Friday, October 31, 2014

Just a two-horse race for MAF top job

Former president Datuk Seri Shahidan Kassim has pulled out of the race for the presidency.
Former president Datuk Seri Shahidan Kassim has pulled out of the race for the presidency.

KUALA LUMPUR: The fight for the president’s post in the Malaysian Athletic Federation (MAF) will be a two-horse race.

With former MAF president Datuk Seri Shahidan Kassim pulling out, it will be left to Datuk Karim Ibrahim and Datuk Wan Hisham Wan Salleh to fight it out for the top post when the election is held at the Dewan Komanwel in Bukit Jalil on Oct 31.

Incumbent president Datuk Zainal Abidin Ahmad had declined to defend his post after serving just one term.

In the last election two years ago, Wan Hisham beat Karim by 25-19 for the MAF deputy president’s post.

But in the fight for the top post this time, Wan Hisham believes he will be the underdog against Karim, who is the Perak AAA president.

“I’ve only received one nomination – from Terengganu – while Karim obtained six. It clearly shows that he is the favourite for the president’s post,” said Wan Hisham, who has been the Terengganu AAA president for the last decade.

The 58-year-old businessman, however, still hopes that the 42 delegates from the 14 states (each state will be represented by three delegates) would elect him as the new president.

“I pledge to help improve the standard of athletics in the country by focusing on the development programme, which Datuk Zainal and I started two years ago,” said Wan Hisham

“We will continue scouting for talent in every state so that we will have a bigger pool of athletes for every one of the 42 events (for men and women) in athletics.

“We can’t just rely on Bukit Jalil Sports School (BJSS) to produce national athletes. I will make sure every state has a comprehensive development programme to lift the standard of the sports.

“My immediate target is to prepare athletes for next year’s SEA Games in Singapore.”
Karim, 58, meanwhile thanked Shahidan for supporting him by pulling out of the race.

“Shahidan told me that he will support me to be the new president. I’m confident of winning the post,” said Karim.

Karim has served MAF since 1993 – first as secretary (1993-2000), then as the vice-president (2002–2007) and deputy president (2009-2012). He lost the deputy president’s post to Wan Hisham two years ago.

“I’m returning to MAF not to take revenge against any official or athlete for going against me in the fight for the deputy president’s post in the last election,” said Karim.
“I just want to help take the sport to greater heights.”

Shahidan Tarik Diri Dari Tanding Jawatan Presiden KOM

KUALA LUMPUR, 30 Okt (Bernama) -- Bekas presiden Kesatuan Olahraga Malaysia (KOM), Datuk Seri Shahidan Kassim hari ini membuat keputusan untuk menarik diri daripada bertanding jawatan presiden pada pemilihan badan induk olahraga itu, Sabtu ini.

Menteri di Jabatan Perdana Menteri itu berkata beliau membuat keputusan itu setelah meneliti beban tugasnya sebagai anggota kabinet kerajaan dan juga Anggota Parlimen Arau.

Shahidan, yang juga Penasihat Persatuan Olahraga Perlis (POPs) dan pernah menerajui KOM dari 2006 sehingga 2012, menjelaskan beliau akan memberikan sokongan padu kepada bekas timbalannya, Datuk Karim Ibrahim bagi merebut jawatan presiden pada pemilihan itu nanti.

"Insya-Allah, negeri Perlis dan beberapa ahli gabungan lain akan memberikan sokongan padu kepada Karim dan saya yakin beliau akan memenangi jawatan tersebut," katanya pada sidang media di pejabatnya di bangunan Parlimen, hari ini.

Dalam pada itu, Karim yang turut hadir, melahirkan rasa gembira dengan sokongan tersebut sambil berjanji akan melakukan perubahan dalam program pembangunan olahraga negara sekiranya dipilih menjadi presiden baharu.

"Beliau (Shahidan) merupakan individu terbaik yang pernah menerajui KOM memandangkan majoriti atlet dan jurulatih negara senang bekerja dengan beliau, sebelum ini.

"Saya turut berharap agar ahli gabungan dapat mengundi calon yang mereka rasakan terbaik untuk masa depan KOM pada pemilihan kali ini," kata Karim yang merupakan Presiden Persatuan Olahraga Perak (POP).

Penarikan diri Shahidan itu menyaksikan pertandingan dua penjuru bagi jawatan Presiden antara Karim dan Timbalan Presiden KOM, Datuk Wan Hisham Wan Salleh.

Sebelum ini, penyandang presiden Datuk Zainal Abidin Ahmad mengesahkan tidak akan mempertahankan jawatan yang disandangnya sejak 2012.

Sebanyak 42 perwakilan daripada 14 ahli gabungan KOM (setiap ahli gabungan mempunyai tiga wakil) akan membuat undian bagi memilih barisan kepimpinan baharu bagi penggal 2014-2016.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Razie the difference

KLHC players with the Charity Shield after beating TNB at the National Hockey Stadium in Bukit Jalil yesterday. Pic by Goh Thean Howe

NATIONAL player Razie Rahim’s hat-trick handed Kuala Lumpur Hockey Club (KLHC) the Charity Shield when they beat Tenaga Nasional 5-3 at the National Hockey Stadium in Bukit Jalil yesterday.

The Malaysia Hockey League (MHL) Premier Division curtain raiser also handed four-time consecutive double champions KLHC three vital points.

“The Charity Shield Trophy is nice to lift, but more importantly, my players fought for three points which is a first step towards defending our league title,” said KLHC coach K. Dharmaraj.
KLHC fielded six foreign players, while Tenaga had an-all local outfit.

“My six guest players have only been in the country for a few days, and the young Australians need more time to settle down as compared to my Pakistan imports. As for the locals, Razie held the fort well and also gave us a winning start,” said Dharmaraj.

Tenaga coach Nor Saiful Zaini, whose team won the Charity Shield by beating KLHC in a penalty shoot-out last year, rued his side’s missed chances.

“We missed many sitters which could have made a difference. And also KLHC players had more ball sense and control, while some of my young players could not hold onto the ball and threw away many passes which turned the match in favour of KLHC,” said Nor Saiful.

The Charity Shield, hopefully, was not an indication of the quality of play of the Premier Division, as poor hockey was the order of the day.

Tenaga Nasional were more composed in the opening minutes, as KLHC’s foreign brigade failed to gel properly in their first outing together, and Ramadhan Rosli gave the utility giants the lead in the ninth minute off a field goal.

Razie got into action in the 19th minute, and equalised with a low penalty corner flick and the game opened up a little.

Goals flew in after that, as Rahim Baharom gave KLHC the lead in the 26th minute, only to see TNB’s Amin Rahim draw level again at 2-2 with a 28th minute penalty corner.

Razie retook the lead with his second penalty corner conversion in the 29th minute, and again TNB drew level with an Azammi Adabi penalty corner goal in the 32nd minute.

Pakistan import Mohamed Imran nailed the fourth for KLHC in the 42nd minute, and Razie got his hat-trick in the 57th minute for a comfortable 5-3 win.

Meanwhile, the Malaysian Hockey Confederation gave a token of appreciation to veteran coach C. Paramalingam, 80, for his tireless efforts in developing youth even as an octogenarian.

RESULT — Charity Shield: Tenaga Nasional 3 KLHC 5.
TOMORROW: Sapura v Maybank (6pm), UniKL v Terengganu HT (8pm).
SUNDAY: Tenaga v Terengganu HT (6pm, National Stadium, Pitch I); Sapura v UniKL (6pm, National Stadium, Pitch II); KLHC v Maybank (8pm, National Stadium, Pitch II).

KLHC draw first blood in Malaysia Hockey League opener

KLHC players celebrate after winning the Charity Shield, which is also the opening match of the 2014 Malaysia Hockey League, by beating Tenaga National at the National Hockey Stadium on Wednesday. - GLENN GUAN/ The STAR
KLHC players celebrate after winning the Charity Shield, which is also the opening match of the 2014 Malaysia Hockey League, by beating Tenaga National at the National Hockey Stadium on Wednesday. - GLENN GUAN/ The STAR

KUALA LUMPUR: Defending champions Kuala Lumpur Hockey Club (KLHC) began the pre-season playing down their chances in the Malaysia Hockey League (MHL).
But after the first match of the season on Wednesday – the curtain-raiser Charity Shield – it’s clear that KLHC were just playing mind games.

KLHC proved that they are far from being a spent force when they beat Tenaga Nasional 5-3 – for their first silverware of the season – at the National Hockey Stadium in Bukit Jalil.
Penalty corner specialist Mohd Razie Rahim was the hero for KLHC, bagging a hat-trick to help his team take all three points in this Premier Division clash.

Razie’s goals came in the 19th, 29th and 57th minutes while Mohd Rahim Baharom (26th) and Pakistani Mohamed Imran (42nd) got one each for KLHC.
Mohd Ramadan Rosli (ninth minute), Mohd Amin Rahim (28th) and Mohd Azammi Adabi (32nd) scored for Tenaga.

KLHC coach K. Dharmaraj said that the Charity Shield was secondary to winning the three points.
“The foreign players certainly made the difference ... I’m pleased with their contributions. They will get better as the season progresses,” he said.

“The Australian players will need some more time to adapt to the conditions here and we can continue to build on this team.

“Overall, the match was fast. It is also pleasing to note that we can score field and penalty corner goals. A good start all round.”

KLHC fielded all six foreign players – Australians Matthew Mallinson and Harrison Page in a forward role and the Pakistani quartet of Waseem Ahmad, Fareed Ahmad, Mohamed Imran and Akhtar Ali in midfield and defensive roles.

Tenaga Nasional assistant team manager Adam Izamry Idrus lamented the fact that they did not capitalise on their early domination.

“We had a good start and even held the lead. But the players were in awe of KLHC’s foreign signings and made simple mistakes,” said Adam.

“I believe that we can still challenge the top teams once we settle down.”
Both teams will be in action again on Sunday, with KLHC playing Sapura and Tenaga going up against UniKL.

The other two teams in the six-team Premier Division are Maybank and Terengganu.

JDT Disappointed With Condition Of Pitch At National Stadium

JOHOR BAHARU, Oct 29 (Bernama) -- Johor Darul Ta'zim (JDT) manager Bojan Hodak expressed disappointment with the condition of the field at the National Stadium in Bukit Jalil.

According to Bojan the pitch at the National Stadium was in a deplorable condition and may affect the quality of the match and his team's rhythm during the Malaysia Cup final against Pahang on Saturday.

"From the pictures I have seen and information received, the pitch is in an awful condition. We have prepared well but the condition of the pitch might ruin all our efforts. However, we cannot do anything about the status," he told reporters after a training session at Padang Sri Gelam, here today.

Bojan said the stadium management should not allow the pitch for events or any action that can affect the condition of the field.

He said JDT as the Super League champion hopes to add the Malaysia Cup and repeat the success of Johor's Malaysia Cup victory in 1991.

Malaysia Muncul Juara Kejohanan Bola Sepak Pantai AFF

KUANTAN, 29 Okt (Bernama) -- Malaysia berjaya mencipta sejarah muncul pasukan pertama menjuarai Kejohanan Bola Sepak Pantai Persekutuan Bola Sepak Asean (AFF) selepas menundukkan Vietnam 6-4 pada perlawanan akhir di Pantai Teluk Chempedak di sini, Rabu.

Dalam perlawanan itu, pasukan kebangsaan mula mencuri tumpuan menerusi jaringan ketua pasukan Mohd Zaharim Mohd Yusof yang meledakkan dua gol pada suku pertama minit kedua dan kelapan.

Berbekalkan semangat tinggi, Malaysia terus menguasai perlawanan dengan menambah jaringan pada minit pertama suku kedua oleh Mohammad Fakhrullah Mohamad untuk Malaysia mendahului 3-0.

Vietnam kemudian cuba merapatkan jurang menerusi Bui Tran Van Luan pada minit kelapan suku kedua sebelum Malaysia kembali bangkit menerusi jaringan hatrik Mohd Zaharim dua minit kemudian bagi kedudukan 4-1.

Jaringan kelima Malaysia kemudian berjaya diperolehi Mohamad Norazman A. Bakar pada minit ke-11 suku kedua sebelum Vietnam membalas jaringan pantas juga pada minit ke-11 oleh Tran Vinh Phong bagi kedudukan 5-2.

Kegigihan pemain Vietnam, Bui Tran Van cuba membantu pasukannya dengan muncul penjaring hatrik selepas meledakkan dua gol pada suku ketiga minit pertama dan keenam.

Namun, pasukan kebangsaan berjaya menyempurnakan jaringan penamat oleh Mohd Riduwan Mohd Nor pada minit ketujuh suku ketiga perlawanan bagi mengesahkan kedudukan muktamad.

Bagi perlawanan penentuan tempat ketiga, Thailand berjaya menundukkan Laos 4-1.

Sementara itu, Kejohanan Bola Sepak Pantai AFF yang berlangsung buat pertama kali itu mungkin akan diteruskan sebagai acara dwitahunan.

Setiausaha Kehormat AFF, Datuk Azzuddin Ahmad berkata, penganjuran buat pertama kali itu telah mendapat sambutan yang mengalakkan.

"Tanggapan saya walaupun ini yang pertama dan bersejarah pada AFF kita dapat sambutan yang amat baik daripada peminat bola sepak pantai.

"Apa yang menggembirakan pada mulanya kita hanya menerima enam penyertaan pasukan namun pada hari penutup pendaftaran kita menerima permohonan dua lagi penyertaan daripada 12 keahlian AFF," katanya.

Bbeliau yakin untuk tahun mendatang akan banyak lagi pasukan dalam anggota Asean yang akan mengambil bahagian pada siri kejohanan itu.

Dalam pada itu, beliau memaklumkan Felda akan terus menaja kejohanan itu pada edisi 2016.

KLHC Raih Piala Sumbangsih Liga Hoki Malaysia 2014

KUALA LUMPUR, 29 Okt (Bernama) -- Kelab Hoki Kuala Lumpur (KLHC) memenangi trofi Piala Sumbangsih pada Liga Hoki Malaysia TNB 2014 di Stadium Hoki Nasional Bukit Jalil, di sini.

Pada perlawanan itu, KLHC menewaskan pasukan Tenaga Nasional Berhad (TNB) 5-3, sekali gus meraih tiga mata penuh bagi liga yang membuka tirainya pada Rabu.

TNB terlebih dahulu membuka tirai jaringan pada minit kesembilan menerusi jaringan padang oleh Mohd Ramadan Rosli sebelum KLHC menyamakan kedudukan pada minit ke-19 menerusi pukulan sudut penalti oleh kapten pasukan, Muhammad Razie Abd Rahim.

KLHC menambah gol kedua menerusi Rahim Baharom pada minit ke-26 dan dua minit kemudian TNB menyamakan kedudukan menerusi pukulan sudut penalti yang disempurnakan oleh Muhamad Amin Rahim.

Muhammad Razie sekali lagi cemerlang menyempurnakan pukulan penalti buat KLHC pada minit ke-29 namun selang tiga minit kemudian, TNB segera menyamai kedudukan 3-3 menerusi gol padang oleh Muhammad Azammi Adabi.

KLHC terus mempamerkan perlawanan agresif dengan Muhammad Imran meletakkan pasukan di hadapan menerusi gol keempat pada minit ke-42 sebelum Muhammad Razie mengesahkan kemenangan KLHC menerusi pukulan sudut penalti pada minit ke-57.

Ketua jurulatih KLHC, Muhammad Dharma Raj mengakui perlawanan pembukaan itu sedikit sukar kerana tidak mengetahui kekuatan sebenar pasukan lawan namun beliau memuji corak permainan yang dipamerkan pemainnya.

Bojan Dakwa Padang Stadium Bukit Jalil Teruk

JOHOR BAHARU, 29 Okt (Bernama) -- Jurulatih pasukan Johor Darul Ta'zim (JDT), Bojan Hodak melahirkan rasa kecewa dengan keadaan padang di Stadium Nasional Bukit Jalil menjelang pertemuan akhir Piala Malaysia menentang Pahang Sabtu ini.

Beliau mendakwa keadaan padang di stadium terbabit agak teruk dan ia boleh menjejaskan corak permainan anak buahnya dalam usaha meraih kejuaraan berganda musim ini.

"Berdasarkan gambar dan maklumat yang saya terima, keadaan padang amat teruk. Kami telah melakukan persiapan dengan baik tetapi keadaan padang yang teruk amat mengecewakan. Namun, kami tidak boleh buat apa-apa tentang perkara ini," katanya ketika ditemui pada sesi latihan skuad Harimau Selatan di Padang Sri Gelam, di sini, Rabu.

Beliau berkata pihak pengurusan stadium sepatutnya lebih peka dan tidak membenarkan acara-acara lain diadakan di padang terbabit yang boleh menjejaskan keadaan padang di stadium berkenaan.

Dalam pada itu, Bojan yakin skuad juara Liga Super itu berada pada prestasi terbaik untuk muncul juara meskipun tanpa khidmat kapten pasukan, Mohd Aidil Zafuan yang digantung perlawanan.

"Rayuan Aidil untuk membatalkan kad kuning pada aksi separuh akhir lalu ditolak dan saya sudah menjangkakan hal ini.

"Namun, kami masih mempunyai beberapa pemain yang boleh mengisi kekosongan yang ditinggalkan Aidil. Kami mempunyai keyakinan untuk menang Sabtu ini," katanya.

JDT mara ke final selepas menewaskan Felda United dengan agregat 6-5 pada aksi separuh akhir, Sabtu lalu.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Bukan ketagih!

KHAIRY (kanan) ketika mempengerusikan Mesyuarat Post Mortem Sukan Asia, semalam.
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Kuala Lumpur: “Alet itu bukan penagih dadah.”

Demikian tegas Menteri Belia dan Sukan Khairy Jamaluddin Abu Bakar yang menafikan atlet dikaitkan positif ujian air kencing Sampel A pada Kejohanan Dunia 2014 di Copenhagen, Ogos lalu seorang penagih.

Jelas Khairy, persepsi itu sama sekali tidak benar kerana bahan yang diambil atlet berkenaan bukanlah dadah yang benar-benar terlarang.

“Dalam kes ini dia bukan penagih dadah, bukan hisap gam, bukan cucuk heroin dan juga bukan ambil (pil) ecstasy.

“Ia berkaitan dengan bahan dexamethasone,” katanya pada sidang media selepas mempengerusikan Mesyuarat Post Mortem Sukan Asia, semalam.

Dexamethasone sejenis steriod untuk rawatan perubatan dan kesan anti-radang yang biasanya digunakan dalam rawatan pemulihan atlet.

Sebelum ini, timbul laporan pemain utama negara Datuk Lee Chong Wei dikaitkan positif ujian air kencing itu.

Insiden itu didakwa berlaku ketika pemain berkenaan beraksi di Copenhagen, tetapi keputusan Sampel A diketahui selepas Sukan Asia berakhir.

Atlet itu bersama Ketua Pegawai Eksekutif Institut Sukan Negara Datuk Dr Ramlan Abdul Aziz akan terbang ke Norway bagi melakukan ujian Sampel B pada 4 atau 5 November ini.

Nov 4 is his D-Day

Tuesday will be D-Day for Lee Chong Wei when his B sample is tested for banned substance in a laboratory in Norway.

The World No 1 will fly to Norway with National Sports Institute (NSI) chief executive officer Datuk Dr Ramlan Aziz on Sunday and both will be present during the test. It is learnt that his urine sample will be tested for dexamethasone.

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.

Chong Wei, who arrived in Kuala Lumpur yesterday after a long holiday overseas, was allegedly tested positive for the substance after his semi-final win over Denmark’s Victor Axelsen at the World Championships in Copenhagen in August.

“Chong Wei is nervous and upset. Hopefully we will get some good news,” said a source yesterday.
“Chong Wei and Dr Ramlan will be present when the former’s urine sample, which is stored in Norway, is tested... likely on Tuesday. Of course, he will check whether the container of his stored urine is properly sealed as required by the World Anti-Doping Agency (Wada).

“It will be an anxious wait for Chong Wei as it will take between two and three hours before the result is released to him.”

According to a NSI official, dexamenthasone can only be detected between 36 and 108 hours after consumption.

In Chong Wei’s case, the substance may have been injected into his body not later than four days before his semi-final match in Copenhagen. But only a qualified doctor can prescribe the drug.
“There is no way he could have injected the substance into his body in Copenhagen. There must have been a doctor,” said the official.

However, it could be a result of the stem cells treatment during rehabilitation in July using the controlled release method to help Chong Wei recover from a hamstring injury. If he can come up with evidence that the reason of the positive result was due to stem cells treatment, he could get away with a lighter sentence.

Jangan main kotor – Karim

Itu nada berang bekas Timbalan Presiden Kesatuan Olahraga Ma­laysia (KOM), Datuk Karim Ibrahim kepada individu dalam badan induk tersebut yang cuba melancarkan serangan peribadi ke atasnya menjelang pemilihan Mesyuarat Agung Tahunan (AGM), Sabtu ini.

Karim yang akan bertanding untuk jawatan Presiden KOM memberitahu, individu tersebut telah menjadi dalang untuk memburukkan dirinya dengan cubaan melibatkan Menteri Belia dan Sukan, Khairy Jamaluddin.

Semalam, satu laporan daripada hasil siasatan berhubung insiden atlet olahraga gagal ujian doping dua tahun lalu juga telah dihantar kepada Khairy pada sesi post mortem Sukan Asia 2014.
Tambah Karim, tindakan individu tersebut dianggap tidak profesional kerana cuba menghalang dirinya daripada bertanding.

Malah Karim berkata, pendiriannya tetap sama pada pemilihan tersebut iaitu tidak akan menarik diri daripada bertan­ding jawatan No. 1 KOM biarpun imejnya cuba diburukkan oleh individu yang dirahsiakan namanya itu, melainkan andai Menteri di Jabatan Perdana Menteri, Datuk Seri Shahidan Kassim mengesahkan untuk turut bertanding. 

“Bagi saya permai­nan yang cuba digunakan individu tersebut sangat kotor .

“Selain memburukkan saya dia juga merancang untuk melibatkan pihak di peringkat atasan seperti Menteri Belia dan Sukan (Khairy Jamaluddin).

“Saya percaya ini bukan cara terbaik untuk meraih perhatian Menteri.

“Beliau (Menteri) pastinya lebih terbuka malah mahkamah juga sebelum ini telah membuktikan bahawa saya tidak bersalah,” katanya ketika dihubungi Utusan Malaysia di sini, semalam.

Khairy steers clear of NSAs

Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin has made it clear that he is not able to meddle with the internal selection process of national sports associations (NSAs) unless there is a clear cut reason to do so.

A group of current and former athletics athletes and coaches had handed a petition and a report against the return of Karim Ibrahim to the Malaysian Athletics Federation’s (MAF) to Khairy yesterday.

Karim was suspended by MAF for his involvement in a doping scandal and failure to account for over RM60,000 for a 2009 training stint in Germany but had his six-year ban overturned in court last year.

He was voted out as deputy president in September 2012 but will contest the president’s post in the elections on Saturday.

“ I cannot get involved in the election process of NSA’s. If a person is not worthy of holding a position because of a criminal case then we can take action,” said Khairy.

“But if they do not want a person for other reasons then there is very little I can do. If it was up to me, I would like to change a lot of NSA’s but I can’t.”

Khairy added that the funding for each sport in preparation for major competition over the next few years will depend on the outcome of a study that will be conducted by the Western Australia Institute of Sports (WAIS).

“Every decision in regard to funding will be based on the performance and road map of each sport. I cannot promise every sport will get the same as they are now.

“WAIS will begin their study next month and a detailed report will be presented to me.”  

The tall cool Dane is back in BAM

Morten Frost speaks to his charge Tine Baum Rasmussen during the Malaysian Open badminton meet in 2009. - Filepic
Morten Frost speaks to his charge Tine Baum Rasmussen during the Malaysian Open badminton meet in 2009. - Filepic

KUALA LUMPUR: Former Danish great Morten Frost Hansen has been hired to revive Malaysian badminton’s fortunes.

Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin announced the appointment of Frost on Tuesday.
The former All-England men’s singles champion will start work as the national technical director for Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) next March.

The 56-year-old Frost will coordinate the programmes from the development to the elite level and empower the coaches at the national centre.

BAM have been without a “national coaching director” to plan, strategise and coordinate the training and coaching programmes for some time.

This is a second big stint for Frost with the national team. He was with BAM for 3½ years from 1997-2000 as national coaching director.

His past dealings and insights into Malaysia’s system and his vast experience as a player and coach will surely be an asset to the country.

His appointment is also timely as Malaysian badminton is grappling with news that one of its athletes, said to be world No. 1 Lee Chong Wei, has failed a dope test in a major tournament.

BAM are also facing a serious shortage of talents in the singles department while Chong Wei has had two heartbreaks – letting slip his best chance of winning the world title in Copenhagen in August and the men’s singles title at the Asian Games in Incheon last month.

BAM deputy president Datuk Norza Zakaria welcomed Khairy’s announcement.

“We are grateful that the National Sports Council (NSC) have hired Morten and he will be seconded to BAM,” said Norza.

“Our minister, BAM president (Tengku Tan Sri Mahaleel Tengku Arif) and I had met in August to discuss the hiring of a technical director. I’m grateful that our minister has fulfilled our wish by assisting us in engaging Morten.

Asked about the cost involved in hiring Frost, Norza said: “His appointment comes under NSC’s payroll.”

The last time BAM tried to hire Frost, it was learnt that his asking price was RM100,000 a month.
The lanky Dane was approached again after the World Championships in Copenhagen in August and, this time, the big budget given to the Youth and Sports Ministry did the trick.

Norza hopes that Frost’s presence would be in tune with their aim of becoming the top three badminton nations by 2020.

Frost will also be targeted to produce Olympic Games and world champions and increase the pool of talent in the country.

“With Morten around, we can start looking at our long-term programmes and also to some positive changes in badminton,” said Norza.

Morten’s return is indeed good news but his presence will be futile if BAM do not give him the full power and mandate to run the show or if the top brass continue to interfere and meddle in technical matters.

Pandelela To Use Two-week Break To Treat Injuries

KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 28 (Bernama) -- Pandelela Rinong said she will fully use the two-week break given by national diving chief coach, Yang Zhuliang to get her injuries treated at the National Sport Institute (ISN).

The national diving queen, and winner of a bronze medal at the 2014 Asian Games in the 10m women's platform event, said although the time was short, she was confident her shoulder and ankle injuries could heal.

"Although, my injuries are not serious, I will still see ISN's medical officers during the rest period.

"To me, although it is quite difficult to fully recover in two weeks as the injuries are longstanding ones, I am confident they will be cured before I perform in any championship next year," she told Bernama.

Pandelela said, the national squad would not be participating in any championships and would train as normal after the two-week rest period, in order to face several championships next year including the 2015 SEA Games in Singapore and the International Swimming Federation World Series Diving Championships (FINA).

In the meantime, the Sarawak-born athlete was also satisfied with her achievements of a silver and two bronze medals at the three-day Fina Grand Prix Diving Championship which ended Sunday at the National Aquatics Centre in Bukit Jalil.

She won a silver medal via the women's 10m syncronised platform with Cheong Jun Hoong and a bronze medal in an individual event.

"I am happy because I succeeded in achieving my personal target, namely, to improve the quality of my diving. Despite only training twice with Cheong, I am quite proud as we managed to get an encouraging result," Pandelela added.

Peruntukan Kepada Persatuan Sukan Dikaji - Khairy

KUALA LUMPUR, 28 Okt (Bernama) -- Kementerian Belia dan Sukan akan membuat kajian terperinci berhubung peruntukan kepada semua persatuan sukan tempatan bagi menghadapi temasya utama dalam tempoh empat tahun akan datang.

Menteri Belia dan Sukan Khairy Jamaluddin berkata peruntukan itu perlu diberi keutamaan bagi menghadapi Sukan Olimpik 2016, Sukan Asia dan Sukan Komanwel, kedua-duanya pada 2018 selain Sukan SEA 2015 dan 2017.

"Segala keputusan mengenai peruntukan ini berdasarkan prestasi dan hala tuju yang dibentangkan oleh setiap persatuan sukan.

"Saya tidak boleh bagi jaminan setiap sukan akan dapat pendedahan dan peruntukan yang sama kerana semua itu tertakluk kepada kajian yang akan dibuat oleh Institut Sukan Australia bermula bulan depan," katanya.

Beliau ditemui pemberita selepas mempengerusikan mesyuarat post-mortem Sukan Asia 2014 di Majlis Sukan Negara (MSN), Bukit Jalil, di sini pada Selasa.

Mengulas prestasi atlet pada Sukan Asia 2014 di Incheon, Korea Selatan, Khairy berkata acara sukan seperti sepak takraw paling mengecewakan kerana mempamer prestasi merosot pada temasya itu.

Khairy turut menamakan sukan lain seperti badminton dan berbasikal acara trek yang tidak mencapai sasaran ditetapkan.

"Badminton dan berbasikal meraih pingat tetapi warna pingat (pingat emas) yang kita sasarkan tidak tercapai," katanya.

Selain itu, Khairy berkata sukan memanah, karate, pelayaran dan menembak merupakan sukan yang menunjukkan prestasi cemerlang di Incheon.

Kontinjen negara gagal mencapai sasaran lapan pingat emas apabila sekadar meraih lima emas, 14 perak dan 14 gangsa di Sukan Asia 2014, yang berakhir awal bulan ini.

Atlet Tersohor Positif Ujian Doping Tidak Ambil Dadah - Khairy

KUALA LUMPUR, 28 Okt (Bernama) -- Menteri Belia dan Sukan Khairy Jamaluddin hari ini menegaskan bahawa atlet tersohor negara yang didakwa positif ujian doping sampel A, tidak mengambil dadah.

Sebaliknya, beliau berkata semua pihak perlu faham bahan terlarang yang menyebabkan atlet kebangsaan itu positif ujian doping ialah dexamethasone iaitu sejenis ubat penahan sakit untuk kecederaan yang dialaminya.

"Atlet itu bukan 'penagih dadah', dia bukan suntik heroin atau pun mengambil ecstasy.

"Perkara ini melibatkan bahan-bahan dadah yang dipanggil dexamethasone," katanya kepada pemberita selepas mempengerusikan mesyuarat post-mortem Sukan Asia 2014 di Majlis Sukan Negara (MSN) di sini, Selasa.

Difahamkan, Khairy berjumpa dengan atlet berkenaan hari ini dan tarikh untuk pembukaan sampel B akan dilakukan pada 4 atau 5 Nov ini, di sebuah makmal di Norway.

Dalam pada itu, Khairy masih enggan mendedahkan nama atlet dari Persatuan Badminton Malaysia (BAM) terbabit yang didakwa positif ujian doping itu.

Sebelum ini, laporan media tempatan mendedahkan seorang atlet tersohor negara yang meraih pelbagai kejuaraan di pentas antarabangsa didapati gagal dalam ujian doping sampel A dan positif menggunakan bahan terlarang.

Insiden itu didakwa berlaku ketika pemain berkenaan beraksi dalam Kejohanan Badminton Dunia di Copenhagen, Denmark pada Ogos lepas.

Dalam perkembangan lain, Khairy berkata bekas Ketua Pengarah Kejurulatihan BAM Morten Frost dari Denmark ditawarkan jawatan Pengarah Teknikal bagi sukan badminton negara.

Khairy berkata sekiranya Frost bersetuju, beliau boleh memulakan tugasnya pada Mac tahun depan.

"Perkara ini saya telah maklumkan kepada BAM bahawa ada keperluan untuk dilantik seorang pengarah teknikal. Dalam perbincangan saya dengan Frost tadi, beliau amat berminat untuk kembali semula ke Malaysia," katanya.

Frost pernah berkhidmat dalam sukan badminton tempatan dari 1997 hingga 2000 dan berjaya melahirkan pemain badminton ternama negara seperti Wong Choon Hann, James Chua dan Lee Tsuen Seng.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Khairy to meet Chong Wei today?

LEE Chong Wei, who is alleged to have failed a doping test, will return from abroad today and meet Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin to discuss when he will leave for Norway to witness the testing of his B sample.

Khairy said he expects to meet the athlete in question to discuss the matter either today or tomorrow. The test will be done in Oslo on either Nov 4 or 5.

He is likely to be accompanied to Norway by National Sports Institute (NSI) chief executive officer Datuk Dr Ramlan Aziz or Malaysian Anti Doping Agency (Adamas) unit head Nishel Kumar.

“From what I understand, the athlete is coming back tomorrow (today) and I will meet with him to make a decision (on when to leave for Norway),” said Khairy.

“Nishel and Dr Ramlan are the people likely to accompany the athlete to open the sample but at the moment it looks like only Dr Ramlan will go.”
Chong Wei is believed to be on holiday now in Europe.

Khairy also commended Badminton Association of Malaysia’s efforts to set up a working committee with the sports ministry to investigate the doping case.

“With a working committee, we will get to know in more detail what happened (to the athlete).
“If the B sample tests negative, then there is no problem but if it does test positive, we can appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sports.

“If we do, we will need information from the working committees. BAM knows a lot about the athlete.”

In addition to the BAM-sports ministry committee, a separate committee comprising Adamas and the NSI are also investigating the case. Chong Wei is alleged to have failed a doping test (involving dexamethasone) at the World Championships in August.

BAM, KBS Committee To Study Badminton Athlete's Doping Test Failure - Khairy

KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 27 (Bernama) -- The decision to set up a joint committee by the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) and the Youth and Sports Ministry (KBS) is needed to trigger preparations if the sample B of a top national badminton player is reported positive.

Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin said apart from that, the committee was also important in coordinating all information on the issue.

He told this to reporters after chairing an Umno Youth Exco meeting at Menara Dato Onn here Monday, when asked to comment on the announcement of BAM yesterday to set up a special committee headed by its deputy president Datuk Norza Zakaria to assist the defence of the player who was found to have failed a doping test recently.

This followed local media reports which alleged that a leading Malaysian badminton player failed a random doping test at the World Badminton Championships in Copenhagen, Denmark in August.

Khairy said: "The special committee should be formed as we have been informed that on Nov 4 or 5, the second sample test will be conducted. If the result is negative, there will be no problems. But it's just that by having the committee, we will know in greater detail what took place.

"It is very important for us to start investigating and preparing if the second test turns out positive, so that we can appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS) and the process requires a special committee from BAM and KBS."

Norza yesterday confirmed that a banned substance taken by the athlete involved was dexamethasone, a type of pain killer for injuries he had sustained.

Asked on the possibility of the ministry instituting internal punishment in future as a deterrent to athletes on using banned substances, Khairy said the measure was not necessary.

"Whoever fails a doping test will be suspended automatically for two years. For me, that is heavier than whatever internal action," he added.

Commenting on the decision of Sports Commissioner Ahmad Shapawi Ismail in suspending the registration of the Malaysian National Cycling Federation (MNCF) as reported by the media yesterday, Khairy said the association had 30 days to file its appeal.

On the achievement of the national contingent at the Asian Para Games 2014 in Incheon, South Korea recently, Khairy said he would be meeting chef de mission Datuk Ab Jalil Abdullah, the contingent and the sports associations involved tomorrow for a post-mortem.

At the games, the national paralympic athletes shocked observers with their extraordinary effort by delivery 15 gold, 20 silver and 27 bronze medals.