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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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Football Sports World 

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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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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Badminton News Sports 

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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Badminton Editor's Pick News Sports 

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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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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Football News Sports 

FOOTBALL THEMED HUNGARY FILM FESTIVAL

Football will be the theme for this year’s Hungarian Film Festival in Malaysia from 7-10 June, 2018 at the GSC Pavilion, Kuala Lumpur. The Festival, being held to commemorate the 65th anniversary of the Match of the Century, will be free to all. It would also be in conjunction with the Russia FIFA World Cup 2018. The free screenings are courtesy of the Embassy of Hungary in Kuala Lumpur. The match between Hungary and England at the Empire Wembley Stadium in 1953 had all the ingredients of being a classic…

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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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Football Sports World 

FIFA 2018 WORLD CUP: GROUP C OVERVIEW

UNTAPPED POTENTIAL AUSTRALIA Coach: Bert van Marwijk Captain: Mile Jedinak Nickname: Socceroos Kit: Home – yellow; Away – dark green Cup Best Record: Second round 2006 Squad Goalkeepers: Brad Jones (Feyenoord), Mat Ryan (Brighton), Danny Vukovic (Genk) Defenders: Aziz Behich (Bursaspor), Milos Degenek (Yokohama F. Marinos), Matthew Jurman (Suwon Samsung Bluewings), Fran Karacic (Lokomotiva), James Meredith (Millwall), Josh Risdon (Western Sydney Wanderers), Trent Sainsbury (Grasshoppers) Midfielders: Josh Brillante (Sydney FC), Jackson Irvine (Hull), Mile Jedinak (Aston Villa), Robbie Kruse (Bochum), Massimo Luongo (Queens Park Rangers), Mark Milligan (Al Ahli), Aaron…

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