Denmark Open: Malaysia’s Zii Jia beats Taiwan’s Tzu Wei in opening round

National men’s singles ace Lee Zii Jia produced a stunning comeback to eliminate Wang Tzu Wei of Taiwan in the first round of Denmark Open 2021 today. After losing 12-21 in the first game, the 2021 All England champion regained his composure to take the next two games at 21-9 and 21-18 in a match that lasted 50 minutes at the Odense Sports Park. The seventh seeded Zii Jia will take on either fellow Malaysian Liew Daren or home shuttler Hans-Kristian Solberg Vittinghus in the next round. Meanwhile, Tokyo Olympics…

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Activists urge IOC to postpone ‘genocide’ Beijing Games

Activists today called for the postponement of the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics as China prepared to receive the Olympic flame, a day after a protest disrupted the lighting ceremony in Olympia. “This is sports-washing. There are no legitimate reasons to host the Games during a genocide,” Zumretay Arkin, advocacy manager of the World Uighur Congress, told a news conference in the Greek capital. “For sure there will be protests (in China) by Uighurs, Tibetans,” said Arkin, who said she has had no contact with her family since 2017. Lit on Monday…

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Malaysian wins 2nd place at premier e-sports tournament

A Malaysian has once again etched the country’s flag in e-sports history after his team made runner-up at a prestigious tournament in Romania this morning. Cheng Jin Xiang, better known by his in-game handle NothingToSay, and his China-based club PSG.LGD placed second in The International 2021. With this win, the five PSG.LGD players will take home a combined US$5.2 million (RM21.7 million).

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Pedri agrees new Barcelona contract with €1b release clause

Barcelona’s teenage midfielder Pedri has agreed a new contract until 2026 including a release clause of €1 billion (RM4.8 billion), the La Liga club announced today. Pedri, 18, has quickly developed into one of Barca’s best players little more than a year after joining the club in 2020 from second division side Las Palmas for €5 million. He made 53 appearances in his debut season, more than any other Barca player, helping the team win the Copa del Rey and lighting up an otherwise poor campaign for the Catalans. Pedri…

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Thomas Cup: Malaysia through to quarter-finals after 5-0 win over Canada

Malaysia are through to the quarter-finals of the Thomas Cup Finals in Aarhus, Denmark after outplaying Canada 5-0 in their Group D opener at the Ceres Arena on Tuesday (Oct 12). Captain Lee Zii Jia (pic) put Malaysia ahead when he brought fast rising 19-year-old Brian Yang back down to earth with a comfortable 21-18, 21-13 win in 38 minutes. “Brian has upset quite a few top players and everyone was looking at whether he would upset me today,” said Zii Jia in the post-match interview. “I had to be stronger than…

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Uefa announce bidding process for Euro 2028 hosts

Countries interested in hosting the 2028 European Championship must confirm their bid by March next year, Europe’s football governing body Uefa said on Tuesday as they announced the bidding process for the quadrennial tournament. Uefa said joint bids from member associations would be permitted as long as the two countries are “geographically compact” while automatic qualification as hosts would not be guaranteed if more than two countries submit a joint bid. The bidders will be announced in April while the hosts will be appointed in September 2023. Minimum requirements include…

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China too strong for our girls

Malaysia can expect a whipping from China in their Group D tie of the Uber Cup Finals today. Despite fielding a weaker team by resting all their Olympic Games medallists, China got off to a brilliant start in their opening tie when they thrashed Canada 5-0 without much problems and they did it all under three hours. The Malaysian girls will stand no chance to collect even a point and it will be best to give their reserves an opportunity to play. They can rest national No. 1 S. Kisona…

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Uber Cup: Battling Malaysians sunk by China in Denmark

Malaysia’s quest in the 2020 Uber Cup is set to end in the group stage after losing 5-0 to 14-time champions China in a Group D tie at the Ceres Arena here today. After opening their campaign with a 4-1 defeat by hosts Denmark on Saturday (Oct 9), the young and resilient Malaysians showed good fighting spirit against the highly-ranked China, who were led by Olympic champion Chen Yu Fei. In the first singles, a cool, calm and collected world number two Yu Fei had no problem reading Eoon Qi Xuan’s…

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Malaysia Cup: Spectators allowed into stadiums from Oct 29

The Malaysia Football League (MFL) has confirmed that the 2021 Malaysia Cup campaign will begin to admit spectators from October 29. The MFL, however, will consider allowing spectators in earlier if teams planned to hold friendly matches during the cup competition break from October 2 to 28, subject to the detailed standard operating procedure (SOP) by the Youth and Sports Ministry (KBS). MFL president Datuk Ab Ghani Hassan said spectators returning to stadiums was not only good news for local football fans, but it would also reignite the country’s football…

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Sancho's treatment at Man United 'hurting my soul' – Dortmund CEO

Jadon Sancho’s lack of game time at Manchester United is “hurting the soul” of the man who sanctioned his 73 million- pound (US$100 million) move to Old Trafford, Borussia Dortmund CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke. The 21-year-old England international has started only two of United’s five Premier League games and was an unused substitute in the 1-0 defeat by Aston Villa on Saturday. “Of course, I keep track of what he’s doing. It also hurts my soul that he is so neglected,” Watzke told SPORT1. “I love Jadon, when you see him…

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