Malaysia Cup goes into its 100th year

Malaysia Cup goes into its 100th year very much alive and kicking, the Malaysian Football League (MFL) are getting ready to celebrate the centenary. And it’s coming back with a bang after surviving Covid. Last year, the Malaysia Cup had to be called off after just one round due to the virus. The stars are getting aligned, The tournament, which has a special place in the hearts of Malaysian fans, is returning in time for the full 100-year circle. The Malaysia Cup evokes memories of legends like the late Datuk…

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A fighter has to adapt, said the Alligator

ONE Championship fighter Agilan Thani is not in a rush to get back in the cage after a string of mixed results. The 25-year-old admitted that preparing for fights has been a tricky affair in the pandemic era. “ONE Championship is a great company that has always kept me busy. “It is challenging, but a fighter has to adapt, and that is what I am doing now, said the fighter. “I don’t want to go into the circle (ring) unprepared. I am doing my best, and I think things are…

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Few more tweaks on custom built bikes for Azizul and Shah

National Sports Institute (NSI) will make a few more tweaks to the custom-built track bikes used by Azizulhasni Awang and Shah Firdaus Sahrom before they head to Tokyo in July for the Olympics. “This Olympic bike development project is in its fourth year now after beginning in 2017. The intention is to build a bike which is tailored to each rider’s physiology,” said NSI chief executive officer Ahmad Faedzal “Azizulhasni and Shah each have one bike, and they have been using it for some time now. But we feel there…

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Wong Choong Hann brought everyone down to earth

BA of Malaysia (BAM) coaching director Wong Choong Hann was quick to bring everyone down to earth, despite the national players’ recent success in Europe. According to Choong Hann, everyone needs to continue working hard and not be satisfied with one or two achievements. Earlier this month, Lee Zii Jia became the talk of the town when the 23-year-old captured the All England men’s singles title. “Honestly, I would want to see them all beef up their fitness level after what I saw in Europe. This includes the Orleans Masters.…

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Malaysian Ladies' singles needs the push

If Indra Wijaya can do it with Lee Zii Jia, he can surely do the same to help the women’s singles players. However, the Indonesian-born coach will need some time with the current batch of shuttles. Among the players under his charge are reigning Sea Games champion S. Kisona, two-time world junior champion Goh Jin Wei, Lee Ying Ying and Eoon Qi Xuan Kisona was knocked out in the first round of the All England earlier this month. As a result, the BA of Malaysia (BAM) withdrew her from the…

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Marcus Rashford and Bukayo Saka ruled out World Cup qualifiers

Manchester United forward Marcus Rashford and Arsenal winger Bukayo Saka have been ruled out of England’s upcoming World Cup qualifiers against Albania and Poland. Saka, 19, had not linked up with the group because of a hamstring injury. Rashford, 23, joined up with Gareth Southgate’s squad despite carrying a foot injury and will return to United. England travels to Tirana to face Albania in their next Group I qualifier on Sunday before hosting Poland at Wembley on Wednesday.  

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A fitting replacement for former World No 1 Lee Chong Wei

LEE Zii Jia’s momentous All England triumph is certainly a joyous occasion for Malaysia in the pandemic-era. It also offers hope that Malaysian badminton has finally found a fitting replacement for former World No 1 Lee Chong Wei. Zii Jia showed composure and great mental strength to beat World No 1 Kento Momota and World No 2 Viktor Axelsen en route to the men’s singles crown. The 23-year-old’s 30-29, 20-22, 21-9 win over Axelsen shows that he can maintain his nerves in high-pressure. Zii Jia certainly has the skill and…

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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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National women's doubles have not forgotten their humble beginnings

The World No 30, who are expected to move up the updated rankings this week, took time to pay tribute to their former coaches, Rosman Razak and Wong Pei Tty, whose services were not extended by BAM last year. “Honestly, coach Rosman was my inspiration when everything around me was crumbling.Said Thinaah “I was lost and didn’t know what to do when my singles career was going nowhere.Said Thinaah Pearly, who was already making waves as a junior player with former partner Toh Ee Wei, also spoke highly of Rosman…

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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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