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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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Badminton Editor's Pick Opinion Sports Tennis 

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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Athletics Editor's Pick Special Reports Sports Weightlifting 

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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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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Editor's Pick Kabaddi News Sports 

Of Kabaddi, Nepotism and Term Limits

Limiting the term limit of sports leaders has been tossed around by the Sports Ministry for many years. In 2012, former Youth and Sports Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Shabery Cheek had called for a comprehensive study on the proposal to limit the term for sports association leaders as an approach to ensure the sustainable development of sports in Malaysia. The idea was also championed by the then National Sports Council director-general Datuk Seri Zolkples Embong, who was of the opinion that it would ensure ensure that the development of sports…

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Should Malaysia host another Multi Sports Event?

Former Olympic Council of Malaysia (OCM) president Tunku Imran Tuanku Jaafar had indicated that Malaysia were capable of hosting the 2026 Commonwealth Games. Tourism Malaysia chairman Datuk Siew Ka Wei, had on his part, bounced the idea of Malaysia and neighbours Singapore making a joint bid for the 2032 Olympics. There are also some who believe that Malaysia should look into hosting the Asian Games for the first time. If Malaysia do make a bid for any of the three, the best bet would be hosting the Commonwealth Games Should…

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The data crunching behind the SEA Games success

  Dato Sieh Kok Chi is a name synonym to sports in Malaysia. Below is the analysis that the former secretary of the Olympic Council of Malaysia painstakingly prepared just after the 2015 Games to help pave the way for Malaysia’s overall success at the 2017 SEA Games.     An Analysis of the Medal Winning Patterns of 28th SEA Games to Shortlist the Sports & Events of the 29th SEA Games Background Malaysia will be hosting the 29th SEA Games in 2017. Like all SEA hosts, it is important…

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