Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Seteru tiga penjuru



Perebutan kerusi Presiden Kesatuan Olahraga Malaysia (KOM) pada Mesyuarat Agung Tahunan (AGM) pada 1 November bakal menyaksikan saingan tiga penjuru membabitkan timbalan presiden semasa serta bekas presiden dan timbalan presiden badan induk berkenaan.

Presiden KOM Datuk Zainal Abidin Ahmad yang tidak akan mempertahankan jawatannya bagi penggal baru 2014-2016, mengumumkan timbalan presiden semasa Datuk Wan Hisham Wan Salleh akan dicabar bekas presiden Datuk Seri Shahidan Kassim dan timbalannya sebelum ini, Datuk Karim Ibrahim.

Karim yang juga Presiden Persatuan Olahraga Perak (POP) mendahului senarai dengan enam pencalonan, manakala Shahidan mendapat dua dan Wan Hisham, satu.

Ketika ditanya mengenai status Shahidan selaku anggota kabinet bagi merebut jawatan tertinggi badan induk itu, Zainal menjawab perkara itu terpulang kepada budi bicara Perdana Menteri Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak untuk membenarkan ahli kabinetnya memegang jawatan dalam sesuatu organisasi sukan.

“Terpulang kepada kabinet untuk membuat keputusan. Cuma saya dapati laporan media pada 2007 melaporkan Pak Lah (bekas Perdana Menteri Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi) mengarahkan setiap menteri melepaskan jawatan dalam organisasi sukan termasuk Timbalan Menteri dan Setiausaha Parlimen.

“Tapi jika anda tanya saya, ini negara demokrasi terpulang sesiapa untuk bertanding. Apapun terserah kepada kabinet,” katanya kepada pemberita, semalam.

Sementara itu, Wan Hisham yang mendapat sokongan tidak berbelah bagi daripada Zainal, menerima cabaran daripada dua pesaingnya itu dengan hati terbuka dan meminta setiap ahli gabungan membuat pilihan tepat bagi meneruskan kesinambungan KOM yang sudah merangka pelbagai program sejak dua tahun lalu.

“KOM sentiasa membuka pintu kepada mereka yang mahu menyumbang dalam membangunkan olahraga.

“Masalah kami sebelum ini tiada atlet berwibawa yang boleh diketengahkan.
“Kami sudah turun padang sejak dua tahun lalu bagi membina semula program pencarian bakat baru yang kami yakin mampu menyerlah pada Sukan SEA 2015 dan 2017. 

“Jika dilantik Presiden, saya akan meneruskan agenda yang sudah diatur itu bagi melonjakkan martabat sukan olahraga negara,” katanya.
Saingan bagi merebut kerusi Timbalan dan Naib Presiden juga tidak kurang hangatnya dengan beberapa nama bersaing sengit.

Karim yang turut dicalonkan untuk jawatan Timbalan Presiden menerima dua pencalonan, manakala Wan Hisham, Datuk R Annamalai, Datuk Noorul Ariffin Abdul Majeed dan Datuk S M Muthu, satu.
Selain itu, 10 calon disahkan bertanding bagi merebut empat jawatan Naib Presiden.

Mengetuai senarai Datuk R Annamalai, Datuk Tham Siew Kai, Datuk Mumtaz Begum Jaafar, Datuk Noorul Ariffin Abdul Majeed, Datuk S M Muthu, Datuk Harjeet Singh, Datuk Rosni Sohar, Francis Shim, Rajemah Sheikh Ahmad dan Iyaru Muthusamy.

Seramai 42 perwakilan daripada 14 ahli gabungan KOM (setiap ahli gabungan mempunyai tiga wakil) akan mengundi di Dewan Komanwel Majlis Sukan Negara (MSN), Bukit Jalil nanti.

Shahidan, Karim in the fray


MAF president Datuk Zainal Abidin Ahmad unveils the nominees for office bearers with deputy president Datuk Wan Hisham Wan Salleh (left) and general manager Datuk Kenneth J. Luis (right) yesterday. Pic by Hasriyasyah Sabudin

DATUK Seri Shahidan Kassim and his former deputy, Karim Ibrahim, secured eight nominations between them for the Malaysian Athletics Federation’s (MAF) top post when the nominees were unveiled yesterday.

Former MAF president Shahidan and Karim, who were both voted out as president and deputy president at the last elections in September 2012, will face MAF deputy president Datuk Wan Hisham Wan Salleh in a three-way contest on Nov 1.

With incumbent president Datuk Zainal Abidin Ahmad choosing not to defend his post, it paves the way for the 14 affiliates of MAF to decide whether to continue with the present set-up or
return to the conflict-ridden way of the past with Shahidan or Karim.

Karim is eligible to stand after becoming Perak Athletics Association president, having had his six-year ban imposed by MAF overturned in court.

A damning report by an independent inquiry in 2012 found Karim responsible for hiring a Bulgarian doctor who prescribed unknown substances which led to relay runner Yunus Lasaleh’s failed drugs test at the 2011 Sea Games; that Karim told six national athletes to skip dope tests the same year and for Karim’s failure to account for over RM60,000 for a 2009 training stint in Germany.

Yunus and the six national athletes were all subsequently banned for up to two years while national coach Harun Rasheed was suspended for 10 years.

Minister in the Prime Minister's Department, Shahidan secured two nominations from his home state of Perlis and Selangor while Karim was nominated by Sabah, Kelantan, Pahang, Perak, Johor and Malacca.

Only Terengganu nominated Wan Hisham.

Karim also secured two nominations for the deputy president’s post where he will face off against Wan Hisham, Pahang’s Datuk R. Annamalai, Johor's Datuk Noorul Ariffin Abdul Majeed and Selangor’s S. M. Muthu.

Ten candidates will also vie for the four vice-president posts.

Shahidan’s nomination came despite a 2007 cabinet directive which bars ministers from holding positions in national sport associations.

“This is a democratic process and anybody can stand (for president),” said Zainal after opening the nomination papers at the National Stadium in Bukit Jalil yesterday.

“What I will say is that the position of president requires someone who can work full-time and he must be free of any encumbrance.”

MAF’s constitution allows for anyone to contest for the president’s post but only affiliate members can stand for the other positions.

A total of 42 delegates from 14 affiliates will choose the office bearers for the next two-year term.

Probe into athlete’s dope test

We have sought experts’ advice and discussed with doping specialists to see what could be the next steps. — KHAIRY JAMALUDDIN
We have sought experts’ advice and discussed with doping specialists to see what could be the next steps. — KHAIRY JAMALUDDIN

KUALA LUMPUR: The Youth and Sports Ministry is investigating the course of treatment administered to a national athlete who subsequently failed a doping test.

Its minister Khairy Jamaluddin declined to reveal the athlete’s name until further tests confirm the presence of the banned drug.

“We have sought experts’ advice and discussed with doping specialists to see what could be the next steps. We are still gathering the facts,” he said.

Khairy told The Star yesterday when asked to comment on a report in StarSport of a national athlete who had failed a random test conducted during a major tournament.

The minister said he first knew about the matter on Oct 2 when an international federation informed the national association affiliated to it here about the athlete failing the drug test.

Khairy said the banned substance found in the A sample taken is normally administered during an athlete’s rehabilitation.

Once informed, he said he immediately set up an ad hoc team to investigate the matter. The team is headed by National Sports Institute (NSI) chief executive officer Datuk Dr Ramlan Aziz.

“The team looked into the details of the banned substance. We want to know what is the dosage used for the athlete or how it was administered,” said Khairy.

BAM: Top national shuttler fails doping test

KUALALUMPUR: An official from the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) yesterday confirmed that a top Malaysian shuttler has failed a random doping test conducted during the World Championships in Copenhagen in August.

BAM and other concerned parties were notified after the recent Asian Games in Incheon.
The top male player, who had won a string of tournaments, had played in Incheon and also contributed medals.

The latest revelation came after a Malaysian bookie allegedly approached two Danish players to fix matches in the Japan Open in June.
The official said the player’s doping test showed traces of a low-level drug banned by the World Anti- Doping Agency (WADA).

The shuttler is awaiting the result of the “B” sample.
“I can’t remember the name of the banned substance but it is neither anabolic steroids nor a performance- enhancing drug.

“The shuttler must have taken it unintentionally but he should have been more careful,” said the official yesterday.

“BAM does not want to make a statement before the ‘B’ sample result is released.
“Everyone is aware of it, including National Sports Institute (NSI) chief executive officer Datuk Dr Ramlan Aziz and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin.

“The NSI and those concerned will make a statement in due time.

It is a high-profile case and we need to make sure everything is in order before releasing a statement.”
The official confirmed that the shuttler had played in the recent Asian Games. Dr Ramlan and other sports officials had, so far, refused to comment on the issue.

Among those who featured in Incheon were World No. 1 Datuk Lee Chong Wei, Chong Wei Feng, Iskandar Zulkarnain Zainuddin, Goh Soon Huat, Goh V Shem, Tan Wee Kiong, Tan Boon Heong and Hoon Thien How.

A prominent coach with BAM said the player’s test result was made known to the coaches after the Asian Games that ran from Sept 19 to Oct 4.

“It was a random test conducted when the World Championship (in August) was going on,” said the coach.

WADA’s list of banned substances includes stimulants, gene doping, diuretics and other masking agents, hormone and metabolic modulators, anabolic agents, growth hormones and Beta-2 agonists.

The Badminton World Federation, BAM and other related agencies are expected to make an announcement soon. The player, if found guilty, could face a two-year suspension but he can appeal.
The incident is the second doping scandal to hit the local sport scene in less than a month. Wushu exponent Tai Cheau Xuen was stripped of her Asian Games gold medal after failing a dope test.


Detik hitam



Arena badminton tanah air akhirnya dipalit detik hitam selepas Persatuan Badminton Malaysia (BAM) mengesahkan salah seorang pemain utama negara gagal dalam ujian doping yang dilakukan secara rawak di Kejohanan Dunia Copenhagen, Ogos lalu.

Belumpun reda dengan isu rakyat Malaysia didakwa menjadi bookie menyogok sejumlah wang kepada dua pemain Denmark bagi mengatur perlawanan di Terbuka Jepun, Jun lalu, insiden terbaru ini pasti sekali lagi mengheret sukan popular negara itu ke kancah memalukan.

Menurut pegawai kanan BAM yang enggan namanya disiarkan, badan induk itu serta organisasi yang berkaitan sudah dimaklumkan mengenai keputusan ujian doping sampel A pemain itu yang didapati positif selepas berakhir temasya Sukan Asia di Incheon, baru-baru ini.

Setakat ini pihak BAM masih belum mahu mendedahkan identiti sebenar pemain itu hingga keputusan sampel B dikeluarkan, namun difahamkan pemain lelaki itu memenangi banyak kejohanan di pentas antarabangsa serta turut mewakili negara di Incheon dan menyumbang pingat.

“Dia didapati positif dadah diharamkan Agensi Anti-Doping Dunia (WADA). Tapi saya tidak ingat sama ada ia membabitkan bahan terlarang anabolik steroid atau dadah perangsang prestasi. Saya percaya dia tidak sengaja mengambil bahan itu, tapi sepatutnya harus lebih berhati-hati.

“BAM tidak mahu membuat kenyataan rasmi sebelum keputusan sampel B dikeluarkan. Semua pihak tahu mengenai perkara ini termasuk Ketua Pegawai Operasi Institut Sukan Negara (ISN) Datuk Dr Ramlan Azizi dan Menteri Belia dan Sukan Khairy Jamaluddin Abu Bakar,” katanya.

Mengikut rekod penyertaan pemain badminton lelaki di Sukan Asia Incheon, antara yang beraksi di temasya sukan itu pemain nombor satu dunia Datuk Lee Chong Wei, Chong Wei Feng, Iskandar Zulkarnain Zainuddin, Goh Soon Huat, Goh V Shem, Tan Wee Kiong, Tan Boon Heong dan Hoon Thien How.

Sementara itu hingga kini pihak ISN masih belum mahu membuat sebarang kenyataan berhubung isu doping itu kerana mahu menunggu laporan penuh terlebih dulu dalam masa terdekat.

Kebiasaannya jika sampel A ujian doping didapati positif, keputusan sampel B tidak akan berubah. Sekiranya didapati bersalah, pemain terbabit bakal berdepan penggantungan dua tahun namun dia masih boleh mengemukakan rayuan.

Ini insiden kedua membabitkan kes doping dalam sukan tanah air selepas atlet wushu, Tai Cheau Xuen didapati gagal ujian doping hingga menyebabkan pingat emasnya dalam acara gabungan nanquan dan nandao di Sukan Asia terpaksa ditarik balik.

Pemain badminton elit gagal doping



Persoalan atlet mana yang terlibat dalam isu doping hampir terjawab apabila Persatuan Badminton Malaysia (BAM) sendiri, semalam mengesahkan pemain elitnya didapati positif mengambil dadah terlarang melalui ujian air kencing yang dilakukan secara rambang semasa Kejohanan Dunia di Copenhagen, Ogos lalu. 

Sumber BAM menjelaskan, pemain yang didapati positif ujian doping itu adalah lelaki, selain turut meraih pingat pada Sukan Asia di Incheon.

Namun, nama atlet tersebut masih dirahsiakan sehingga memperoleh keputusan sampel B.
Atlet tersebut didapati mengambil dadah tahap rendah, namun tetap diharamkan oleh Agensi Anti-Doping Dunia (WADA). 

“Saya tidak ingat jenis dadah yang diambil. 

“Pemain badminton tersebut diyakini mengambilnya secara tidak sengaja tetapi dia sepatutnya lebih berhati-hati.

“Buat masa ini BAM tidak mahu membuat apa-apa kenyataan sebelum keputusan sampel B diketahui, malah semua pihak juga sudah maklum tentang perkara ini termasuk Ketua Pegawai Eksekutif Institut Sukan Negara (ISN), Datuk Dr. Ramlan Abd. Aziz dan Menteri Belia dan Sukan, Khairy Jamaluddin. 

“Ini juga boleh dianggap sebagai kes berprofil tinggi dan kami perlu memastikan semuanya diteliti sebaiknya sebelum mengeluarkan apa-apa kenyataan,” kata sumber BAM tersebut. 

Antara pemain lelaki yang beraksi pada Sukan Asia di Incheon ialah, jaguh No.1 dunia, Datuk Lee Chong Wei, Chong Wei Feng, Iskandar Zulkarnain Zainuddin, Goh Soon Huat, Goh V Shem, Tan Wee Kiong, Tan Boon Heong dan Hoon Thien How. 

Jika pemain itu didapati bersalah dia akan berdepan penggantungan dua tahun daripada menyertai mana-mana kejohanan. 

Ini juga adalah insiden doping kelima menimpa sukan negara tahun ini selepas pingat emas atlet wusyu, Tai Cheau Xuen pada Sukan Asia ditarik kerana positif dadah.

Sebelum itu, tiga atlet Sukan Malaysia didapati gagal ujian dadah, masing-masing dalam sukan angkat berat serta berbasikal.


Monday, October 20, 2014

Cheong-Wendy claim World Diving GP top spot in Singapore

Cheong Jun Hoong (left) and Wendy Ng in the World Diving Series women's 3m springboard synchro event at the OCBC Aquatics Centre in Singapore. - SSA
Cheong Jun Hoong (left) and Wendy Ng in the World Diving Series women's 3m springboard synchro event at the OCBC Aquatics Centre in Singapore. - SSA 

PETALING JAYA: Cheong Jun Hoong-Wendy Ng made it to the top of the podium in the World Diving Grand Prix for the first time after winning the women’s 3m springboard synchro event in the Singapore leg at the OCBC Aquatic Centre.


Jun Hoong-Wendy, the silver medallists at the recent Incheon Asian Games, continued their immaculate form by taking the gold with 289.80 points.


Twins Choi Sut Ian and Choi Sut Kan of Macau grabbed the silver with a 270.48 total. Giants China did not enter their divers in the event.


Jun Hoong-Wendy are the third Malaysian pair to win gold in the World Diving Grand Prix circuit.

Pandelela Rinong-Leong Mun Yee etched their names in history when they won the women’s 10m platform synchro in the German Open in Rostock in 2011. A year later, Huang Qiang-Bryan Nickson Lomas claimed back-to-back men’s 3m springboard synchro titles in Canada and the United States.

Wendy was delighted to claim her first gold in the series.


“I want to thank the coach (Yang Zhuliang) for giving me this opportunity to pair up with Jun Hoong.

“I hope to get the chance to compete with her in the Diving World Series next year,” said Wendy, who also won the SEA Games gold with Jun Hoong in Myanmar last year.


Wendy and Jun Hoong will have another chance to bag a second medal when they compete in the 3m springboard individual final.


They advanced to the top-six final after placing first and second respectively in the first semi-finals.

“Getting a medal is not easy as China have two divers - Wang Han and Liu Huixia - in the event,” said Wendy.


Asian Games double silver medallist Wang Han and Huixia finished first and second in the second semi-finals.


It was also a day to remember for Loh Zhiayi and Ahmad Amsyar as they finished third in their respective individual events.


Zhiayi, a silver medallist at the Youth Olympics in Nanjing, China, in August, grabbbed the bronze in the women’s 10m platform with 320.05 points.


World champion and Asian Games gold medallist Si Yajie of China emerged champion with a 380.95 total. Compatriot Ji Siyu amassed 372.70 points to take the silver.


Amsyar snatched the bronze in the men’s 3m springboard individual after notching 420.65 points to finish ahead of Colombian Sebastian Villa, who accumulated 407.75 points.


Asian Games gold medallist He Chao of China scored 525.35 points to finish first ahead of compatriot Li Shixin, who obtained 498.60 points.

Dynamic duo sizzle

CHEONG Jun Hoong and Wendy Ng added a feather to their caps by clinching the women’s 3m springboard synchro gold medal in the Singapore leg of the Diving World Grand Prix on Saturday.
Youth Olympics silver medallist Loh Zhiayi also earned a breakthrough with a bronze in the 10m platform individual.

Ahmad Amsyar Azman turned the tables on teammate Ooi Tze Liang when the diver finished third, two rungs above the Glasgow Commonwealth Games gold medallist in the men’s 3m springboard individual.

Jun Hoong-Wendy are the third Malaysian pair to win gold in the World Grand Prix.

Pandelela Rinong-Leong Mun Yee etched their names in history when they won the women’s 10m platform synchro in the German Open in Rostock in 2011. A year later, Huang Qiang-Bryan Nickson Lomas claimed back-to-back men’s 3m springboard synchro titles in Canada and the United States.

Jun Hoong--Wendy, bronze medallists at the Incheon Asian Games, posted 49.80, 49.20, 61.20, 58.50, 71.10 for 289.80 points to finish ahead of Macau’s Choi sisters, Sut Ian and Sut Kan, who garnered 270.48 for the gold.

The women’s 3m springboard synchro attracted only two pairs following China’s decision to withdraw their divers.

Despite the lack of rivals, Jun Hoong-Wendy should be given credit as the pair posted one of their highest scores this season.

“It is our first gold this season and also in the World Grand Prix. We must thank the coach (Yang Zhuliang) for giving us this opportunity to compete here,” said Wendy on Saturday.

“The title will give me motivation to post a higher score in the upcoming Malaysian leg in Bukit Jalil.
“However, the coach has decided to split our partnership for the next event. I will partner Nur Dhabitah Sabri.”

Wendy-Dhabitah looked promising in previous meets, finishing seventh in the World Cup in Shanghai and sixth in the Commonwealth Games.

Zhuliang is trying out new combinations before the qualifying period for the 2016 Olympics starts next year.

The 17-year-old Zhiayi upset the form book by posting a 320.5 total for third position, one rung above her senior Traisy Vivien Tukiet (294.75) in the women’s platform.

China finished one-and-two in the event with world champion Si Yajie winning with 380.95 followed by Ji Siyu (372.20).

In the men’s springboard, Ahmad Amsyar won his first individual medal in the event by finishing third with 420.65 while Tze Liang was placed fifth on 401.60. China’s He Chao won with 525.35 ahead of teammate Li Shixin (498.60).

Malaysia di tempat kelima


MALAYSIA mengakhiri kemarau kemenangan pada Kejohanan Hoki Piala Sultan Johor (SOJC) 2014 dengan menewaskan Pakistan 3-1 di Stadium Hoki Taman Daya, Johor Bahru semalam.

Kemenangan itu menyaksikan skuad hoki remaja negara berjaya meraih tempat kelima, sekali gus mengelak daripada menamatkan kempen di tangga tercorot.

Ketua jurulatih Malaysia, Arul Selvaraj berbangga terhadap kesungguhan yang dipamerkan anak-anak buahnya untuk meraih kemenangan bermaruah tersebut.

“Saya tak buat apa-apa. Saya beritahu para pemain, mereka perlu berusaha dan mencari jalan untuk menang hari ini (semalam).

“Kemenangan ini hasil usaha mereka sendiri dan mereka telah buktikan dengan kemenangan ke atas Pakistan.

“Secara keseluruhannya, saya berbangga dengan semangat melawan tinggi yang mereka pamerkan sepanjang kejohanan ini.

“Para pemain membuktikan karakter mereka, cuma kesilapan kecil yang menghukum kami,” katanya selepas tamat perlawanan semalam.

Pada aksi penentuan tempat kelima dan keenam itu, Malaysia seperti terjaga daripada tidur apabila garang mengasak kubu Pakistan sebaik permainan bermula.

Hasilnya, pasukan yang dikenali sebagai Skuad Projek 2016 itu mendapat gol seawal minit keenam menerusi jaringan padang kapten, Muhd. Haziq Samsul.

Usaha mereka tidak terhenti di situ apabila Muhd. Najmi Farizal Jazlan berjaya menggandakan kedudukan buat tuan rumah melalui pukulan sudut penalti pada minit ke-24.

Pakar flick negara, Muhamma Shahril Saabah berjaya menjaringkan gol ketiga Malaysia juga melalui pukulan sudut penalti pada minit ke-32.

Biarpun Pakistan berjaya meledak satu gol menerusi Muhammad Naveed pada minit ke-45, namun ia sudah terlewat apabila kedudukan 3-1 itu kekal sehingga tamat perlawanan.


Players ‘coach’ themselves to a win

NATIONAL coach Arul Selvaraj let his team loose for 24 hours, and they dished out a much better performance to beat Pakistan 3-1 to finish fifth in the Sultan of Johor Cup (SOJC) at the Taman Daya Stadium yesterday.

In the final, India defeated Britain 2-1 to lift their inaugural SOJC title.
After a 2-2 draw against Pakistan in their pool match on Saturday, the coach asked his players to hold their own discussions and formulate their own plans to face Pakistan again in the fifth-sixth classification match.

“Summing up the tournament, we had two draws (2-2 against Pakistan and 1-1 against New Zealand) and one win today (yesterday) and considering that we did not lose by big margins to finalists Britain (2-1) and India (4-2) I feel it was not a bad outing,” said Arul. “Considering how close we were to playing in the bronze medal playoff, I told the boys that they must now plan on their own on how to beat Pakistan and finish fifth. They held their own meeting, and even during the game, I let them loose and did not coach them much today (yesterday) and they showed they can play.”

Malaysia took a 3-0 lead against Pakistan with goals from skipper Haziq Samsul (sixth), Najmi Farizal (24th) and Shahril Saabah (32nd). The Pakistan goal was scored by Mohamed Naveed in the 45th minute.

“We did not do as well as the coach and the public expected from us, but I believe if this team is given as much exposure as the previous Junior World Cup team, we will also make the country proud in 2016,” said skipper Haziq.

Another Malaysian athlete fails doping test



KUALA LUMPUR: After Malaysia’s wushu exponent Tai Cheau Xuen, another Malaysian athlete has failed a drug test, the second doping case within a month.

The athlete was one of those randomly picked up for a doping test. Malaysian officials are now waiting for the results on the B sample before making any announcement.

The athlete also took part in the Asian Games but was not among the gold medallists in Incheon, South Korea, so Malaysia’s ranking in the Games will not be affected.

In Incheon, Malaysia won five gold medals in three sports – squash, karate and sailing.

Last month, Cheau Xuen won the country’s first gold at the Asiad in the women’s nanquan and nandao all-round but was tested positive for sibutramine and was stripped of the gold medal.

Her case now has been handed over by the Olympic Council of Malaysia (OCM) to the International Wushu Federation (IWUF) and Cheau Xuen could be facing a two-year ban.

The incident also led to the resignation of Datuk Martin Lim as president of the Wushu Federation of Malaysia (WFM).

At the Malaysia Games (Sukma) in Perlis in September this year, three women athletes – weightlifters Jelinie Empera (Sarawak) and Siti Fazera Ishak (Perlis) and cyclist Dhia Danial Kharil (FT) – were tested positive for banned substances.

The 21-year-old Jelinie, who was crowned Sportswoman of the Games, was stripped of her records and two gold medals. The results showed Dhia and Jelinie had traces of anabolic steroids, while Siti Fazera’s sample contained diuretics, often used as a masking agent.

Golden glitter at Asian Para Games in Incheon

Siti Noor Radiah Ismail claimed the gold medal in the women's long jump T20 event in the Asian Para Games in Incheon, South Korea. - Bernama
Siti Noor Radiah Ismail claimed the gold medal in the women's long jump T20 event in the Asian Para Games in Incheon, South Korea. - Bernama

PETALING JAYA: Muhammad Ziyad Zolkefli and Siti Noor Radiah Ismail won a gold each for Malaysia on the second day of the Asian Para Games in Incheon, South Korea.

Ziyad, the 2012 London Paralympics bronze medallist, emerged champion in the men’s shot putt F20 event with a throw of 15.31m while Siti Noor finished first in the women’s long jump T20 event. Siti Noor cleared 5.10m to beat fellow Malaysian Siti Nooriasah Mohamed Ariffin by a mere 0.05m.


Malaysia also won a silver in the men’s 400m T38 event through Krishna Kumar Hari Das. The other two bronzes in athletics came through Hemala Devi in the women’s discus F11/12 and Umi Syuhudah Idris in the women’s discus F36/37/38.


Aiman Asyraff Ahmad Bajuri picked up a silver and a bronze in the men’s cycling track competition,. He won the silver in the men’s mixed individual B 1km time trial event when he finished behind Japan’s Yurie Kanuma.


In the individual B pursuit event, Aiman finished third. Mohd Najib Turano also contributed a bronze in the individual C4-5 pursuit event.


In swimming, Jamery Siga managed a bronze in the men’s 200m freestyle S5 event.

To date, Malaysia have won two golds, three silvers and five bronzes. A total of 135 Malaysian athletes are competing in the Games, which end on Oct 24.

Malaysia Sweep Gold, Silver In Women's T20 Long Jump

INCHEON, Oct 19 (Bernama) -- Malaysia ruled supreme in the women's T20 long jump of the Asian Para Games when Siti Noor Radiah Ismail and Siti Nooriasah Mohamad Ariffin swept the gold and silver at the Incheon Asiad Main Stadium.

It was the first gold medal of the Incheon Asian Para Games for the Malaysian contingent while 2012 London Paralympics bronze medallist Muhammad Ziyad Zolkefli as expected contributed the second gold medal for Malaysia from the men's F20 shot put.

Siti Noor Radiah, currently ranked number one in Asia, restored order by leaping to a distance of 5.10m to beat her team mate and namesake Siti Nooriasah by a mere 0.05m difference.

National paralympics head coach R. Jeganathan, who once coached the country's middle and long distance ace M. Ramachandran, was happy with the performance of his charges.

"I had expected Radiah to win the event but Nooriasah, despite just joining the squad after a six-year break, managed to perform exceptionally well...we did not expect such a terrific performance from her.

"Radiah is still young and can be moulded into a world champion one day. Now my main focus is to prepare her for the Olympics in 2016," he said after the prize presentation ceremony.

Jeganathan hoped Siti Noor Radiah would contribute a gold medal in the International Paralympic Council World Championships in Doha, next year.

Malaysia now has two gold, three silver and five bronze medals.

Ziyad meanwhile, came close to renewing his personal best mark of 15.32m but missed the distance by a mere 0.01m after managing a distance of 15.31m.

"I was a little disappointed for not being able to renew my personal best but happy with the gold medal effort," said Ziyad who has also set his sights on winning a gold medal at the International Paralympic Council World Championships in Doha next year and the Rio Olympics in 2016.

Iran's Hasaan Dehghani took the silver medal in the competition that featured only two competitors, something which is common in Paralympic sports.

Danyal To Appeal Against Wushu Exponent's Dope Case

SEREMBAN, Oct 19 (Bernama) -- Incheon Asian Games chef-de-mission Datuk Danyal Balagopal Abdullah wants to make an appeal to the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) on behalf of wushu exponent Tai Cheau Xuen who failed a dope test.

Cheau Xuen, winner of the combined nanquan and nandao event gold medal at the Asian Games had failed a dope test and is facing the prospect of a penalty or suspension.

"I have strong reasons to make an appeal. We are not going to question the procedure or rules set for the doping process but merely seeking leniency when making a decision on the exponent.

"The appeal will be made even though WADA has yet to make a decision," he told reporters Negeri Sembilan state level Wushu Talent Scouting programme for schools that was launched by Majlis Pendekar Malaysia (MPM) president Tan Sri Omardin Mauju, here Sunday.

Danyal who is also the Olympic Council of Malaysia (OCM) vice president said he had decided to submit an appeal because Xuen had no intention of using the banned substance, sibutramine.

"We do not want Xuen's career to end because of something that she had no intention of doing. She is a genuine athlete who has attained world class through her performance," he said.

The gold medal won by Xuen, 23, from Negeri Sembilan, was later withdrawn by the Olympic Council of Asia.

Danyal Akan Buat Rayuan Awal Kes Cheau Xuen

SEREMBAN, 19 Okt (Bernama) -- Ketua kontinjen Sukan Asia Incheon 2014, Datuk Danyal Balagopal Abdullah mahu membuat rayuan kepada Agensi Antidoping Antarabangsa (WADA) bagi pihak alet wushu wanita, Tai Cheau Xuen.

Cheau Xuen, pemenang pingat emas acara gabungan nanquan dan nandao, gagal dalam ujian doping pada 20 Sept lepas pada temasya sukan itu dan kini berdepan dengan hukuman penalti atau penggantungan.

"Saya mempunyai alasan munasabah dan kukuh untuk mengemukakan rayuan awal. Kita bukan hendak mempersoalkan prosedur atau peraturan proses doping tetapi hanya meminta kelonggaran dalam membuat keputusan terhadap atlet itu.

"Rayuan itu akan dikemukakan dalam tempoh terdekat walaupun WADA belum memutuskan nasib atlet itu," katanya kepada pemberita selepas majlis perasmian Kejohanan Wushu Pencarian Bakat Sekolah Peringkat Negeri Sembilan di sini, Ahad.

Majlis itu dirasmikan oleh Presiden Majlis Pendekar Malaysia (MPM), Tan Sri Omardin Mauju.

Beliau berkata selaku ketua kontinjen negara Sukan Asia 2014, beliau akan membuat rayuan itu memandangkan Cheau Xuen tidak berniat mengambil bahan terlarang, 'sibutramine'.

Danyal, yang juga Naib Presiden Majlis Olimpik Malaysia (OCM), berkata rayuan itu akan dikemukakan dengan sokongan Persekutuan Wushu Malaysia.

"Kita tidak mahu minat dan karier Cheau Xuen terkubur begitu sahaja, gara-gara kes ini...lebih-lebih lagi menjelang Sukan SEA 2015 di Singapura. Lagipun, alet ini sudah mencapai taraf dunia," katanya.

Berikut kegagalan ujian doping, pingat emas Cheau Xuen, 23, atlet kelahiran Negeri Sembilan itu, ditarik balik oleh Majlis Olimpik Asia (OCA).

Siti Noor Radiah Sumbang Emas Pertama Malaysia


INCHEON, 19 Oct (Bernama) -- Atlet olahraga negara, Siti Noor Radiah Ismail menghadiahkan pingat emas pertama buat kontinjen Malaysia pada Sukan Para Asia 2014 menerusi acara lompat jauh wanita T20 di Stadium Utama Asiad di sini, hari Ahad.

Siti Noor Radiah bersaing hebat dengan rakan senegara Siti Nooriasah Mohamad Ariffin sebelum merangkul pingat emas dengan lompatan sejauh 5.10m.

Siti Nooriasah pula menyumbang pingat perak dengan perbezaan jarak 0.05m.

Olahraga juga turut menyumbang pingat emas kedua negara menerusi atlet lelaki Muhammad Ziyad Zolkefli dalam acara lontar peluru dengan balingan 15.31m.

Bagaimanapun, balingan itu hanya 0.01m tersasar daripada rekod peribadi yang diciptanya pada Kejohanan Olahraga Dunia Jawatankuasa Paralimpik Antarabangsa (IPC) di Lyon, Perancis, tahun lepas.

"Walaupun tidak melepasi rekod peribadi, namun tetap bersyukur dengan kejayaan ini," katanya kepada pemberita selepas majlis penyampaian pingat.

Muhammad Ziyad berkata beliau tidak merasa tertekan apabila menjadi sandaran pingat emas negara tetapi sebaliknya menganggap ia sebagai tonik untuk menguatkan semangat.

"Jurulatih saya juga tidak langsung beri saya tekanan untuk dapatkan pingat emas. Dia hanya minta pingat, tidak kira warna apa pingat itu," katanya.

Katanya beliau mahu melakukan persediaan secukupnya untuk bersaing di Kejohanan Olahraga Dunia IPC 2015 di Doha, Qatar, dan meletakkan sasaran peribadi pingat emas bagi temasya Sukan Paralimpik Rio pada 2016.

Dalam pada itu, ketua jurulatih lompat jauh negara, R.Jeganathan melahirkan rasa gembira apabila kedua-dua anak didiknya, Siti Noor Radiah dan Siti Nooriasah, berjaya menambah pungutan pingat buat kontinjen negara.

"Memang saya sasar Siti Noor Radiah akan menang acara ini kerana semasa latihan pun dia sudah tunjukkan kelebihannya manakala Nooriasah yang baru sahaja sertai kita selepas hampir enam tahun berehat juga dapat pingat perak, ini memang satu kejutan.

"Bagi saya Radiah masih muda, kita boleh didik dia untuk jadi juara dunia suatu hari nanti. Sekarang ini saya mahu berikan persediaan rapi kepadanya supaya dia layak ke Sukan Paralimpik 2016," katanya.

Jeganathan berharap Siti Noor Radiah akan menyumbangkan pingat emas pada Kejohanan Dunia IPC 2015 di Doha.

Selepas hari kedua temasya itu, Malaysia berjaya mengumpul dua pingat emas, tiga perak dan lima gangsa.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Same old story


India goalkeeper Pandey Abhinav (left) tries to curb Malaysia’s attack in their Sultan of Johor Cup match at the Taman Daya Stadium yesterday. Pic by Roslan Khamis


COACH Arul Selvaraj made a passionate call for a psychiatrist after Malaysia played to the same script and went down 4-2 to India in the Sultan of Johor Cup at the Taman Daya Stadium yesterday.
It was the same old story, as Malaysia let in two goals, before clawing back to 2-2, and then losing 4-2 and now it looks like they will be playing Pakistan in the fifth-sixth classification match on Sunday.

They played the same against Britain, going down two goals, clawing back, and then losing 3-2.
Malaysia meet Pakistan in their last pool match tomorrow, and only have one point to show after four matches.

Yesterday, India scored off three penalty corners and a penalty stroke while Malaysia scored field goals.

The India goals were scored by Harmanpreet Singh (25th, 27th, 55th) and Varun Kumar (65th). The Malaysian goals came off Sufi Ismat (37th) and Azli Misron (42nd).

“My players have shown their ability in every department and the only thing lacking is thinking players, who can keep their emotions in check and make sound judgements. And for this I need the help of an ISN psychiatrist (National Sports Institute) to develop their mental side,” said Arul.

India coach Harendra Singh was elated as his team are poised to play in the final, provided they beat Australia, but also had words of wisdom for Arul and his men: “Like I said before the India-Malaysia match (on Wednesday) the Malaysian players need to be allowed to play their own game and not be too regimental.

I have noticed many grey areas in the Malaysian side after four matches and I am sure coach Arul also knows their weaknesses and will be working to rectify them after this tournament.

After all, Arul is a capable coach and I am sure he has the ability to turn the boys around.”
Arul said his charges were only assembled eight months ago: “It is not an excuse, but this is a raw side, and have hardly trained as a unit as they also played in the Razak Cup, MHL and Malaysia Games this year, and then, I was also not around for almost 40 days as I was training the national side during the Asian Games.”

The reality is that Malaysia can’t afford to lose against whipping boys Pakistan, who have let in 15 goals thus far, as there is no excuse to stoop so low in our own backyard.

Meanwhile, Britain checked into the final when they beat Australia 5-1, leaving India and Australia to fight for the other spot.

Peruntukan Lewat Antara Punca Kegagalan Malaysia Di Incheon - Danyal


KUALA LUMPUR, 16 Okt (Bernama) --- Kelewatan persatuan sukan mendapat peruntukan untuk membuat persiapan akhir atlet dikenal pasti antara punca kegagalan kontinjen negara mencapai sasaran lapan pingat emas pada temasya Sukan Asia ke-17 di Incheon, Korea Selatan baru-baru ini.

Ketua kontinjen negara Datuk Danyal Balagopal Abdullah berkata kelewatan peruntukan kewangan daripada Majlis Sukan Negara (MSN) memaksa beberapa persatuan sukan membatalkan program persiapan akhir atlet sebelum ke Incheon.

Beliau berkata kekangan kewangan yang dihadapi persatuan terbabit akibat kelewatan peruntukan menyebabkan atlet mereka gagal membuat persediaan rapi bagi menghadapi temasya sukan itu.

"Sukan seperti tenpin boling terlepas sasaran pingat emas kerana persatuan tidak dapat membuat persiapan yang secukupnya," katanya kepada pemberita selepas mempengerusikan mesyuarat 'post mortem' Sukan Asia ke-17 di sini pada Khamis.

Malaysia mengakhiri cabaran di Incheon dengan membawa pulang lima pingat emas, 14 perak dan 14 gangsa.

Selain itu, Danyal berkata lokasi kem latihan akhir di IOI Garden Resort, Putrajaya kurang sesuai kerana atlet terpaksa berulang alik dari tempat latihan di Kompleks Sukan Bukit Jalil.

"Atlet tidak dapat memberi fokus kepada program motivasi yang diadakan pada sebelah malam di kem latihan kerana atlet telah kepenatan setelah seharian menjalani latihan di Kompleks Sukan Bukit Jalil pada sebelah paginya," katanya.

Danyal berkata laporan penuh hasil mesyuarat post mortem itu akan diserah kepada Menteri Belia dan Sukan Khairy Jamaluddin dalam tempoh sebulan.

Katanya, beliau perlu menyiapkan laporan dalam bentuk analisis kegagalan berdasarkan data Institut Sukan Negara.

Selain pencapaian atlet, Danyal berkata ketiadaan pengurus pasukan sepak takraw bersama pasukan juga akan dimasukkan dalam laporan itu.