Thursday, April 24, 2014

'Jangan sampai guna import'

ASTAMAN menganggap sikap menuding jari kepada FAM bukan jalan terbaik untuk menyelesaikan kontroversi pengadil Liga M.


PENGERUSI Jawatankuasa Pengadil Persatuan Bola Sepak Malaysia (FAM), Datuk Astaman Abdul Aziz menegaskan, tidak wajar untuk meletakkan kontroversi yang membabitkan mutu pengadilan dalam kempen Liga Malaysia (Liga M) musim ini di bahu pihaknya semata-mata.

Sebaliknya, semua pihak terutamanya persatuan-persatuan negeri perlu memainkan peranan untuk melahirkan lebih ramai pengadil-pengadil yang berwibawa.

Astaman yang akan bertanding bagi jawatan Naib Presiden FAM pada Kongres ke-50 pada 25 Mei depan berkata, beliau menganggap sikap 'menuding jari' terhadap FAM bukan jalan terbaik untuk menyelesaikan kontroversi itu.

Beliau mengakui ketika ini tidak ramai individu yang berani untuk memohon jawatan sebagai pengadil, sekali gus menyebabkan sumber pengadil yang dimiliki FAM sangat terhad.
"Setiap persatuan negeri ada Pegawai Pembangunan Pengadil (PPP). Pengkritik seharusnya mengetahui fakta bahawa FAM tidak memilih pengadil tetapi ia dilakukan sendiri PPP.

"Sesuatu yang tidak adil apabila berlaku kontroversi yang membabitkan pengadil, pengkritik mahu menyalahkan FAM. Sumber yang kami memiliki sangat terhad.

"Tidak ramai individu yang berminat untuk menjadi pengadil. Tahun ini, hanya 98 orang mengambil ujian pengadil tetapi yang menepati piawaian tidak sampai separuh.

"FAM tidak mahu menyalahkan mana-mana pihak tetapi saya rasa, perbincangan dengan persatuan-persatuan negeri adalah jalan yang terbaik. Mereka tahu apa tugas mereka dalam isu ini.

"Jika tiada orang berminat untuk menjadi pengadil atau tiada persatuan negeri mahu bekerjasama menggerakkan PPP, jangan salahkan FAM jika kami menggunakan khidmat pengadil import," katanya ketika dihubungi Kosmo! semalam.

Pelbagai kontroversi membabitkan mutu pengadilan tercetus sejak awal musim ini sehingga beberapa pasukan di Liga M mula meragui kewibawaan pengadil tempatan.

Dalam insiden terbaharu, Sukri Abdul Rahman diserang pengurus Johor Darul TaKzim II (Johor DT II), On Jabbar@Jaafar selepas mengadili aksi Liga Premier UiTM FC yang berkesudahan kedua-dua pasukan seri 2-2 di Stadium Majlis Perbandaran Pasir Gudang (MPPG), Sabtu lalu.

Mengulas lanjut, Astaman berkata, beliau tidak menolak kemungkinan bahawa Liga M akan ketandusan pengadil jika perkara tersebut berterusan dalam tempoh beberapa tahun akan datang.
"Seperti yang saya katakan tadi, setiap pihak kena main peranan. Jika persatuan negeri tidak buat satu penanda aras untuk pengadil-pengadil beraksi pada liga tempatan sendiri, bagaimana mereka mahu meraih pengalaman?

"Mengambil contoh, jika ada seorang pengadil dari Melaka ini sangat bagus tetapi mereka (Melaka) sendiri tiada liga tetapi prestasi seorang pengadil dari Terengganu sekadar biasa-biasa tetapi beraksi penuh dalam liga mereka, manakah pilihan anda?

"Jadi, tidak wajar mahu meletakkan kesalahan kepada pengadil dan pihak kami sentiasa memberikan tugasan yang terbaik ketika mengadili perlawanan," katanya.


DIVING: Medal on Pandelela’s mind


WORLD BEATER: Aims to continue her winning form in World Series

PANDELELA Rinong is determined to underline her credentials as a leading diver when she competes in the third leg of the World Series which starts in London tomorrow.

  The reigning Commonwealth Games champion hopes to continue where she had left off in the opening legs in Beijing and Dubai by winning her third straight silver medal or better in the women’s 10m platform individual.

  However, the return of China’s Olympic champion Chen Ruolin and reigning world champion Liu Huixia will make it more challenging for Pandelela to achieve her goal.

  The 2012 Olympics bronze medallist has never beaten a top diver from China in major competitions.

  Regarded as China’s most prominent woman diver in the sport, Ruolin was unbeatable in the 2008 Beijing and 2012 London Olympics, winning a total of four gold medals in the platform individual and synchro.

  It could, however, be an interesting contest between Ruolin and Pandelela as the latter has been performing well this season.

 Pandelela recorded her highest score in two years to clinch silver in Beijing and followed up with another decent show to finish second in Dubai.

  It was the first time Pandelela had taken two silver medals in the individual event in one season.
  Ruolin, who is the first diver to become champion in the Olympics, World Championships and the World Cup, however, is unbeatable on her day.

 Pandelela will also have to deal with a second China diver in Si Yajie in London.
  The confident Pandelela, however, is optimistic of making an impact in London.

  “I have been working hard, fine-tuning my routines in training. I am looking forward to winning a third silver in the series.”

   Pandelela is also confident she and Leong Mun Yee will continue their impressive form in the platform synchro discipline. The pair finished third and second in Beijing and Dubai.

  The others competing in London are Myanmar Sea Games triple gold medallist Ooi Tze Liang, Ahmad Amsyar Azman, Cheong Jun Hoong and Wendy Ng.

  Jun Hoong-Wendy could surprise their world class rivals in London in the women’s 3m springboard synchro if they continue to progress from their fourth-place performance in Dubai.

  As for Tze Liang-Ahmad Amsyar, who finished last in the springboard synchro in Beijing and Dubai, the pair are not expected to make an impact.

PKBM ubah lokasi latihan


Kuala Lumpur: Persekutuan Kebangsaan Berbasikal Malaysia (PKBM) kini menempatkan pasukan elit negara untuk menjalani latihan di Velodrom Rakyat di Ipoh, Perak sementara waktu bagi membolehkan mereka menjalani latihan sebelum kejohanan besar, tahun ini.

Timbalan Presidennya, Datuk Naim Mohamad, berkata trek latihan itu digunakan untuk membolehkan pasukan itu menjalaini latihan untuk persiapan menghadapi Sukan Komanwel dan Asia yang akan menentukan nasib dan masa depan pasukan.

“Ketika ini beberapa atlet elit negara menjalani latihan di Australia, manakala atlet lain pula meneruskan latihan di sini.

Oleh kerana Velodrom Cheras akan dirobohkan, KBS (Kementerian Belia dan Sukan) bersetuju untuk membaik pulih Velodrom di Ipoh dan ia sememangnya perkhabaran yang menggembirakan PKBM.
“Walaupun Dewan Bandaraya Kuala Lumpur (DBKL) dikatakan bakal membina satu trek latihan di Cheras, namun pembinaannya memakan masa dan ia mungkin menggangu jadual latihan kita yang sudah disusun lebih awal,” katanya ketika dihubungi.

Apabila ditanya mengenai sasaran PKBM pada temasya Sukan Komenwel di Glasgow, Scotland Julai ini, Naim berkata, pihaknya akan memutuskan sasaran pingat pada temasya sukan berkenaan selepas mereka selesai mengadakan mesyuarat pengurusan pasukan dalam tempoh terdekat.

“Seperti biasa harapan kita untuk memburu pingat dalam acara trek menerusi Mohd Azizulhasni Awang dan Josiah Ng dalam kategori lelaki selain Fatehah Mustapa dan Jupha Somnet dalam kategori wanita,” katanya.

Untuk rekod, Josiah meraih pingat perak dalam acara keirin pada edisi 2010 di New Delhi, India sebelum diisytiharkan pemenang oleh juri pertandingan, berikutan pembatalan kemenangan emas oleh Mohd Azizul yang dikatakan memotong di celah pelumba lain yang sepatutnya dilakukan dari luar.

S’pore SEA Games events bumped to 400

KUALA LUMPUR: The number of events for the 28th SEA Games in Singapore in June next year has been increased by another 22 – bringing the total to 400.

The Singapore National Olympic Council informed the SEA Games Federation council that the Singapore SEA Games Organising Committee (Sinsoc) have, after considering all the appeals submitted by all the various NOCs, finalised that the Singapore SEA Games will have 36 sports, comprising 400 events.

The number of sports remains the same, as proposed at the SEA Games Federation Sport and Rules committee on Feb 15. But what Sinsoc have done is to add 22 new events in seven sports.
Sinsoc have also reduced the wushu events from 23 to 20.

A final endorsement of this dcision will be made by the SEAGF council when they meet in Singapore on Tuesday.

Olympic Council of Malaysia (OCM) secretary general Datuk Sieh Kok Chi said that Sinsoc’s decision was relayed to all the member countries at a meeting in Bangkok last Saturday.

“Initially, Singapore only proposed 30 sports with 381 events. But, on Feb 15, Sinsoc added six more sports – boxing, equestrian, petanque, rowing, volleyball and water ski.

“At the recent meeting, they informed us that there would be an increase in the number of events for some sports. Only wushu had some events thrown out,” he said.

The seven sports that will see an increase in events are archery, badminton, golf, pencak silat, petanque, sepak takraw and tennis.


Rashid stays confident

THOMAS CUP: Coach believes Malaysia will make semi-finals

NATIONAL men’s singles coach Rashid Sidek is not pushing the panic button yet, despite having a couple of injured shuttlers for  the Thomas Cup Finals in New Delhi on May 18-25.

In fact, Rashid — who has been appointed as project leader by the BA of Malaysia (BAM) — is confident the team have  what it takes to make the semi-finals in India.

National No 2 Chong Wei Feng had to skip the ongoing Badminton Asia Championships (BAC) in South Korea after suffering stiffness to his hip and thigh muscles, while third singles Liew Daren has just recovered from a nagging heel injury.

“Wei Feng has been undergoing rehabilitation and some light training. There is still time before the Thomas Cup, and we are monitoring him closely.

“I must admit, our chances of winning the cup is very slim but we can still make the semi-finals,” Rashid said.

Malaysia are in Group C with Germany, South Korea and India.

When asked if the national team could top the group, with the Koreans looking very strong in the men’s doubles, Rashid said: “It won’t be easy, but our main focus is to top the group, before thinking of clearing the quarter-finals next.”

Rashid  confirmed that there would be no changes to the last available slot for the fourth singles.
 “We already have three confirmed players for the men’s singles and there is one last slot that could be filled by an independent shuttler.”

Independent shuttlers Misbun Ramdan  Misbun and Zulfadli Zulkifli, who failed to attend BAM’s open trials last month, will get another chance to make the team at the second  trial in Bukit Kiara on April 28-30.

The two will play each other, and the winner will then square off with national back-up Goh Soon Huat for the final spot.

The confirmed men’s singles are World No 1 Lee Chong Wei, Wei Feng and Daren.

Tengku Ahmad: I’m more than just a forward


National hockey player Tengku Ahmad Tajuddin Abdul Jalil (right) is one of the most experienced players in the team with 221 caps to date. - BERNAMA
National hockey player Tengku Ahmad Tajuddin Abdul Jalil (right) is one of the most experienced players in the team with 221 caps to date. - BERNAMA

KUALA LUMPUR: Forward Tengku Ahmad Tajuddin Abdul Jalil’s goals have dried up but he’s hoping to hit a rich vein of form when Malaysia open their Champions Challenge I campaign against France in Kuantan on Saturday.

The Perlis-born player is the most experienced of the six forwards in the national hockey team and is likely to shoulder the burden of not only scoring field goals but also from penalty corner set pieces.
The other forwards are Mohd Firhaan Ashari, Faizal Saari, Mohd Shahril Saabah, Ismail Abu and Rashid Bahrom.

“I’m very frustrated with myself. I just don’t have a clue as to why I’ve suddenly lost my scoring touch. I’m doing everything else right on the pitch ... it’s just that I haven’t been able to find the net consistently of late,” said the 28-year-old Tengku Ahmad, who has 221 caps to his name.
“But I’m very grateful that the coach (K. Dharmaraj) still has faith in me. I hope to repay him with a good performance in Kuantan.”

In the Champions Challenge I tournament in Kuantan, Malaysia will also have Canada and South Korea for company in Group B while New Zealand, Japan, Poland and Ireland are in Group A.
Tengku Ahmad, whose nickname is Zidane, scored only once in the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup in Ipoh in March and just twice in the recent six-match Test series against China at the National Hockey Stadium in Bukit Jalil.

Tengku Ahmad, however, feels that he should not be judged on his goals alone but on what he can offer to the team, especially with his vast experience.

“With the experience that I have, I can help the younger players get into their strides. In the last few matches, I did a lot of running from midfield and also tracked back to help the defence,” he said.

Malaysia’s best-ever achievement in the Champions Challenge I is a fourth placing (in 2001 and 2012) but Dharmaraj is looking at capitalising on home ground advantage to win the tournament and qualify for the 2016 Champions Trophy in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Hopefully, Tengku Ahmad will hit a purple patch in Kuantan and help Malaysia join the hockey elite in Buenos Aires.


Irfan under pressure

ASIAN GAMES: Midfielder’s place in squad under threat due to lack of playing time with Darul Ta’zim

THE decision by former national Under-23 captain Irfan Fazail to join Darul Ta’zim is turning out to be a poor one.

   As Irfan has hardly played for star-studded Darul Ta’zim in the Super League, his place in the Incheon Asian Games squad is now not guaranteed.

   National interim coach Ong Kim Swee is concerned with Irfan’s lack of playing time though the midfielder will be part of the Asian Games training squad.

  “Irfan is not playing regularly for his club. I will call him up but he has to fight for his place. I hope he will get opportunities to play in the second round of the league,” said Kim Swee yesterday.

   Kim Swee disclosed that the Asian Games squad will comprise players from the league and the Young Tigers A team, who are currently competing in the Queensland State League.

   “I can also include three overage players for the Asian Games. If everything goes well, the training squad will head to Australia in July for a series of matches against A-League teams for 10 days.
   “My training squad will include between 10 and 15 players from local clubs apart from Tigers A members,” said Kim Swee.

    Among those from Tigers A who may get the opportunity to play in the Asian Games are former Tiger C midfielder Mohd Amirul Hisyam Awang Kechik, K. Satish, S. Saarvindran, Gary Steven Robbat and Amer Saidin.

    “Amirul has been great in Queensland while Satish has impressed me with his speed. Defender Amer has started playing while Gary is still nursing a knee injury.” said the coach.

    Among those from last year’s Sea Games squad still eligible for the Asian Games are goalkeeper Izham Tarmizi Roslan (Darul Ta’zim), Junior Eldstal (Sarawak), Rozaimi Abdul Rahman (Sabah), A. Thamil Arasu and Ahmad Hazwan Bakri (Selangor) along with Wan Zack Haikal Wan Nor and Wan Zaharulnizam Wan Zakaria (Kelantan).

  “Except for Irfan, the others from last year’s Sea Games squad are playing regularly for their clubs, so I am not too concerned with their fitness,” said Kim Swee.

   However, Wan Zack Haikal, who tore ligaments in his knee last year, has not played a match this season. The international winger is only expected to return in July.

   “We have a decent squad for the Asian Games but of course everyone must work hard to achieve results in Incheon,”  added Kim Swee.

Former national Under-23 captain Irfan Fazail has not played regularly for Darul Ta’zim.

Produk BAM hambar lagi

Kuala Lumpur: Ketika saingan Piala Thomas akan berlangsung kurang sebulan lagi, Persatuan Badminton Malaysia (BAM) wajar untuk berasa bimbang berikutan prestasi mendatar pemain perseorangan mereka.

Semalam di Kejohanan Badminton Asia (ABC) yang berlangsung di Korea Selatan, produk BAM sekali lagi mempamerkan aksi hambar apabila mereka tewas seawal pusingan pertama.
Liew Daren yang disebut-sebut bakal mengisi slot perseorangan ketiga negara pada saingan Piala Thomas di New Delhi, India bermula 18 Mei, tewas straight set kepada pemain Korea Selatan Lee Dong Keun 24-22, 21-13 sekali gus gagal mengotakan janjinya untuk cuba mendapatkan keputusan terbaik.

Goh Soon Huat, calon untuk perseorangan keempat, turut tewas straight set 21-14, 21-17 kepada jaguh India Kashyap Parupalli.

Namun beregu wanita negara mempamer aksi meyakinkan menewaskan lawan masing-masing.
Pemenang pingat emas di Sukan Sea Myanmar Woon Khe Wei- Vivian Khoo mencatatkan kemenangan ke atas gandingan Taiwan Chiang Kai Hsin-Tsai Pei-Ling 21-12 21-11.

Gandingan Anscelly Amelia Alicia-Soong Fie Cho pula menewaskan Chan Hung Yung-Yuen Sin Ying dari Hong Kong 21-10 21-18.

Pandelela faces Chinese threat in London

China's Olympic champion Chen Roulin (pic) will be one of national diver Pandelela Rinong's biggest threats at the Diving World Series in London this Friday. - Filepic
China's Olympic champion Chen Roulin (pic) will be one of national diver Pandelela Rinong's biggest threats at the Diving World Series in London this Friday. - Filepic

PETALING JAYA: A tougher challenge awaits Malaysia’s top diver Pandelela Rinong when she returns to the scene of her biggest triumph in the third leg of the Diving World Series in London on Friday.

It was here – at the London Aquatics Centre – almost two years ago that Pandelela rose to the occasion to claim an Olympic bronze medal in the individual platform.

Pandelela has also been enjoying a rich vein of form lately, striking two silver medals in the individual event from the first two legs of the series in Beijing and Dubai.

It was also the first time that she had taken two silvers in the individual event in one season.

But her task has been made more difficult this time as Olympic champion Chen Ruolin is back in the fray and will compete for the first time this season in the London-leg of the World Series on April 25-27.

Regarded as China’s most prominent woman diver, Ruolin was unbeatable in the 2008 Beijing and 2012 London Olympics, winning a total of four gold medals in the platform individual and synchro.
It’s not just one Chinese diver that Pandelela will have to contend with in the individual platform this weekend though. There is also reigning world champion Si Yajie.

The Chinese youngster was only 14 when she chalked up an upset win over Ruolin to triumph at the World Championships in Barcelona last year in what was only her first international major competition.

Pandelela has been performing well this season and the challenge will be for her to at least be the best in the world behind the two Chinese divers to keep her perfect run.

The reigning Commonwealth Games champion recorded her highest score in two years to clinch a silver in Beijing and followed it up with another decent show to finish second in Dubai.

National coach Yang Zhuliang hopes Pandelela can rise to the challenges on her return to London.
“There is no target for her but I think she wants to do well to get another podium finish,” said Zhuliang.

“She achieved her best score (368.50) in two years at the first leg in Beijing, only this time the competition is stronger with two Chinese divers in the fray.

“She will compete with the same set of dives which she is comfortable with.”

Pandelela will also be looking to make a splash in the 10m platform synchro with Leong Mun Yee.
Pandelela-Mun Yee underlined their credentials as a serious threat to China’s pairing of Ruolin-Li Huixia with commendable silver medal performances in the Beijing and Dubai legs.

The others competing in London are Myanmar SEA Games triple gold medallist Ooi Tze Liang, Ahmad Amsyar Azman, Cheong Jun Hoong and Wendy Ng.

Jun Hoong-Wendy could surprise their more illustrious rivals in London in the women’s 3m springboard synchro after finishing fourth in the previous leg in Dubai.

As for Tze Liang-Ahmad Amsyar, they are only competing to gain experience at the world stage.

Dua kejohanan ISSF medan ujian Muslifah

Kuala Lumpur: Dua kejohanan Persekutuan Sukan Menembak Antarabangsa (ISSF) pada Jun ini bakal menjadi medan pemanas badan untuk penembak wanita elit kebangsaan, Muslifah Zulkifli sebelum beraksi di temasya Sukan Komanwel 2014 di Glasgow, Scotland, Julai ini.

Dua kejohanan itu adalah Siri Kejohanan Piala Dunia ISSF di Munich, Jerman (4-13 Jun) dan Maribor, Slovakia (13-21 Jun).

“Saya tidak letakkan sasaran tinggi pada dua kejohanan ini namun berharap dapat kekalkan corak persembahan saya di sana.

Memenangi pingat sebarang warna sudah cukup baik untuk saya,” katanya.
Selain kejohanan antarabangsa, Muslifah juga akan menyertai dua kejohanan tempatan iaitu Kejohanan Trofi Tun Hanif 2014 di Lapang Sasar Menembak Kebangsaan, Subang hujung minggu ini serta Kejohanan Piala Ketua Pengarah Majlis Sukan Negara dari 7 hingga 10 Mei ini di Majlis Sukan Negara, Bukit Jalil.

Mengenai peluang di Sukan Komanwel nanti, Muslifah yang masih bergelut dengan kecederaan belakang ketika ini, berkata beliau hanya menyasarkan satu pingat daripada tiga acara yang disertainya.

Dia akan mengambil bahagian dalam acara 10m Raifal Angin, 50m Raifal Prone dan 50m Raifal Tiga Posisi.

“Saingan pada Sukan Komanwel tahun ini agak mencabar memandangkan penganjur hanya mempertandingkan acara individu walaupun peluang skuad menembak kita lebih terarah dalam acara berpasukan,” katanya.

Sukma: Skuad Sepak Takraw Terengganu Yakin Sasaran Dua Pingat Emas Mampu Diraih

KUALA TERENGGANU, 23 April (Bernama) -- Skuad sepak takraw Terengganu meletakkan sasaran dua pingat emas pada temasya Sukan Malaysia (Sukma) di Perlis bermula 24 Mei depan.

Presiden Persatuan Sepak Takraw Negeri Terengganu (PSTNT) Mohd Shapian Ali berkata sasaran berkenaan disandarkan kepada acara antara regu dan acara berpasukan.

"Insya-Allah sasaran itu akan tercapai memandangkan perkembangan terkini pasukan Terengganu sejak kebelakangan ini agak konsisten apabila menjadi juara Kejohanan Sepak Takraw Belia yang berlangsung di Perlis bulan lepas," katanya kepada Bernama di sini Rabu.

Pihak pengurusan PSTNT telah selesai menyenaraikan 15 pemain untuk menggalas cabaran kontinjen Terengganu dalam sukan itu.

Sukma ke-17 di Perlis bermula 24 Mei hingga 4 Jun melibatkan 24 jenis sukan yang dipertandingkan. Majlis pembukaan rasmi akan diadakan pada 26 Mei manakala majlis penutupan pada 4 Jun.

Dalam perkembangan lain, Mohd Shapian berkata buat julung kalinya PSTNT akan menganjurkan kejohanan Liga Sepak Takraw daerah-daerah Terengganu mulai Ogos ini.

Menurutnya PSTNT telah lama mempunyai cadangan sedemikian dalam usaha menghimpun, mengembang dan mencungkil bakat di peringkat akar umbi namun tidak kesampaian kerana mempunyai beberapa kekangan sebelum ini.

Lapan daerah termasuk kawasan Kuala Nerus yang bakal dijadikan daerah baharu tidak lama lagi akan mengambil bahagian dalam kejohanan yang dijangka tamat sekitar Oktober.

Tujuh daerah lain -- Kuala Terengganu, Marang, Dungun, Kemaman, Hulu Terengganu, Setiu dan Besut.

Beliau berkata kejohanan itu menawarkan hadiah wang tunai lebih RM10,000 dan antara syarat kejohanan setiap pasukan diwajibkan menghantar satu pasukan berumur 21 tahun ke bawah.

Jeremiah Loo Tempah Tiket Ke Sukan Olimpik Remaja, Nanjing

KUALA LUMPUR, 23 April (Bernama) -- Gimnas negara Jeremiah Loo Phay Xing sah menempah tiket ke Sukan Olimpik Remaja di Nanjing, China yang dijadualkan berlangsung pada 16 hingga 18 Ogos.

Setiausaha Kehormat Persekutuan Gimnastik Malaysia (MGF) N. Shanmugarajah berkata Loo melayakkan diri ke kejohanan itu melalui Kejohanan Remaja Asia ke-13 di Tashkent, Uzbekistan pada awal bulan ini.

"Ini merupakan pencapaian tertinggi atlet gimnastik artistik negara, kita harap Jeremiah akan merangkul pingat pada kejohanan berkenaan. Saya yakin dengan kebolehan beliau.

"Lagi pun, Jeremiah kini menjalani latihan intensif di Kunming, China sejak awal tahun lepas. Jadi dia dilatih dengan teratur," katanya kepada Bernama di sini Rabu.

Beliau berkata Loo akan bertanding dalam acara palang sejajar dan kekuda berpelana namun bergantung kepada gimnas berkenaan jika mahu mencuba acara lain.

Sebelum ini seorang lagi gimnas negara, Olivia Tai Qing Tong, turut menempah slot ke kejohanan sama melalui pencapaian cemerlangnya pada Kejohanan Gimnastik Berirama Remaja Asia ke-13 pada Februari lepas.

Tai meraih pingat emas bagi acara individu apparatus belantan dengan catatan mata tertinggi, 14.500 mata, pingat perak bagi acara individu apparatus riben dengan pungutan 14.150 mata serta trio Tai, Shasangari Sivaneswary dan Koi Sieyan menduduki tempat keempat dengan pungutan 131.150 mata daripada 12 negara yang mengambil bahagian.

Dengan kelayakan ini, MGF kini mempunyai dua gimnas yang berjaya melayakkan diri ke kejohanan edisi kedua itu yang merupakan pencapaian tertinggi pernah dicapai mana-mana gimnas negara serta MGF sendiri.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Johor FA Gives JDT II Team Manager On Jabbar The Boot

KUALA LUMPUR, April 22 (Bernama) -- The Football Association of Johor has decided to sack On Jabbar as the team manager of Johor Darul Ta'zim II (JDT II) for his alleged altercation with a match official last Saturday.

Johor FA honorary secretary Mohd Fahmy Yahya said the decision was taken with the consent of Johor FA President Tunku Ismail Sultan Ibrahim, since he was alleged to have punched Sukri Abdul Rahman who was the match official in the Premier League match between JDT II and UiTM FC at the Pasir Gudang Stadium.

Mohd Fahmy in a letter that was posted on the official Facebook of JDT II (Johor Southern Tigers) said On Jabbar was also fined RM25,000 but he would remain as an exco member of the Johor FA.

The team manager was apparently unhappy and angered by the way the match official had handled the match, including decisions made by him (Sukri) during the match which ended in a 2-2 draw.

The Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) secretary general Datuk Hamidin Mohd Amin was also quoted as saying On Jabbar would also face severe punishment for his action, including a possible life ban from football activities.

Police Record Statement From JDT II Official Who Had Allegedly Punched Match Official

JOHOR BARU, April 22 (Bernama) -- Police have started investigations into an alleged assault of a match referee by an official during a Premier League match between Johor Darul Takzim II (JDT II) and UiTM at the Pasir Gudang Stadium, here on Saturday.

Johor deputy police chief Datuk Ismail Yatim said police have recorded statement from JDT II's team manager, On Jabbar and the case was being investigated under Section Section 323 of the Penal Code.

"We have received a report from the referee and we have started investigations. We will be calling several witnesses from other states soon. We are also be working with Terengganu and Kedah police," he told reporters after the Johor police contingent monthly assembly here today.

On Jabbar was alleged to have punched referee Sukri Abd Rahman after the match ended in a 2-2 draw.

"Based on investigation, On Jabbar was said to have punched the referee as he was angry and disappointed with the way the match was handled by him (Sukri), but he was later calmed down and taken out of the field," he said.

The team manager arrived at the Johor police headquarters in Seri Alam, at about 10am today to give his statement.

Sarawak Await Affeeq's Return To Play In SUKMA

KUCHING, April 22 (Bernama) -- Pahang SUKMA gold squash medallist Affeeq Ismail Abeeden who is currently studying at the Trinity College in Hartford Connecticut, United States, will return home to represent Sarawak in the Perlis SUKMA, next month.

This was confirmed by Affeeq's mother Siti Aishah Abdullah.

Siti said Affeeq, the former national junior number one has received a call up from the Sarawak State Sports Council (MSNS) to represent the state in the upcoming SUKMA in Perlis.

"Affeeq will return home on May 11 to join the state team that is training here," said Siti.

In the 2012 SUKMA hosted by Pahang, Affeed partnered Sanjay Singh to win the gold medal in the men's doubles.

Affeeq, 21, was the top player in the Asian Junior Super Series Championship, winning the Hong Kong Under-17 Junior champion in 2009 and the Australian Under-17 Junior Champion in the same year.

He also represented Malaysia in many tournaments, including the Asian Junior Championship, British Junior and the World Youth championship.

Affeeq was the top Malaysian junior and Asian Junior Super Series No.1 till June 2012 when he turned 19-year-old.

He started his squash at the Gymkhana Club in Miri before moving to Sabah with his mother and came back to Kuching in 2010.

Affeeq Akan Wakili Sarawak Di Sukma 2014

KUCHING, 22 April (Bernama) -- Bekas pemain skuasy remaja nombor satu negara Affeeq Ismail Abeeden akan kembali ke tanah air bagi mewakili Sarawak ke Sukan Malaysia 2014 di Perlis.

Perkara itu disahkan ibunya Siti Aishah Abdullah yang dihubungi Bernama Selasa.

Affeeq yang kini belajar di Trinity College di Hartford, Connecticut, Amerika Syarikat menerima panggilan daripada Majlis Sukan Negeri Sarawak yang memintanya mewakili Sarawak ke temasya itu, kata Siti Aishah.

Katanya Affeeq akan tiba di tanah air pada 11 Mei ini.

Dalam Sukma 2012 di Pahang pemain berusia 21 tahun itu yang berpasangan dengan Sanjay Singh memengani emas bagi acara beregu lelaki.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

'Saya tidak kata mahu tarik diri'

SULTAN Ahmad Shah mempengerusikan Mesyuarat Jawatankuasa Eksekutif FAM ke-11 di Wisma FAM, Kelana Jaya Sabtu lalu.


SULTAN Ahmad Shah tetap akan mempertahankan jawatan selaku Presiden Persatuan Bola Sepak Malaysia (FAM) pada kongres badan induk itu 25 Mei depan.

Sultan Pahang itu tidak mempunyai sebarang masalah untuk terus bertanding walaupun timbul khabar angin yang mengatakan baginda akan menarik diri menjelang kongres tersebut.

Sultan Ahmad Shah akan dicabar anakanda baginda yang juga Timbalan Presiden FAM, Tengku Abdullah dan Tunku Mahkota Johor yang merupakan Presiden Persatuan Bola Sepak Negeri Johor (PBNJ), Tunku Ismail Sultan Ibrahim.

"The best man win (orang yang terbaik akan menang), saya tidak ada apa-apa masalah. People can challenge me (orang lain boleh cabar saya).

"Saya tidak ada apa nak komen lebih-lebih, saya masih presiden. Tengku Mahkota (Pahang) nak bertanding, Tunku Mahkota Johor pun (bertanding).

"Jadi, ketiga-tiga (calon) nak bertanding, tiada ada masalah, semua boleh bertanding," titah Sultan Ahmad Shah.

Baginda bertitah demikian kepada pemberita selepas menyempurnakan perasmian Istiadat Pembukaan Persidangan Dewan Undangan Negeri (DUN) ke-13 di Wisma Sri Pahang di Kuantan semalam.

Sultan Ahmad Shah turut bertitah, baginda tidak pernah menyatakan akan menarik diri dalam perebutan jawatan itu dan tiada sebab untuk berbuat demikian.

"Apa-apa kita tunggu 25 Mei depan. Kita harapkan semua (sesi pemilihan) akan berjalan dengan baik," titah baginda.

Ketika diminta mengulas mengenai pertandingan tiga penjuru bagi merebut jawatan Presiden FAM bagi penggal 2014-2018, Sultan Ahmad Shah bertitah, perkara itu merupakan satu perkembangan positif dan menunjukkan kebebasan menawarkan diri untuk bertanding dalam badan induk tersebut.

"Sudah pasti ini adalah perkembangan yang baik. Ini dinamakan freedom (kebebasan) dan kalau kita monopoli sampai mati tidak adalah demokrasi.

"Istilah Raja dan rakyat berpisah tiada itu adalah tepat dan kita tengok nanti. Selepas 25 Mei ini, kita akan dapat tahu siapa pegang jawatan (Presiden FAM)," titah baginda.

Pada 19 April lalu, Setiausaha Agung FAM, Datuk Hamidin Mohd. Amin mengumumkan senarai penuh calon yang bakal bertanding pada kongres ke-50 badan induk itu bulan depan.

Persaingan bagi merebut jawatan Presiden FAM pasti mencuri tumpuan kerana ia melibatkan tiga penjuru, sekali gus menyaksikan Sultan Ahmad Shah dicabar buat pertama kali dalam tempoh 30 tahun.

‘Saya sedia beri dana’

FotoTUNKU Ismail Sultan Ibrahim

Johor Bahru: Sudah tiba masa Persatuan Bolasepak Malaysia (FAM) mewujudkan pengadil profesional bagi meningkatkan lagi mutu pengadilan sekali gus mengelak daripada terus dikritik.
Presiden Persatuan Bolasepak Negeri Johor (PBNJ), Tunku Ismail Sultan Ibrahim ketika mengulangi saranan itu berharap FAM segera memperbaiki mutu pengadilan pada saingan Liga Malaysia (Liga M) supaya pegawai perlawanan mampu mengadili aksi dengan lebih berkualiti.

“Saya mencadangkan FAM berusaha memiliki struktur pengadilan profesional sebagai langkah meningkatkan kualiti pengadil lebih cekap untuk mengadili Liga M.

“Sekiranya tidak mempunyai sumber mewujudkan pengadil profesional, saya sedia menyediakan dana diperlukan bagi menaik taraf kualiti pengadil agar lebih profesional.

“Jika ada pengadil profesional, saya berharap kita dapat melihat peningkatan mutu pengadilan dan mengelak insiden tidak puas hati terhadap pengadil perlawanan supaya apa yang berlaku baru-baru ini tidak berulang,” katanya menerusi kenyataan yang dikeluarkan Johor Southern Tigers.

Mengulas insiden kekecohan di Stadium Majlis Perbandaran Pasir Gudang (MPPG) yang menyaksikan On Jabbar@Jaafar menyerang pengadil, Sukri Abdul Rahman, beliau menyatakan rasa kesalnya terhadap tindakan pengurus Johor Darul Ta'zim (JDT II) itu.

Katanya, insiden membabitkan On itu sememangnya tidak dapat diterima malah beliau sendiri turut kecewa dengan tindakan berkenaan.

“Tapi saya memahami kekecewaannya. Walaupun tindakannya itu salah, saya tetap menyebelahi On kerana sumbangannya terhadap bola sepak negeri dan pengurusan PBNJ,” kata Tunku Ismail.

Pada insiden Sabtu lalu, Sukri yang mengadili perlawanan membabitkan JDT II dan UiTM FC diserang On sebaik perlawanan berakhir.

Pengadil dari Kemaman, Terengganu itu sebelum ini pernah terbabit insiden pertengkaran dengan Joseph Kallang Tie yang menimbulkan kontroversi selepas Sukri didakwa mengeluarkan kata-kata kesat terhadap pemain berkenaan ketika aksi Sarawak menentang Perak, 15 Februari lalu.