National rugby teams to focus on next year's challenge

KUALA LUMPUR: tournaments this year. MR honorary secretary Amrul Hazarin Hamidon said the Asian body’s decision did not come as a surprise considering that the Covid-19 pandemic has yet to subside. The cancelled Asian-level tournaments are the Asia Rugby Championship (15s), Asia Sevens Series, Asia Under-19 15s Championship and the Asia Rugby Under-20 Sevens. “I think it was better to cancel rather than postpone because then we would have to think about playing on later dates,” said Amrul on Sunday. “We will now focus on preparing for the 2021 season.…

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Foreign attachments: Good for coaches, bad for players

MALAYSIA should not send their youth footballers for attachments with clubs overseas as it would be a waste of time and at the expense of their education. This was stated by former Mokhtar Dahari Academy (AMD) technical director Lim Teong Kim on the issue of football development in the country. He said while it is good for coaches to be attached with foreign clubs, it won’t work for youth players. “If you talk about sending coaches for attachments, that’s alright. Just like what we did with QPR, we sent five…

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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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India's legendary Olympic hockey hero Singh dies at 95

Balbir Singh, who won three Olympic hockey golds for India and became one his country’s biggest sporting heroes, has died at the age of 95, his family said Monday. Singh was in teams that won the Olympic title in London in 1948 and Helsinki in 1952 and led the side that won in Melbourne in 1956. His five goals in the 6-1 defeat of the Netherlands in 1952 remain a record for an Olympic final. India beat the former colonial power Great Britain 4-0 in the 1948 final which came…

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Pioneer referee Jaswant dies

MALAYSIAN football lost one of its pioneer referees with the death of DSP (Rtd) Jaswant Singh Sran yesterday. He was 80. The former Fifa referee was always a commanding figure on the pitch and had officiated many key matches involving legends such as Datuk Soh Chin Aun and the late Datuk R. Arumugam in the 1960s. 1970s and 1980s. Among the referees and linesmen of his generation were S. Kathirvale, Mohd Noh Saud, Othman Omar and Koh Guan Kiat. Jaswant, who had also served in the police force at Bukit…

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Former shining star Ee Wei set to return to national fold

Promising doubles shuttler Toh Ee Wei, who quit the national team in January last year, is set to return to the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) fold. However, the 19-year-old, who won the girls’ doubles silver medal with Pearly Tan Koong Le at the World Junior Championships in Canada in 2018, will have to wait until the full resumption of the national team’s training, expected to be in July. Ee Wei had earlier accepted the BAM’s invitation to rejoin them in March but the return had to be deferred due…

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Shuttling back home

Malaysia’s top badminton shuttlers are all likely to be back “at home” after Hari Raya. And, obviously, they are all smiles about it. Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) have announced that they will invite the independent shuttlers who are “most likely to qualify” for next year’s Tokyo Olympics to join the national team in training twice a week, starting from July 15. They can even train at the Academy Badminton Malaysia on a full-time basis once they secure their qualification. The mixed doubles pair of Chan Peng Soon and Goh…

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Debt-ridden Red Warriors need your money

A DEBT-RIDDEN Kelantan have no money to settle former player Cassio de Jesus’ salary arrears of RM629,620.28 by the end of this month. The Premier League team are now hoping that their supporters will dip into their own pockets to save them from being sanctioned by Fifa. In a statement, the Kelantan FA (Kafa) disclosed that the world body, on April 23, had given them 30 days to settle the debt or risk sanctions, which include points’ deduction and fines. The Red Warriors have also been barred from signing players…

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Save the Malaysia Cup from becoming ‘painful’

Is the Malaysia Cup, regarded by many as the most prestigious football tournament in the country, being treated with respect? The answer is no. It is actually a third-rate tournament in Malaysia, similar to the English Football League’s Carabao Cup, a competition used by most Premier League clubs to field their academy and reserve league players for exposure. The Malaysia Cup has no value anymore, unlike the amateur days when the tournament, known as the Malaya Cup before 1967, was among the most talked-about football events in Asia. Despite still…

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Motorcycling revs up for new norms

Teams competing in the Malaysia Cub Prix Championships are geared up for “new norms” as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. The government has named motorsports as one of a handful allowed to operate behind closed doors under the Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO). However, race organisers must follow strict guidelines including social distancing and thorough sanitisation of venues, among others. Petronas Sprinta Yamaha-CKJ Racing technical manager Syafari Saad said his team are ready to follow the standard operating procedure (SOP) as long as they can race. “Our team do…

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