Showing posts from November, 2017

Hey officials, what have you been doing all this while?

Sports blogger Satwant Singh Dhaliwal (SS Dhaliwal) tweeted this hours ago: And my reply to that tweet was: Why I said that? 1. Our 'so-called' (sports) leaders seem to do as they please. No one monitors them, ensures they keep to their words and there is no Key Performance Index (KPI) set for them. 2. We have spent years, no decades actually, reading and speaking about the same thing (most of the time uttered by the same people). 3. Why should there be any respect or attention given to officials who fail to deliver? And despite failing to to do their jobs, the same faces continue to run the show. 4. Many of our officials surround themselves with lackeys (or better known as macai ). As such, these officials think they are God's gift to Malaysian sports. 5. We have been harping about f inding another Lee Chong Wei even when Datuk Seri Nadzmi Salleh was BA of Malaysia president years ago. We have been hoping that the national football team - with the huge

KLFA officials in Perth to seek Glory

UPDATED (Nov 21, 10.55am): Below is veteran journalist Tony Mariadass' view regarding the trip to Perth --- ORIGINAL POST Several Kuala Lumpur FA officials are currently in Perth as part of a study group to learn more about the football structure there. Led by Federal Territories Ministry secretary-general Datuk Seri Adnan Md Ikshan, officials of the newly promoted Super League outfit had earlier today met representatives from Perth Glory FC including club owner Tony Sage and chief executive officer Peter Filopoulos. The other KLFA officials include KLFA Deputy President Datuk Astaman Abdul Aziz, general-secretary Nokman Mustaffa and executive member Hew Tze Ken. The visiting officials were eager to study Perth Glory FC's: - structure. - vision and mission. - Perth Glory Way 4 year plan. They also watched an A-League match between Perth Glory and Melbourne Victory yesterday. The Melbourne side won 2-0 thanks to goals scored by Besart Berisha and Leroy Georg

Ex-Olympian Gary Fidelis suffers blurry vision

Former hockey international Gary Fidelis , who represented Malaysia at the 1992 Barcelona Olympic Games, has been traveling from Seremban to Kuala Lumpur for years to treat his right eye due to blurry vision. Gary, 53, has been short-sighted since young but doctors said his vision has been further impaired due to constant knocks and falls. "I fell and suffered plenty of knocks to my eye during my playing days. I believe that has aggravated the situation, causing my vision to become worse," said Gary, a former St Paul's Institution student. Four years ago, he underwent a surgery to treat a retinal detachment but it has done little to repair his vision. "I was supposed to go for another surgery at Selayang Hospital on Monday (Nov 11) but it didn't happen as my eye was inflamed and doctors were afraid that this may lead to other complications. "My next visit to the hospital is next Tuesday (Nov 21) and I'm required to undergo laser vision corr

National team product of failed system, even 'best coach in the world can't help'

Picture from FA of Malaysia's website. "You can bring the best coach in the world to Malaysia but he still won't be able to change our fortunes so soon.” This is the view of football great Datuk Shukor Salleh who feels it is unfair to blame national coach Nelo Vingada for Malaysia’s failure in the Asia Cup qualifiers. He said the national team lack international quality and will take time to develop. Read the full report in NST Online . Right after the 2019 AFC Asian Cup qualifier between Malaysia and North Korea ended last night, my commentary on the national team was published by The Mole . I said that what we see today is the result of a failed system .  Echoing similar sentiments is former Kedah coach Azraai Khor Abdullah.  “Yes, you are right. Don’t blame the FA of Malaysia (FAM) president (Tunku Ismail Ibrahim) or the coach (Vingada). Our system has failed and the rot starts at the grassroots.” I also took issue with state FA officials who go on

Jhangri soured by 'lack of screen time' episode

Once again local movie producers are left in a limbo due to the lack of screen time in the cinemas. Jhangri, which means sweet, opened on Thursday (Nov 9) with its first show at noon. 22 cinemas showed the movie. The movie obtained good reviews, as seen on its Facebook page . It was full house at NU Sentral on Sunday (8.20pm show). Some expressed their disappointment of not being able to watch the movie, as posted by Boggler Blogger on Facebook. The locally produced movie Jhangri is competing with three other Tamil movies from India - Aval (released Nov 3), Aram (Nov 10), Ippadei Vallum (Nov 9, the same day Jhangri was released). Despite the positive reviews, the movie will only be shown at the 22 cinemas till Wednesday. Issues: Reduction of cinemas: From 22 cinemas, only 14 will screen the movie starting Thursday. The cinemas that will stop showing Jhangri include those located in Seremban and Puchong which are deemed "important locations" for the produ

Workshop to get Malaysian athletes into workforce

UPDATE 10pm:  The National Sports Institute is giving the opportunity for former athletes to share their experiences and be professional coaches through its latest National Coaching Certification Scheme, as reported by NST today.  Read full article here . ---- ORIGINAL ARTICLE On Sept 4, I wrote about life after sports for Malaysian athletes . It became a talking point among current and ex-national athletes which led to former table tennis player Chiu Soo Jiin confessing she struggled, cried for days after retiring as a sportswoman. The article was posted on Sept 5. On Tuesday, former national hurdler Noraseela Khalid alerted me to the Olympic Council of Malaysia (OCM) athletes' commission workshop & athlete career programme scheduled on Nov 4 in UPM. The one-day event is organised by the OCM's athletes' commission and UPM's sports academy. Noraseela is OCM's athletes commission chairman.  She will be speaking at the forum