Cheng Hoe hopes his players remain match-ready

National football teams worldwide must have continuous competitions throughout the year to stay in prime condition. It’s no different for Malaysia’s national team. But the Covid-19 pandemic has disrupted the Harimau Malaya’s plans in their bid to qualify for the World Cup 2022-Asia Cup 2023 tournaments. The pandemic has forced almost all countries to halt football activities and most regional football governing bodies have suspended their qualifying tournaments. FIFA and the Asian Football Confederation have agreed that the 2022 Qatar World Cup and 2023 Asia Cup qualifying matches, originally scheduled…

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Athletics: Suspension of Olympic qualification gets cool reception

The decision by the governing body of athletics to suspend Olympic qualification until December due to the coronavirus outbreak has received a cool reception from some Tokyo hopefuls. World Athletics announced on Tuesday that qualification for the Tokyo Olympics, which will now take place in July and August next year, would restart on Dec. 1, subject to the global situation returning to normal. “Pretty disappointed about this decision,” former Olympic steeplechase silver medallist Evan Jager posted on Twitter. “Even if COVID-19 clears up in some countries and it’s safe to…

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County players take pay cuts, waive prize money amid shutdown

England’s county cricketers will forgo 1 million pounds in prize money and take pay cuts in April and May to help protect the domestic game during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Professional Cricketers’ Association (PCA) has said. With cricket in England suspended until May 28, the PCA also said players had agreed to being furloughed by their counties if they are asked to do so. “I’m pleased we have reached a collective agreement between the PCA, England Cricket Board (ECB) and the 18 first-class counties,” PCA Chairman Daryl Mitchell said. “Like…

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Felda’s Khairul can’t wait to continue fiery form when league resumes

Felda United striker Khairul Amri (pic) is one footballer who takes adversities in his strides. Last season, the 34-year-old former Singapore international was bogged down by knee and back injuries but the 2019 mid-season signing still managed to score seven vital goals in 10 matches to help Felda escape relegation. Starting this season fully fit and injury-free, Khairul has scored two goals in four Super League matches. What’s more alluring is Khairul’s efficient combination with Felda’s front three – Japanese winger Ryutaro Megumi, Argentinian winger Nicolas Velez and Gabonese international…

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