Deputy Youth and Sports Minister Datuk Seri Ti Lian Ker was quoted by The Star as there would be some additional SOP for gyms and sports facility operators. “Once the SOP has been gazetted and published, the operators are allowed to open.” "There were some initial concerns by the Health Ministry about ventilation issues but these are being resolved ." And here's the feedback I received following my tweet earlier today: A gym operator who has had discussions with @KBSMalaysia just messaged me: "Lol no, we have not been informed. We have been told to ‘wait for MKN’s SOPs’." 🤔 Isn't Sept 17 tomorrow? — Haresh Deol 🇲🇾 ‏ (@HareshDeol) September 16, 2021 Ti's ministry has yet to provide any clarification regarding his statement. For starters, Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin had on Sept 8 tweeted: “This will not take long but because of the nature of indoor fitness centres, we must stress certain ventilation requirements, working on it urgently.” Read