Thursday, January 29, 2015

‘Saya cuma mahu kerja’



Kuala Lumpur: “Saya tidak gila jawatan, tapi gila untuk memberikan perkhidmatan”.
Itu reaksi balas Timbalan Presiden Persekutuan Kebangsaan Berbasikal Malaysia (PKBM) Datuk Naim Mohamad (gambar) berhubung jawatan nombor satu badan induk berbasikal negara yang bakal dikosongkan Datuk Abu Samah Wahab.

Naim yang menjadi individu nombor dua kepada Abu Samah untuk tempoh lebih 20 tahun kini dilihat calon paling sesuai meneruskan kesinambungan dalam melonjakkan sukan berbasikal negara yang sudah berada di landasan tepat.

“Saya sudah lama berada dalam persatuan, tidak gilakan jawatan namun gila untuk memberikan khidmat terbaik. Tapi segala-galanya terpulang kepada ahli gabungan. Jika saya mahu, tapi mereka sebaliknya, ia tidak akan berlaku juga. Begitu juga sebaliknya.

“Paling penting adalah kemajuan sukan berbasikal. Jika menjadi ahli biasa sekalipun, kita masih boleh memberikan sumbangan kerana ia tidak sesekali bergantung kepada jawatan dipegang,” katanya kepada Arena Metro semalam.

Menerusi laporan Arena Metro pada Selasa lalu, Abu Samah, 73, menyuarakan hasratnya untuk berundur pada Mesyuarat Agung Tahunan (AGM) PKBM yang akan datang dengan alasan ingin berehat dan sudah memegang jawatan berkenaan sejak 1990.

“Saya sendiri sudah tua. Jika ada calon lain yang dirasakan layak dan lebih muda berusia bawah 50 tahun, saya ingat kita boleh sepakat memberikan sokongan kepada calon berkenaan.
“Kita perlukan darah mudah dan sebagai orang lama, saya tetap memberikan sokongan penuh kerana sayangkan sukan basikal ini.

“Kuasa pemilihan terletak kepada perwakilan untuk menentukannya. Saya tidak mahu ada pertandingan yang boleh mewujudkan perpecahan. Kalau boleh kita berunding siapa patut menerajui PKBM dan memberikan sokongan,” katanya yang kini berusia 61 tahun.

Setiausaha Kehormat Majlis Olimpik Malaysia (MOM) Datuk Sieh Kok Chi berpendapat Naim calon paling layak menggantikan Abu Samah berdasarkan sumbangan dan pencapaiannya selama ini terutamanya dalam pembangunan berbasikal trek.

Malah Naim tidak terkecuali terbabit dalam perlumbaan lebuh raya apabila pernah mengelolakan perlumbaan berprestij Le Tour de Langkawi (LTdL) dan Jelajah Malaysia.

Naim mula menjawat jawatan Penolong Setiausaha Agung PKBM pada lewat 80-an sebelum mengisi kerusi berkenaan selepas Shaharuddin Jaafar meninggalkan persatuan berkenaan.

Khidmat Naim terus ditagih apabila menjadi Naib Presiden PKBM sebelum mengisi kerusi Timbalan Presiden sehingga sekarang.

China stint for national divers approved


Yang Zhuliang (right) pictured here with Pandelela Rinong at the 2012 London Olympics. The Chinese coach will take 15 divers with him on a training stint in Guanzhou.
Yang Zhuliang (right) pictured here with Pandelela Rinong at the 2012 London Olympics. The Chinese coach will take 15 divers with him on a training stint in Guanzhou.

KUALA LUMPUR: It is relief for diving head coach Yang Zhuliang as his request for a lengthy training stint in China has been approved and the visas sorted out.

The National Sports Council (NSC) have given the nod for Zhuliang to take 15 divers for a five-week long training stint in Guangzhou.

Commonwealth Games springboard champion Ooi Tze Liang, Ahmad Amsyar, Chew Yiwei and back-up squad member Ahmad Syafiq are the male divers picked for the stint. The female divers selected are new recruit 14-year-old Megan Teoh, Pandelela Rinong, Cheong Jun Hoong, Wendy Ng Yan Yee, Leong Mun Yee, Jasmnine Lai, Traisy Vivien Tukiet, Kam Ling Kar, Nur Dhabitah Sabri, Adeline Chin and Loh Zhiayi.

“I am happy the visas have been sorted out. I was worried some of the applications would be rejected.
“The NSC are arranging for the flight tickets and we are expected to be in Guangzhou either this Saturday or Sunday.

“The divers will spend the Chinese New Year over there.

“Twelve of the divers will return home after the stint while Wendy, Mun Yee and Pandelela will remain there until the middle of March. They will then travel straight to Beijing for the first leg of the Diving World Series,” said Zhuliang, adding that the China stint was necessary to prepare the divers for the assignments this year.

“The facilities in China are better compared to ours at Bukit Jalil. The training centre in Guangdong has adjustable platform heights and hi-tech video facilities to analyse the dives. We are planning to raise the divers’ level of difficulties so we need all these facilities in place.

“The important thing is there will be no disruption to their daily routine and the divers just need to concentrate on their training,” said Zhuliang

Besides the Diving World Series and World Grand Prix Circuit, the divers’ other main assignments this season are the Singapore SEA Games in June and the World Championships in Kazan, Russia, in July. The world meet is a qualifying event for the 2016 Rio Olympics.


Beng Hai tidak terus dipinggir



KONFEDERASI Hoki Malaysia (MHC) mengesahkan, Tai Beng Hai akan terus berada dalam peranca­ngan skuad hoki negara.

Terdahulu, badan induk sukan hoki negara itu mengakui tugasan Beng Hai tamat sejurus berakhirnya saingan Pusingan Kedua Liga Hoki Dunia (WHL) di Singapura, Ahad lalu yang mana menyaksikan The Speedy Tigers muncul juara.

Kejayaan itu menyaksikan impian skuad hoki negara beraksi pada Sukan Olimpik 2016 di Rio de Janeiro, Brazil semakin cerah apabila berjaya mara ke Separuh Akhir WHL di Belgium pada 20 Jun hingga 5 Julai depan.

Pada saingan itu nanti, ‘kerusi’ ketua jurulatih tidak akan lagi menjadi milik Beng Hai yang mana MHC tetap dengan pendiriannya untuk melantik pe­ngendali asing dipercayai konsultan skuad hoki negara ketika ini iaitu Neil Hawgood.

“Kejayaan di Singapura memberi semangat baharu kepada pemain selepas prestasi merudum tahun lalu. Saya percaya prestasi kita boleh terus mening­kat dan ditajamkan lagi untuk Separuh Akhir WHL nanti.

“Status Beng Hai masih lagi jurulatih, dia sebahagian daripada jawatankuasa kejurulatihan. Buat masa ini memang pendirian MHC untuk melantik jurulatih luar (Hawgood) tetapi kita perlu tunggu lebih spesifik.

“Jadi, Beng Hai dan Stephen (van Huizen) akan terus berada dalam perancangan pasukan,” kata Setiausaha Kehormat MHC, Datuk Mohd. Johari Abdul Aziz semalam.

Sementara itu, Johari tidak menghalang hasrat Hawgood (sekiranya dilantik) untuk mela­kukan pemilihan semula 25 pemain meskipun 18 pemain sedia ada telah menunjukkan prestasi membanggakan di Singapura.

“Mungkin dia hendak besarkan lagi bilangan pemain sedia ada,” jelasnya.
Difahamkan, skuad hoki negara perlu melepasi saringan ter­akhir Separuh Akhir WHL di Brasschaat, Belgium dengan bertemu tuan rumah, Australia, Great Britain, India, Pakistan dan empat lagi pasukan yang akan melayakkan diri daripada Pusingan Kedua WHL di Chula Vista, Amerika Syarikat dan Cape Town, Afrika Selatan.

The Speedy Tigers dikatakan perlu sekurang-kurangnya mendapat tempat keempat di Belgium jika mahu layak ke Sukan Olimpik selepas kali terakhir ke temasya itu 15 tahun lalu.


Misi Wei Feng buru tiket Sukan Olimpik terjejas





CHONG WEI FENG mungkin terpaksa berehat panjang selepas mengalami CHONG WEI FENG mungkin terpaksa berehat panjang selepas mengalami kecederaan pangkal paha, sekali gus menjejaskan kempennya untuk meraih tiket kelayakan ke Sukan Olimpik 2016.
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KUALA LUMPUR – Misi Chong Wei Feng untuk memburu tiket ke Sukan Olimpik 2016 di Rio sedikit terjejas apabila perseorangan badminton No. 2 negara itu mungkin terpaksa berehat panjang selepas disahkan mengalami kecederaan di bahagian pangkal paha.

Hasil ujian Pengimejan Resonans Magnetik (MRI) di Institut Sukan Negara (ISN) semalam mendapati, pangkal paha kiri pemain kelahiran Alor Setar berusia 27 tahun itu terkoyak sepanjang 2.5 sentimeter.

Wei Feng bagaimanapun masih berharap ada ‘jalan keluar’ yang boleh menyelamatkan usahanya untuk ke Sukan Olimpik iaitu de­ngan menjalani rawatan fisioterapi, selain berehat.

Dia bagaimanapun lega kerana kecederaan tersebut tidak memerlukan pembedahan, sebaliknya Wei Feng hanya perlu mengambil suntikan khusus bagi mempercepatkan proses pemulihan.
“Selepas ini saya akan dapatkan pandangan doktor untuk buat keputusan berapa lama saya perlu berehat.

“Berita baiknya, kecederaan yang saya alami tidak memerlukan pembedahan dan saya hanya perlu melakukan proses pemulihan menerusi fisioterapi,” katanya kepada Utusan Malaysia.
Wei Feng mengalami kece­deraan tersebut ketika menyertai Grand Prix Emas Terbuka India minggu lalu.

Dia tidak dapat meneruskan perlawanan ketika menentang pilihan pertama dari India, K. Srikanth di Stadium Tertutup Babu Banarasi Das di Lucknow setelah merasa sakit di paha kiri di set kedua.
Malah, sebelum kejohanan lagi Wei Feng sudah dihimpit masalah hamstring sewaktu bertanding dalam Grand Prix Emas Malaysia Masters.

Tempoh untuk mengutip mata kelayakan ke Sukan Olimpik 2016 akan bermula pada Mac ini, de­ngan kejohanan Siri Super Premier All England yang berlangsung dari 3-8 Mac adalah pentas pertama untuk merebut mata.

A golden start for shooter Eddy in Kuwait

Eddy Chew collected 538 points, just one ahead of Latvia’s Lauris Strautmanis to take the gold medal in boys' 50m pistol event in the H.H. The Amir of Kuwait International Shooting Grand Prix in Kuwait City.
Eddy Chew collected 538 points, just one ahead of Latvia’s Lauris Strautmanis to take the gold medal in boys' 50m pistol event in the H.H. The Amir of Kuwait International Shooting Grand Prix in Kuwait City.


PETALING JAYA: Eddy Chew got his season off to a fiery start by emerging champion in the boys’ 50m pistol event in the H.H. The Amir of Kuwait International Shooting Grand Prix in Kuwait City.
The 19-year-old Eddy, a surprise gold medallist in the same event at the 2013 Myanmar SEA Games, nicked the gold just ahead of Latvia’s Lauris Strautmanis. The Malaysian collected 538 points, one more than Strautmanis. Malaysia also clinched the bronze through Abdul Hadi Abdul Malek, who shot 531 points.

Jasmi Mohd Zin finished fourth with a 530 total. The trio’s performances augur well for Malaysia in their bid to win the 50m pistol team event at the Singapore SEA Games in June.
Eddy said he could not have asked for a better start to the season.

“This is an important year and it is great to start well. I hope to defend my SEA Games title. There is also the Asian Championships in Kuwait in November. It is an Olympic qualifier and I want to get a spot. I have a chance if I can maintain my scores,” said Eddy, who was a gold medallist in the boys’ 10m air pistol at the 38th South-East Asia Shooting Association (SEASA) Championships in Singapore last month.

It was also a day to cherish for Mohd Lufti Othman as he delivered a second gold for Malaysia in the boys’ 50m rifle prone.

Lufti came out tops with 613.9 points, way ahead of Qatari Mohd Saad Almubarak’s 606.3 total.
Kazakhstan’s Kuzmich Kirill took the bronze with 605.1 points while Malaysia’s Zul Haziq Rosli amassed 603.7 points for fourth place.

Malaysia also grabbed two bronzes through Siau Cuili (364 points) in the girls’ 10m air pistol and Juani Zamil (562 points) in the girls’ 50m rifle three-position.

The Malaysian senior shooters are also taking part in the five-day championships, which started on Monday. They have fired blanks so far.

Bibiana Ng, the 2010 Commonwealth Games champion, was placed fourth in the women’s 10m air pistol. Olympian Nur Suryani Mohd Taibi also ended fourth – in the women’s 50m rifle three-position.

A total of 25 countries are competing in the championships.

Young Woman Shuttler Sacrifices Beloved Sport To Concentrate On Studies

KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 28 (Bernama) -- National shuttler Yang Li Lian has decided to sacrifice her beloved sport despite a bright prospect, to focus on her studies.

The 22-year-old women's singles player said she had to make the sacrifice to concentrate on her studies because her form has not been up to the mark lately.

"I will pursue my A-level in a private university. Maybe I might try my luck in another prospect. I have been in the National squad for about three years but my performance has not been very good," she told reporters.

Li Lian who is ranked 57 in the world had submitted a letter stating her intention to withdraw from the National squad, to the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM), yesterday.

Meanwhile, National women's singles coach Wong Tat Meng when contacted by Bernama said Li Lian still had a chance to improve her potential since she has no injuries and was still active and fit.

"I and BAM respect her (Li Lian) decision and wish her success in her future although it is too early for her to retire despite her potential. After Wong Mew Choo, Julia Wong, Lydia Cheah, there are no competitive women players," he said.

The likes of Tee Jing Yi and Sonia Cheah have yet to achieve international success at a high level.

Tat Meng said the women squad was currently preparing for the Sudirman Cup in May and the SEA Games in Singapore in June.

Nine Countries To Participate In Istaf Super Series Round Two Hosted By Melaka

MELAKA, Jan 28 (Bernama) -- Nine countries are expected to participate in Round Two of the Istaf Super Series 2014/2015 to be held for four days at the Melaka International Trade Centre in Ayer Keroh from Feb 5.

State Health and Sports Development committee chairman Datuk Ab Rahaman Ab Karim said apart from Malaysia, countries participating in the tournament are Vietnam, Indonesia, Myanmar, Korea, Japan, Singapore, China and Thailand.

Ab Rahaman said the Super Series would feature two categories - men and women - and divided into two groups.

"In the men's category, Round One champion Thailand are drawn in Group A with Japan, Korea and Myanmar while Malaysia have been drawn in Group B with Singapore, China and Indonesia.

"In the women's category, Malaysia, Korea and Vietnam make up Group A while Thailand, Japan and Myanmar are in Group B," he said in a statement, here today in the presence of Melaka Chief Minister Datuk Seri Idris Haron.

Thailand emerged as the Istaf Super Series 2014/15 Round One winners in the men's category at Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar last month by beating Malaysia 22-20, 18-21, 23-21 in a closely fought encounter while Thailand also clinched the women's crown by beating Vietnam 21-18, 21-13.

Sembilan Negara Sertai Siri Super Istaf 2014/2015 Di Melaka

MELAKA, 28 Jan (Bernama) -- Sembilan negara akan menyertai pusingan kedua Kejohanan Sepak Takraw Siri Super Persekutuan Sepak Takraw Antarabangsa (Istaf) musim 2014-2015 di Pusat Dagangan Antarabangsa Melaka, Ayer Keroh di sini, bermula 5 Feb ini.

Exco Kesihatan dan Pembangunan Sukan Negeri, Datuk Ab Rahaman Ab Karim berkata selain Malaysia, negara lain ialah Vietnam, Indonesia, Myanmar, Korea Selatan, Jepun, Singapura, China dan Thailand.

Kejohanan empat hari itu terbahagi kepada dua kategori iaitu lelaki dan wanita manakala setiap kategori dibahagikan kepada dua kumpulan, katanya pada sidang media di sini hari ini.

Beliau berkata dalam kategori lelaki, juara pusingan pertama, Thailand diundi dalam Kumpulan A bersama-sama dengan Jepun, Korea Selatan dan Myanmar manakala Malaysia berada dalam Kumpulan B dengan Singapura, China dan Indonesia.

Dalam kategori wanita pula, Malaysia, Korea Selatan dan Vietnam diundi dalam Kumpulan A manakala Kumpulan B menyaksikan kehadiran juara pusingan pertama, Thailand, Jepun dan Myanmar.

Pada pusingan pertama di Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar, bulan lepas, Thailand menjuarai kedua-dua kategori dengan skuad lelaki negara itu menewaskan Malaysia 3-0 dalam final manakala skuad wanitanya mengalahkan Vietnam 2-0.