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Eyes on the unseeded

All eyes will be on two unseeded player at the Malaysian Open badminton championships to be held at the Axiata Arena from June 26th-July 1. Defending champion Lin Dan and Japan’s Kento Momota are both unseeded but could well upstage their opponents for the crown. Lin Dan has been drawn in the top with two other former champions – local hero Lee Chong Wei and 2015 champion Chen Long. The trio are in the same half as top seeded Viktor Axelsson of Denmark in the USD700,000 tournament. Chong Wei hoping…

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Every confirmed World Cup 2018 squad

GROUP A RUSSIA: Igor Akinfeev, Vladimir Gabulov, Andrey Lunev; Sergei Ignashevich, Mario Fernandes, Vladimir Granat, Fyodor Kudryashov, Andrei Semyonov, Igor Smolnikov, Ilya Kutepov, Aleksandr Yerokhin, Yuri Zhirkov, Daler Kuzyaev, Aleksandr Golovin, Alan Dzagoev, Roman Zobnin, Aleksandr Samedov, Yuri Gazinsky, Anton Miranchuk, Denis Cheryshev, Artyom Dzyuba, Aleksei Miranchuk, Fyodor Smolov. SAUDI ARABIA: Mohammed Al-Owais, Yasser Al-Musailem, Abdullah Al-Mayuf; Mansoor Al-Harbi, Yasser Al-Shahrani, Mohammed Al-Breik, Motaz Hawsawi, Osama Hawsawi, Omar Hawsawi, Ali Al-Bulaihi; Abdullah Al-Khaibari, Abdulmalek Al-Khaibri, Abdullah Otayf, Taiseer Al-Jassim, Houssain Al-Mogahwi, Salman Al-Faraj, Mohamed Kanno, Hattan Bahebri, Salem Al-Dawsari, Yehya…

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PHILIPPINES WANTS 20 GOLD MEDALS IN ARNIS

The Philippines are hoping to have as many as 20 categories for the Arnis competition when they host the SEA Games in 2019. Arnis, a form of martial arts also known as Kali or Eskrima, is the national sport of the Philippines. This will only be the third time it would be competed at the biennial Games. It was introduced as a demonstration sport when the Philippines hosted the SEA Games in 1991. They clinched 10 gold medals and had it been included in the medal tally, the Philippines would…

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END OF THE ROAD FOR SUKIM?

The annual Malaysian Indian Games (SUKIM) has been postponed indefinitely. The Games to be hosted by Selangor was scheduled from 1-9 July at the Universiti Putra Malaysia. However, Malaysian Indian Sports and Cultural Foundation (MISCF) chairman Senator Datuk T. Mohan in a letter to all states has confirmed the deferment of the Games. No dates were mentioned in the letter, although it is widely expected to be held in either November or December. While he did not indicate why the change of date was necessary, it is believed that lack…

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FIFA 2018 WORLD CUP: GROUP D OVERVIEW

MESSI DREAM ARGENTINA Coach: Jorge Sampaoli Captain: Lionel Messi Nickname: La Albiceleste Kit: Home – sky blue and white; Away – black. Cup Best Record: Winners 1978, 1986 Squad Goalkeepers: Sergio Romero (Manchester United), Wilfredo Caballero (Chelsea), Franco Armani (River Plate) Defenders: Gabriel Mercado (Sevilla), Cristian Ansaldi (Torino), Nicolas Otamendi (Manchester City), Federico Fazio (Roma), Marcos Rojo (Manchester United), Nicolas Tagliafico (Ajax), Marcos Acuna (Sporting CP). Midfielders: Javier Mascherano (Hebei China Fortune), Eduardo Salvio (Benfica), Lucas Biglia (Milan), Giovani Lo Celso (Paris Saint-Germain), Ever Banega (Sevilla), Manuel Lanzini (West Ham),…

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GETTING TO THE ROOT OF MATCH FIXING

It has been just over a month since the Badminton World Federation (BWF) announced that Zulfadli Zulkiffli and Tan Chun Seang have been suspended from all badminton activities for 15 and 20 years respectively. The two Malaysian’s, according to an independent panel, were found to have breached the BWF Code of Conduct in Relation to Betting, Wagering, and Irregular Match Results. The full report of the panel comprising of James Kitching, Sylvia Schenk and Annabel Pennefather can be read here. The report is comprehensive and also includes whatsapp conversation between…

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THE WEIGHT OF DOPING

Sports Commissioner Datuk Zaiton Othman claims that the body does not have the legal right to suspend the beleaguered Malaysian Weightlifting Federation (MWF). She added that the Sports Development Act was clear on this and even went further to cite Section 20 of the Act to back up her statement. If we were to dial back to the year 2002, the Sports Commissioner’s Office used that exact section to de-register the Malaysian Amateur Athletics Union (MAAU). Dato Seri Hishammuddin Hussein, who was the Sports Minister, acting on the advice of…

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BAM: Our financial situation manageable

The Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) have responded to Buletin Sukan’s exclusive story with a press release and have claimed that the association’s financial situation was at manageable level. We are posting below the full press statement from issued though their media manager Falah Abdullah.   BAM’S RESPONSE TO BULETIN SUKAN’S ARTICLE “Exclusive: BAM’s increasing arrears and proposal to sell off former academy land” (published on 1 June 2018) Having received a proposal from an interested party to purchase the Taman Maluri property, the BAM Council have set-up a sub-Committee,…

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EXCLUSIVE: BAM’S INCREASING ARREARS AND PROPOSAL TO SELL OFF FORMER ACADEMY LAND

Saddled with increasing arrears amounting to millions of ringgit and mounting overheads, the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) may be looking to sell off their property in Taman Maluri in Kuala Lumpur. The BAM Council had already approved the proposal to sell off the six-acre land that was given to them on lease by the government back in the 1990s. It was here that the BAM set up their first badminton academy with 10 courts in a joint venture with the Garden International School (GIS) and finance company MBf. The…

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SPORTS MINISTER IS MORE THAN A PERSONA

The position of Sports Minister has been vacant for the first time since our first Prime Minister Tunku Abdul Rahman held the portfolio in 1964. There has been numerous suggestions as to whom should be appointed as the new Sports Minister. Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) Youth leader Nik Nazmi Nik Ahmad, Muar MP Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman and Permatang Pauh MP Nurul Izzah Anwar are just some of the names being bandied around. The combination of sport and youth in the Ministry has been but a political tool in…

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