The return of the ” Samurai “

BA of Malaysia (BAM) coaching director Wong Choong Hann has urged the national shuttlers to be ready for the tough challenge. World No 1 Kento Momota and his Japanese counterparts will return to action for the first time this year at the world’s oldest tournament. “Although the All England is not an Olympic qualifying event, it will be different from the previous tournaments this year. “It will only get tougher from here when the rest of the world returns to competitive action,” said Choong Hann. For Momota, it will be…

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Kasma Daniel Kasmayudin will continue no matter the speculations

MALAYSIA: He does not care about what the detractors are saying over his return to the Petronas Malaysian Cub Prix and Asia Road Racing Championship (ARRC) this year. His return to Cub Prix and ARRC, seen by some as a step backwards, was not a complete surprise due to the limited time available. The 20-year-old has rejoined Petronas Sprinta Yamaha Maju Motor this season — the same team he had won the CP150 title in 2017. “As long as I am healthy and capable of riding a bike, I will…

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Penang coach claims Kedah strikeforce to be far deadly then JDT

Coach Tomas Trucha claimed that the Kedah strikeforce of Tchetche Kipre, Kpah Sherman and Rabih Ataya is far more dangerous than Johor Darul Ta’zim’s (JDT). He observed that following a 1-1 draw with Kedah at City Stadium on Friday. “I think defensively we’re okay but Kedah did a good job. Kipre, Sherman and Ataya were always pressing us, and they looked even more dangerous than players from JDT.said trucha. Heavy rain in the late afternoon caused puddles of water at the City Stadium pitch, dampening Penang or Kedah’s style of…

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Novak Djokovic close to set a new landmark of 311 weeks as world number one

Novak Djokovic will on Monday set a new landmark of 311 weeks as world number one, surpassing Roger Federer whose hold on a record-equalling 20 Grand Slam titles is now firmly in the Serb’s sights. The 33-year-old Djokovic, already the winner of 18 majors, has time on his side with Federer turning 40 in August. He is also a year younger than Rafael Nadal who also has 20 majors. Nadal, currently at number two, has been at the top for ‘only’ 209 weeks in total although the 13-time Roland Garros…

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National No 1 Lee Zii Jia, slowly but surely regaining his form

NATIONAL No 1 Lee Zii Jia, who checked into the Swiss Open semi-finals, is slowly but surely regaining his form. the national player was at his best when he downed India’s B. Sai Praneeth 21-14, 21-17 in the quarter-finals at the St. Jakobshalle in Basel yesterday. He has improved since slipped down to No 11 in the world ranking following a few underwhelming performances during the BWF Asian tour in Bangkok in January It was also a fruitful outing for mixed doubles Tan Kian Meng-Lai Pei Jing who are in…

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Former Barcelona president to appear before a judge on Tuesday

BARCELONA: Former Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu, detained Monday as part of a probe into last year’sBarcagate’ scandal, will have to appear before a judge on Tuesday.Jaume Masferrer has been summoned for investigating judge leading the probe after spending the night at a police station along with Bartomeu. The ‘Barcagate’ scandal involves allegations that the club covered up payments made to a company called I3 Ventures, hired to boost the image of then-president Bartomeu on social media. The campaign included criticising current and former players, like Lionel Messi, Pep Guardiola…

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Chong Yee Fatt the new coach of Perak FC

After less than a week  Chong Yee Fatt took over Perak FC, he is surprised to see his team in good shape. The Malaysian took over after the Australian coach Mehmet Durakovic. Yee Fatt, who started work on Tuesday, was expecting the worst considering that the players had faced Covid-19 uncertainties when they reported for pre-season training under former coach, Durakovic. “I am grateful to Durakovic, who recommended me to the management when he decided to part ways due to family matters in Australia. “However, I reminded them that we…

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Harrif Saleh admitted that he struggled

MALAYSIA- Road cyclist Harrif Saleh admitted that he struggled to keep up with the peloton early on but revealed the “secret” behind his historic win at the Grand Prix Manavgat in Turkey last week. After spending a year without competition due to Covid-19, the Terengganu Cycling Team (TSG) rider said he found it hard to keep up with the early pace and even suffered mild cramps during the 145.8km race. “This was really tough for me as I had gone a year without racing. I did my best to tuck…

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Azizulhasni Awang and Shah Firdaus Sahrom to start picking up the pace heading into the Tokyo Olympics

National track cycling coach John Beasley expects Azizulhasni Awang and Shah Firdaus Sahrom to start picking up the pace heading into the Tokyo Olympics. Beasley has always stressed the importance of “big blocks” of strength training as the foundation in his preparation, and it is no different for this Olympic cycle. Spending hours in the gym, a switch to more track-focused training is likely in store for the duo over the final few months ahead of the Tokyo Games. Hopes to convert the muscle that they have built into explosive…

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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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