Save the Malaysia Cup from becoming ‘painful’

Is the Malaysia Cup, regarded by many as the most prestigious football tournament in the country, being treated with respect? The answer is no. It is actually a third-rate tournament in Malaysia, similar to the English Football League’s Carabao Cup, a competition used by most Premier League clubs to field their academy and reserve league players for exposure. The Malaysia Cup has no value anymore, unlike the amateur days when the tournament, known as the Malaya Cup before 1967, was among the most talked-about football events in Asia. Despite still…

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Aaron can’t wait for ABM doors to swing open

As much as he is itching to get back on court, men’s doubles shuttler Aaron Chia understands that it may take some time before he and the others can resume training at the Academy Badminton Malaysia (ABM) in Bukit Kiara. It is learnt that the ABM will only open its doors in June amid the Covid-19 pandemic. Aaron, who is back with his family in Melaka, admitted that he is getting bored. “We can’t do anything but wait patiently. I know that BAM are doing the best for us, but…

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MCO: BAM look at the bright side

The Movement Control Order (MCO), which was enforced due to the Covid-19 pandemic, may not be the worst thing to happen to the Malaysian junior shuttlers. In fact, it could be seen as a blessing in disguise for the 77 players, aged 13-17, under BAM. BAM Development Committee chairman, Datuk Ng Chin Chai said the good thing is, for once, the players are more focused on beefing up their physical strength as compared to only skill work and court training previously, As the players train in their respective homes, BAM…

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Motorcycling revs up for new norms

Teams competing in the Malaysia Cub Prix Championships are geared up for “new norms” as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. The government has named motorsports as one of a handful allowed to operate behind closed doors under the Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO). However, race organisers must follow strict guidelines including social distancing and thorough sanitisation of venues, among others. Petronas Sprinta Yamaha-CKJ Racing technical manager Syafari Saad said his team are ready to follow the standard operating procedure (SOP) as long as they can race. “Our team do…

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