Boost for sports

The national sports associations, clubs, and recreational activities in the country are set for a windfall of RM10mil, as the country tries to get the sports industry going again after the Covid-19 pandemic. The Youth and Sports Ministry has set aside the amount to help the associations and clubs get back on their feet after being hit by the pandemic and three-month layoff. Minister Datuk Seri Reezal Merican Naina Merican said RM2mil would be allocated for administrative grants ranging between RM5,000 and RM10,000 to almost 200 national sports bodies registered…

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Chong Wei: I made right decision to hang up racquet

Malaysia’s badminton legend Datuk Lee Chong Wei (pic) recounted his journey to retirement on June 13 last year, describing it as a heavy but right decision. “It was heavy, very heavy, ” he said in a posting on his official Facebook and Instagram in conjunction with a year of his retirement. The three-time Olympic silver medallist admitted to struggling over whether to retire until the moment he decided to call it quits, with a bit of help from his wife Wong Mew Choo. “After a long warm bath, I looked…

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Pandelela glad IOC have postponed the Olympics

Diver Pandelela Rinong admitted she is relieved that the Tokyo Olympics has been postponed, and that the thought of winning medal is the least of her concerns right now. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the Japan Olympic Organising Committee on Tuesday announced that the Tokyo Olympics has been put off by a year from its original dates of July 24-Aug 9. The IOC and the Tokyo organisers made the grim decision following mounting pressure from many countries to delay the Games due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Pandelela, a bronze…

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Tekkz wins first FUT Champions Cup of the FIFA 20 Global Series – and his first with Fnatic

UK FIFA pro player Donovan ‘Fnatic Tekkz’ Hunt bested fellow unbeaten competitor, Brazil’s Flavio ‘Fifilza’ Brito, 3-0 in the 2020 FUT Champions Cup Stage 1 grand final. He took home the lion share of the event’s $200,000 purse and tops the global rankings after receiving 2,000 points, a significant step in qualifying for the FIFA 20 eWorld Cup. It’s been a big week for the young brit who joined London-based esports organisation Fnatic a few days ago. FUT Champions Cup Stage 1 was the first major competitive event of the FIFA 20 Global Series calendar…

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Clippers battle back in 4th quarter to take 98-88 win in Kawhi Leonard’s Raptors reunion

After trading leads for the first three quarters of the game, the Los Angeles Clippers buckled down in the fourth quarter to defeat the defending champion Toronto Raptors 98-88 Monday night in Kawhi Leonard’s first matchup with his former team. The Clippers held the Raptors to just 10 fourth-quarter points, outscoring them by 15 to seal the deal. Before the game began, all the talk was about the reunion. Clippers head coach Doc Rivers spoke on the subject, saying Leonard “has a different bond” with the Toronto squad. It wasn’t…

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World Junior Championship: a player to watch for all 10 teams after the international break

With the completion of the international break, we’ve got a clearer look at what each of the 10 teams will look like at the World Junior Championship this winter. Let’s look at a player from each country that made noise over the past week. For the second time this season, the IIHF’s international break presented hockey-playing nations around the world to participate in tournaments at every level imaginable and with the World Junior Championship little more than one month away, this past weekend served as the final opportunity for 10…

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China Open: Kento Momota Retains China Open Crown, Wins 10th Title In 2019

Kento Momota won his 10th title of a remarkable year as Japan’s world number one defeated Chou Tien-chen to retain his Fuzhou China Open badminton crown on Sunday. Home hope Chen Yufei similarly successfully defended the women’s title with a gritty victory over Japan’s Nozomi Okuhara. Reigning two-time world champion Momota battled past Taiwan’s world number two Chou 21-15, 17-21, 21-18 in a repeat of last year’s final. Chou saved one match point, but handed Momota the title by hitting into the net. The Japanese player fell onto his back…

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Cardiff City part company with Neil Warnock with club 14th in Championship

Cardiff City manager Neil Warnock has left his position by mutual consent, the club have announced. Warnock, 70, was appointed in October 2016 with the club second from bottom in the Championship and guided them to promotion to the Premier League in 2018. “Cardiff City Football Club can confirm that manager Neil Warnock has left his position by mutual agreement and with immediate effect,” read a statement on the club’s official website. “Having joined the club in October 2016, Neil oversaw 144 matches and famously led us to promotion at the…

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