Editor's Pick Special Reports Sports 

Coaching dirty

Remember the 1984 martial arts drama movie Karate Kid, which earned Pat Morita an Oscar nomination and helped launch the career of Ralph Macchio? In a key scene in the movie, the lead character Daniel La Russo unexpectedly reaches the semi-finals of a youth karate championships. The head coach of a rival Dojo, John Kreese, worried that Daniel might make it to the finals, instructs his student Bobby Brown to disable Daniel with an illegal kick to the knee. Bobby reluctantly does so and is disqualified. The movie raised the…

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Editor's Pick Featured Sports 

Criminalizing sports doping

Doping is criminalised in countries such as France, Germany, Italy, Kenya and Spain. Russia, which has had 41 Olympians stripped of their medals for doping violations, have followed suit with the criminalisation of doping in sports since 2017. While these countries have established penalties for sports doping within their borders, the United States of America wants to extend this at a global level. Earlier this week, the US lawmakers have introduced a bill in the House that would see prison time for the use, manufacturing or distribution of performance-enhancing drugs…

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Editor's Pick Kabaddi News Sports 

Treasurer’s decision to quit raises question of IKF legitimacy

The treasurer of the International Kabaddi Federation (IKF) has quit the organisation, claiming that he had been kept in the dark on all financial matters since his election. The shock decision by Ashok Kumar Das of the United Kingdom, comes just days after the IKF issued notice of their impending General Meeting to be held in Dubai on June 29. Ashok is also the President & Founder England Kabaddi Association as well as the President of the European Kabaddi Federation and the Western Kabaddi. In his resignation letter dated 14th…

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Editor's Pick Opinion 

Prioritising sports excellence over kids welfare

Late last year, a volunteer coach with the Wheelchair Tennis Malaysia (WTM) was charged and convicted of sodomising underage ball-boys. The association while using his services for almost seven years, hardly knew anything about the coach’s personal life. All that they knew was that the culprit ran a small tennis academy training players and ball boys in Segambut. He was even appointed as the head ball person for the Malaysian team during the Asean Para Games 2017. Ironically, he was arrested on the closing day of the event and is…

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Multi million ringgit sports scandal still needs to be answered.

It has been two years since the embezzlement RM107 million from the Youth and Sports Ministry was uncovered by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) The MACC apprehended a 56-year-old division secretary and seized assets worth about RM20 million, including 12 vehicles, designer handbags and expensive jewellery. The agency also took the step to freeze 69 bank accounts amounting to RM8.3 million. Whilst attention is on more outrageous financial scandals, there has been virtually little information about this for the past two years. The sports ministry employee, who was arrested with…

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Editor's Pick Opinion 

Sport, unlike movies does not have retakes

Two recent announcements in Asian sports has brought back the issue of nepotism and favouritism in sports to the fore. The first was the selection of cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar’s son Arjun as a member of the Indian Under-19 team. And the second is the suspension of the Hong Kong Karatedo Federation (HKKF) by the Olympic Committee and Sports Federation of Hong Kong (SFOC) for maladministration and unfair selection policies. While Sachin is considered probably the best batsman the game has seen, his son has been selected for his bowling…

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Badminton Editor's Pick News Sports 

BAFFLING REAPPOINTMENT

“I would like to apologise to all Malaysians on behalf of BAM and the players. We have failed to achieve several targets on the international stage over the last three years and I am partly responsible for Malaysia’s failure”. That was not the quote from BAM president Dato’ Sri Mohamad Norza Zakaria, who chose to step down as the Chairman of the Coaching and Training Committee (CTC) earlier today. The quote was actually from BAM secretary Datuk Ng Chin Chai on May 23, 2013, shortly after Malaysia’s failure to make…

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Editor's Pick News Sports 

NO MONEY FOR THE WOMEN?

Chances are that a majority of you would not know who is Clayton Kershaw? How about Masahiro Tanaka? How about Jimmy Garoppolo? All three are in the top 100 of the latest Forbes world’s highest paid athletes. Names like Serena Williams, Sindhu Pusarla, Nicol David or even Danica Patrick or Ronda Rousey may sound familiar to many in this region. None of these female sports stars are in the top 100 of the list. This will be the first time first time since the list was released that there will…

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Badminton Editor's Pick News Sports 

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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Editor's Pick Football Sports World 

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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