Muscles first for Mun Yee

The national divers will be back at the pool next Monday but four-time Olympian Leong Mun Yee will not be heading for the water – she will be at the gym first. For her, it’s all about building the foundation for what will is going to be a challenging final year of her illustrious career. “I lost muscle mass without proper training and will need to gain it back before doing proper diving. I have been waiting for the green light to get back to training. “I have been out…

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Former national gymnast Dr Farrah-Hani now an Associate Professor

Former national rhythmic gymnast Dr Farrah-Hani Imran (pic) is the first national athlete to receive the surgical Professor Madya (Associate Professor) title from a public institution. The 43-year-old was recognised last Friday (May 22) by Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) after weeks of intense interviews with the university board. Dr Farrah was the first Malaysian gymnast to compete at the 1993 World Championships in Alicante, Spain and is currently a senior lecturer at UKM and also the Head of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Burns Unit and Wound Care Team. Dr Farrah-Hani…

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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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Get help from experts first, Krithana told

THERE is a move to get national triple jump champion, R. Krithana to become a para-athlete due to her failing eyesight. However, Perak Amateur Athletics Association (PAAA) president Karim Ibrahim has called for the authorities to provide extensive medical assistance for her before anything else. Karim is puzzled over the hurry to get the 23-year-old from Bagan Serai to switch to para-athletics before every avenue to help her vision, has been exhausted. He said the priority should be on improving Krithana’s eyesight and not for others to think about her…

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Malaysia’s Jordan Boy pumped for clash against “Hitman” Liam Harrison

BANGKOK: Malaysian striking sensation “Jordan Boy” Mohammed Mahmoud will have his hands full come Friday, Jan 10, 2020 when he faces eight-time Muay Thai World Champion Liam “Hitman” Harrison at ONE: A New Tomorrow from the Impact Arena in Bangkok, Thailand. Heading into his next ONE Super Series contest, the 23-year-old knows exactly what he needs to do to kickstart the year on the right note. Although he’s had his fair share of triumphs and defeats, the experience he’s garnered competing among the best in the world has taught him…

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Academic success before Fosbury Flop for Sean Yee

National woman high jumper Yap Sean Yee will not feature in any competitions until June. The SEA Games gold medallist, who is pursuing a degree in computer science at Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM), wants to concentrate on her studies. “I have a project which I need to submit by June and I have decided to focus on it. I also want to complete my studies, which I started in 2015. “I want to obtain my degree by next year so I can fully focus on training and competitions,” said Sean…

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Nauraj makes amends with bronze, Hup Wei flops

 Nauraj Singh Randhawa made amends for his poor, last-place finish in Canberra last week by leaping to 2.20m to win the bronze medal in the men’s high jump at the Sydney Track Classic. A week earlier, the Johor athlete only managed a poor 2.05m to finish eighth and last in the Canberra Track Classic. His effort on Sunday, however, was still way off his national record of 2.30m that he did in the Singapore Open in 2017. Lee Hup Wei, who finished eighth in the world championships in Doha, Qatar,…

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Bali test for triathletes

BALI will once again be the focus of sports enthusiasts for the annual Bank Central Asia (BCA) Super League Triathlon Bali 2020 qualifier series. Kicking off on April 3 at the picturesque grounds of Ayodya Resort, Super League Triathlon (SLT) will be putting some of the world’s best elite athletes through the ultimate physical test. Ranked as one of the top island destinations in the world, athletes can look forward to experiencing sun-drenched stretches of pristine sand, clear blue waters, lush tropical forests and majestic volcanoes as they push their…

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Sangeetha wins in Bangkok and dreams of winter Olympics

The 2020 Winter Youth Olympics are going on in Lausanne now and little Sangeeta Retnakumar is following it avidly. She hopes to be part of the action someday. The 12-year-old is a rising star in ice skating. In the just concluded Ice Skating Institute (ISI) Asia Final Championship Series in Bangkok, she won five gold medals. Sangeetha, who represents Sunway Pyramid Ice Academy, took part and won in the Freestyle 4, Solo Comp F4, Footwork F4, Open FS Silver and Drama Sport FS4 events. The Year Six pupil from SK…

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Cash for doping cover-up: trial of former athletics chief Diack to begin

Lamine Diack, the disgraced former head of athletics’ governing body IAAF, goes on trial in Paris on Monday on charges of corruption and money laundering linked to a Russian doping scandal. The trial of Diack, 86, who is under house arrest in Paris, comes five years after prosecutors began their investigation. They have described a web of corruption that was rife in world athletics, including bribes and extortion to cover up positive drug tests. Diack has denied wrongdoing. His lawyers described him as a “man of values and principles” and…

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