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Not the birthday Reezal Merican had in mind

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Youth and Sports Minister Datuk Seri Reezal Merican Naina Merican turned 49 yesterday. But it surely wasn't the birthday he had in mind. In fact, his birthday will be remembered as the day the Yang di-Pertuan Agong gave the government a royal ticking off , followed by the defeat of Lee Zii Jia to Chen Long in the men's singles Round 16 match. Reezal Merican, who is in Tokyo cheering on the national contingent, must have been kept at the edge of his seat not only due to the exciting matches at the badminton stadium but also due to the rather tensed scenario between the ruling Perikatan Nasional (PN) and Istana Negara. His boss replied the Agong's statement by saying steps taken to revoke the Emergency ordinances were in accordance with the nation’s laws, and Federal Constitution .   Let's not forget, Umno president Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi has renewed his call for Umno to ditch supporting Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin - this despite Reezal Merican and seve

Batu Kawan MP urges Rina Harun, Reezal Merican to defend Farah Ann following sexist comments

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An MP has urged two ministers to speak up against the sexist and disrespectful comments levelled against Olympian Farah Ann Abdul Hadi.  It's basically about her attire. Nothing new as Farah Ann has, unfortunately, been subjected to such shallow comments repeatedly in the past.  This is what I wrote on Twitter two days ago: To the perverts & bigots, Just leave @farahannhadi alone, will ya. Don't you get bored repeating the same thing over and over again? Do something meaningful with your lives. Yours truly, hd — Haresh Deol ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡พ ‏ (@HareshDeol) July 25, 2021 An NGO has also lashed out against the criticism hurled towards the national gymnast. Read here for more. Below is the media statement by Batu Kawan MP Kasthuri Patto that was issued this morning. Farah Ann, the darling of Malaysia exhibited skill, stamina, strength and tenacity in her brilliant routine at the Tokyo Olympics a few days ago.  She proudly bore the specially designed ‘Harimau Malaya’ on her outfit as sh

From KL to Melaka to Tokyo - weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz wins the Philippines first ever Olympic gold medal

  History. Made. Hidilyn Diaz has won the first ever gold medal for Philippines! #PHI #Gold #PHI #Gold #PHI #Gold pic.twitter.com/hrhavf2Iyp — Olympics (@Olympics) July 26, 2021 This is something worth celebrating. Weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz inked her name in the history books as winning the Philippines first ever Olympic gold medal. The 30-year-old's historic achievement caught the attention of the Presidential Palace. It a statement, it said: "The Palace congratulates Hidilyn Diaz for bringing pride and glory to the Philippines for winning the country’s first-ever Olympic gold medal. "Congratulations, Hidilyn. The entire Filipino nation is proud of you." So what has it got to do with Malaysia? For those who still remember, Hidilyn was stuck in Jasin, Melaka for one and a half years, mainly due to Covid-19 lockdown restrictions. She came to Malaysia in February 2020 to train as her Chinese coach, Gao Kaiwen, thought it would be better for her as she focused on

'Professional or BAM players, they are all one Malaysian team'

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  The BA of Malaysia (BAM) had just issued a press statement quoting its president Tan Sri Norza Zakaria.  This paragraph caught my eye: “We didn’t differentiate between the players, whether they were professional or BAM players, they are all one Malaysian team. They worked hard and were committed despite the difficult conditions. I am extremely delighted with their spirit and commitment and confident they will deliver their best in Tokyo.” This deserves credit. Why? Injecting a sense of professionalism in sports was seen close to a decade ago via the likes of Datuk Seri Andrew Kam (KLRC Bhd) but it was met with much criticism then. Certain individuals became territorial. It was as though they were competing against players from another country. This reminds me of my article published in 2019 -  ‘Going independent means being truly independent’ (Twentytwo13) . I'm glad that the 'new BAM' is mindful that the best should represent the country - regardless if they hail from th

All the best to the Malaysian athletes - do it Demi Malaysia!

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  I've got a column in news website Getaran that appears twice a month. My latest piece, which was published yesterday. It was naturally about the Olympics. The Tokyo 2020 will officially open today. Thirty Malaysian athletes are in the land of the rising sun with a "target" set of three medals - one being the gold. In my column, I wrote that it's an extraordinary and bizarre Summer Games - and the gold medal could, perhaps could, appear when you least expect the most. While the attention towards the Olympics seems lukewarm at the moment, a podium finish by a Malaysian athlete will certainly put a smile on the faces of Malaysians - although for a mere second or two. I also said this during my interview on BFM yesterday evening .  Many are placing their bets (not literally as betting is illegal in the country, but then again if a police station officer can party in a police station , anything is possible) on cyclist Datuk Azizulhasni Awang, shuttler Lee Jii Zia or div

Malaysian football and hockey - popular underachievers

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It’s a sign of how far they have fallen that two of the country’s most popular team sports - football and hockey - will again be missing when the 2020 Tokyo Olympics get underway on July 23. That was the first paragraph taken from Bernama's article yesterday . And in typical fashion, there's a whole lot of harping about the past glory. What lessons have we learnt, how have these two sports move forward and how many legends have contributed back to the sport upon retiring? Now that's a conversation not many are willing to have. But both football and hockey are truly blessed. Mediocre results, plenty of excuses and self praise - and  the yet they can still get the eyeballs (and money). Amazing isn't it.  In fact, football and hockey are considered "more popular" than diving or even archery - two sports that have continuously ensured we are represented at the Olympics. Imagine your child returns from school with a straight As and is only given a pat on the back. 

Hope Shahril Hamdan won't be shunned due to his "attacks" during VSN2030 session

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Shahril Hamdan was spot on with his views during a National Sports Vision 2030 (VSN2030) online session themed Sports For All yesterday. The deputy Umno youth leader, who loves his Converse shoes as much as I do, went straight to the point by saying that clear communication was needed in presenting a sports vision for the next decade. His views were documented by news website Twentytwo13 .  I hope what Shahril said yesterday did not cause any individual to cringe or "cry".  This is because the manner in which the session was first presented - the background, the vision, Zzzzzzzz - was exactly what Shahril was trying to get at. In his words (not mine), forget about the "long, fat document". The same goes for the processes.  Accepting what he said is the first step to moving forward.  Such views are aired because people genuinely want things to improve. No point organising sessions, or even inviting journalists to press conferences, if you only want to hear what you w

As Subkhiddin flashes red card at deputy sports minister, trust deficit among politicians becomes more evident

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  The Youth and Sports Ministry has a deputy minister. I shall stop at that. What caught my attention is the manner in which former FIFA referee Subkhiddin Mohd Salleh, who has officiated matches at the World Cup, reacted to a MalaysiaKini article quoting the said deputy minister. Traditionally, Malaysians tend to be extremely polite when it comes to politicians - even if they don't have the right qualifications, have never worked in an organisation and that they don't stay too long in office. But in recent times, the lack of trust and respect in politicians are being made public. Subkhiddin's remarks on Twitter say it all. Instead of viewing such remarks as an "attack" (a word often used by those in position), it's best to find out why people react in such a manner.  Take Bahas Bola's Muhammad Yunus Zakariah for example. I bet his article published on news website  Twentytwo13  generated numerous phone calls.  Personally, Yunus was far from "attackin

Malaysia should carry out study to see how lockdowns have impacted kids

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  Twentytwo13's managing editor Pearl Lee, had two days ago, highlighted this report .  It was regarding a French study on how the lockdowns in the Europe country had reduced children's physical and intellectual capabilities. I wonder if a similar study has or will be carried out in Malaysia.  Physical activities, especially at the grassroots and community levels, had come to a standstill for over a year. This reminded me of a Twentytwo13 article published on March 16, 2021. Then Kuala Lumpur Education Department director  Zainal Abas revealed : In January 2020, the body mass index (BMI) of student athletes at the Bukit Jalil Sports School was recorded. The Movement Control Order was enforced barely two months later due to the Covid-19 pandemic as schools were forced shut. When schools reopened in June for fifth and sixth formers, another round of BMI testing was done. “From that test, 80 per cent of the students have become successful entrepreneurs in breeding fat,” said Zain

Is the man behind JDT truly good enough for Harimau Malaya?

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Last month, Johor Darul Ta'zim's (JDT) Tunku Ismail Ibrahim offered to help manage the Malaysian football team. The FA of Malaysia (FAM) basically replied thanks, but no thanks. On Sunday, JDT dropped out of contention in the Asian Champions League (ACL) after losing 2-1 to Japan's Nagoya Grampus. The Southern Tigers won one out of five matches in the ACL and is placed third in Group G. For the record, I did not watch any of the five matches and as such it will be unfair to comment on the team's performance. But the series of defeat got certain quarters riled up. This was one comment I received (published in verbatim): "Played 5, lost 4. And the head of this jaguh kampung team wants to lead the Malaysian football team!" ESPN wrote :  It must be remembered that for all the strides the Malaysian Super League champions have made in recent times, this is only their second full season playing in the ACL. Also read  JDT kalah tapi ‘game’ memuaskan . As such ... Sh

The untold story of a kampung hero from Sentul - Coach Guna

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This was written by Thomas Samuel, former Flames Football Club honorary secretary, as a tribute to Gunasegaran A/L Sambosivam aka Coach Guna who passed away in May, 2021. Heroism is more often associated with people who put others first, even at their own peril.  Their actions are not selfish and often in the interest of others, be it an individual, a community or even a nation. In recent times, I have lost many of my ‘heroes’.  I will greatly miss doyens of the media fraternity and legends in their own right like  Datuk Ahmad Talib, Datuk Wong Sai Wan and Tan Sri Lim Kok Wing who were illustrious sons of this soil.  They were all eminent personalities and tributes to them have never stopped coming. They all deserve every bit of the recognition. During these times of uncertainty and hardship to many, it is consoling to reminiscent the great moments of people close and dear. Without a moment of disrespect to these great men, there will be many who will continue to express and write trib

After confirming the number of goals Mokhtar Dahari scored, let's hope FIFA finds missing Burnley Cup

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  FIFA has confirmed that the late Datuk Mokhtar Dahari scored 89 international  goals, placing the legendary Malaysian striker among the top three goal scorers in history. The number of goals Mokhtar had scored during his illustrious career became a subject of debate last year. A CNN report had listed him as having netted 86 international goals, causing plenty of frenzy then. News website Twentytwo13, in its article 'So how many goals did Mokhtar Dahari score? 85? 86? Or more?' published on Sept 10, 2020 said: But the 86 goals is something the FA of Malaysia (FAM) cannot confirm. In fact, the national body does not have such data of the past national players. So thank you, FIFA for telling us the exact number of international goals scored by one of Malaysia's finest and most celebrated athlete.  Hopefully, we can also rely on FIFA to tell us where the missing Burnley Cup is.

Let's debate about sports and "pointless lockdown"

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  The guy who runs Bahas Bola is Muhammad Yunus Zakariah. And he also contributes his views on news website Twentytwo13 . Bahas Bola had retweeted Yunus' article that was published on Twentytwo13 earlier this morning , as per the image above. And the team handling the Visi Sukan Negara 2030 Twitter account saw the need to retweet the tweet. So what caught their attention? A debate on sports or the "pointless lockdown"? Or should we instead get Bahas Bola to organise a debate themed: Sports and the "pointless lockdown". Why "pointless lockdown?" Malaysia today recorded 6,276 new Covid-19 cases today - this despite the "total lockdown" that started on June 1. Thirty days on and the daily figure remains above 6,000. Sports, especially those at the grassroots, are crying. It's been an extremely excruciating journey for them.  Brother Khal, who is part of Padang Bola Sepak, tweeted this yesterday: From the grassroots onwards -the government

Tale of a lonely athlete ...

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Here's a tale of a lonely athlete. I live abroad, hundreds of miles away from home.  I'm an athlete and have hired a competition manager to help me out. I fork out my own money to cover various expenses, transport, testing related to sports and Covid-19, etc. No one from my national federation has even asked me if I'm getting my Covid-19 vaccine. I take care of my own needs. The only they the national body had to do was to perhaps help me financially. I've provided them with details but my emails have never been replied. I wonder if anyone has read my emails or not. I go for massages only when I can afford it. But I didn't go for a single massage session in the first quarter of the year when I should have due to my training regime. For the record, I am given a monthly allowance of a certain amount but it is not from the national body. I've got to fork out my own money for supplements too. I’d rather use my money for food and rent. I agree in business you must no

Ex-international M.Karathu 'likes' MIC's Euro 2020 prediction contest

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  MIC has decided to jump on the Euro 2020 bandwagon. The political party invites football fans to predict matches for a total prizepool money of RM1,000. This contest, organised by MIC's Youth & Sports Bureau, has caught the attention of former football international Datuk M. Karathu. He said he "likes" the initiative.  Do you like this initiative? Would love to hear your views.

Farewell George Heng

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George Heng, owner of Mesuma Sports Sdn Bhd, passed away last night. He was 72. According to his daughter, Maya Heng, George passed away peacefully at 7.39pm surrounded by his family members. George's passing comes as a shock to me as I spoke to him several weeks ago and we had planned to meet up once the lockdown was relaxed. George established his sports apparel shop in Brickfields over three decades ago before moving to 8 Avenue in Petaling Jaya. Founded by George Heng and his wife Tan Yuet Ching, whom I fondly call Mrs Heng, Mesuma was named after their three daughters – Melissa, Susan and Maya. Their youngest child is William. His brand was once the official kit for the national contingent at various multi-sporting events.  He was a down-to-earth man with a big heart who loved food and his Chinese tea.  Farewell, George. You will be missed. Deepest condolences to Mrs Heng, Maya, William and the rest of the family.  Wake service Nirvana Life Mermorial Center 2, Emerald Suite (L

Nauraj Singh gets show cause letter from Malaysia Athletics Federation

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  The Malaysia Athletics Federation (MAF) has issued Nauraj Singh with a show cause letter following the high jumper's recent comment on Facebook . MAF, had in its letter, said: "We do not tolerate such unscrupulous and unethical statements of yours which inevitably tarnish the good name of the MAF. Your statement sullies the good name of the Federation and the management and also erodes the public's confidence in them as those uphold the standard and welfare of the athletes. "We will do the necessary to defend the dignity and integrity of our Federation. We trust that you will take note of our concerns and be guided accordingly." The matter was reported by New Straits Times today . Perhaps this is MAF's way of telling athletes that they should voice their opinions through "proper channels".  It will be nice if MAF and Nauraj discussed this matter.  It's not about the act of posting the comments. It's the comments that need to be looked in -

What's 'Reformasi Olahraga Malaysia' all about?

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This morning, my views regarding the national athletics scene were published on news website Twentytwo13. Read   Plagued by controversies, MAF needs to buck up, big time . Right after the article appeared online, I received several phone calls and messages - with one them revealing there's a new WhatsApp group - Reformasi Olahraga Malaysia. So what's the group all about? Apparently, some individuals are on a "fact finding" mission regarding the Malaysian athletics scene. It remains unclear if this is an attempt to push for radical changes within the top management of the Malaysia Athletics Federation. I was informed "many things have and will be discussed in the group" but as for now, there's "nothing to share". I wish those behind this "reformasi" group know what they are doing and that their main objective should be about helping to elevate the sport.  This should not be political, and should not mirror the antics of a particular &q

Malaysian football - 'over-the-top' celebrations, naturalised players and TMJ's offer to return to FAM

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  Much has been said about Harimau Malaya's performance in the Asian Cup / World Cup qualifiers. Malaysia ended its campaign in UAE with a 4-0 defeat to the host team, lost 2-1 to Vietnam and managed to edge Thailand 1-0. Football journalist Muhammad Aiman posted the picture above on his Facebook page. It's that of Safawi Rasid and Guilherme de Paula Lucrรฉcio celebrating  after the former scored from a penalty against Thailand. Some called the celebration "over-the-top". Others said the fans are just being overly critical about everything these days. Perhaps the fans made the celebration into a big deal as they assumed Safawi had taken a swipe at those who comment (read: criticised the national team) on social media, just before he leaped into the air.  De Paula's celebration after scoring from the penalty box against Vietnam also came under fire. Celebrations aside, I was joined by Padang Bola Sepak's Khalilul Rahman (or better known as Khal) on BFM earlier t

How on earth were national athletes, officials allowed to board plane despite being in contact with two Covid-19 positive sprinters?

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UPDATE 10.09pm: Muhammad Haiqal Hanafi tested positive for Covid-19 while Khairul Hafiz Jantan was unable to go to Kazakhstan as he was a close contact. Read this Berita Harian report . As per the Berita Harian report, Malaysia Athletics Federation (MAF) president Datuk S.M. Muthu was quoted as saying: "Hanya Muhammad Haiqal disahkan positif manakala Khairul Hafiz pula merupakan kontak rapat memandangkan kedua-dua mereka menjalani latihan di Johor. Kedua-dua mereka ketika ini sedang menjalani kuarantin di Majlis Sukan Negara, Bukit Jalil. Muthu also said the other athletes did not show any symptoms and were allowed to go to Kazakhstan. There's something called asymptomatic. Also, infected people can transmit the coronavirus when they have symptoms and when they don't have symptoms .  Just because the athletes are vaccinated, it doesn't mean they cannot get Covid-19. In April,  40 healthcare workers contracted Covid-19 after completing their vaccine shots . I've al

'Work from home' for hockey wrong strategy, says Olympian

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If you can't go to the gym, you can always bring the gym to your home - that was the first paragraph of Jugjet Singh's article in New Straits Times . National hockey coach Arul Selvaraj was quoted in the article as saying: "Many have invested in treadmills and exercise bikes knowing very well that the Covid-19 pandemic is here to stay for a longer time than expected. Although it is not as conducive as training on the artificial pitch, my players have given their best so far and are not holding back in their workout routines at home. And those with 'a gym at home' have invested for their future although exercise machines are expensive. They have made themselves as comfortable as possible while waiting for the pandemic to ease." However, Olympian and former international hockey player Maninderjit Singh calls it a "wrong strategy". Wrong strategy. Should hv taken "quarantine based training at NSC" like Rugby team. At least could utilize Gym, P

'What the f***?' spat raises vital question - where are the archives of national records?

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  Sometimes conversations takes a different turn - voices raised, people get cut off and a vulgar word is uttered in the heat of the moment. And sometimes, the conversation ends with an apology and life goes on. However, according to a report by news wesbite  Twentytwo13 , national discus thrower Irfan Shamsuddin wrote in an email to the Malaysia Ahletics Federation (MAF) that he will only say sorry if MAF general manager Anthony Samy apologised over an alleged heated conversation that took place between the duo recently.  This was following Irfan's email to MAF with the subject: 'Re: Show Cause Letter'. MAF president Datuk S.M. Muthu, however, downplayed the episode. I am not so bothered about the spat. As Irfan rightfully wrote, there are more pressing matters to deal with. After reading the email, I have just one question: Why was Anthony asking Irfan for his national records? Shouldn't MAF be keeping the records? I've repeatedly written about the need to have an

Will MAF council members hold 'emergency' meeting to discuss Hup Wei saga?

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  In my column in Malay-language news website Getaran , published this morning, I wrote: KOM hairan kenapa perkara ini menjadi isu. Kesatuan tersebut berkata pegawai yang telah disenarai pendek tersebut, antara lain, “tahu undang-undang olahraga, berpengalaman 40 tahun dan fasih berbahasa Inggeris”. Bak orang putih, “So what?” Adakah KOM berpendapat wakil dari MSN and MOM tidak tahu undang-undang olahraga, tidak berpengalaman dan tidak fasih berbahasa Inggeris? Jadi wakil MSN and MOM ke Tokyo untuk makan angin? The last sentence is meant to be read in a sarcastic manner. I'm forced to put this on record as people are just too literal these days. But back to the issue surrounding Lee Hup Wei, his coach and their trip to the Tokyo Olympics. Read Twentytwo13' s article published on Monday to understand the saga better. I have another question regarding the suggestion (or decision) by the Malaysia Athletics Federation to send an official, and not Hup Wei's coach, to Japan. Was

Coach should follow athlete to Olympics. Period

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  Honestly, I was informed of many other things regarding this matter. But they were all verbal conversations between the Malaysia Athletics Federation (MAF) and the concerned third parties. Verbal conversations, when made public, will end up being a "you say, I say debate". But it is confirmed that there were conversations between MAF and the National Sports Council and Olympic Council of Malaysia to send an official instead of Lee Hup Wei's coach. Read Twentytwo13's article today . The higher jumper has booked a spot to the Olympics by virtue of his world ranking. If I were to be Hup Wei, I'd prefer having my coach with me rather than some official. Although I'm a seasoned athlete and have been "jumping for 20 years", I still would want my coach with me.  I hope the good people at MAF, NSC and OCM will make the right choice for the athlete ahead of June 30.  

Tok Mat letak jawatan: 'Pemimpin datang dan pergi ... namun PSM harus dipertahankan'

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  Datuk Seri Ahmad Ismail has quit as the Malaysia Sepak Takraw Associatin president. He has been president since 2002.  Ahmad Ismail, better known as Tok Mat, appeared on Astro Arena last night. In announcing his decision, he said:  "Pemimpin datang dan pergi, patah tumbuh hilang berganti, namun PSM harus dipertahankan, ini harapan saya." Watch Ahmad Ismail on the show below: Is this the first step towards a new PSM? Will PSM finally move forward? Or will we see Tok Mat returning to lead the association in the near future? Only time will tell.

Brickbats expected but will the tune change if Harimau Malaya wins?

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  Rasvinder Singh is Twentytwo13's latest contributor. And he is based in Singapore. In his first article , Rasvinder wrote: "Singapore was the first to use naturalised players for their benefit. While it did bring the nation short-term glory, I feel the sense of achievement is diluted by the presence of these naturalised players. In the long term, this decision didn’t benefit Singapore at all. What I am in favour of is for players of mixed-parentage or with ancestral links to represent a nation that they were not born in." Rasvinder is a big Malaysian supporter. Now that's pretty rare coming from Singapore. The Harimau Malaya line-up - featuring naturalised and heritage footballers - has been subject of debate in recent days. The discussions intensified after Malaysia lost 4-0 to UAE earlier this morning. Malaysia crushed 4-0 by UAE in World Cup qualifier was the News Straits Times' headline. Utusan published an article  Pemain naturalisasi jadi sasaran kemarah

Naturalised, heritage, local - so who should represent Malaysia?

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A naturalised athlete is one who is not born in the country but has been given citizenship and can now don the national colours. A heritage athlete may be born and raised elsewhere but has one parent who is a citizen of the country where he is able to don the national colours. Now all this depends on the policies of the governing bodies. In Malaysia, or specifically football, we have naturalised footballers and heritage footballers. Last but certainly not least are the local athletes. Below is a tweet by ex-hockey international and Olympian Maninderjit Singh. To certain degree, I disagree with Naturalization of players. There must be a limitation. So far 10. Another one to make a full 11. ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ช Dion Cools ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ Matthew Davies ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ Brendan Gan ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฌ Dominic Tan ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Corbin-Ong ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช Junior Eldstรฅl ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ Sam Somerville ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ท De Paula ๐Ÿ‡ฝ๐Ÿ‡ฐ Liridon ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ฒ Sumareh — Maninderjit (Mike) OLY (@ManinderjitMike) June 1, 2021 This reminds me of an article written by a good friend John Duerden p

Should the Tokyo Olympics be held?

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  YES, or NO? The Sportswriters Association of Malaysia has started a poll on its Facebook page. At the time of writing, 80 per cent has clicked on YES. There are obviously concerns. One was highlighted by The Star's Lim Teik Huat in his column today. He highlighted paragraphs from the Olympics Playbook that read:  “We trust that the measures laid out will mitigate the risks and impacts involved in participating in the Games, and we fully count on your support to comply with them. “However, despite all the care taken, risks and impacts may not be fully eliminated, and therefore you agree to attend the Olympic and Paralympic Games at your own risk.” Then there's a tweet - that the Malaysian contingent's participation to Tokyo has been rejected - that has been debunked by the Olympic Council of Malaysia and National Sports Council. It's "fake news", they say. The locals in Japan are rejecting the Summer Games to be held as the Covid-19 situation there is criti

Chong Eng: Set up effective mechanism for athletes to lodge sexual harassment complaint

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This is a press statement by Pakatan Harapan Wanita Chief Chong Eng. She is also Penang exco for social development and non-Islamic religious affairs and a long-time activist for women's affairs. National swimmer Cindy Ong’s shocking revelation should be taken seriously despite the fact that the alleged sexual harassment took place 20 years ago when she was a teen.  The media report also disclosed that sexual harassment did not only happen to Ong but also other young male athletes, who were victims of sexual harassment too, according to a former national swimmer who remained anonymous. The Youth and Sports Ministry should take immediate action to start looking into establishing a channel for athletes to lodge a complaint to prevent a repeat of such incidents in future while assisting Ong to lodge a police report.  Then the ministry should start probing the allegation by Ong and also find ways to protect other athletes, especially the teenage athletes.  While the Sexual Harassment B

Let the hunt begin

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The Youth and Sports Ministry insists there will be no compromise nor protection given to any individual if they are found guilty of sexually harassing athletes. Its minister Datuk Seri Reezal Merican Naina Merican said there shall be no cover-ups and no room for the predators. Read Twentytwo13 for the full article. At least Reezal Merican's statement is more sincere than his fellow Umno mate, Datuk Seri Tajuddin Abdul Rahman who received a bashing over his lack of empathy in addressing the LRT mishap yesterday. But words alone are not enough. This is only the first step. Next up - hunting the culprits. It is important to create a safe space for our athletes. It is also important that the authorities identify the politician who had offered Cindy Ong money for sex. Hopefully concrete steps will be taken in addressing this pressing matter.  It should not end up like the Podium Programme Enhancement Committee. There were plenty of words (and heated arguments).  Yet, right after the

Breast touched, coach masturbated in front of athlete, politician offered money for sex - damning allegations that must not be ignored

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UPDATE 7.16pm: A former gymnast urged the Youth and Sports Ministry to view the allegations made by Cindy Ong seriously, as reported by Twentytwo13 .  -- Damning allegations that cannot be swept under the carpet. MalaysiaKini had earlier today quoted swimmer Cindy Ong and another athlete of sexual assaults by their former coaches and even a politician. There's also a BM version of the article.  Dalam salah satu kejadian ketika keluar negara, dia mendakwa seorang jurulatih menyentuh payudaranya. Ong berkata dia masih ingat jurulatih tersebut masuk ke biliknya dan menyuruhnya melelapkan mata sebentar sebelum pertandingan.  Lelaki berkenaan kemudian duduk di sebelah dan mengusap badannya. "Saya berbaring di atas katil, dia datang dan mengusap bahu saya. Kemudian, tangannya meliar ke sana sini ..." katanya. ... Seorang lagi bekas perenang yang enggan namanya disiarkan memberitahu Malaysiakini bahawa dia pernah melihat seorang jurulatih beronani di hadapan seorang perenang

Sepak takraw in Malaysia - 'PSM suspended when it should be ASTAF'

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  Following my blog posting yesterday ' Plot to remove Tok Mat for good? Will this be for the greater good of Malaysian sepak takraw? ', I received several phone calls and messages. Here's a message that I would like to share: "The issue regarding sepak takraw is that the Thais have been there for many decades, especially when they controlled the manufacturing of the balls, and in wanting to win all the time. They made millions from the sport. The problems have been there long before Datuk Seri Ahmad Ismail. Why blame him only? Malaysian Sepak Takraw Association's (PSM) approach to the problems is totally different from the Thais.  The Thais adopt a commercial, political and winning mentality. In other words, it's a total integrated, must-win strategy which has been very successful. As for Malaysia there is no unity, too much internal misunderstanding and politics, no strategy and no leadership. As a result, we are left behind. Just name me one period or one PS