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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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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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