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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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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A one-year deal with Mercedes F1 team

LONDON: Lewis Hamilton has ended his long-running contract saga by signing a one-year deal with Mercedes for the 2021 season, the Formula One team announced on Monday. The British driver will be competing for an unprecedented eighth world title when the new season gets underway in Bahrain next month. The Austrian Toto Wolff backed Hamilton’s drive for greater diversity in the sport, said the Briton’s competitive record stood alongside the “best the sports world has ever seen.” “The story of Mercedes and Lewis has written itself into the history books…

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Messi returns with a goal in the Copa del Rey

MADRID: Lionel Messi marked his return from suspension with a goal in the Copa del Rey on Wednesday as Barcelona survived a scare against Rayo Vallecano to reach the quarter-finals. With Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid already out, another upset looked on the cards when Fran Garcia gave Rayo a surprise lead at Vallecas early in the second half. A victory over Barcelona, 30-time winners of the competition and now strong favourites to make it 31, would have delivered a brief boost to morale, even if this compelling cup tie…

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2021 FA Cup cancelled, deferred to March 5

KUALA LUMPUR: The Malaysia Football League (MFL) has cancelled the 2021 FA Cup and deferred the start of the Malaysian League (M-League) to March 5 due to the enforcement of the Movement Control Order (MCO) in the country. MFL chief executive officer Datuk Ab Ghani Hassan said the FA Cup was dropped from this year’s calendar to avoid burdening teams with a tight competition schedule which might affect the quality of the M-League. The MCO will be in force until Feb 4 in all states except Sarawak, where only certain…

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Norizam Tukiman has ended his feud with the FAM & MFL

KELANTAN FC owner Norizam Tukiman has ended his feud with the FA of Malaysia (FAM) and the Malaysian Football League (MFL) following a closed-door meeting at Wisma FAM in Kelana Jaya on Friday. The three parties were caught in a bitter exchange following a media report claiming that Kelantan FC could be docked three points over players’ salary arrears. Enraged  Norizam then raised several issues, which includes the payment of the M-League broadcasting rights and unpaid referees’ allowances. Norizam added: “The squad will likely be unveiled next month.” The new…

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Malaysia's rivals agree to showdown

Four of the five teams in Malaysia’s Group G of the pre-World Cup have agreed to shift their matches from March to June. The teams are Indonesia, Thailand, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Malaysia, who proposed the change. Covid-19 struck conditions has forced the Asian Football Confederation have encouraged the countries to discuss and reach a consensus on suitable dates for the remaining World Cup qualifiers. FAM secretary-general Stuart Ramalingam said yesterday Indonesia, Thailand and UAE had responded positively to Malaysia’s suggestion to move the matches to June. FAM…

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TMJ admits preferring polo over football

JOHOR:-Johor Darul Ta’zim (JDT) owner Tunku Ismail Sultan Ibrahim interacted with fans in a Q&A session on social media yesterday. The topics ranged from football to his personal life. Though the Johor Crown Prince is known for the rise of JDT, he admitted to preferring polo to football. To another question, the former FAM president said Hariss Harun is his favourite Singaporean footballer. He posted a gif indicating a crazy, nonsensical person when asked what he thought of his former player, Jorge Pereyra Diaz. Tunku Ismail is also a believer…

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FAM: Centralised training for Harimau Malaya in January

The national football squad is expected to undergo centralised training from January 15 to January 26 in preparation for the last three Group G second round 2022 World Cup/2023 Asia Cup qualifiers that will resume in March next year. Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) secretary-general Stuart Ramalingam said national coach Tan Cheng Hoe is expected to list 30 players for the training session, which will be held at Wisma FAM, Kelana Jaya, as he searches for the perfect combination of experienced players and new talent. He also said that the…

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Former football star Sambanthan dies

Former national football player, T. Sambanthan, died yesterday. He was 82. Sambanthan started playing for Penang in 1964 and was instrumental in the state reaching the Malaysia Cup final in 1968 and 1969. Penang, however, lost to Selangor in both the showdowns. He was also drafted into the national B team and played against Australia, South Korea, Hong Kong and Asean nations. Sambanthan was also the captain of the Penang Bardhan Cup team that defeated Singapore in the final. After retiring in 1972 due to injuries, he went into coaching…

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