Kisona is now No1 women’s singles player under the BAM stable

Malaysian shuttler S.kisona is now the highest-ranked women’s singles player under the BA of Malaysia (BAM) stable. Although World No 62 is only the second-highest ranked Malaysian in the world rankings, she will now take the centre stage following BAM’s decision to drop 32nd-ranked Soniia Cheah recently. The experience gained in two top-tier events in Bangkok last month has boosted her morale for the future. The Negri Sembilan-born is now preparing for next month’s All England and Orleans Masters. “I was lucky to qualify for the two Thailand Opens. I…

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The virus has forced two teams from Sarawak to be based in Peninsular Malaysia

KUALA LUMPUR: The virus has forced two teams from Sarawak to be based in Peninsular Malaysia for the early part of the new M-League season which starts on March 5. For their first four matches, at least, Sarawak United and Kuching City FC will not get to enjoy any home advantage in the Premier League. Sarawak has been enlisted as the Covid-19 red zone, Causing all inbound travellers into a 14-day quarantine. Sarawak United and Kuching FC have decided to get around the problem by shifting their first four league…

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M-League season kicks off on March 5, with defending champions Johor Darul Ta'zim

The new M-League season kicks off on March 5, with defending champions Johor Darul Ta’zim (JDT) hosting Kedah in the Charity Shield-cum-Super League match at the Sultan Ibrahim Stadium in Iskandar Puteri. Despite the Covid-19 disrupting the season in 2020, JDT was in a class of their own as they won the title without losing a single league match. JDT are the best team in Malaysian football and going by their success, the Southern Tigers will likely be among the best in Asia one day. It will be a major…

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Kyril Louis-Dreyfus has become English football's youngest chairman

LONDON: Kyril Louis-Dreyfus has become English football’s youngest chairman after the 23-year-old completed his takeover of League One side, Sunderland, on Thursday. Son of late Marseille owner and billionaire Robert Louis-Dreyfus sealed the deal after being granted approval from the English Football League. Louis-Dreyfus originally agreed to purchase a controlling interest in the Black Cats in December. “I am proud to become a custodian of this esteemed institution, but I also recognise the significant responsibility that comes with it,” Louis-Dreyfus said. Sunderland is seventh in the third-tier, a point outside…

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Seiko Hashimoto named Tokyo Olympic president

TOKYO: Tokyo 2020’s new president Seiko Hashimoto on Thursday vowed to “regain trust” in the Olympic organising committee after an embarrassing sexism row, with just over five months until the virus-postponed Games. Hashimoto, a seven-time Olympian, had been one of just two women in Japan’s cabinet, serving as Olympic minister before stepping down to take the key post. The 56-year-old Hashimoto was named president of the Tokyo Olympic organizing committee after a meeting of its executive board, which is 80% male. She replaces 83-year-old Yoshiro Mori, a former Japanese prime minister…

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Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp says 'I do not need a break'

LONDON: Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp said “nobody has to worry about me” as he dismissed social media rumours he was ready to quit the club or take a break. The Reds lost a third league game in a row when a late collapse saw them beaten 3-1 at Leicester on Saturday. The defeat left the champions in fourth place and 13 points behind leaders Manchester City. “We will sort it. We will sort it by playing football, by being even more together, by learning more than you can learn in each…

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Novak Djokovic defies injury to reach Australian Open last eight

MELBOURNE: Eight-time winner Novak Djokovic fought through what he had described as a tournament-ending injury to beat Milos Raonic and reach the Australian Open quarter-finals on Sunday. Naomi Osaka and Serena Williams survived scares to go through but US Open champion Dominic Thiem was a major casualty when he fell to Bulgaria’s Grigor Dimitrov. Simona Halep avenged her crushing French Open defeat by Polish teenager Iga Swiatek to set up a meeting with Williams, while Taiwan’s Hsieh Su-Wei reached her first Slam quarter-final at the age of 35. Djokovic, the…

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Angry Ferns also slammed the Melaka United Soccer Association

KUALA LUMPUR: After receiving his salary compensation from Melaka United, midfielder Curran Singh Ferns announced his retirement from the game on his Instagram page yesterday. Ferns received RM97,500 in compensation from his former team on Wednesday. An Angry Ferns also slammed the Melaka United Soccer Association (Musa) for the delay in settling his arrears and wants them to apologise to the Professional Footballers Association of Malaysia (PFAM) and the players for all the troubles. Another former player, Narupon Wild has yet to receive RM241,726.69 in salary owing from Musa.

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Tokyo 2020 chief Yoshiro Mori bowed to mounting pressure and resigned

TOKYO: Tokyo 2020 chief Yoshiro Mori bowed to mounting pressure and resigned on Friday over sexist remarks, but his replacement was not immediately clear after opposition emerged to his favoured successor. Mori, 83, sparked outrage by claiming last week that women speak too much in meetings, with officials, sports stars and Olympic sponsors slamming the remarks as inappropriate. On Friday he announced he would step down, effective immediately. “My inappropriate statement has caused a lot of chaos. I would like to express my sincere apologies,” he told a meeting of…

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German Open, an Olympic qualifier called off

Next month’s German Open, an Olympic qualifying badminton event, in Mulheim has been called off due to the Covid-19 pandemic. In a brief statement, the Badminton World Federation (BWF) said: “The Yonex German Open in Mulheim on March 9-14 has been cancelled. This is unsightly a piece of shattering news to the shuttles, hoping to achieve in the Tokyo Games. The German Open, a Super 300 event, was slated as the second tournament of the 2021 season after the Swiss Open on March 2-7.

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