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Loud, proud, strong…and ...

Being principled and honest is something that makes one feel there is a purpose in life. But there is one institution that cannot just swallow that. No it’s not those affected ( as they are just made of dust as are you and me) but it’s the financial institutions. And...

MFL; More questions then answe...

As the M League 2020 season is just round the corner, there have been many stories going around . While the Malaysian Football League has been non committal on the actual dates of the M- League, the talks in the corridor seems to imply that it will only start in late...

SEA Games : 70 seems to be a d...

As of noon on December 6, the Malaysian contingent has raked in 24 gold medals. At the flag handing ceremony, the announcement by the Sports Minister Syed Sadiq was 70 gold medals. He proudly announced this figure was derived from the workshops held by NSC together...

SEA Games Football: OKS termin...

Having served FAM since 2006, Dato Ong Kim Swee was unceremoniously dumped by the Football Association of Malaysia via a phone call before he could even fly back to Malaysia. But the soon to be 49 year old took the news calmly and made no fuss about it, well aware...

SEA Games Football: OKS termin...

Having served FAM since 2006, Dato Ong Kim Swee was unceremoniously dumped by the Football Association of Malaysia via a phone call before he could even fly back to Malaysia. But the soon to be 49 year old took the news calmly and made no fuss about it, well aware...

As expected guns and knives ou...

In 90 minutes, the reputation of a Football coach can be torn to shreds. To hell with the success he reaped, to hell with the fact that he turned youngsters into household names, to hell with the fact that he madd toms of sacrifices. That is the fate of Dato Ong Kim...

SEA Games Flights Blunder: At ...

Looking at the flight schedule of the Malaysian contingent is like going through a maze. From information gathered through the Media Secretariat , many Athletes are being put on different flights, both going or returning home. While this to a certain extent can be...

MHL 2020: Only 8 in fray as 7 ...

The knockout tournament preceding the Malaysian Hockey League has been – knocked out! Named after Tan Sri P. Alagendra, the competition was introduced four years ago as a curtain raiser for the start of the new season of MHL. In 2019, the tournament was still...

MFL Saga: Why Kevin left, Broa...

So why did Kevin Ramalingam resign? It was a futile and lame attempt by the Malaysian Football League Board in their press statement that was the formal announcement, some 16 hours after this website ( its not a blog for heavens sake) revealed it. The statement stated...

SEA Games: The tale of the thu...

Shooting the messenger, That’s what sports is all about these days. Instead of acknowledging the fact that there are issues with regards governance in sports, the Olympic Council of Malaysia rather looks at a way to find out the source of GHD leaks. Take for example...

Hamidin praises Royal Selangor...

The Football Association of Malaysia is keen to provide assistance to private clubs that indulge in development programmes for Football. In making this stand, FAM President Dato Hamidin Mohd Amin lauded the efforts of such endeavours of clubs investing in development...

MFL CEO Resignation: Body to i...

The Malaysian Football League will issue a press statement on the position of its Chief Executive Officer Kevin Ramalingam this afternoon. This website revealed last night that Kevin had tendered his resignation as CEO. Met at the launch of the Royal Selangor Club...

Football: Breaking Nees: Kevin...

Three important things happened in Malaysian Football today, November 29. While we are all aware of the SEA Games defeats for both the Men’s ( 0-1 ) and Women (0-5) at the hands of Philippines, there is another schooling news. Malaysian Football League Chief Executive...

Mixed fortunes for Matador in ...

It was a day of mixed fortunes for Matador Hockey Club in the second day of the FHE Cup in Perth. The privately funded development club won their first match against Western Australia Penguins but succumbed to a 0-2 defeat at the hands of fellow Malaysian team, Bukit...

Hockey: Winning start for Mata...

Matador Hockey Club notched two wins in as many matches in the opening day of the FHE Cup held in Perth, Australia. Placed in Pool B, the self funded Hockey development club notched wins over Cirello Coaching Academy ( 3-0) and later punished BMR Coaching Academy 6-0....

OCM: Is the Sec Gen being phas...

So what do we have here? Over the past two months one thing is becoming clearly significant at the Olympic Council of Malaysia Slowly but surely the power and responsibility of the “ elected” Secretary General Dato Mohamad Nazifuddin Najib is being usurped by the...

Bowling: Jinx haunts Natasha

By Tony Mariadass Palembang The QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup women’s title jinx continued to haunt Malaysia, when Natasha Roslan lost in the semifinal to Australia’s Rebecca Whiting 176-199 this afternoon in Palembang....

SEA Games Football: Bring it o...

With the withdrawal of Safawi Rashid from the national team, all eyes will now be on teenage sensation Luqman Hakim Shamsuddin. The youngster was looking forward to playing alongside Safawi and Muhammad Akhyar Abdul Rashid in the forthcoming SEA Games, assuming he was...

Safawi out of SEA Games

In what can only be considered a devastating blow, ace striker Safawi Rasid will not be joining the SEA Games squad on the plane to Manila, This is due to the fact that he has played many matches and if not used sparingly, he could suffer a burnout. And this setback...

OCM: To whom is your allegianc...

It was said that OCM needed a Chief Operating Officer to ensure a professionally run outfit. So will someone in OCM kindly explain this fiasco or blunder. Today at 10am, a sponsorship ceremony from one of OCM’s long serving sponsors BATA/POWER was held at OCM. And at...

Our greed in sports, it’s neve...

Sitting on the train on a hot Sunday afternoon, a thought struck my mind. Remember the viral video clip of Mohamad Sabu when he joked on the situation that former Prime Minister Dato Seri Najib Razak had put himself him with regards to the 1MDB case. Well in case you...

An idiots guide to managing sp...

This is written to provide insights to anyone who is parachuted into positions, without having to work his or her way up from district, club, state and onwards to national and international levels in any sports. No intention to marginalise or ridicule anyone but with...

Hockey: TNB clinch Matador Hoc...

While the powers that be were busy jostling for positions in the National hockey body, a self sustaining club went around doing what they do best – developing hockey. Matador Hockey Club, a brain child of forner national skipper Sarjit Singh, organised its...

Hockey: India drop Azlan Shah ...

Indian coach Graham Reid has confirmed that his team will not be participating in the 2020 Sultan Azlan Shah Cup. A tweet from India’s Hockey writer Jaspreet Saini confirmed the fact after his interview with the coach. The men’s hockey calendar for 2020 on the...

Malaysian Hockey – The A...

By VM Chandran Leon Brown said that ” In the end you deserve what you get. The amount of effort you put in determines your joy and happiness”. Looking at the background of Malaysian hockey and the manoeuvres that have taken place to keep out deserving...

When cliche statements bore yo...

This is something for all to ponder! Each time we watch TV or read the newspaper, one will come across cliche remarks uttered by our officials and Athletes. And it’s really sickening to hear such remarks being passed day in and day out. Some of the most boring and...

Part 2 *MALAYSIAN HOCKEY AT CR...

*“FOR HONOUR & PRIDE OF MALAYSIA”* By Maninderjit Singh (Mike) *PART 2: CONGRESS* The month of November 2019 is a crucial stage, as the Malaysian Men’s Hockey Team plays Great Britain for final slot to Tokyo 2020 Olympics on 2nd & 3rd Nov in London. On the 8th...

AHF Hockey 5’s in Malaysia Feb...

An Asian Level Hockey 5’s event will be organised in Kuala Lumpur in February 2020. Catering for both boys and girls Under 16, the finer details of the first international event organised by the Asian Hockey Federation is currently being ironed out with the venue...

OCM Hall of Fame: Will the 198...

They won the Asian Games Bronze Medal in 1982. The women’s hockey team delivered an unexpected bronze at the Shivaji Hockey Stadium New Delhi. It was no mean feat for the Malaysian women’s Hockey team to achieve. For far too long they were under the shadows of their...

Malaysia’s loss is Oman’s gain...

He meant well for Malaysia. He tried his best to help elevate the quality of high performance sports in Malaysia. He was tough in making hard but necessary decisions for the betterment of athletes. He was honest, clean and trustworthy He had to knowledge, acumen and...

SEA Games: When are we flying ...

When the Olympic Council of Malaysia wanted to hire a Chief Operating Officer, one of the reasons given was towards a more professional administration. Granted the COO has been office for slightly over a month, but no significant changes are to be seen. And from the...

Hockey 5’s, change in ranking ...

Lausanne, Switzerland: The FIH Executive Board (EB), chaired by FIH President Dr. Narinder Dhruv Batra, held its last meeting of the year on 8-9 November at its offices in Lausanne, Switzerland, where it selected India to host the 2023 FIH Hockey Men’s World Cup...

Hockey: What Hockey will miss ...

Will Hockey’s loss be badminton’s gain? That is how the scenario could develop following the “ ineligibility”issue surrounding the nomination of Air Asia Executive Chairman Dato Kamarudin Meranun for the position of president of the National Hockey body. The corporate...

Clocks ticking for MFL and Ham...

Are there going to be heads rolling in the Malaysian Football League? Not the competition proper but the administrators of the MFL could well find some being asked to walk the plank. In barely 20 days, the month of November will come to an end. And it’s significant as...

MHL 2020 uncertainty on teams,...

With the closing date of the Malaysian Hockey League was Friday, November 8 at 13 noon as stipulated by the national body in the calling for entry. So what are the numbers of teams for the tournament that is scheduled for January and February 2020? With no information...

Hockey World Cup: Spain/ Nethe...

Although Malaysia were very confident of winning the bid to host the Women Hockey World Cup, the FIH Executive Board dealt them a double blow. For not only were they denied the women’s World Cup, but lost out the bid to host the Men’s World Cup as well....

Kok Chi on Hockey at Olympics

  Malaysia’s Participation in Men’s Hockey of the Olympic Games    Background Since its debut at the Melbourne 1956 Olympic Games, the Malaysia Men’s Hockey team has qualified and participated in the Olympic Games a total of 10 times out of 17 Olympic...

Hockey: Who Care’s

A game on twists and turns on the field has now a case of twists and turns in the electoral process. From what was to be a normal electoral process for a sports body at national level, the fuss in Hockey could have been avoided if transparency, governance and...

Hockey: Mass Pullout by Candid...

In a show of disgust and lack of transparency, several candidates that were nominated for positions in the forthcoming MHC Elections announced their withdrawal, What was to be a press conference to announce the manifesto of Air Asia chief Dato Kamarudin Meranun...

All eyes on two press conferen...

Two press conferences are scheduled today, within a short distance of each other. At 3.00pm, a Press Conference by the Malaysian Hockey Confederation will be held at the National Hockey Stadium. And at 4.30pm, another press conference, hosted by Air Asia chief Dato...

A REVIEW OF THE 60 YEARS OF TH...

By Dato Sieh Kok Chi In less than a month, the 30th edition of the SEA Games will be held in the Philippines. 2019 is also the 60th Anniversary of the founding of the SEA Games, then known as the SEAP Games in 1959. It is therefore opportune to review some of the...

SEA Games Flag Bearer: OCM los...

In less then 30 days the 2019 Manila SEA Games will get underway. Malaysia has named a big contingent for the SEA Games and the selection process was so lax that it has become a SEA Games that everyone can participate in. Two issue here with regards to the SEA Games...

Aftermath of a disastrous fail...

By; V M Chandran In London on the 2nd and 3rd of November, our hockey boys and officials had to put “their tails between their legs” and walk ashamed as they were thrashed 9-3 aggregate over 2 legs for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic hockey qualifiers. Sayonara!...

Hockey Olympics Exit: Who care...

Why is it always that in failure in any sport, the first persons to be blamed are the coaches and players? This shifting the blame approach has been often used in Malaysian sports and once again tears its ugly head as the national Hockey team failed to qualify for the...

Olympics Failure : Making the ...

Unable to sleep after watching yet another exit of our Hockey team from the Olympics, I told myself that while it was going to be painful for some to read this, the facts had to be laid bare. While some rant over the social media on the trials and tribulations or the...

Hockey: The Olympic wait conti...

By S. Ramaguru in London Great Britain put paid to Malaysian hopes of making their first Olympics since Sydney 2000 with a comprehensive 9-3 aggregate win in the two leg Olympic Qualifiers at Lee Valley Stadium in London. After winning the first match 4-1 on Saturday,...

Hockey Olympic Qualifiers : GB...

By S. Ramaguru In Lee Valley London Great Britain took a giant step towards Olympic Qualification by defeating Malaysia 4-1 at the Lee Valley Hockey Stadium in London. It was a comeback win for the home team who trailed for a large party of the match having gone down...

Football: Ticketing Scam never...

The Malaysia Cup final is this Saturday. And the clamour for tickets started as soon as the final whistle went at the end of the second leg semi finals. No doubt Kedah and Johor have a tremendous fan base. Was this the factor that inclined MFL to capitalise and...

MALAYSIAN HOCKEY AT CROSSROAD:...

*”FOR HONOUR & PRIDE OF MALAYSIA”* By Maninderjit Singh (Mike) The month of November 2019 is a crucial stage, as the Malaysian Men’s Hockey Team plays Great Britain for final slot to Tokyo 2020 Olympics on 2 & 3 in London. On the 8th November, FIH would...

Hockey: NS Hockey deserves a p...

In 2015, I was accorded the honour of being the first inductee to the Hall of Fame of the Negeri Sembilan Hockey Association. My two other fellow inductees were the late Lawerence van Huizen and William Fidelis, whom I regard as the icons of NS Hockey. While paying...

Hockey: My faith in Olympic Qu...

The countdown has began. On Saturday, we take our first step towards eradicating a record that we do not really need. Our absence from the Olympics. The burden of eradication this horrendous record lies on the shoulders of 18 players, our best from the 32 million...

Selangor Football transition b...

Although Selangor were knocked out at the semi final stage of the Malaysia Cup, they have been quietly planning to be a force to reckon with in Malaysian Football in years to come. And towards that objective, it is reliably learnt that they have signed up as many as...

Getting to know who the Women ...

A question by a state Hockey official, holding a key position for well over 18 years got me thinking. The question that this obviously illiterate on Hockey official asked was as follows; “ Who is this Lum Sau Fong.” That got me thinking, if a person that has held a...

Hockey: Ignoring home bred leg...

Those running the Negri Sembilan Hockey Association and Penang State Hockey Association have no business running Hockey. For they have brought shame and disrepute to their respective states by nominating individuals that have never contributed towards that sport in...

Hockey: As predicted, everyone...

As predicted by this website a week ago, the number of candidates vying for positions in the forthcoming Malaysia Hockey Confederation elections is mind blowing. When the initial list of candidates was first revealed by two states, there was a pattern –...

Hockey: Koshy exit raises eyeb...

In a surprising move, George Koshy, the “ silent “ Deputy President of the Malaysian Hockey Confederation has exited as Chairman of its Competitions Committee Whatsapp group. And in thanking the members, in other words he stopped short of using the word resign . But...

Football: Will Malaysia Cup fi...

Where will the Malaysia Cup final be held? Though it was earlier announced that Bukit Jalil will be the venue, some disturbing news is filtering down the corridors of power from the headquarters. It seems that there is some inking that enough pressure was exerted to...

Hockey Nominations, Let’s foll...

Quid pro quo is a Latin phrase used in English to mean an exchange of goods or services, in which one transfer is contingent upon the other; “a favour for a favour”. Phrases with similar meanings include: “give and take”, “tit for...

Locked gates could one day occ...

We often hear national sports bodies taking the stadium boards to task for poor management or provision of facilities at sporting venues. But much of the blame actually lies with the sports bodies itself. Not that they are tasked with the administration and management...

MHC: The Unholy Alliance Revea...

One look at the seven names proposed by Selangor HA will tell you that a pack has been formed. Forget the top three positions but any hosiery passionate lovers heart will only bleed seeing the names proposed. Let’s ask some simple questions in order to evaluate the...

Let’s honour Sikh Olympians

Representing your nation is the highest achievement for many a sportsman. For it is the pinnacle for many a athlete and is often used as a barometer to determine the ability. There are many sportsmen, but in Malaysia there are only around 350 Olympians, those accorded...

Crowded field expected in race...

It is expected to be a crowded field in the battle for the Vice President positions of the Malaysian Hockey Confederation. Though the notice of meeting for the AGM set for November 16 has yet to make its appearance, the lobbying has started. There are seven positions...

FAM: Start following regulatio...

Stories of unpaid wages of Football players are expected to dominate sports pages over the next few weeks. With only four teams left competing in the Malaysia Cup, sordid tales of players having to beg and borrow in order to survive are bound to receive waves of...

Hockey: MHC Elections – ...

In the past, when it came to the elections of the top brass of the Malaysian Hockey, the focus of attention used to be on Perak. Why? Simply because the nomination list from Perak was often concluded as the “ preferred” candidates list of as HRH Al Maharum Sultan...

Badminton: Whatever happened t...

There are arguments that the Badminton development system has not failed but actually delivered results. However facts speak for themselves should one take a look at the list of the World Junior Champions produces by this country, World Junior Champions 1. Jeremy Gan...

Hockey Asian Masters, One titl...

It was a case mixed fortunes for the two Malaysian Hockey Teams participating in the 5th Grand Masters Asian Cup at Donghae, Korea from 17th- 23rd October. The 65 and above team were edged to the title by Japan as they lost their final match 1-0. They had earlier...

OCM: Engage me rather then cli...

When one used to walk into the Olympic Council of Malaysia office, he / she would be greeted by smiling faces and bubbly characters, all without any fear or favour, sans any tension. But of late there is so much stress and climate of fear that is so noticeable when...

Football: Who said our M Leagu...

In seven days time October comes to an end. And by November 2, the domestic Football season culminates with the Malaysia Cup final. And then it starts – the media coverage on unpaid subsidy and wages by the various teams. It is so very predictable – our...

BAM: Wake Up before it’s too l...

It is only natural that when national sports associations get criticised, they go on the defensive. Rather then accepting views of others, they justify their actions ( or rather ineffectiveness) with flowery press statements that in actual sense are merely nothing if...

Hockey receives peanuts compar...

How does the NSC and Sports Ministry evaluate sports in terms of delivery and performance? Surely Hockey ended up being the biggest loser when the 2020 Budget was announced by Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng recently. Not that Guan Eng is at fault but the manner in...

Hockey; An Indoor Hockey Event...

For those who may not know it, even some who live in Kuala Kangsar, there is an indoor tournament that will be held there in two weeks. Named as the HRH Tuanku Zara – Invitational International Women’s Indoor Hockey 2019. It has been scheduled from October...

Hockey : When stakeholders cou...

Hockey is slowly being sent to a retirement home. For those who are to be guardians of the sport have put money over everything when it comes to developing and promoting the sport and players. Let me give readers a breakdown how I came to this conclusion. Last year...

Where were you Minister? Is JB...

What is the distance between Muar and Johor Baru? Or even what will be the travelling time between Kuala Lumpur and Johor Baru? I was told it takes slightly under 90 minutes to get from Muar to Taman Daya Hockey Stadium. Yet our Youth &Sports Minister Syed Sadiq...

Britain lift historic third ti...

Great Britain lifted the 9#> edition of the Sultan of Johor Cup defeating India 2-1 at the Taman Daya Stadium. In a final that India dominated for large parts, it was the never say die attitude of the British that saw then lift the title for a historic third time....

SOJC: MALAYSIA take bronze

Malaysia took third spot in the 9th edition of the Sultan of Johor Cup with a thrilling 3-2 win over Japan. This was Malaysia’s first podium finish since 2015 where they also ended up third. “ We are happy to have won but really we have an issue with concerting...

Australia gain revenge over Ki...

Australia finally came alive in the Sultan of Johor Cup to defeat New Zealand 4–2 the match to determine 5/6 placing, They played their best match of the tournament as they completely dominated a match against a team they had lost less then 24 hours earlier. For...

Oceania battle to avoid wooden...

New Zealand defeated their fellow Oceania counterparts Australia 3-1 in the final pool match. The result meant that both teams occupy the fifth and sixth positions at the end of the pool stages and will play each other again to decide the wooden spoon. It was...

Malaysia on course for podium ...

Malaysia stayed on course for a podium finish after a come from behind win over Japan. In a match they had to win, Malaysia trailed 1-2 as the clock was ticking away. But a sterling finish by man of the match Amirul Azhar turned the tables as the Malaysian team played...

SOJC: India v GB repeat final

Defending champions Great Britain will take on India in the final of the 9th edition of the Sultan of Johor Cup at the Taman Daya Hockey Stadium. It will be a repeat final of 2018 where Great Britain triumphed 3-2 to lift the trophy for the second time. Either of the...

Nur Saiful cari formula berbez...

Jurulatih Malaysia, Nur Saiful Zaini Nasiruddin memerlukan formula berbeza bagi mengatasi Jepun dalam aksi terakhir liga saingan hoki Piala Sultan Johor (SOJC) 2019, esok Kedua-dua pasukan turun dengan misi memburu kemenangan. Malaysia memerlukan tiga mata bagi layak...

India, Britain enggan ambil ri...

Secara matematiknya, pertembungan India menentang Great Britain, esok hanya perlu berkesudahan seri bagi membolehkan kedua-dua pasukan layak ke final saingan hoki Piala Sultan Johor (SOJC) 2019. Kedua-dua pasukan kini berkongsi sembilan mata di kedudukan dua teratas...

Profile of Mandeep Mor, 20; In...

“Mandeep mahu ikut jejak abang Pardeep beraksi di pentas Olimpik” JOHOR BAHRU: Kehebatan abang dalam sukan hoki menjadi daya penarik buat Mandeep Mor, 20, memilih sukan ini sebagai kerjaya profesional. Pemain pertahanan yang menjadi kapten skuad bawah 21...

Profile of Benji Edwards, 21, ...

“Benji main video games redakan tekanan” JOHOR BAHRU: Minat golognan muda masa kini, tidak dapat dinafikan sama sekali ramai yang meminati permainan video.  Ini termasuklah atlet sukan yang bermain di peringkat tertinggi, permainan video yang semakin...

Japan stay in hunt for final b...

Japan kept alive their hopes of making the final of the Sultan of Johor Cup with an impressive 4-2 win over New Zealand. They had to work hard for the win, coming back from being a goal twice to collect three points that put them on six points. And they plsy Malaysia...

Malaysia record first win

Malaysia upset Great Britain 1-0 to stay on course for a podium finish at the Sultan of Johor Cup. The win gave Malaysia four points and moved them up the standings. They will know their fate after their final pool match against Japan. “ We played well, especially in...

India trounce Australia

India took a big step towards a place in Saturday’s final as they demolished fellow contenders Australia 5-1 at the Taman Daya Hockey Stadium. Both the teams needed the three points to stay in contention for the place in the final. However as India showed composure...

SOJC; Kiwis rout Malaysian jun...

New Zealand bounced back from a heavy 8-2 defeat at the hands of India to inflict a embarrassing 6-0 defeat to hosts Malaysia at the Sultan of Johor Cup. The win gave the Kiwis their first points while Malaysia are now at the bottom of the standings after all teams...

India go down to Japan

India slumped to a shock 4-3 defeat at the hands of Japan at the Sultan of Johor Cup. It was indeed a match that India did not deserve a point as they were poor both in midfield and Attack. “ We were not at our best and all credit to Japan who took their chances...

SOJC: Britain inch closer to f...

Great Britain took a giant leap towards a place in Saturday’s final of the 9th edition of the Sultan of Johor Cup. A nail biting 1-0 win over Australia has given the defending champions 9 points. But coach Jon Bleby was not looking at a place in the final but rather...

India put eight past New Zeala...

India went on a scoring spree, putting eight goals past New Zealand at the Taman Daya Hockey Stadium. The 8-2 win was achieved with clinical finishing and a high level of skills by the Indians. But Indian coach BJ Kariapa earned the wrath of the media as he kept them...

Britain catat kemenangan kedua

Juara bertahan, Great Britain merekodkan kemenangan kedua dalam saingan hoki Piala Sultan Johor (SOJC) 2019 apabila menewaskan Jepun 2-1 di Stadium Hoki Taman Daya, hari ini. Kemenangan itu menyaksikan Britain berjaya melunaskan dendam mereka selepas dimalukan dengan...

SOJC: Second win for Great Bri...

Great Britain notched their second successive win in the Sultan of Johor Cup with a 2-1 win over Japan at the Taman Daya Hockey Stadium. Japan however put up a gritty fight and could have got a point had they made count the four penalty corners they had minutes before...

India bangkit atasi Malaysia

Malaysia seharusnya menyalahkan diri sendiri apabila membenarkan India bangkit untuk melakar kemenangan 4-2 dalam aksi pertama saingan hoki Piala Sultan Johor (SOJC) 2019 di Stadium Hoki Taman Daya, hari ini. Skuad remaja negara gagal mengekalkan kelebihan dimiliki...

India fight back stuns Malaysi...

India came from being 2-0 down to defeat Malaysia 4-2 at the Taman Daya Stadium tonight. It was a case of the home team making silly mistakes in defence that allowed their opponents to collect all three points. “ We made some structural and tactical changes after...

GB Atasi New Zealand

Juara bertahan Great Britain langkah kanan apabila berjaya menundukkan New Zealand 2-0 pada perlawanan yang berlangsung di Stadium Hoki Taman Daya, di sini, hari ini. Perlawanan itu bagaimanapun berlangsung sengit apabila kedua-dua pasukan kental ketika bertahan dan...

GB grind out hard fought win o...

Defending champions got their trophy defence off to a bright start in a workmanlike 2-0 win over New Zealand It was a highly tactical match as both teams gave no quarter to each other, with some hard fought battles in midfield, But in the end it was the better...

Aussie’s get off to winning st...

Australia edged Japan 2-1 in the opening match of the 9th edition of the Sultan Johor Cup at the Taman Daya Hockey Stadium. It was a highly entertaining match where the Aussies dominated with two attempts coming off the post. “ We were a bit unlucky but the three...

SOJC; Hazell Wira Australia

Juara dua kali, Australia dipaksa bekerja keras sebelum melakar kemenangan 2-1 ke atas Jepun dalam aksi pertama saingan hoki Piala Sultan Johor (SOJC) di Stadium Taman Daya, hari ini. Ehren Hazell muncul wira apabila meledak dua gol padang buat Australia pada minit...

Sultan of Johor Cup

Kindly visit the links for the updates on the 9th Edition of the Sultan of Johor Cup which is being held from Oct 12 to 19. Matches are live on YouTube and only certain media are providing coverage of the tournament as for some main stream media, their priorities are...

Anthony Ravindra – RIP G...

It what can only be described as shocking, former international Anthony Ravindra suffered a fatal heart Attack while playing Hockey at the Shah Alam Gurudwara ( Sikh Temple) mini pitch on Monday. The man who created history by bring the first Malaysian Hockey player...

Badminton : Time to accept res...

Malaysian Badminton is in trouble. And the sooner the powers that administer the sport admit it, the earlier we can overcome it. Our last major success was the Thomas Cup won in 1992, almost 27 years ago. Yes we have had success at periodic levels through individual...

MFL needs to make public its l...

Just how much is the liabilities of the Malaysian Football League? A press release by the body set up to manage the league was thought provoking. And for those who might have missed the all important para or it went unreported in the main stream media,allow me to...

OCM: COO Issue: Shooting the m...

We often wonder if at times there will ever be a change in mindset of sports personalities. Last Saturday, the OCM Council met and just before that a special board meeting of the OCM Executive Board was held. The purpose of this special board meeting was to endorse...

Time to move away from cheats ...

As I mark my exit from Kuala Lumpur, I will be writing a series of articles outlining moments in our sporting history that ultimately changed things, some for the better, most for the worse. In the articles, I shall reveal the rights and wrongs associated with sports...

OCM, NSC should let NSA’s Run ...

Can a government agency or a sub committee of a non governmental sports organisation usurp the powers of duly elected office bearers of a national sports body? That is the questions being posed with regards to the issue of traditional boat race, canoe, Table Tennis...

SEA Games: No justification in...

So the argument put forward by the Olympic Council of Malaysia President on the Justin fixation of the SEA Games contingent size reads something like this. “ So this Games is an exception (on why OCM allow national sport associations to send athletes under category B)...

Hong Kong loses hosting rights...

The ongoing street protests in Hong Kong have claimed another victim in the field of sports. Concerned in the recent developments in the SAR, the Asian Hockey Federation has decided to move the qualifiers for the Junior Asia Cup from Hong Kong. Scheduled to be held in...

Hockey; From coach to coach pe...

The national Hockey team has concluded its four match friendly against Korea last Thursday. It resulted in one win, one draw and two defeats, with Malaysia scoring eight goals and conceding ten. The team comprises of players that are almost certain to feature in the...

In OCM rules do not matter

It is obvious that in the Olympic Council of Malaysia rules are meant to be broken. There is no such thing as following regulations that they themselves imposed. This was made crystal clear when the number of Athletes going for the 2019 Manila SEA Games was revealed....

Badminton Project 24, means ea...

Number 14 is considered to be the worst number among all the unlucky numbers. The ‘1’ in the number 14 does not represent loneliness; instead it means ‘guaranteed’. Therefore, the number would interpret ‘guaranteed death’.. And in...

SEA Games : When everyone can ...

The Olympic Council of Malaysia Selection Committee meets this morning to determine the final number of Athletes to the Manila SEA Games. When there was a furore about the quality of Athletes sent for the 2018 Jakarta/Palembang Asian Games, there was swift action,...

When regulations are ignored.

The sports that were placed in Category B had till September 20 to make good their payments. While most paid up to OCM on or before that period, there was one sports association that truly took the honours. They issued a post dated cheque as part payment for their...

MPM fiasco , let the handicap ...

A sports editor of a malay daily penned a comment piece with regards to the ongoing issues in the Malaysian Paralympic Council. In short he virtually hit out at former Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin, asking him to set good leadership example and withdraw from...

Transparency and good governan...

Writing this article was tough. A lot of thought was put into it. Was I going to be cowed by threats or was I going to be duty bound to tell the truth? Up to the highest level in this country I have been made to sound like a sour grape, when I reality all I am doing...

Hockey: The day we defeated Gr...

Often I asked this question to Hockey enthusiasts as well as the Hockey Journalists in Malaysia who claim to know everything on Hockey. My question has been the same and simple – when was the last time Malaysia defeated Great Britain in Hockey in Great Britain?...

Razak Cup : Will it go on or b...

Will the Tun Razak Cup still go on with the haze situation at alarming levels? While it poses a health risk to the players, plans are in place to proceed with the tournament that is scheduled to begin on Friday. The team managers meeting is scheduled for Thursday and...

Hanged before a trial, the mis...

In what can only be deemed as weird, a Hockey technical official has been “ suspended” since April but was never asked to appear before any hearing or even given a show cause letter. And the matter only cans to light when FIH removes his name from the list of...

3 Malaysians apply for Singapo...

Three Malaysians are amongst the list of 15 candidates that have applied for the position of the Singapore national women team coach, In confirming this, the President of the Singapore Hockey Federation Mathavan Devadas however refused to reveal more details. “ Yes we...

AHF Asian Junior Cup Qualifier...

Singapore booked a place in the Junior Asia Cup when they defeated Chinese Taipei 4-0 in the Air Asia Women’s Junior Asia Cup Qualifiers at the Sengkang Hockey Stadium in Singapore. With the two top teams assured of a place in the Junior Asia Cup in Japan in April...

AHF Asian Junior Qualifiers: U...

Uzbekistan registered a convincing 6-0 win over Bangladesh in the Air Asia Women’s Junior Asia Cup Qualifiers at the Sengkang Hockey Stadium in Singapore. The win gives them a good chance of booking the second spot in the tournament which in turn will enable them to...

AHF Asian Juniors Qualifiers &...

Hong Kong defeated Sri Lanka 3-0 in the Air Asia Women’s Junior Asia Cup Qualifiers at the Sengkang Hockey Stadium in Singapore. Hong Kong had lost two of their previous three matches , 0-5 to Uzbekistan, 0-2 to Chinese Taipei but defeated Bangladesh 1-p for the only...

SOJC nets RM3.4 million

Press Release Sultan of Johor Cup International recognition for SOJC The 9th edition of the Sultan of Johor Cup promises a high level of competition based on the early confirmation of the participating teams. In what can only be deemed as keen interest, the six teams...

Johor HA create history, first...

In what can be considered an historical achievement, the Johor Hockey Association has secured a 4 storey shop office as its office. Courtesy of UM Land Berhad, the RM.1.8 million property is located at Fortuna Hin Seri Alam Johor was donated to the Johor Hockey...

Breaking News: Hockey Olympic ...

Men’s Draw Germany v Austria India v Russia Holland v Pakistan Spain v France Canada v Ireland Great Britain v Malaysia New Zealand v South...

Olympic Qualifiers – Men...

The International Hockey Federation (FIH) has released the updated FIH World Rankings.  This update comes ahead of the rankings-based draw for the FIH Hockey Olympic qualifiers, which will be broadcast live on the FIH Facebook page on Monday 9 September 2019...

Bias Selection for Ju Jitsu? W...

Are the best exponents sekected to represent the Ju Jitsu squad for the Manila SEA Games, assuming OCM gives them the nod to go to Manila when hearing appeals tomorrow.? This comes up after this website was alerted to the manner in which “ closed trials” were...

Hockey: Why neglect the Junior...

Malaysia’s lack of focus towards the preparation of its juniors men’s and women’s hockey team could well see them miss out of the 2021 Junior World Cup. While the men’s team has the players, their lack of exposure could well derail their qualification chances in the...

FIH release provisional list o...

The draw to determine the matches of the upcoming FIH Hockey Olympic qualifiers will be held on 9 September at 1pm CET at the headquarters of the International Hockey Federation (FIH) in Lausanne, Switzerland. It will be conducted by FIH CEO Thierry Weil and streamed...

Hosting multi sports events, f...

If there was a world title for bidding of sports events, then Malaysia will be the undisputed champions, no two ways about it. Barely had the euphoria died down on the joint ASEAN bid for the 2034 FIFA World Cup that we now are fed with news of potentially bidding for...

Grandpa’s and Grandma’s at SEA...

There is a furore with regards to the participation of the Traditional Boat Race team for the Manila SEA Games. But it has been left out of coverage by the print media, ironically despite having their journalist present at the centre of the storm when statements were...

Who cares about sports?

What kind of society have we become? Swears, promises, love, loyalty, just meaningless words Yes there is much tension in Malaysia at the moment but the signs were already there for years before this, allowed to manifest by unscrupulous individuals that only think...

Hockey: Farewell Lawrence, the...

The loud, thunderous and booming voice of the famed NS Padang is no more. Lawrence Joseph van Huizen, the doyen of Hockey, be it at school, district, state, national and international level left this earth to be with The Lord at 4.30am this morning after battling a...

Football SEA Games: Catch 22 f...

The new regulation by the organising committee of the 2019 Manila SEA Games could well derail Malaysia’s chances in the men’s football competition. Though the draw has yet to be done, the registration requirement of the final 20 players for the competition, normally...

Hockey: Factual assessment on ...

Let me make it clear from the start Neither am I an ex- International who has played 80 times for the country, be it field, indoor, underwater or imaginary Hockey. And neither am I am decorated individual with a title ( save for Teo honorific awards that I never used)...

Kim Chun to replace Teong Kim ...

So the word is that the contract of Lim Teong Kim will not be renewed and indication of such action was told to media in Japan. And further to that, it was revealed that a new Program Director has been identified and the announcement will be made by the Sports...

Hamidin acting Chairman of MFL

The Football Association of Malaysia President, Dato Hamidin Amin is now said to be appointed as the Chairman of the Malaysian Football League. However efforts to obtain confirmation from MFL were futile but a MFL Board Meeting recently had endorsed the appointment....

Bukit Mertajam Hockey Pitch &#...

While the Deputy Sports Minister is pretty vocal with regards to many issues governing sports, we wonder what his response is to the long overdue construction of an artificial Hockey pitch in Bukit Mertajam, which is his parliamentary constituency, Two years down,...

MAF General Manager quits

The Malaysian Athletic Federation has been dealt with a bitter blow. Their General Manager. Lt. Col. (R) Kalaimoney Bathumalay submitted his resignation on Monday, handing his letter to MAF President Dato SM Muthu and his Deputy Dato Mumtaz Jaafar. The former army...

Ice Hockey: Stand Off Continue...

The stand off in the national ice Hockey team continues. Following the ultimatum given last Wednesday – to appeal and be reinstated by the national body to the nine players, only two submitted appeals by the deadline on Sunday. The other 7 decided , in all...

Hockey Pitches in state of dis...

Barely a year after it was launched, the artificial pitch at the Tengku Abdullah Stadium in Bangi has been closed. Belonging to UniKL, the pitch came under severe criticism prior to the Malaysian Hockey League as the surface was considered bumpy and not conducive for...

Football: Taking credit, denyi...

Why deny Khairy Jamaludfin his legacy? That is the question I wish to direct to the all powerful Stuart Ramalingam whose carefully crafted “apology” statement made it debut today after the Facebook fiasco by FAM that caused much banter in the social media over the...

Ice Hockey : To play or not yo...

Firstly to the parents of the ice Hockey players in a standoff with the national body in their kids being left out of the team. Yes, you may have received calls, messages, texts, bad mouthing me, but at the same time ask yourself one question – what have you...

Ice Hockey Meltdown

The nine national ice hockey players have been given a lifeline. Appeal against your exclusion before this Sunday and they will be reinstated into the training squad of the national team that is preparing for the Manila SEA Games. This was stated by Team Manager...

Ice Hockey: The other side of ...

The issue on the Ice Hockey are hotting up. After I had revealed the simmering issues within the two factions in the body, I was contacted by an individual , namely Hazurin Harun on Facebook who introduced himself as the Treasurer of the Association. I offered to...

Petanque – Invited but t...

They were invited for s Meeting for the OCM Selection Committee. But after turning up on the scheduled time, the officials from the Malaysian Pétanque Federation were told that they were not allowed in to present their views or recommendations to the five man panel....

Writing with fear or favour

Penning truths has its consequences, Rather then accept truth as it has been reported, those who reveal truths eventually go through loads of mindless tortures, ranging from being shunned, to being called all sorts of names and innuendos and their attempts to write...

OCM Crisis Management yet to b...

This was reported by National News Agency BERNAMA on June 11 this year. “ A crisis management committee will be set up by the Olympic Council of Malaysia (OCM) to tackle problems arising in national sports associations (NSAs). “ OCM president Datuk Seri Norza Zakaria...

Hockey: Malaysia has beaten Ge...

There seems to be confusion , mostly through inaccurate media reports, pertaining to Malaysia’s 4-2 win over Germany. Some had reported it, either online, online or social media that it was Malaysia’s first win over the mighty Germans, However the statistics show...

Now Pétanque Federation suspen...

In what can only be considered a disgrace, the International Pétanque Federation has withdrawn its rights to represent the sport. In a letter dated March 21, the joint President of the Federation International Pétanque ( FIPJP ) and Confederation Mondiale Sport Boules...

Athletes pick their reps for O...

It was the first time that an election was conducted to select members of the OCM Athlete Commission . Conducted by the the election of office bearers for the Athletes’ Commission for the term 2019/2021 was orderly but looking at the faves of those present to cast...

Problems in Ice Hockey

There is trouble brewing in Ice Hockey. And a meeting is said to be planned today between the disgruntled individuals and two key personnel – OCM President and NSC Director General. The division is to such an extent that reports have been lodged with relevant...

Are we prepared for Manila SEA...

Indoor Hockey is rather seasonal in Malaysia. After the 2017 SEA Games, a leader made it clear that field Hockey was the focus and that not much attention will be paid to indoor Hockey. And another individual that holds a high position , had before the 2027 games,...

FAM/MFL – Are there two ...

Though many are saying that it is unfair to Penang FA, it was something they deserved. Teams in the Malaysian leagues must realise that non payment of salaries is no longer something they should treat lightly. Penang paid the price where it hurts the most –...

Farewell Krishnan, you touched...

The ever smiling Cikgu K. Krishnan left us suddenly on July 9. It was indeed a shock to receive such tragic news and I was unable to pen a tribute to a wonderful personality that touched my life. He suffered a massive heart attack in Kangar, ironically amongst the...

Asian Indoor: Iran a class act

Iran showed why they are the dominant force of indoor hockey in Asia as they scored an emphatic 10-0 win over Kazakhstan in the final of the men’s competition of the AHF Asian Indoor Championship in Chonburi. Iran, who are ranked world number 4 were obviously a class...

AsianIndoor:Kazakhstan retain ...

Kazakhstan defeated Thailand 3-1 in the final of the women’s competition of the AHF Asian Indoor Championship in Chonburi. It was a cone from behind win for Kazakhstan who were a goal down as early as the second minute. But they never lost their composure and played a...

Asian Indoor, Malaysia on Podi...

Malaysia picked up the bronze medal in the men’s competition of the AHF Asian Indoor Hockey Tournament by defeating Uzbekistan 6-3 in the third placing match. It was a decent ending for the Malaysians after their heart wrenching 4-3 semis defeat at the hands of...

Asian Indoor, Malaysian women ...

Malaysia have only themselves to blame for not picking up the bronze medal in the women’s 3/4th placing match of the AHF Asian Indoor Championship in Chonburi. They lost 1-0 in a penalty shootout after the match in regulation time ended 1-1. Uzbekistan had taken a 1-0...

Asian Indoor Hockey: Iran a cl...

Iran showed why they are a class above the other teams as they demolished Uzbekistan 9-1 in the men’s semi final of the Asian Indoor Championship in Chonburi. Ranked world number 4, the Iranians were a class act, playing a high level of indoor Hockey that was a joy to...

Kazakhstan deny Malaysia a pla...

Kazakhstan qualified for the final of the men’s competition of the Asian Indoor Championship when they defeated Malaysia 4-3 in the semis played in Chonburi. It was a well deserved win for tKazakhstan who attacked and defended in numbers and played their hearts out...

HockeyAsian Indoor: Malaysian ...

Defending champions Kazakhstan booked a place in the final of the women’s competition of Asian Indoor Championship with a 2-1 win over gritty Malaysia. They were forced to work hard by the Malaysians who defended well and hardly gave space to their opponents. In the...

AHF Press Release: Indoor Hock...

Press Release Asian Hockey Federation The stage is set for an exciting semi finals in the AHF Asian Indoor Hockey Tournament In Chonburi , Thailand. Organised by the Thailand Hockey Association under the astute leadership of Dato Seri Chaiyapak Siriwat, the teams are...

Asian Indoor – World Cup...

In contrast to what is being said by a certain official in Malaysia, the Asian Indoor Hockey Champions only are at present assured of a place in the 2021 Indoor Hockey World Cup. As in the past by convention, only the champions of the respective men and women’s...

FAM/MFL , Let’s start with goo...

Rather then put a cap on the minimum number of nominations to be entitled to vie for a position, the Football Association of Malaysia should instead on cleaning up the potential candidates, , both in terms of ethics and morals. At a time when the nation is fixated...

FAM needs to have a re-think o...

The Football Association of Malaysia’s decision to impose minimum nomination criteria for a candidate to contest their positions has received irate responses from many in the sports world. While many called it undemocratic, there was one response from a ex senior...

Aikman – China are a bet...

China are the dark horses of the World League Finals to be held in Kuala Lumpur from the 26 April to May 4. This assessment comes from Japan’s head coach Siegfried Aikman after watching China in action in the first of five matches against his team in Japan. China...