Thursday, November 20, 2014

PSM gantung Hanapiah enam bulan



Kuala Lumpur: Persatuan Sepaktakraw Malaysia (PSM) bertindak menggantung perejam berpengalaman negara, Mohd Hanapiah Dollah selama enam bulan.

Keputusan diputuskan baru-baru ini oleh mesyuarat exco PSM selepas pemain kelahiran Terengganu itu mahu menarik diri daripada skuad negara.

“Ia berkuat kuasa 10 Oktober lalu. Keputusan itu terpaksa diambil selepas dia mahu meninggalkan skuad negara sekali gus dilihat bertentangan dengan perlembagaan persatuan,” menurut sumber.
Sepanjang tahun lalu dan awal tahun ini, Hanapiah dilabel perejam utama negara dalam skuad kendalian Jamaluddin Hassan selepas kecederaan dialami Norshahrudin Mad Ghani.

“Dia memberi alasan mahu fokus kepada kerja. Bagaimanapun, dia berpeluang membuat rayuan meringankan hukuman dan difahamkan surat rayuan sudah dihantar kepada PSM, cuma badan induk berkenaan belum bermesyuarat,” katanya.

PSM pimpinan Datuk Ahmad Ismail dilihat tegas terutamanya dalam mempersiapkan pemain terbaik bagi menghadapi Sukan SEA 2017 di Malaysia dengan misi merampas pingat emas yang sudah terlalu lama tidak dimenangi skuad negara, kali terakhir edisi 2005 di Filipina.

Ketiadaan Hanapiah bagaimanapun dilihat tidak memberikan kesan besar kerana mampu diisi seorang lagi perejam negara, Mohd Khairul Zaman Akhbar yang beraksi cemerlang pada Siri Super ISTAF 2014/24 di Myanmar awal bulan ini.

Petanda positif kepada Malaysia



Peletakan jawatan Terry Walsh (gambar) sebagai ketua jurulatih skuad hoki India dilihat sebagai petanda positif buat Konfe­derasi Hoki Malaysia (MHC).

Ini kerana situasi tersebut pastinya memberikan lebih banyak pilihan kepada MHC yang difahamkan sedang meneliti tujuh atau lapan jurulatih asing ketika ini.

Setiausaha Kehormat MHC, Datuk Mohd. Johari Abdul Aziz mengakui, peletakan jawatan Walsh itu sedikit sebanyak memberikan bonus tambahan dengan membuka ruang kepada pihaknya.
“Saya tak pasti mengenai perkara ini (peletakan jawatan Walsh), kami perlu berhubung terlebih dahulu dan mungkin ada dalam perancangan.

“Ini berita baharu kepada saya dan ia menjadi satu bonus kepada MHC. Situasi ini sekali gus membuka ‘pintu’ buat kami tetapi kita tidak tahu sama ada dia berminat atau tidak.

“Semuanya perlu berbincang dengan presiden (Tengku Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah) dan mendengar pandangan baginda terlebih dahulu,” katanya ketika dihubungi Kosmo! semalam.
Terdahulu, jurulatih kelahiran Australia itu berada dalam radar MHC, namun dikatakan terpaksa melupakan khidmat bekas pengendali skuad negara pada 1990 hingga 1993 itu setelah kembali bersama dengan skuad hoki India.

Peletakan jawatannya dengan India buat kali kedua pastinya memberikan berita gembira kepada kem negara yang ketika ini dikendalikan sementara oleh Tai Beng Hai menggantikan Arul Selvaraj.
Selain Walsh, skuad negara pernah dibimbing jurulatih asing iaitu Volker Knapp (Jerman) 1993-1998, Paul Lissek (Jerman) 2000-2003 dan Paul Revington (Afrika Selatan) pada 2012-2014.

Ketiadaan Revington yang membuat keputusan untuk bersara awal musim ini ekoran masalah kesihatan telah digantikan oleh Muhammad Dhaarma Raj Abdullah yang direhatkan sementara kerana kemerosotan prestasi pada pertengahan tahun ini.

Khidmat anak tempatan pernah digunakan bermula pada 2003 iaitu Wallace Tan, Sarjit Singh, Beng Hai dan Stephen van Huizen sebelum Dhaarma Raj.


MOM Lantik Norza Sebagai Ketua Kontinjen Sukan SEA Singapura 2015

KUALA LUMPUR, 19 Nov (Bernama) -- Timbalan Presiden Persatuan Badminton Malaysia (BAM), Datuk Mohamad Norza Zakaria dilantik sebagai ketua kontinjen Sukan SEA Singapura 2015 oleh Majlis Olimpik Malaysia (MOM), Rabu.

Mohamad Norza berkata beliau akan dibantu oleh dua timbalan iaitu Naib Presiden Kanan Konfederasi Hoki Malaysia (MHC), Dr. S. Shamala manakala seorang lagi timbalan belum diputuskan.

Pelantikan Mohamad Norza itu dibuat pada mesyuarat pengurus pasukan kontinjen Sukan SEA Singapura, dihadiri 35 pengurus persatuan sukan. Sukan SEA Singapura akan diadakan pada 5-16 Jun 2015.

"Terima kasih kepada MOM kerana telah melantik saya sebagai ketua kontinjen bagi Sukan SEA di Singapura tahun depan.

"Saya menyifatkan pemilihan ini adalah satu tugas yang mencabar kerana tahun ini prestasi kontinjen negara pada Sukan Komanwel dan Sukan Asia merundum," katanya ketika ditemui selepas mesyuarat pengurus pasukan Sukan SEA di Wisma MOM di sini.

Mohamad Norza berkata Malaysia akan menyertai 35 acara daripada 36 jenis sukan yang dipertandingkan. Kontinjen negara tidak akan menyertai acara perlumbaan bot tradisional pada temasya dwitahunan itu.

Katanya acara karate tidak dipertandingkan.

"Karate merupakan antara lubuk pingat emas pada Sukan SEA, walaupun begitu masih ada lima acara baharu yang dipertandingkan dan kita berharap acara tersebut dapat menyumbangkan pingat emas kepada kontinjen," katanya.

Empat acara baharu yang dipertandingkan adalah lawan pedang, floor ball, bola jaring, ragbi dan ski air.

"Dalam perbincangan awal hari ini, kita mencadangkan kontinjen akan menaiki bas dari Kuala Lumpur ke Singapura, setiap pengurus pasukan perlu meneliti perkara ini dan memberikan respons kerana kita masih mempunyai masa," katanya.

Mohamad Norza turut mengingatkan setiap persatuan sukan yang terlibat perlu memandang serius isu doping dan atlet dinasihatkan lebih berhati-hati dalam mengambil sebarang suplemen.

Untuk rekod, kontinjen negara meraih 43 pingat emas, 38 pingat perak dan 77 pingat gangsa pada edisi 2013 di Myanmar.

OCM Picks BAM Deputy President Norza As CDM For 2015 SEA Games In Singapore

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 19 (Bernama) -- The Olympic Council of Malaysia (OCM) has appointed Badminton Association of Malaysia's (BAM) deputy president Datuk Mohamad Norza Zakaria as the chef-de-mission (CDM) for the 2015 SEA Games in Singapore.

Mohamad Norza said he would be assisted by two deputy CDMs, namely Malaysian Hockey Confederation (MHC) vice president Dr S Shamala and a yet to be named individual.

The appointment of Mohamad Norza was made during the SEA Games managers meeting that was attended by 35 managers from various sports.

"The appointment is a very challenging prospect because the performance of the Malaysian contingents at two major games - Glasgow Commonwealth Games and Incheon Asian Games - has not been satisfactory," he told reporters after the meeting at Wisma OCM, today.

Norza said Malaysia would be taking part in 35 of the 36 sports hosted by Singapore, with the exception of traditional boat race.

He added that karate which has been Malaysia's regular contributor of medals, would not be among the sports contested.

Malaysia will be hoping to do better than the 43 gold, 38 silver, 77 bronze medals won at the Myanmar SEA Games in 2013.

PSM Tidak Bercadang Ambil Jurulatih Luar - Ahmad Ismail


Datuk Ahmad ismail
KUALA LUMPUR, 19 Nov (Bernama) -- Persatuan Sepak Takraw Malaysia (PSM) tidak bercadang untuk menggunakan khidmat jurulatih luar bagi membimbing skuad kebangsaan, kata Presidennya Datuk Ahmad Ismail.

Beliau berkata jawatankuasa pemilihan PSM telah menerima 22 permohonan yang kesemua calonnya terdiri daripada jurulatih tempatan.

"Saya tidak tahu siapa calon yang telah disenarai pendek kerana masih belum menerima sebarang laporan daripada jawatankuasa pemilihan " katanya kepada Bernama.

Beliau berkata jawatankuasa pemilihan dijangka membentangkan senarai pendek calon pada mesyuarat exco di Kedah bulan depan.

Beliau berkata beliau tidak mempunyai kuasa untuk membuat keputusan dan berharap calon yang dipilih mampu mengembalikan semula imej sukan sepak takraw negara.

Jurulatih sebelum ini Jamaluddin Hassan mengumumkan persaraannya selepas membimbing skuad kebangsaan di Temasya Sukan Asia di Incheon, Korea Selatan awal Oktober lepas.

Skuad sepak takraw negara dikritik hebat kerana tidak lagi digeruni seperti dahulu malah kalah kepada pasukan seperti Korea Selatan yang sukan sepak takraw bukan merupakan permainan tradisi mereka.

Friday, November 07, 2014

Lantik peguam bantu Chong Wei



Kementerian Belia dan Sukan (KBS) bercadang melantik peguam pengalaman dalam kes doping, Mike Morgan berhubung isu Datuk Lee Chong Wei yang didapati positif ujian air kencing sampel A.

Menurut Menteri Belia dan Sukan Khairy Jamaluddin Abu Bakar, Morgan berpengalaman mengendalikan kes doping membabitkan acara sukan.

“Morgan juga sudah membuat persiapan mengenai hujah-hujah jika atlet berkenaan didapati positif menggunakan dadah,” katanya.

Jelasnya, peguam terbabit akan memainkan peranan bagi memastikan pemain badminton nombor satu dunia itu menerima hukuman paling minimum jika ujian sampel B didapati positif.

“Saya tidak boleh beri sebarang kenyataan rasmi hingga Persatuan Badminton Dunia (BWF) mengumumkannya dan mereka juga memberi amaran kepada saya untuk tidak memberi sebarang komen.

“KBS sentiasa memainkan peranan dalam isu doping sejak hari pertama lagi dan jika atlet didapati positif, kami akan periksa semua rekodnya termasuk perubatan bagi mengenal pasti rawatan yang dijalankan mungkin mempengaruhi ujian dadah itu,” katanya.

Dalam pada itu, Khairy berkata, keputusan ujian sampel B sudah diketahui semalam, tetapi ia akan disalurkan terlebih dulu kepada BWF menerusi Agensi Anti-Doping Antarabangsa (WADA), sebelum mengikut semua prosedur yang ditetapkan.

“Selepas mengenal pasti keputusan, barulah boleh buat pengumuman,” katanya yang tidak mahu memberi sebarang kemungkinan mengenai isu itu kerana masih terlalu awal dan membiarkan BWF saja yang mengumumkannya.

Ujarnya, KBS sudah mengeluarkan banyak belanja untuk melantik peguam dan juga memeriksa makanan tambahan, minium dan gel rambut yang digunakan Chong Wei dalam isu doping ini.

“KBS juga bersedia menghadapi kemungkinan jika keputusan sampel B positif. Saya juga sentiasa menghubunginya sejak hari pertama kes ini dan memberi kata-kata semangat, menyuruhnya agar bersabar.

“Jika positif ia bukan episod akhir buat atlet berkenaan kerana masih ada prosedur untuk mengesahkan kes ini,” katanya.

Kelmarin, pemenang pingat perak Sukan Olimpik 2008 (Beijing) dan 2012 (London) itu menyaksikan sendiri ujian sampel B dilakukan dua saintis dilantik WADA di Hospital Universiti Oslo, Norway pada jam 9 pagi bersamaan 4 petang waktu Malaysia.

Arena Badminton negara dikejutkan dengan Chong Wei gagal ujian doping bahan terlarang dexamethasone pada Kejohanan Badminton Dunia di Denmark Ogos lalu.

Top sports lawyer for Lee Chong Wei

KUALA LUMPUR: The Youth and Sports Ministry has engaged a prominent sports lawyer to assist in the case of one of the country’s top athletes who has reportedly tested positive for doping.

Its minister Khairy Jamaluddin said he had been in touch with Mike Morgan, with the result of the B sample test expected to be known today.

“(However) if the B sample is found positive, Mike will prepare the mitigation to ensure a minimal sentence against the athlete in question,” he told reporters after opening a programme involving wives of Barisan Nasional elected representatives, here today.

For the record, Morgan was named as one of the top 20 most influential sports lawyers and has drafted disciplinary rules to advice on anti-doping investigation.

“The test (B sample) was done yesterday and we are still waiting for the result from the Anti-Doping Administration and Management System (ADAMS) because they have to verify the result.

“Once the Badminton World Federation (BWF) receives the result, the BWF would convene a meeting to decide the next course of action. That is the procedure,” said Khairy.

Malaysia’s badminton icon and world number one Lee Chong Wei was reported to have failed a random dope test during the World Badminton Championships in Copenhagen, Denmark in August.
Chong Wei was implicated in a doping scandal after traces of dexamethasone were reportedly found in his urine sample during the random test conducted at the World Championships.

In Copenhagen, Chong Wei lost to China’s Chen Long in the final.


New twist to Chong Wei’s doping investigation


Lee Chong Wei was tested positive for dexamethasone during a doping test at the World Championships in Copenhagen, Denmark, on Aug 30. — Bernama
Lee Chong Wei was tested positive for dexamethasone during a doping test at the World Championships in Copenhagen, Denmark, on Aug 30. — Bernama

A new development has taken shape in the investigation on world No. 1 Lee Chong Wei’s doping case.

On Thursday, Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin said that they were awaiting for another random dope test result of Chong Wei conducted on Aug 15 to shed some light on the presence of the banned substance dexamethasone in the shuttler’s urine.

Chong Wei was tested positive for dexamethasone during a doping test at the World Championships in Copenhagen, Denmark, on Aug 30.

Dexamethasone is not a performance-enhancing drug but a type of steroid medication with anti-inflammatory effects that is usually used to aid an athlete’s rehabilitation.

Khairy said a thorough investigation on the shuttler’s recent medical history revealed that dexamethasone was administered into his body on July 17 to treat his injury.

Then, Chong Wei was nursing an inner thigh injury. Despite being the defending champion, he pulled out from the Glasgow Commonwealth Games from July 23-Aug 3 in his bid to recover for the World Championships.

“We are looking at another test right now. The athlete had taken an out-of-competition dope test on Aug 15 in Malaysia and it was conducted by WADA (World Anti-Doping Agency) before he left to compete in the World Championships in Copenhagen,” revealed Khairy.

“The test was sent to a laboratory in Barcelona, and it did not show any trace of dexamethasone. This is because dexamethasone is allowed during out-of-competition tests.

“Once administered into an athlete’s body, dexamethasone should metabolize within 10 to two weeks. It should not be in the system for more than a month.

“We are checking the sample again (in Barcelona). If we find traces of dexamethasone, that will confirm for some freak reason the slow metabolism process of the substance in the athlete’s body.

“It will give us some clue on how it can be in his system for so long (from July 17-Aug 30). It will help us to establish a point that will help us in the mitigating process,” said Khairy.

He added that various independent tests were also carried out by the National Sports Institute (NSI).
“The NSI have also conducted tests on the athlete’s supplements and drinks, his bird’s nest consumption and even his hair gel. We want to be as thorough as possible,” said Khairy.


Khairy: It's full support from us

World No. 1 Lee Chong Wei will arrive home on Friday after witnessing the seal of his B sample being opened at the Oslo University Hospital laboratory in Norway on Wednesday.
World No. 1 Lee Chong Wei will arrive home on Friday after witnessing the seal of his B sample being opened at the Oslo University Hospital laboratory in Norway on Wednesday.


World No. 1 Lee Chong Wei must not feel it is the end of the world if his B sample is tested positive.
On Thursday, Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin vowed to stand behind the shuttler and promised to provide him with the best defence during mitigation.

The 32-year-old Chong Wei will arrive home on Friday after witnessing the seal of his B sample being opened at the Oslo University Hospital laboratory in Norway on Wednesday.

The lab will probably inform the Badminton World Federation (BWF) of the result on Friday.
If the B sample is positive, two-time Olympic silver medallist Chong Wei faces a two-year ban. But before the ban is imposed, he will be given a chance to defend himself at a BWF hearing.

He was tested positive for the banned substance dexamethasone during a doping test at the World Championships in Copenhagen, Denmark, in August. Dexamethasone is not a performance-enhancing drug but a type of steroid medication with anti-inflammatory effects that is usually used to aid an athlete’s rehabilitation.

Khairy said that he was happy with the work performed by London-based lawyer Mike Morgan, who is engaged by the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) and funded by the Sports Ministry.
“Personally, I am hoping for a negative result but we have to plan for the worst. If it is positive, our Plan B is to be 100% prepared for the BWF’s disciplinary hearing,” said Khairy.

“I got in touch with Mike two weeks ago and recommended him to Datuk Norza Zakaria (the chairman of the BAM doping working committee). Mike met up with the athlete in London and flew together with him to Oslo (to witness the B sample test).

“Mike is quite experienced and has successfully defended a few high-profile doping cases. He is engaged not to dispute the B sample result, but to mitigate the athletes’s case in the hearing for a minimal sanction.”

When asked whether he was optimistic that the athlete’s name would be cleared, Khairy said: “There is too many ifs. I do not want to make any conclusion now.
“But I want to inform the Malaysian sports fans as well as badminton fans around the world that we will present the best case to BWF.”

“We have asked the athlete to be patient even if the test comes out positive. He needs to know that it is not the end of the world. We have gathered as much facts as possible to protect him.”

Beng Hai To Make Comeback As National Coach - MHC

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 6 (Bernama) -- Former National head coach Tai Beng Hai will return to head the National team once again after being appointed as the interim coach of the senior team by the Malaysian Hockey Confederation (MHC).

MHC deputy president Datuk Nur Azmi Ahmad said Beng Hai would take over the role of senior team coach to prepare for the second round of the World Hockey League that starts in Singapore on Jan 17.

Arul Selvaraj who had taken over from former National head coach Dharmaraj Abdullah would continue to prepare the junior squad for the Asian Junior Cup next year and 2016 Junior World Cup in New Delhi, India.

"Tengku President (Tengku Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah) said Tai Beng Hai will be in charge of the senior squad until a new coach is appointed," he told reporters after chairing a managers meeting for the senior and junior teams at the MHC office which is situated at the National Hockey Stadium in Bukit Jalil, here today.

Australian Terry Walsh is said to be on MHC's radar for the post of National head coach.

"Until when Beng Hai will be the coach will be announced later but the focus now is to prepare the squad for the World Hockey League in Singapore," he said.

Apart from Malaysia and Singapore as the host, Bangladesh, Japan, Fiji, Oman, Ukraine and Poland will be taking part.

The best team in the World Hockey League in Singapore will qualify for the semifinals of the World Hockey League finals that would be held in Argentina and Belgium.

Beng Hai when met said he was ready to shoulder the responsibility to prepare the team to win a spot in the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

"I will not make many changes to the current squad but more importantly look at the fitness level in the team," he said.