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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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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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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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Hockey Special Reports Sports 

TURFED OUT

Asia, especially India and Pakistan, were the kingpins of field hockey until the introduction of synthetic turf in the 1970s. India, who had managed to win at least a bronze medal between 1928 and 1974 Olympiads, returned home empty handed from the 1976 Games in Montreal. It was the first time that artificial turf was introduced at the Olympics. India, regained the title four years later in Moscow, but that was helped by the boycott of many of the top hockey nations. Despite, sporadic successes by Asian teams including India,…

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The Gender Debate

In 1973, Billy Jean King and Bobby Riggs faced off in a tennis game that became known as “The Battle of the Sexes”. King defeated the self-promoting Bobby Riggs, who was the world number one as an amateur in 1939 and later as a professional in 1946 and 1947. The 6–4, 6–3, 6–3 victory for King, was seen as a step forward in gender equality in sports. But it was also seen as disingenuous because Riggs was 55 and also because he had beaten the then top female player Margaret Court  in…

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