Thursday, April 17, 2014

Dhaarma kecewa


Kuala Lumpur: Ketua jurulatih skuad hoki negara Muhammad Dhaarma Raj Abdullah kecewa kerana sekali lagi gagal menyaksikan persembahan Kevin Lim pada aksi perlawanan persahabatan ketiga bertemu China, semalam selepas pemain yang berpangkalan di Jerman itu masih belum pulih daripada kecederaan hamstring.

Kevin sepatutnya dapat diturunkan semalam namun tindakan pemain pertahanan itu yang menjalani rawatan akupuntur sebelum bermulanya perlawanan itu tanpa pengetahuan Dhaarma, mengundang rasa kurang senang pengendali berusia 45 tahun itu.

Ini kali ketiga berturut-turut dia tidak diturunkan pada siri perlawanan persahabatan dengan China.

Dhaarma tanpa berselindung menegaskan, sekiranya pemain berusia 27 tahun itu tidak mampu membuktikan keupayaan pada baki tiga lagi perlawanan persahabatan dengan China serta dua perlawanan bertemu Perancis dan Poland, beliau tidak akan teragak-agak untuk tidak memilih Kevin dalam senarai 18 pemain ke saingan Cabaran Juara-Juara 1 di Kuantan Pahang bermula 26 April ini.

“Tidak kiralah sama ada mereka pemain dari Jerman, senior atau berstatus bintang, kalau mereka tidak mampu buktikan keupayaan diri, saya tidak akan teragak-agak untuk gugurkan mereka.

“Saya tidak pasti siapa yang menasihati Kevin untuk mendapatkan rawatan akupuntur hingga tidak dapat diturunkan, tetapi dia sepatutnya tidak perlu melakukan perkara itu.
FotoPEMAIN negara, Meor Mohamad Azuan Hasan (kanan) mengasak pemain China, Meng Lei (kiri), semalam.
“Tidak dinafikan Kevin memang bagus ketika sesi latihan, tetapi apabila pada perlawanan persahabatan dia tidak dapat beraksi, ia agak kelakar,” katanya ketika ditemui selepas tamat perlawanan semalam yang menyaksikan skuad negara mencatat kemenangan 6-1 di Stadium Hoki Nasional Bukit Jalil.

Dhaarma berharap Kevin dapat beraksi pada perlawanan persahabatan keempat hari ini hingga perlawanan persahabatan terakhir dengan China, Ahad ini.
“Secara keseluruhan, saya puas hati dengan persembahan pemain. Namun saya mengharapkan persembahan lebih bertenaga sebab hanya yang terbaik saja akan terpilih untuk beraksi di Kuantan,” katanya.


Belum tekan butang 'panik'


DHAARMA RAJ (kanan) akan memberi peluang kepada Kevin untuk beraksi pada perlawanan persahabatan menentang China hari ini.


MUNGKIN tidak keterlaluan mengatakan ketua jurulatih skuad hoki senior negara, Muhammad Dhaarma Raj Abdullah masih tidak ‘berminat’ untuk menguji kemampuan pemain berbakat dari Jerman, Kevin Lim.

Ini kerana Dhaarma Raj mengakui Kevin masih mempunyai peluang dalam lima perlawanan lagi biarpun sudah terlepas tiga aksi persahabatan menentang China di Stadium Hoki Nasional, Bukit Jalil yang berlangsung ketika ini.

Semalam, Kevin tidak diturunkan sewaktu skuad negara mencatatkan kemenangan 6-1 ke atas China gara-gara mengalami masalah kecederaan hamstring.

Pemain pertahanan itu juga tidak diturunkan pada dua perlawanan persahabatan menentang China sebelum ini yang mana menyaksikan skuad negara menang 2-1 (Ahad) dan seri 4-4 pada Isnin lalu.
Biarpun tiga aksi fasa pemilihan sudah berlalu, Dhaarma Raj tidak gusar dengan situasi itu sambil menegaskan tiada layanan istimewa buat mana-mana pemain.

“Saya beri dia (Kevin) rehat untuk dua perlawanan. Harap dia dapat bermain hari ini (semalam).
“Namun, dia ada mengalami sedikit masalah hamstring dan kecederaan itu tidak begitu teruk. Dia masih ada lima perlawanan lagi selepas ini.

“Tiga perlawanan bertemu China di sini (hari ini, Sabtu dan Ahad) dan selepas itu, ada dua lagi perlawanan menentang Perancis dan Poland di Pahang nanti, jadi saya tak risau dengan perkara itu.
“Ditegaskan bahawa saya akan gugurkan pemain yang tidak mampu beraksi lebih bagus daripada pemain lain, tidak kiralah dia dari Jerman, senior atau mana-mana pemain lain,” katanya ketika ditemui pemberita selepas tamat perlawanan semalam.

Gol-gol skuad negara diperoleh menerusi Ahmad Kazamirul Nasirudin (19), Nabil Fiqri Mohd. Nor (27), Hafifi Hafiz Hanafi (36), Muhamad Ramadan Rosli (54) dan Muhammad Firhan Ashaari pada minit ke-67 dan 70.

Manakala pakar flick China, Du Talake menjaringkan gol tunggal skuad bimbingan Yang Liu itu pada minit ke-42 menerusi pukulan sudut penalti.

Sementara itu, Kevin yang dijangka diturunkan menentang China hari ini mahu membuktikan kemampuannya kepada Dhaarma Raj agar terpilih dalam senarai 18 pemain ke Cabaran Juara-Juara 1 di Kuantan, Pahang bermula 26 April depan.

“Bukannya saya berehat setiap masa, saya juga menyertai latihan dan saya fikir saya telah melakukan banyak peningkatan ketika ini,” jelas Kevin.

PBNJ kumpul maklumat kekecohan

Johor Bahru: Persatuan Bola Sepak Negeri Johor (PBNJ) akan mengumpul maklumat dan menilai insiden kekecohan di Ipoh membabitkan penyokong Johor Darul Takzim (Johor DT) yang dibaling batu selepas perlawanan Liga Super, kelmarin.

Naib Presiden I PBNJ On Jabbar@Jaafar berkata, maklumat terperinci harus dikumpul dan dinilai sebelum sebarang tindakan susulan dibuat malah beliau juga menegaskan insiden berkenaan sudah dimaklumkan kepada Presiden PBNJ Tunku Ismail Sultan Ibrahim.

“Insiden ini dianggap sejarah hitam bola sepak Malaysia dan tindakan pantas Pasukan Simpanan Persekutuan (FRU) membendung insiden lebih buruk harus dipuji malah penggunaan pancutan air meleraikan segelintir penyokong Perak adalah yang pertama berlaku.

“Amat menyedihkan apabila penyokong Johor DT menjadi mangsa, mereka hadir untuk menonton perlawanan Johor DT dan Perak, tetapi mendapat layanan buruk segelintir penyokong tuan rumah. “Ketika penyokong Perak, Sarawak, Kedah dan Pulau Pinang hadir ke Johor, mereka diberi layanan terbaik malah penyokong Johor DT langsung tidak bermusuhan dengan mana-mana penyokong,” katanya ketika dihubungi.

Insiden kekecohan yang mencemar imej bola sepak tempatan nyata beri kesan negatif pada saingan Liga Super yang rancak berlangsung apabila bas membawa pemain Johor DT diconteng dengan ayat tertulis ‘This is Ipoh’ dan turut dihujani balingan batu.

On menambah Tunku Ismail amat menitikberat soal keselamatan penyokong dan insiden di Ipoh, kelmarin pasti mengundang kecewa beliau yang memandang serius gejala samseng membabitkan penyokong bola sepak.
“Saya harap FAM siasat di mana silapnya dan segera ambil tindakan. Kita tidak mahu lihat ada permusuhan antara penyokong pasukan negeri mahupun kelab kerana yang paling utama kita sayangkan bola sepak tempatan dan sama-sama jaga adab dan disiplin tidak kira sebelum atau selepas perlawanan,” kata On.

Eight arrested after Perak-JDT match

Two media photographers were injured when fans began throwing firecrackers and hard objects towards the end of the Super League match between Perak and JDT. – Bernama Photo
Two media photographers were injured when fans began throwing firecrackers and hard objects towards the end of the Super League match between Perak and JDT. – Bernama Photo

IPOH: Police have detained eight people following a commotion that broke out after hosts Perak lost 1-0 to Johor Darul Ta’zim (JDT) in a Super League match at the Perak Stadium on Tuesday.

Ipoh OCPD Asst Comm Sum Chang Keong said the eight were aged between 16 and 25.
“The detainees are being investigated under Section 148 of the Penal Code.

“The police had to send out the Federal Reserve Unit (FRU), Light Strike Force, Cantas Team and the traffic police to stop the commotion,” he said.

ACP Chang Keong added that two policemen suffered injuries to their faces after being hit by stones. One of them was treated at the Raja Permaisuri Bainun Hospital while the other was treated in the ambulance.

Two media photographers were also injured when fans began throwing firecrackers and hard objects towards the end of the match.
There was further commotion outside the stadium and the Federal Reserve Unit (FRU) used water cannons and tear gas to disperse the fans.

Tunku Ismail tarik diri, Sultan Ahmad Shah penentu


Kuala Lumpur: Presiden Persatuan Bola Sepak Negeri Johor (PBNJ) Tunku Ismail Sultan Ibrahim menarik diri daripada bertanding merebut jawatan presiden pada Kongres Pemilihan FAM ke-50 pada 25 Mei.

Berikutan perkembangan terbaru itu, pertandingan jika ada, adalah antara penyandang Sultan Ahmad Shah dan anaknya yang juga Timbalan Presiden Tengku Abdullah.

Tunku Ismail difahamkan masih berada di luar negara, tapi sudah memaklumkan kepada FAM mengenai pendiriannya untuk menolak pencalonan daripada ahli gabungan bagi mencabar jawatan Presiden FAM.

Menurut sumber rapat dengan FAM, keputusan itu sudah dijangka memandangkan Tunku Ismail belum bersedia berada dalam saf kepimpinan badan induk itu sebaliknya mahu memberikan fokus kepada pembangunan bola sepak di Johor.

“Benar, Tunku Ismail tidak akan bertanding pada Kongres FAM nanti. Apa yang saya tahu, Tunku Ismail mahu memberikan perhatian kepada usaha membangunkan bola sepak di Johor seperti yang beliau nyatakan sebelum ini,” kata sumber itu yang enggan namanya didedahkan.

Pendirian Tunku Ismail itu yang dilihat banyak melakukan perubahan kepada bola sepak di Johor dalam beberapa tahun kebelakangan ini pasti mengecewakan ramai pihak yang menaruh harapan agar beliau memasuki FAM untuk memberikan sumbangan di peringkat lebih tinggi.
Ketiadaan Tunku Ismail itu bakal menyaksikan perebutan kerusi presiden kini terarah kepada Sultan Ahmad Shah dan Tengku Abdullah dengan kedua-dua calon itu menyatakan hanya akan membuat keputusan selepas selesai Mesyuarat Exco FAM Sabtu ini.

Arena Metro sebelum ini melaporkan Sultan Ahmad Shah masih berminat untuk mengekalkan jawatan yang dipegangnya selama 30 tahun itu kerana masih mempunyai agenda yang belum diselesaikan termasuk pembinaan ibu pejabat baru FAM di Putrajaya.
Namun semuanya masih belum pasti apabila Tengku Abdullah kini menjadi calon pilihan ahli gabungan apabila mendapat 12 pencalonan berbanding Sultan Ahmad Shah (5) dan Tunku Ismail (3).

Bagaimanapun jika Sultan Ahmad Shah memutuskan untuk mempertahankan jawatan itu, Tengku Abdullah dijangka akan menarik diri dan hanya bertanding bagi kerusi timbalan presiden.

Making Malaysia A "Sporting Nation" Is Khairy's Dream



SHAH ALAM, April 16 (Bernama) -- Making Malaysia a 'Sporting Nation' has become the dream of Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin to enhance a healthy lifestyle among the community and national sports performance at the international arena.

He said the sports culture in the country must start from the grassroots and his ministry was striving to ensure that this ambition was achieved.

"For example, Australia has less population than our country but the culture and mentality of its people are inclined towards the ability to compete in the international arena," he said when officiating at the Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM) 2013 sports award ceremony here Tuesday night.

He said efforts would also focus on producing more 'scholar athletes' with adequate academic qualification.

At the function, Khairulnizam Mohd Afendy, 21, sailboat sport athlete and Fazilla Sylvester Silin, 27, from hockey sport were respectively named as UiTM 2013 Sportsman and Sportswoman.

He said UiTM's achievement in sports, which had the potential to produce high performance athletes at the international level, was a good example that the country would become a successful sporting nation in future.

Jadikan Malaysia Warga Cergas Bersukan - Khairy



SHAH ALAM, 16 April (Bernama) -- Menjadikan Malaysia warga cergas bersukan menjadi impian Menteri Belia dan Sukan Khairy Jamaluddin ke arah meningkatkan amalan gaya hidup sihat dalam kalangan masyarakat serta meningkatkan prestasi sukan negara di persada antarabangsa.

Katanya, budaya bersukan di negara ini mesti bermula di peringkat akar umbi dan pihak kementerian berusaha keras memastikan hasrat itu tercapai.

"Contohnya Australia, meskipun bilangan penduduknya lebih rendah daripada negara kita, namun budaya dan mentaliti rakyat mereka menjurus kepada keupayaan bersaing di persada antarabangsa," katanya.

Berucap merasmikan Majlis Anugerah Sukan Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM) 2013 di sini Selasa malam, Khairy berkata usaha juga akan tertumpu untuk melahirkan lebih ramai atlet yang memiliki kelayakan akademik secukupnya.

Pada majlis itu, Khairulnizam Mohd Afendy, 21, atlet sukan perahu layar dan Fazilla Sylvester Silin, 27, daripada sukan hoki masing-masing dinobatkan sebagai Olahragawan dan Olahragawati UiTM 2013.

Dalam pada itu, Khairy berkata beliau bangga dengan pencapaian UiTM dalam bidang sukan yang dilihat mampu melahirkan atlet berprestasi tinggi untuk bersaing di peringkat antarabangsa.

"Atlet UiTM bukan sahaja mampu bersaing di peringkat universiti malah bersaing dengan atlet profesional. Kalau inilah contoh ditunjukkan UiTM, sudah pasti negara kita akan menjadi 'sporting nation' yang berjaya di masa depan," tambahnya.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Doing the right thing


SOMEHOW it does seem a little ironic that on the very day the papers splashed stories about the highly promising and long-awaited National Football Development Plan (NFDP) launched by no less than the prime minister last week, there was also this sidebar about yet another status quo likely to come out of the Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) elections scheduled for next month.

Many say the two elements do not go hand in hand, simply because one places a ballistic target to get Malaysia out of the football doldrums while the other, as many fans throughout the country have been crying out all this while, is said to be the main cause of the decline.

This is debatable of course, with some quarters forever in a state of denial insisting that leaders in the national football governing body are there because they have been democratically elected. Oh yes, argue the detractors, but they only thrive on the in-built democracy in FAM that drives its leadership to stay on and on, year after year. This is compounded by the fact that the top leadership is held by the grace of a royalty.

Although the proponents keep on saying that there is a clear separation between being a sultan and being FAM president who is open to questions and criticisms, the reality is as everyone knows somewhat delicate. Protocol rules the old way and this is where the difficulty comes in.

That is why any hint of criticism is often viewed as uncouth or "biadap" as was darkly discovered recently by Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin no less. And that is probably why Sultan Ahmad Shah is still there after 30 years -- from the time Malaysia was in the Top 100 in world rankings to now at ... actually we have lost count.

The realm of formal decorum seems to have set in quite deeply around everyone, so much so that even the FAM website is stuck with only this to say relating to the present president on the association's history:

"The FAM entered a new era of modernisation and professionalism when His Royal Highness the Sultan of Pahang, Sultan Haji Ahmad Shah took over.

"His Royal Highness was integral in the growth of football in the new era with the introduction of the semi-pro league in 1989 before the game went fully professional several years later.

"Among the high points in Malaysian football under His Royal Highness was the successful hosting of the 1997 FIFA World Youth Championship, as well as the organisation of the Premier League, which has been called the Malaysia League (M-League) since 2004."

Sultan Ahmad Shah is facing a three-cornered challenge for the presidency this time. We put aside for now the personalities taking him on, but he was quoted in news reports on Friday that he would make a decision later this week whether to defend his post, daring those who wished to challenge him to "please do so".

Right. This is democracy at work. But I know how the in-built democracies actually work in sports bodies from the years I was a sports reporter not too long ago. I had observed the politics at play, the survival pact, the bulk voting, the trade-ins and most of all, the power of incumbency in the elections in Selangor and Penang football in the late 1970s and early 1980s. And this culture has perpetuated and carried many bigwigs through in many sports over these years despite continuous setbacks, most notably in football and sepak takraw.

The frustrations often prove too much for many on the sidelines, for instance the outburst by Terengganu Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Ahmad Said the other day over the FAM's decision to punish the Johor FA and not any individual or individuals involved in an assault case at the Larkin Stadium tunnel during an FA Cup match between Johor Darul Takzim (JDT) and T-Team on Feb 1.
Ahmad Said's rage was and still is understandable and so many points raised by him were pertinent. How a case like that does not implicate an individual who was seen in the act, baffles us. No names, not even as suspects were mentioned, let alone charged.
Losing the plot is one thing, but FAM has got to get real.

The NFDP is timely to get Malaysian football back on its footing as it goes beyond the FAM development programmes with its target of expanding the grassroots base of players under training to over 50,000 in six years.

There are many other core areas in the plan but the most important thing is to change mindsets and create thinking players on the pitch -- those who know how to create space, rather than the kick-and-run method we always see.

While we are at it, mindset change should also include the aptitude in players to stay hungry all the time instead of turning into prima donnas and becoming so-called superstars and acting like celebrities after one tournament.

And most of all, it should include mental strength, for instance, in holding out for a great future playing in foreign leagues whether in Portugal, Japan or elsewhere without crying out to return home after three weeks without maggi mee and teh tarik.

Yes, at some point we have to be real for the sake of Malaysian football.
Just do the right thing.


These eager pupils at the Mokhtar Dahari National Football Academy in Gambang are part of the National Football Development Plan to expand the grassroots base of players under training to more than 50,000 in six years. Pic by Luqman Hakim Zubir

Double trouble for Malaysia as Yong-dae, Ki-jung are back

He's back: Lee Yong-dae (left), seen here with his usual doubles partner Yoo Yeon-seong, has had his one-year ban for missing a dope test overturned by the BWF. - EPA
He's back: Lee Yong-dae (left), seen here with his usual doubles partner Yoo Yeon-seong, has had his one-year ban for missing a dope test overturned by the BWF. - EPA

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia’s Thomas Cup task just got a lot harder, if it wasn’t daunting enough.
This is after the Badminton World Federation (BWF) overturned the one-year ban on South Korean doubles duo Lee Yong-dae and Kim Ki-jung for failing to show up for doping tests last year.

Yong-dae and Ki-jung who are respectively paired with Yoo Yeon-seong and Kim Sa-rang were slapped with the ban in January this year.

But a review of the decision by the BWF doping hearing panel has found that Yong-dae and Ki-jung were not at fault.

Instead, it was the Badminton Korea Association (BKA) who failed in their care of players which led to the pair missing the tests.

The BKA have been fined US$41,170 (RM133,703) for their apparent breach of conduct.
In a press statement, the BWF stated that “the doping hearing panel have determined that the information presented at the January hearing was insufficient and ambiguous”.
It also states that as such, the sanctions against Yong-dae and Ki-jung are now lifted and the pair are free to resume action immediately.

The decision may be music to the Koreans’ ears but it spells trouble for Malaysia who are drawn in the same Group C, together with India and Germany for the premier team event from May 18-25 in New Delhi.

With Malaysia’s doubles pairs’ poor results of late, the task of making it past the group stages seems almost mission impossible.
Nevertheless, national doubles coach Pang Cheh Chang believes that Malaysia still have a realistic chance with the right preparations.

“To be honest, it definitely makes our job a lot tougher now,” said Cheh Chang.
“But at the end of the day, it doesn’t make much difference because my players still need to focus on their own game rather than on the Koreans.

“The Koreans have proven that there is life even without Yong-dae and Ki-jung so it was a challenging task from the start anyway.”

During the absence of Yong-dae and Ki-jung, their usual partners Yeon-seong-Sa-rang combined well to make the semi-finals of the Singapore Open last week.

World No. 25 Ko Sung-hyun-Shin Baek-cheol, the third Korean pair, also hit a good patch with semi-final showings in the Singapore meet and the All-England.

“I believe what’s most important for Malaysia is this period of preparation. The team have one month of centralised training without matches to distract them,” said Cheh Chang.

“What my players need to work on now is their weaknesses. After several tournaments, everyone knows where they are weak and that is what we are looking to remedy.

“At the end of the day, I believe we can still pull through if we are well prepared and focused on the task at hand,” added Cheh Chang.

One last chance for Glasgow


IT’S crunch time for national lifters hoping to book a ticket to the Commonwealth Games as they will have to produce results at the Perlis leg of the National Circuit on April 22-26 if they want to make the Glasgow squad.

Malaysian Weightlifting Federation deputy president Ahmad Janius Abdullah said the tournament is the only chance for lifters to qualify for the games.

“I expect it to be quite a competitive event. The nation’s best, including the national elite lifters, will be in Perlis for the tournament.

“It does not matter if they are in the elite squad or not. Anyone who wants to go to Glasgow will have to meet or exceed the lifts of the fourth placed finisher at the previous games in Delhi (2010) to make the team.

“This is the only chance for our lifters to qualify. If they do not meet the standards here, they will not be able to do it anywhere else as it will already be too close to the games (July 23-Aug 3) after this.”
Ahmad Janius said the women’s elite team are currently training alongside provincial lifters in Bandung while Mohd Hafifi Mansor (69kg), a bronze medallist at the 2010 Commonwealth Games, is training with the Indonesia’s elite team in Balikpapan.

"Our girls responded well to their camp in Bandung before the Myanmar Sea Games last year, so we have decided to send them there again to prepare for the Commonwealth Games as well.

“Mohd Hafifi has personally requested to train in Balikpapan with Indonesia's head coach. He feels it is best for him and we have decided to allow him to do so.”

Despite bagging only two bronze in the Sea Games, Azizah Fadzil (women's 53kg), Norkhasidah Abdul Halim (69kg) and Franceay Titus (58kg) broke seven national records between them in Myanmar.

Barisan muda kurang semangat, motivasi


Kuala Lumpur: “Skuad badminton Piala Thomas negara perlukan suntikan semangat dan motivasi.” Itu pandangan Timbalan Presiden BAM Datuk Mohamad Norza Zakaria menjelang pusingan akhir Piala Thomas di New Delhi, India pada 18-25 Mei.

Menurut Norza, prestasi buruk dipamerkan barisan pemain negara dalam dua Kejohanan Siri Super di India dan Singapura amat membimbangkan BAM yang sebelum ini menyasarkan sekurang-kurangnya ke separuh akhir Piala Thomas.

Baik pemain perseorangan mahupun beregu, keputusan di dua kejohanan itu menimbulkan pelbagai persoalan adakah sasaran BAM itu terlalu tinggi hingga memberi tekanan kepada pemain sebelum melangkah ke kejohanan itu.

“Keputusan di Singapura dan India memang mencemaskan kita dalam usaha barisan kejurulatihan mempersiapkan pemain ke Piala Thomas.

“Chong Wei (Datuk Lee Chong Wei gambar) bagi saya tidak ada masalah daripada sudut prestasinya cuma mungkin kekalahan di tangan Simon Santoso disebabkan salah perancangan atau kepenatan.

“Apa yang membimbangkan kita ketika ini prestasi pemain perseorangan lain dan beregu yang nampaknya tidak menunjukkan peningkatan. Tetapi ingin saya ingatkan selain Chong Wei dan Tan Boon Heong, pemain lain semuanya masih muda dan inilah trasformasi BAM melahirkan pemain baru.

FotoDatuk Lee Chong Wei
“Hasilnya bukan hadir dalam sehari dua, ia memakan masa lama. Pada pandangan saya, pemain kita tidak kurang hebatnya cuma perlukan motivasi bagi memulihkan semangat mereka terutama menjelangnya saingan Piala Thomas,” katanya.

Beliau akan berbincang dan meneliti laporan disediakan jurulatih bagi mencari formula terbaik membantu meningkatkan prestasi pemain.
Pada kejohanan itu, Malaysia dijangka mudah melepasi peringkat Kumpulan C dianggotai India, Korea Selatan dan Jerman.

Pada edisi 2012 di Wuhan, China, Malaysia tersingkir di suku akhir. Kali terakhir Malaysia mendakap kejuaraan Piala Thomas 22 tahun lalu di Kuala Lumpur apabila menumbangkan Indonesia di final.

Muizzuddin wins Round 2

WSK MASTER SERIES: Youngster thrives in Italy for shot at world title

 AS he had planned, Muizzuddin Musyaffa Abdul Gafar dominated Round Two of the WSK Master Series 60Mini class over the weekend to take a victory that put him in contention for the world title.
At the 7 Laghi Circuit in Pavia, Italy on Sunday, the 12-year old Malaysian completed a perfect weekend by taking a sensational win in the final.

It was Muizzuddin’s second victory of the season after winning Round Two of the WSK Champions Cup and effectively clinching that title in February.

With 53 drivers in the field, Muizzuddin topped the timesheet in the qualifying as he clocked the quickest time of 55.606s, six hundredths of a second faster than Canadian Antonio Serravalle’s.
The Gamoto Racing karter scored two wins and one second place in the heats and started from pole position in the pre-final race.

After the first lap, he was seventh, but managed to recover to finish third.
Starting from the third row in the final, Muizzuddin maintained his position.

Eventually, the Malaysian moved up to third, taking the first place in the last lap after Nicola Abrusci and Serravalle — who were first and second respectively — got entangled.

After the second race of three rounds of the Series, Muizzuddin moved into third place in the overall standings with 32 points, and looking forward to the La Conca race on April 27.

The victory was all the sweeter for Muizzuddin after he crashed out in the pre-final of the opening round last month, forcing him to miss the final.

Prior to that, he will undergo a series of tests on the same track in southern Italy.

Muizzuddin (centre) rejoices with the Gamoto Racing crew after winning the 60Mini class in Round Two of the WSK Masters in Pavia, Italy over the weekend

Dhaarma Raj buat eksperimen

 

MUHAMMAD SHAHRIL SAABAH (depan) cuba melepasi kawalan pemain China di Stadium Hoki Nasional, Bukit Jalil, Ahad lalu.


ENAM siri perlawanan persahabatan menentang China akan menjadi pengukur kekuatan skuad hoki senior negara sebelum mengharungi Cabaran Juara-Juara 1 di Stadium Hoki Wisma Belia, Kuantan, Pahang bermula 26 April ini.

Ketika ini, skuad hoki negara telah mengharungi dua perlawanan persahabatan dengan China yang mana menyaksikan berjaya mencatat kemenangan 2-1, Ahad lalu dan seri 4-4 di Stadium Hoki Nasional, Bukit Jalil kelmarin.

Bagaimanapun ketua jurulatih, Muhammad Dhaarma Raj Abdullah mempunyai pandangan tersendiri terhadap percaturannya ketika menentang skuad bimbingan Yang Liu itu.

Katanya, beberapa pemain remaja yang beraksi dalam Divisyen Satu Liga Hoki Kebangsaan dipanggil menyertai barisan pemain skuad senior negara bagi mengharungi perlawanan persahabatan itu.

"Saya pecahkan kepada dua kumpulan dan juga telah memanggil beberapa pemain remaja.
"Bagi setiap perlawanan, saya akan turunkan empat atau lima pemain remaja sebagai 'pengacau' kepada pemain skuad senior.

"Saya mahu melihat bagaimana mereka (pemain senior) bertindak dengan bijak mengawal situasi sekiranya pemain remaja melakukan kesilapan.

"Lagipun saya mahu seimbang dengan China dan beri ruang kepada mereka untuk menyerang atau mendapatkan pukulan sudut penalti. Jadi, saya boleh melihat keupayaan penjaga gol dan pemain lain untuk bertindak.

"Jika saya tidak berbuat sedemikian, macam mana para pemain mahu membuktikan kemampuan mereka dalam fasa pemilihan ini.

"Sekarang, siapa yang diturunkan berpeluang membuktikan kepada saya," katanya ketika dihubungi Kosmo! semalam.

Empat lagi perlawanan akan berlangsung hari ini, esok, Sabtu dan Ahad di Stadium Hoki Nasional, Bukit Jalil bagi melengkapkan enam siri menentang China sebelum bertemu Perancis dan Poland di Pahang sebagai aksi 'pemanas badan' terakhir.

Mengulas lanjut, Dhaarma Raj menjelaskan, misi utama perancangannya itu bertujuan mahu memilih 18 pemain yang mempunyai tahap kekuatan sama bagi menggalas tugas ke Cabaran Juara-Juara 1.
"Saya mahu pemain yang ke-18 itu sama hebat dengan pemain yang berada dalam kesebelasan utama. Ia akan memberikan saya banyak pilihan sewaktu kejohanan berlangsung.

"Saya mahu pasukan saya seimbang agar semua pemain tidak mengalami keletihan dan dapat memberikan aksi yang terbaik sehingga tamat kejohanan," jelasnya.

OCM Plans To Send 270 Athletes And Officers To Glasgow Commonwealth Games In Scotland

KUALA LUMPUR, April 15 (Bernama) -- The Olympic Council of Malaysia (OCM) plans to send 270 athletes and officers to the Glasgow Commonwealth Games in Scotland this year, similar to the contingent strength in 2010.

OCM president, Tan Sri Tunku Imran Tuanku Ja'afar, however, said the number might change after receiving confirmation on the athletes from the national sports associations by mid-June.

"We had analysed the initial list of athletes during the committee selection meeting with the national sports associations in March.

"However, several sports associations have yet to submit their lists of athletes as they need more time to look at the representatives that will be sent by other countries before confirming their participation," he told reporters after the OCM meeting, here, today.

The Glasgow Commonwealth Games will be held from July 23 to Aug 3. Asked on the targeted number of medals, Tunku Imran said it was still too early to say but the OCM was working with the National Sports Council to assess the athletes and the type of sports which had the potential to win medals at the prestigious meet.

"So far, we have not yet made a final decision on the number of events to participate, but the OCM has identified 15 of the 17 events which the nation may take part in.

"It is too early to estimate the number of medals but the confirmation will be announced on June 12," he said.

At the New Delhi Commonwealth Games in 2010, Malaysia garnered 12 gold medals, 10 silver and 14 bronze, exceeding the achievement in Melbourne in 2006.

Tunku Imran also announced national badminton champion, Datuk Lee Chong Wei and squash queen, Datuk Nicol Ann David as the Malaysian sports icons for the SEA Games 2015 in Singapore.

"Singapore wants the two best athletes from each country as representatives to promote the SEA Games, so OCM chose them based on their achievements throughout the year," he said.

Isu Hoki Lelaki Tidak Hadir Mesyuarat Bagi Sukan Komanwel Sekadar Salah Faham - Johari

KUALA LUMPUR, 15 April (Bernama) -- Konfederasi Hoki Malaysia (MHC) menganggap teguran Ketua Pengarah Majlis Sukan Negara (MSN) Datuk Seri Zolkples Embong mengenai isu wakil ke mesyuarat pengurus-pengurus pasukan ke Sukan Komanwel semalam sebagai satu salah faham.

"Kekeliruan ini mungkin wujud disebabkan pihak kami (MHC) hanya menghantar pengurus pasukan hoki wanita ke mesyuarat tersebut.

"Namun bagi kami tidak timbul masalah kerana kami (MHC) berada di bawah satu persatuan," kata Mohd Johari ketika dihubungi Bernama di sini, Selasa.

Penubuhan MHC adalah selaras dengan kehendak Persekutuan Hoki Antarabangsa (FIH) yang mahu hanya sebuah badan induk yang berdaftar dan bertanggungjawab terhadap perkembangan hoki lelaki dan wanita di sesebuah negara.

Dalam mesyuarat pengurus-pengurus pasukan ke Sukan Komanwel diadakan semalam, Zolkples menegur pengurusan MHC kerana hanya menghantar pengurus pasukan hoki wanita ke mesyuarat itu.

Zolkples juga melahirkan rasa kesal kerana Persekutuan Kebangsaan Berbasikal Malaysia (PKBM) turut tidak menghantar wakil mereka ke mesyuarat itu.

Katanya mesyuarat itu penting kerana melibatkan semua penggiat sukan termasuk MSN, Institut Sukan Negara (ISN), Majlis Olimpik Malaysia (MOM) dalam membincangkan soal pengurusan atlet bagi menghadapi Sukan Komanwel di Glasgow, Scotland dari 23 Julai hingga 3 Ogos depan.

Commotion breaks out at Perak-JDT match

IPOH: A commotion broke out at the end of the Super League match at Stadium Perak here which saw host Perak lost to Johor Darul Ta'zim 1-0.

Supporters from Perak had acted violently by throwing various objects into the field, including firecrackers.

They also threw the objects at supporters of JDT.

The commotion also spread through the seats of the spectators when supporters of the host state stormed at them and threw various objects, causing NSTP photographer Supian Ahmad to be struck by stones.

The incident happened when the photographer was recording the commotion.

Supian was then given immediate medical treatment by the medical team.

He sustained minor injuries.

The situation became more tense, which forced the FRU to move in, and instruct supporters of JDT to enter the field again to avoid from any untoward incidents.

Until 11.40pm, supporters of JDT were still inside the field while police tried to disperse the crowd outside the stadium.

The security team was also forced to use tear has to disperse the crowd as well as water cannons.

NSTP photographer Supian Ahmad receiving immediate treatment after supporters threw hard objects during the football match between Perak and JDT in Ipoh. Perak lost 1-0. NSTP

Jurugambar NSTP Cedera Dibaling Objek Keras Di Stadium Perak


IPOH, 15 April ( Bernama) -- Seorang jurugambar akhbar New Straits Times cedera di kaki akibat dibaling objek keras dalam insiden kekecohan selepas tamat perlawanan Liga Super Perak menentang Johor Darul Takzim (JDT) di sini malam Selasa.

Ketika kejadian, Supian Ahmad sedang merakam foto kekecohan yang berlaku di dalam Stadium Perak.

Sementara itu, kaki wartawan Sinar Harian Razif Rosli terkena mercun manakala seorang anggota polis cedera di mata akibat dibaling objek.

Selepas tamat perlawanan, penyokong JDT diminta agar tidak keluar dari stadium berkenaan terlebih dahulu kerana dikhuatiri berlaku kekecohan.

Bagaimanapun, kekecohan tetap berlaku yang menyaksikan penyokong kedua-dua pasukan saling membaling pelbagai objek keras serta mercun.

Pasukan Simpanan Persekutuan (FRU) terpaksa melontar gas pemedih mata untuk menyuraikan penyokong Perak yang tidak berganjak di luar stadium.

Polis terpaksa mengiringi empat bas yang dinaiki penyokong dan pegawai pasukan JDT ketika keluar dari pekarangan stadium.

Difahamkan, polis menahan empat penyokong Perak yang disyaki melakukan provokasi selepas perlawanan itu.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Dilemma for Sultan Ahmad Shah

ELECTIONS: Has to decide whether to defend FAM presidency

FA of Malaysia (FAM) president Sultan Ahmad Shah faces a dilemma on whether to defend his seat in the national body’s congress-cum-elections on May 25.

Having been at FAM’s helm since 1984, Sultan Ahmad Shah has been nominated for another four-year term. The other nominees are his son and incumbent deputy president Tengku Abdullah and Johor FA president Tunku Ismail Sultan Ibrahim.

Sultan Ahmad Shah will decide on Saturday during FAM’s executive committee meeting on whether to contest. It is learnt  he is keen to step down but will only do so if   Tengku Abdullah replaces him.
 However, Tunku Ismail’s emergence as a challenger may   derail the transition if the Johor prince accepts his nomination.

 “Tunku Ismail wants to go for the top post but this could change in the coming days. I am confident there will be a  compromise and that there will be no contest for the top post,” said a source.

Tengku Abdullah will defend his deputy’s post if Sultan Ahmad Shah decides to remain president.
Former Selangor state assemblyman Datuk Seri Subahan Kamal,  Selangor FA deputy president Datuk Mokhtar Ahmad, Sarawak FA president Datuk Sudarsono Osman, Perlis FA president Datuk Rozabil Abdul Rahman, Kelantan FA acting president Datuk Seri Afandi Hamzah and Armed Forces FA president Jen Tan Sri Zulkifeli Mohd Zin have also been nominated for the deputy president’s posts.

“If Sultan Ahmad Shah decides to defend his post, then Tengku Abdullah and Subahan will be the leading candidates for the deputy positions. Everything will be known on Saturday,” the source added.

 There are 17 nominations for the vice-president positions and 25 candidates for the eight executive committee seats and nine for the two newly-created women’s executive committee positions.