Malaysian Athletics Federation GM tests positive for Covid-19

The Malaysian Athletics Federation (MAF) general manager has tested positive for Covid-19, the second case which affected MAF in three days. MAF president Datuk SM Muthu said its office had been immediately closed for 14 days after the latest infection was confirmed on Tuesday. “My results returned negative, but the results for three staff are still pending. I was in the office for around two hours, wearing a mask all the time,” Muthu said when contacted today. Just two days ago, Bernama reported that national athletics squad head coach Mohd…

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The location of the Champions League final has been changed

The Champions League final between Chelsea and Manchester City on May 29 will take place in Portugal with 6,000 fans from each club allowed to attend. The game was moved from Turkey to the city of Porto in Portugal due to coronavirus restrictions. “We accept the British government’s decision to list Turkey as a red zone to visit with an open heart to protect the community from being infected with the virus as well as the challenge of hosting the final between the two English clubs,” UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin…

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Whatever it is, a decision must be made soon

The Malaysia Open, a Super 750 event and one of badminton’s oldest tournaments, is set to be the second last event on the calendar this year to offer Olympic qualifying points. Slated for May 25-30 at the Axiata Arena in Bukit Jalil, it is also expected to be the first international tournament to open its doors to fans since Covid-19 hit its peak last year. The deadly B.1.617 variant, which caused a “Covid tsunami”, in India has reached our shores. Sports Minister Datuk Seri Reezal Merican Naina Merican recently said…

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Youth and Sports Ministry confident with Badminton Association of Malaysia

The Youth and Sports Ministry is confident that the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) can fulfill all Covid-19 protocol compliance aspects required to host the Malaysia Open 2021, slated to be held at the end of this month. He said organizing such an international standard tournament needed a bigger and different management protocol as it involved athletes from various countries. He said all requirements of Covid-19 protocols needed to be given attention to ensure the participation of overseas athletes in the Malaysia Open was not affected. In a separate development,…

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I'm on the right track, said Charly Musonda

Charly Musonda was seen as the future of Chelsea. His signing – at the age of 15 – was seen as a huge coup; there had been interested from Barcelona, Manchester City, and Real Madrid, and one of his coaches at Anderlecht said he could be one of the top five players in the world. In January 2018, Musonda joined Celtic on an 18-month loan, but it was cut short that summer, and Chelsea loaned him to Vitesse Arnhem. He had been at the club just a week when the…

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From unknown to being the best in his position in the world

When Atletico Madrid paid Benfica 16m euros for the relatively unknown 21-year-old Slovenian goalkeeper Jan Oblak in 2014, many people thought the Spanish side’s manager Diego Simeone had panicked following the loss of Thibaut Courtois to Chelsea Seven years on, Oblak can lay claim to being the best in his position in the world. His stats are remarkable and Simeone has had the last laugh Anyone wanting to sign the 28-year-old now would have to meet the club’s 120m euros release clause. “I think I was born to be a…

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The higher the athlete's success, the more the tests

Track cyclist Azizulhasni Awang and other top athletes are being monitored by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) as they prepare for the Tokyo Olympics. In general, the more successful an athlete is, the more he or she will be tested. And it is no different for Azizulhasni. The Olympic bronze medallist and former world keirin champion is often subject to random tests wherever he may be. “Throughout my professional career, I have always given my cooperation and I have been tested hundreds of times. “I have experienced visits (from officials)…

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European Super League is on “standby”

The European Super League is on “standby” despite nine of the 12 founding teams withdrawing, says Real Madrid president Florentino Perez. After a furious backlash against the proposed tournament that was announced on Sunday, all six Premier League clubs involved withdrew. “We’re going to continue working,” said Perez. “The project is on standby.” Real Madrid, Barcelona, and Juventus have not withdrawn, although Juventus chairman Andrea Agnelli said the project could not now proceed. “You cannot get out of the contract like this – they are binding contracts,” he added. When asked…

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Football has to keep changing and adapting to the times

Real Madrid president Florentino Perez said on Tuesday that plans by 12 clubs including the Spanish giants to form a European Super League (ESL) were made to save football. On Monday, six Premier League teams — Liverpool, Manchester United, Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur — joined forces with Madrid, Barcelona and Atletico Madrid and Italian trio Juventus, Inter Milan and AC Milan to launch ESL. “Football has to keep changing and adapting to the times. Football is losing interest. Something must be done,” said Perez “Football is the…

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Barcelona blew away Athletic Bilbao to win the Copa del Rey

MADRID: Lionel Messi scored twice, including a stunning solo goal, as Barcelona blew away Athletic Bilbao to win the Copa del Rey on Saturday. The cup was won and lost in a whirlwind 12 minutes in Seville, which saw Barca score four times to clinch an emphatic 4-0 victory, with Messi at his devastating best. Koeman took over a team at rock bottom, humiliated by a historic loss to Bayern Munich and wounded by the attempts of Messi to leave the club for free. But this 31st Copa del Rey…

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