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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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 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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Opinion 

Bringing back the joy of sports

Children were once free to play games and sports of their choice and sometimes created by them. There were no restrictions on who can play. Any open space was converted to a playground. Rules were made up on the go. There were no referees. No special gears or equipment. There were plenty of arguments and spats. It was usually resolved with plenty of fuss but without any malice. Over the last two decades or so, children are no longer carefree in sports. They are now forced into adult-controlled games. In…

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Review of the impacts of the SEA Games

The Southeast Asian (SEA) Games was inaugurated as the Southeast Asia Peninsular (SEAP) Games in Bangkok in 1959 with six founder members, namely, Cambodia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam. The 2nd SEAP Games was held in Yangon (then known as Rangoon) in 1959. The 3rd SEAP Games, which was scheduled to be held in Cambodia in 1963, was not held. Kuala Lumpur took over as host of the 3rd SEAP Games in 1965. Since then the SEAP Games has been held uninterrupted until today. ln 1975, due to circumstances…

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