Whatever it is, a decision must be made soon

The Malaysia Open, a Super 750 event and one of badminton’s oldest tournaments, is set to be the second last event on the calendar this year to offer Olympic qualifying points. Slated for May 25-30 at the Axiata Arena in Bukit Jalil, it is also expected to be the first international tournament to open its doors to fans since Covid-19 hit its peak last year. The deadly B.1.617 variant, which caused a “Covid tsunami”, in India has reached our shores. Sports Minister Datuk Seri Reezal Merican Naina Merican recently said…

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Youth and Sports Ministry confident with Badminton Association of Malaysia

The Youth and Sports Ministry is confident that the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) can fulfill all Covid-19 protocol compliance aspects required to host the Malaysia Open 2021, slated to be held at the end of this month. He said organizing such an international standard tournament needed a bigger and different management protocol as it involved athletes from various countries. He said all requirements of Covid-19 protocols needed to be given attention to ensure the participation of overseas athletes in the Malaysia Open was not affected. In a separate development,…

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I'm on the right track, said Charly Musonda

Charly Musonda was seen as the future of Chelsea. His signing – at the age of 15 – was seen as a huge coup; there had been interested from Barcelona, Manchester City, and Real Madrid, and one of his coaches at Anderlecht said he could be one of the top five players in the world. In January 2018, Musonda joined Celtic on an 18-month loan, but it was cut short that summer, and Chelsea loaned him to Vitesse Arnhem. He had been at the club just a week when the…

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From unknown to being the best in his position in the world

When Atletico Madrid paid Benfica 16m euros for the relatively unknown 21-year-old Slovenian goalkeeper Jan Oblak in 2014, many people thought the Spanish side’s manager Diego Simeone had panicked following the loss of Thibaut Courtois to Chelsea Seven years on, Oblak can lay claim to being the best in his position in the world. His stats are remarkable and Simeone has had the last laugh Anyone wanting to sign the 28-year-old now would have to meet the club’s 120m euros release clause. “I think I was born to be a…

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Arsenal legends Thierry Henry, Dennis Bergkamp, Patrick Vieira and billionaire Daniel Ek eager to buy Arsenal

Arsenal legends Thierry Henry, Dennis Bergkamp, and Patrick Vieira have joined Spotify founder and billionaire Daniel Ek’s bid to buy the club. Owner Stan Kroenke has no intention to sell, but more than 1,000 fans protested outside Emirates Stadium on Friday calling for him to quit. Kroenke’s son, Josh, told an Arsenal fans forum on Thursday that his family has no intention of selling and promised to engage with fans in the future. Arsenal apologized in an open letter to their fans following their withdrawal from the European Super League and said…

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Kamaru Usman retain the undisputed UFC welterweight title

Kamaru Usman scored a stunning second-round knockout to finish Jorge Masvidal and retain the undisputed UFC welterweight title at UFC 261. American Masvidal, 36, said that he would fare better after a full training camp, while Nigerian Usman, 33, promised to deliver an even more decisive victory in the rematch to register his fourth successive title defense. The pair engaged in a thrilling back-and-forth battle through round one, with both men enjoying success on the feet, while Usman scored a significant takedown midway through the round. The bout exploded in…

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The higher the athlete's success, the more the tests

Track cyclist Azizulhasni Awang and other top athletes are being monitored by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) as they prepare for the Tokyo Olympics. In general, the more successful an athlete is, the more he or she will be tested. And it is no different for Azizulhasni. The Olympic bronze medallist and former world keirin champion is often subject to random tests wherever he may be. “Throughout my professional career, I have always given my cooperation and I have been tested hundreds of times. “I have experienced visits (from officials)…

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European Super League is on “standby”

The European Super League is on “standby” despite nine of the 12 founding teams withdrawing, says Real Madrid president Florentino Perez. After a furious backlash against the proposed tournament that was announced on Sunday, all six Premier League clubs involved withdrew. “We’re going to continue working,” said Perez. “The project is on standby.” Real Madrid, Barcelona, and Juventus have not withdrawn, although Juventus chairman Andrea Agnelli said the project could not now proceed. “You cannot get out of the contract like this – they are binding contracts,” he added. When asked…

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Football has to keep changing and adapting to the times

Real Madrid president Florentino Perez said on Tuesday that plans by 12 clubs including the Spanish giants to form a European Super League (ESL) were made to save football. On Monday, six Premier League teams — Liverpool, Manchester United, Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur — joined forces with Madrid, Barcelona and Atletico Madrid and Italian trio Juventus, Inter Milan and AC Milan to launch ESL. “Football has to keep changing and adapting to the times. Football is losing interest. Something must be done,” said Perez “Football is the…

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Barcelona blew away Athletic Bilbao to win the Copa del Rey

MADRID: Lionel Messi scored twice, including a stunning solo goal, as Barcelona blew away Athletic Bilbao to win the Copa del Rey on Saturday. The cup was won and lost in a whirlwind 12 minutes in Seville, which saw Barca score four times to clinch an emphatic 4-0 victory, with Messi at his devastating best. Koeman took over a team at rock bottom, humiliated by a historic loss to Bayern Munich and wounded by the attempts of Messi to leave the club for free. But this 31st Copa del Rey…

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