A road paved with worries

Anxiety is running deep in the Malaysian motorsports community as they have no clue whether racing events will be allowed after the Movement Control Order (MCO) is lifted. The Health Ministry recently indicated that they would prefer a ban on all events and mass gatherings for six months to a year after the MCO to control the spread of Covid-19. The motorsports community, however, hope that if there are restrictions, racing events will still be allowed behind closed doors as the livelihoods of about 3,000 people in the industry could…

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Weighty task for Prem

While most athletes are fearing that the enforced stay at home order and lack of intense training will make them gain weight, national karate exponent S. Prem Kumar (pic) is looking to do just that – get heavier. Prem, who had been competing in the below 55kg event, will have to bulk up by adding 12kg to his weight to compete in the below 67kg for the first time in his career in the bid to qualify for the Tokyo Olympics. The Sentul-born lad was based in Europe for the…

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‘Older’ Jun Hoong will feel different

DIVER Cheong Jun Hoong admitted she had “mixed feelings” when news of the Tokyo Olympics postponement broke. The Covid-19 pandemic had forced the International Olympic Committee and Japan Olympic Committee to make the grim decision of shifting the Tokyo Olympics from July 24-Aug 9 to next year. It seems a blessing in disguise for 2017 world champion Jun Hoong as she has yet to book her spot at the Games. However, the Perakian, who has yet to see action since knee surgery in June 2018, said: “One of the reasons…

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BWF expected to come up with new Olympic qualifier

BAM secretary-general Datuk Kenny Goh believes the Badminton World Federation (BWF) will come up with a new qualifying mechanism for the postponed Tokyo Olympics after freezing the world rankings. After the Covid-19 pandemic forced the Tokyo 2020 Olympics to be postponed to next year, BWF announced they will freeze the world rankings until tournaments are safe to be held later this year. Following the Tokyo Games postponement, the world body must now review the Olympic qualifying period, which is supposed to end on April 26. “The move (freezing of world…

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Kyle Lowry and Dennis Schroder named NBA Players of the Week

Toronto Raptors guard Kyle Lowry and Oklahoma City Thunder guard Dennis Schroder have been named the NBA Players of the Week. Lowry averaged 24.5 points, 10.0 assists and 6.5 rebounds as the Toronto Raptors won all four of their Week 9 games. Toronto followed victories over the Cleveland Cavaliers, Detroit Pistons and Washington Wizards with an astonishing 30-point comeback to beat the Dallas Mavericks 110-107 on Sunday night. Lowry scored 20 of his 32 points in the fourth quarter to inspire the Raptors to the franchise’s biggest comeback win. Overall,…

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Carlo Ancelotti: Everton job ‘isn’t mission impossible’

Turning Everton into Champions League contenders will not be “mission impossible”, according to new manager Carlo Ancelotti. The 60-year-old former Chelsea, Real Madrid and AC Milan coach has signed a deal to lead the Toffees until 2024. He takes over an Everton side that is 15th in the Premier League, four points above the relegation zone. “The Champions League is the long-term goal and objective,” he said. “Nothing is impossible in football.” Everton have not finished in the top four since 2005, which is the only time they had done…

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic statue has nose cut off by vandals

Vandals have cut off the nose of a statue of Zlatan Ibrahimovic outside Malmo’s stadium in Sweden. It is the latest act of vandalism directed at the statue since it was announced that Ibrahimovic had invested in a rival club last month. Former Sweden striker Ibrahimovic, 38, made his professional debut for Malmo 20 years ago. The statue’s artist Peter Linde has appealed for people to stop the vandalism. The former Ajax, Juventus, Inter Milan, Barcelona, AC Milan, Paris St-Germain and Manchester United player is looking for his next club…

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Tottenham 0-2 Chelsea: Players should walk off in response to racism’, says Gary Neville

Players should be “empowered” to walk off the pitch in response to racist abuse, according to Gary Neville. Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger reported being targeted by monkey chants during the second half of Sunday’s 2-0 win at Tottenham. Former England defender Neville said: “Maybe we have to empower the players to walk off the pitch and stop the entertainment while it is happening. “We have a racism problem in the Premier League in England.” Following Rudiger’s complaints, there were three stadium announcements saying that “racist behaviour among spectators is interfering…

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Carlo Ancelotti: Will Everton succeed where Bayern Munich & Napoli failed?

Carlo Ancelotti could easily be referred to as “The Perfector” – the man an already successful team brings in to take them one step further and win the coveted grand trophies reserved for the very best. A proven winner with a trophy laden cabinet both as a player and as a coach, Ancelotti is the maestro associated with the big clubs and the big names in football. Now he is the manager of Everton, who have not finished above seventh place in the Premier League since 2014 and are 15th…

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Chelsea manager Frank Lampard out-manouevred his one-time mentor Jose Mourinho – but a comfortable win at Tottenham was overshadowed by alleged racist behaviour aimed at visiting defender Antonio Rudiger.

Rudiger was involved in the second-half incident that saw Tottenham’s Son Heung-min sent off. The striker was dismissed, following a video assistant referee review, for raising his boot in a clash with the German centre-back near the touchline. Shortly afterwards, Rudiger, 26, appeared to gesticulate that he had received racist abuse from Spurs fans. Chelsea drew the incident to the attention of referee Anthony Taylor and three subsequent announcements were made over the public address system warning that racist behaviour among spectators was interfering with the game. The match was…

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