Covid-19 blessing in disguise for Msian karatekas

AT first, it seemed Covid-19 had delivered a killer chop to the Malaysian karatekas. Their hopes of appearing in the Tokyo Olympics, and winning a medal, were delayed for a year due to postponement. But it could be a blessing in disguise too. “We were eagerly waiting for the sport to make its Olympic debut. “Our athletes trained hard for the qualifier which was supposed to be held around this period (in April),” said Malaysia Karate Federation (Makaf) secretary general Datuk Nur Azmi Ahmad. “We have a dream to win…

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SIM racer Aiman is tops in MAM lockdown

SIM racer Aiman Haziq Aidi showed great mental strength and determination to emerge as overall winner of the Motorsports Association of Malaysia (MAM) Lockdown Virtual Championship. Aiman trailed Singaporean Mikko Nassi by six championship points going into the final round at the Portimao Circuit (Portugal) but delivered when it mattered over the final two races in the top tier elite division on Sunday. The 22-year-old emerged as the winner of the fourth round (after results from the last two races were combined), ahead of Ayman Aqeem Abbas, who is also…

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NSC vow to help Kirthana with vision problem

THE National Sports Council (NSC) will do everything possible to help save the athletics career of national triple jump champion R. Kirthana, who is suffering from failing eyesight. NSC director general Datuk Ahmad Shapawi Ismail feels it is premature to talk about turning her into a para-athlete. He said Kirthana, who is from Perak, should get a proper diagnosis of her vision problem and get it treated first. The 23-year-old had said she may have to become a para-athlete if her eyesight problem can’t be treated. Her coach, Ahmad Firdaus…

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Felda are sixth league team to cut salaries

FOLLOWING financial woes caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, Felda United FC (FUFC) will impose pay cuts on their team. There will be a salary reduction of five to 20 per cent on FUFC staff, including coaches and players. The pay cuts, agreed upon on April 14, will only be during the Movement Control Order (MCO) period. FUFC are the sixth team in the M-League reported to be imposing pay cuts during the MCO. The other teams are JDT, Kelantan, Melaka United, Penang, and Kedah. FUFC head coach Nidzam Jamil said…

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