National No 1 Lee Zii Jia, slowly but surely regaining his form

NATIONAL No 1 Lee Zii Jia, who checked into the Swiss Open semi-finals, is slowly but surely regaining his form. the national player was at his best when he downed India’s B. Sai Praneeth 21-14, 21-17 in the quarter-finals at the St. Jakobshalle in Basel yesterday. He has improved since slipped down to No 11 in the world ranking following a few underwhelming performances during the BWF Asian tour in Bangkok in January It was also a fruitful outing for mixed doubles Tan Kian Meng-Lai Pei Jing who are in…

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Pearly Tan-M. Thinaah is looking to keep the good run going

MALAYSIA:  Fast improving women’s doubles pair Pearly Tan-M. Thinaah is looking to keep their recent good run going after breezing into the second round of the Swiss Open. The pair, buoyed by their recent quarter-final appearances at the Thailand Open and Thailand Masters, were hardly troubled as they got past Austrian pair Serena Au Yong-Katharina Hochmeir 21-7, 21-6 in the first round in Basel on Wednesday. Pearly-Thinaah now ranked a career-high No. 30 in the world. A frustrating outing for World No 27 Goh Sze Fei-Nur Izzuddin Rumsani as they…

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Former Barcelona president to appear before a judge on Tuesday

BARCELONA: Former Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu, detained Monday as part of a probe into last year’sBarcagate’ scandal, will have to appear before a judge on Tuesday.Jaume Masferrer has been summoned for investigating judge leading the probe after spending the night at a police station along with Bartomeu. The ‘Barcagate’ scandal involves allegations that the club covered up payments made to a company called I3 Ventures, hired to boost the image of then-president Bartomeu on social media. The campaign included criticising current and former players, like Lionel Messi, Pep Guardiola…

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Chong Yee Fatt the new coach of Perak FC

After less than a week  Chong Yee Fatt took over Perak FC, he is surprised to see his team in good shape. The Malaysian took over after the Australian coach Mehmet Durakovic. Yee Fatt, who started work on Tuesday, was expecting the worst considering that the players had faced Covid-19 uncertainties when they reported for pre-season training under former coach, Durakovic. “I am grateful to Durakovic, who recommended me to the management when he decided to part ways due to family matters in Australia. “However, I reminded them that we…

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Harrif Saleh admitted that he struggled

MALAYSIA- Road cyclist Harrif Saleh admitted that he struggled to keep up with the peloton early on but revealed the “secret” behind his historic win at the Grand Prix Manavgat in Turkey last week. After spending a year without competition due to Covid-19, the Terengganu Cycling Team (TSG) rider said he found it hard to keep up with the early pace and even suffered mild cramps during the 145.8km race. “This was really tough for me as I had gone a year without racing. I did my best to tuck…

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Azizulhasni Awang and Shah Firdaus Sahrom to start picking up the pace heading into the Tokyo Olympics

National track cycling coach John Beasley expects Azizulhasni Awang and Shah Firdaus Sahrom to start picking up the pace heading into the Tokyo Olympics. Beasley has always stressed the importance of “big blocks” of strength training as the foundation in his preparation, and it is no different for this Olympic cycle. Spending hours in the gym, a switch to more track-focused training is likely in store for the duo over the final few months ahead of the Tokyo Games. Hopes to convert the muscle that they have built into explosive…

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Kisona is now No1 women's singles player under the BAM stable

Malaysian shuttler S.kisona is now the highest-ranked women’s singles player under the BA of Malaysia (BAM) stable. Although World No 62 is only the second-highest ranked Malaysian in the world rankings, she will now take the centre stage following BAM’s decision to drop 32nd-ranked Soniia Cheah recently. The experience gained in two top-tier events in Bangkok last month has boosted her morale for the future. The Negri Sembilan-born is now preparing for next month’s All England and Orleans Masters. “I was lucky to qualify for the two Thailand Opens. I…

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The virus has forced two teams from Sarawak to be based in Peninsular Malaysia

KUALA LUMPUR: The virus has forced two teams from Sarawak to be based in Peninsular Malaysia for the early part of the new M-League season which starts on March 5. For their first four matches, at least, Sarawak United and Kuching City FC will not get to enjoy any home advantage in the Premier League. Sarawak has been enlisted as the Covid-19 red zone, Causing all inbound travellers into a 14-day quarantine. Sarawak United and Kuching FC have decided to get around the problem by shifting their first four league…

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M-League season kicks off on March 5, with defending champions Johor Darul Ta'zim

The new M-League season kicks off on March 5, with defending champions Johor Darul Ta’zim (JDT) hosting Kedah in the Charity Shield-cum-Super League match at the Sultan Ibrahim Stadium in Iskandar Puteri. Despite the Covid-19 disrupting the season in 2020, JDT was in a class of their own as they won the title without losing a single league match. JDT are the best team in Malaysian football and going by their success, the Southern Tigers will likely be among the best in Asia one day. It will be a major…

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Naomi Osaka Defeated Jennifer Brady in straight sets to win the Australian Open

MELBOURNE: Japan’s Naomi Osaka dismissed Jennifer Brady in straight sets to win the Australian Open in dominant style for her fourth Grand Slam title on Saturday. Osaka edged a tight first set but controlled the second to win 6-4, 6-3 in 77 minutes in front of thousands of fans at Rod Laver Arena. The 23-year-old, who becomes only the third player after Monica Seles and Roger Federer to win their first four major finals, will now rise to second in the world rankings. Osaka, rated as the world’s top-earning female…

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