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Post MCO: Will sports return t...

Will sports be re-opened after the correct Conditional Movement Control Order expires on June 9? Will there be another form of Movement Controlled Order or a modified version? Or will we see another month of extension of the current MMCO which effectively means a no...

Hockey: Kudos for AHF but some...

When Malaysia last to Japan in the final of the Asian Games, the Asian Hockey Federation were hammered black and blue. And no sooner had their wounds healed, the AHF were once again in the firing line by overzealous personalities from Malaysia which accused the patent...

Hockey: SOJC moves to 2021

The 10th edition of the Sultan of Johor Cup has been postponed to 2021. Scheduled to be held from October 3 to 10, the annual Under 21 Invitational Tournament often sees 6 teams participating. However due to the decision not to hold mass gatherings in view on the...

Hockey World Cup: Asia gets th...

Following the postponement of the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 to next year, and therefore hockey Continental Championships having to be rescheduled, the FIH Executive Board, after consultation with the Continental Federations and the FIH Athletes Committee, has reviewed...

Football: National Senior and ...

The national senior Football team as well as their junior counterparts , the U19 team could well be used as the benchmark for a return to training for state and club teams. Although the conditions in the current Conditional Movement Control Order does provide some...

The Drama Continues for Mak Ci...

It was a day after Raya when Mak Cik Kiah, Pak Uda , Muthu we’re joined in their local melting pot run by Ah Kow. “ Raya apa lah ini, Anak Makcik asyik ke bank check ATM untuk duit claim, Tapi habuk pun takda,” lamented the old lady sipping a Cawan of Kopi O. “ Tanya...

When unkept promisers hurt you...

A question from the heart. Just how many times will you trust a person that makes promises but breaks each one of the promises? One e, thrice? In my case one too many times and honestly I lost count. Anyway there is such thing as one final blow and this happened...

Road To Tokyo: NSC Camp in Buk...

Concerned for the well being of athletes and officials, Youth & Sports Minister Dato Seri Reezal Merican Naina Merican made an executive decision. That is to move the start date of the Road to Tokyo Camp at the National Sports Council Complex in Bukit Jalil from...

When legends speak, we ought t...

Two former stalwarts of Malaysian Sports responded to my article on the state of sports – in particular the death of volunteerism as well as paying big bucks for staff. Dato G. Vijaynathan and Dato Thomas Lee from Hockey and Golf are legendary administrators who...

Will sports restart soon and c...

Is there light at the end of the tunnel? Will social sports resume soon now that selected high performance sports are restarting on June 1 ? With at least four Sports Ministers, past and current in the National Security Council, will they push for sports to resume,...

Salaries, wages, perks, why qu...

There was a thought provoking article in a local daily yesterday that many may have missed as it was buried at the bottom. The article questioned the rationale of paying mega bucks to officials of the World Badminton Federation ( BWF) and Dato Sieh Kok Chi was quoted...

Making sense when others make ...

Is it worth representing the country? And hoping that it will one day help in your future undertakings? The answer is a flat no as two former international Hockey players found out. Let’s visit the sordid tales of Arrifin Ghani and Nishel Kumar, both who donned the...

JB Koo still suspended, after ...

Koo Boo Jin, or more famously known as JB Koo created a record of sorts in tenpin bowling . JB was a of member of the trio team who won the nation’s first ever gold medal in the FIQ World Championship in Manila in 1979 and the Sportsman of the Year 1979. But he is...

RTT Camp: Are we truly prepare...

Jubilation greeted the decision to allow the Road to Tokyo bound Athletes and hopefuls to resume training after a hiatus of three months. The decision by the Special Ministerial Committee for Covid 19 was well received by all in the sports industry. Termed as the baby...

Safety first as FIH helps hock...

Press Release FIH As National Associations start to make plans for a safe return to hockey activities after the necessary restrictions imposed due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the FIH has produced a document to help and support Continental Federations, National...

June 1 Green-light for Road to...

The Athletes that have qualified for the Tokyo Olympics as well as those aspiring to will be allowed to start training on June 1. The decision was taken at a meeting of Ministers for Covid 19 this morning at Putrajaya. This marks a giant step towards sports returning...

Will Athletes be allowed to re...

The restart program for Malaysian sports will be determined this morning. Youth and Sports Minister Dato Seri Reezal Merican Naina Merican will present a proposal to the Special Committed of Minister on Covid 19 and the National Security Council. . It was initially...

BAM makes coaching changes

Press Release As part of BAM’s efforts to bring continuous improvement to the national squad, we have decided to restructure the coaching setup of the national team.  The men’s singles department will see the return of Hendrawan as head coach and Datuk Tey Seu...

Sports: The Tale of Mak Chik K...

In a village not too far away, three neighbours had a sad take to tell. Not about themselves but the fate that been unkind for their children. Mak Chik Kiah, Pak Uda, Muthu had similar tales to tell, one about their kids been taken for a ride. Their children , Shima (...

New National Olympic Academy D...

Disclaimer: Having lost 90 per cent of my right eye sight, kindly note that there could be unintentional spelling errors in my articles. Hence I hope readers will understand instead of casting doubts on my ability to spell A evolution panel had been formed to identify...

OCM to reconvene Independent S...

After the rather loose selection of the athletes for the 2019 Manila SEA Games, the Olympic Council of Malaysia has decided to reconvene the Special Panel to decide the selection criteria for multi sports events. After the dismal outing at the 2018 Jakarta/Palembang...

OCM, get things right please

The Olympic Council of Malaysia Executive Boards meets tomorrow ;( Tuesday ). In line with the Conditional Movement Control Order , the meeting will be held online, either by Skype, Zion or other online platforms. Having not penned anything about OCM for quite a bit,...

Is Malaysia giving SOJC a miss...

A search on the International Hockey Federation for events for 2020 will come up with a very interesting result. Though most of the events in the official event calendar of the international body will revealed matches and tournaments listed as postponed, the 10th...

Badminton : Giving Credit Wher...

It was a week ago when i write the story in the possibility of Badminton layers returning to court on June 1. It was through a WhatsApp conversation with Badminton Association of Malaysia Dato Seri Norza Zakaria that I found out about plans that the national body had...

Get rid of bullies says Kok Ch...

The reason former Olympic Council of Malaysia Secretary General Dato Sieh Kok Chi cites for having lost interest in sport is because of the stupidity of the officials. The 82 year old master class of Malaysian sports feels that most officials, be it at state or...

Disputes in sports , the Sport...

The lack of direction and focus of the Sports Commissioners Office is cited as one of the major factors why disputes in sports bodied and pro longed and often end up in the courts of law. And in addition their failure to make decisions is a factor why many opt to file...

Malaysian Sports in actual fac...

So much attention if Malaysian Sports is focussed on the Tokyo Olympics. It seems like it’s our be all, as if failure at the postponed edition is not an option. Right from the start of the year, the attention has been on the Program, named Road to Tokyo or in...

FAM back at work as Melaka get...

On the quiet, the staff at Wisma FAM reported for duty on Monday. The Football Association of Malaysia had issued a memo to the staff to report beginning Monday , May 4. While the Head’s of Debarments are to work on Monday’s, Wednesday and a Friday, each department...

Sports, changes? Stop dreaming

On Friday both the National Sports Council and National Sports Institute were directed by the Youth and Sports Minister Dato Seri Reezal Merican Naina Merican to come out with Standard Operating Procedures for sports. This was after the Prime Minister had announced a...

Azlan Shah Cup confusion, when...

It was the wee hours of Wednesday morning that I saw a missed called from Mohd Sayuti Samar, the President of Perak Hockey Association. When I returned his call minutes later, he gave me the bad news – that the 2020 edition of the Sultan Azlan Shah had been...

Sports SOP : As NSC in slumber...

As the National Sports Council ponders after 45 days to come out with their versions of standard operating procedures for sports to resume, they ought to just look down under to see how the Australian Institute of Sports have drawn up the guidelines. Frankly one does...

45 days on and NSC/NSI are onl...

A simple question. Just how long had the Movement Control Order been in place? Well it had started on March 18 and today is May 2, making it a total of 45 days that we have been in a lockdown of sorts. And the government encourage the work from home concept, something...

MCO Easing: Sports Ministry to...

With the partial relaxation of the Movement Control Order, the Youth & Sports Ministry is in the process of initiating standard operating procedures for sports activities that are being permitted. In revealing this, it’s Minister Dato Seri Reezal Merican Naina...

A revised M-League

MFL UMUM PERANCANGAN BAHARU KALENDAR LIGA MALAYSIA 2020 Malaysian Football League (MFL) telah merangka perancangan baharu kalendar Liga Malaysia bagi musim 2020 selepas saingan domestik ditangguhkan sejak 16 Mac lalu selaras dengan Perintah Kawalan Pergerakan (PKP)...

Hockey: Azlan Shah Cup Called ...

The Sultan Azlan Shah Cup Hockey Tournament will not be held this year. Initially skated from 11-18 April, the tournament was then moved to September due to the Covid 19 situation. Six teams had confirmed their participation for the 29th edition of the Azlan Shah Cup...

Football Resuming: A big NO, b...

The National Security Council that met yesterday have rejected the application by the Football Association of Malaysia to resume action in June. And it’s further understood that any consideration towards resuming the action on the pitch will not be done when the...

As OCM open applications for C...

Such is the apathy of national sports associations. The Olympic Council of Malaysia set up a Covid 19 fund with an allocation of RM300,000 from its Trust Fund. And the closing date for applications is May 3 with a decision to be made by May 7 on successful applicants....

Football : FAM/MFL are in the ...

Planned to fail or failed to plan? That is the scenario the Football Association of Malaysia and the Malaysian Football League fund themselves in following the snub by the government on their request to resume action in the M-League. Firstly we need to ask what was in...

Sports Ministry looking at new...

Trying diplomacy is the way in which Youth and Sports Minister Dato Seri Reezal Merican Naina Merican is hoping time use in trying to resolve disputes in national sports bodies. And if that fails, then he is contemplating introducing a “ competing claim solution to...

After FAM fails, BAM set time ...

The M-League tried but failed in their attempt to resume Football once the Movement Control Order was over. But that setback will not stop the Badminton Association of Malaysia from submitting a proposal to resume training for its elite players on June 1. In revealing...

FAM and MFL take the middle ro...

As expected the Football Association of Malaysia and the Malaysian Football League opted for the middle road. Rather then take a decision on the fate of the M – League and other Football competitions, they opted to pass the buck back to THT government via the...

JV Jayan – A legend that...

JV Jayan has left us. The iron man of athletics , equally apt in football, hockey and even badminton, passed away at the age of 74 on Thursday. His body was found by his brother in law, Soffian Sta Maria , a.k.a Clarence Sta Maria, at the latter ‘s house in...

SUKMA dates decided

KENYATAAN MEDIA MESYUARAT KHAS JAWATANKUASA TERTINGGI SUKMA MENGENAI TARIKH PENGANJURAN SUKAN MALAYSIA JOHOR 2020 Saya telah mempengerusikan Mesyuarat Khas Jawatankuasa Tertinggi Sukan Malaysia secara dalam talian pada hari ini. Mesyuarat ini telah disertai oleh semua...

AFC Award for AMD/NFDP. Credit...

There was much fanfare and self glorifying after the Asian Football Confederation announced that Malaysia was included with a 2 star rating of the AFC Elite Youth Scheme. Media statements were issued, Twitter a buzz with threads posted on how reports were meticulously...

Go get a life you sick people

The sports world was abuzz last night with the introduction of a new portal on sports. Named Inside Malaysian Sports ( www.insidemalaysiansports.com ), it carried some interesting articles. So who is behind this? Your guess is as good as mine and to those saying it’s...

Match Officials Fuming As MFL/...

It’s one failure after another for the Malaysian Football League. Already in the spotlight for wrong reasons, they are making headlines again. Some match officials have raised the issue of not having been paid their match, travel and accommodation allowances for some...

Sports Commission: Are they in...

Waiting for the Sports Commissioners Office to respond or act is akin to waiting for the durian to fall. It could well be an exercise in futility as many a national sports Association has realised, With the nation undergoing Movement Control Restrictions since March...

Sports Associations cannot hol...

Sports bodies are not permitted to hold any annual General meetings scheduled for the period from April to June. This was stated by Senior Minister Dato Ismail Sabri in his daily nationwide press conference after the National Security Council today. “ Cooperatives,...

DS Reezal should let Shapawi c...

Many may have missed this as the current Director General of National Sports Council Dato Ahmad Shapawi Ismail is on the verge of history. Having served as the Sports Commissioner, National Sports Institute Director and currently the DG of NSC, Shapawi just needs one...

Football: Six month gathering ...

The statement by Dato Noor Hisham Abdullah on TV this evening virtually extinguished any hopes of the M League being held or continued this year. The DG of Health made it crystal clear that the Ministry of Health is recommending for no large gathering of any kind, and...

As the football fires rage on,...

Failure, if not addressed immediately, can be habit forming. It leads us to more failure and, ultimately, total ruin. Malaysian football is in that parlous state. We had it all and we have it all, but riches which are not utilised properly still render us paupers in...

5 days on, messages continue t...

Five days after my self imposed retirement, I have been overwhelmed by messages through WhatsApp and FB. I thank you all and here are some of the comments to digest. Have I changed my mind? Nope, not really, on April 21 it marks my 5 years of dialysis. And it’s a...

Time to bid farewell, honesty ...

This past midnight posting will come as a shock to to many but it was a tough 12 hours that I endured, the straw that finally broke the camels back. Having given it a serious thought and due to poor health coupled with failing financial conditions, I have taken the...

Hockey: SASC and SOJC to get r...

Two state bodies organising annual Hockey events have decided to adopt the wait and see approach before deciding on the fate of their tournaments. Perak Hockey Association which organises the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup and Johor Hockey Association who run the Sultan of...

Weightlifting Scandal: Former ...

Was the fact that not much was done in terms of empowering Adamas, the Anti Doping Agency of Malaysia a root cause as to why one of the National sports bodies was suspended internationally? That question was posed to the former director of Adamas Dato Dr. Ramlan Abdul...

Malaysian weightlifters banned...

Press Release Following hearings and the careful consideration of relevant evidence, the Independent Member Federation Sanctions Panel (IMFSP) has imposed disciplinary sanctions on the Thai Amateur Weightlifting Association and Malaysian Weightlifting Federation. The...

NSC: Can you also deny NHDP co...

Hardly had the issue of the National Football Development Program part time coaches non payment of allowance died down, another batch of coaches are claiming they have yet to receive allowances for last year. Renamed the National Hockey Development Program last year,...

FIFA Decides : Covid 19 measur...

The FIFA-Confederations working group which was recently established by the Bureau of the FIFA Council to address the consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic, and which includes the FIFA administration and secretary generals and top executives from all confederations,...

FAM needs to be innovative to ...

Salary cuts initiated by the Football Association of Malaysia does not make sense. More importantly where the money will be used is not made clear. And what financial loss in teams of international matches are they lamenting of. It was one home match against Vietnam...

FAM pay cut, but where does th...

The Football Association of Malaysia sent out a press statement saying that it’s staff has agreed to a pay cut due to the Covid 19 pandemic. The deductions are supposedly for April and supposedly on how long this situation continues. And trust me the Malaysian...

NFDP: DS Reezal instructs paym...

“ The National Sports Council have assumed complete responsibility in the non payment of allowance to the part time coaches in time. I have stressed that there should be empathy especially during this period of Covid 19. Though I received an explanation, I made it...

Football: FIFA guidelines on s...

The FIFA Working Group on Covid 19 will discuss Football Regulatory Issues Proposals put by FIFA on Friday. For Malaysia, in particular the interest is on the payment of salaries. From the document sighted, on the issue of salaries, in simple words the recommendation...

NFDP : Coaches not paid and ex...

Following the revelation by a Football website that part time coaches in the National Football Development Program not receiving their allowances since January, a series of phone calls and whatsapp messages was initiated. And the truth has emerged. Firstly for some...

MCO: My experience in going pa...

This is my first hand experience taking a drive to Kuala Lumpur under the second phase of the Movement Control Order. First some background as to why this trip was undertaken. I AMA dialysis patient for the past 5 years and get me medication from the University Malaya...

Covid 19: When a number is rea...

At 5pm, as do many Malaysians, I sit in front the TV, awaiting the media briefing conducted by Health Ministry director-general Noor Hisham Abdullah. Frankly Dr. Noor Hisham conducts himself with such dignity and composure, that we the concerned public believe every...

Tighten your belts sports bodi...

Sports will face an uphill task this year. With the Covid 19 pandemic, it’s effects in the economy in particular is expected to be devastating. Already 28 days of Movement Control Order has been enforced and there is a possibility that it could be extended for another...

Covid 19: Sports Ministry keep...

KENYATAAN MEDIA MENTERI BELIA DAN SUKAN MALAYSIA Semua 48 atlet-atlet Malaysia termasuk atlet profesional dan atlet-atlet di bawah Persatuan-Persatuan Sukan yang kini berada di luar negara berada dalam keadaan baik dan selamat. Atlet-atlet Malaysia kini berada di 13...

Sukma:Indecision creates more ...

Malaysian sports is clouded with uncertainty and indecisiveness. Largely thanks to those running sports do not have the scrotal gumption to make proper decisions. Perhaps they are just adopting the slogan of a famous condom – plsy safe! Take for instance Sukma....

Learning to cope with MCO. My ...

It’s Day 12 of the Movement Control Order imposes by the government. And there are still 16 more days to endure, at the very least. For there are already indications that it could well be extended for another 2 weeks before it ends on April 14. Everyday one reads on...

M-League: If players can not c...

So the goverment has given something back to citizens to overcome the difficulty faced in daily life for many. The handouts have been cheered and jeered by many, depending on which side of the political fence you are. This clearly shows the lack of political maturity...

Obituary : Rasalingam the doye...

Dato K. Rasalingam, the doyen of Kuala Lumpur Football passed away two days ago. ( Thursday) I woke up this morning expecting to see some for a tribute or obituary written for a man that was a household name for well over three decades. There was no mention of his...

Olympics 2021: OCM hope for fa...

The Olympic Council of Malaysia while pleased on the extension of qualification for the Tokyo Olympics , hope that the International Federations will adopt the principle of fairness. At the same time OCM welcomes the decision made by IOC to recognise those who had...

MFL: A new virus set to hit

Are there plans to outsource the marketing arm of the Malaysian Football League? This was revealed in a series of phone calls to key people in the sports industry. It seems a grand plan had been put into motion a few months ago and the execution was done largely as a...

Football: When more cronies ar...

Malaysian sports surely has changed for the worse, all in the name of progress. Yes, we need to change with tines, to set a new benchmark, to attain better success, or in simple words to be more professional both in approach and outlook. But this has presented a...

Sports Calendar : OCM should t...

Basically all sports activities in this country have come to a virtual standstill , at least until the end of April. Not withstanding the extension of the Movement Control Order by the Prime Minister until April 14, in one of first televised address, he had made it...

M-League: Exclusive: May resum...

The extension of the Movement Control Order till April 14 was welcomed by the Football Association of Malaysia and Malaysia Football League President Dato Hamidin Mohd Amin. In stating that the health and well being of the players and officials as well of fans is of...

Sports Minister Seeks Assistan...

KENYATAAN MEDIA MENTERI BELIA DAN SUKAN MALAYSIA 25 MAC 2020 (RABU) KBS MENYERAHKAN CADANGAN DAN SUARA HATI BELIA DAN SUKAN NEGARA UNTUK DIMASUKKAN KE DALAM PAKEJ RANGSANGAN EKONOMI 2.0: PAKEJ RANGSANGAN EKONOMI PRIHATIN UNTUK RAKYAT...

SUKMA POSTPONED : KENYATAAN ME...

KEPUTUSAN MESYUARAT KHAS JAWATANKUASA TERTINGGI SUKAN MALAYSIA MENGENAI PENGANJURAN SUKMA JOHOR 2020 Saya telah mempengerusikan Mesyuarat Khas Jawatankuasa Tertinggi Sukan Malaysia secara sidang video hari ini untuk membincangkan mengenai penganjuran SUKMA Johor 2020...

Football: Salaries and Covid 1...

It’s time to sit down and talk. That’s the advise given by Asian Football Confederation Secretary General Dato Windsor Paul on the salaries issue of footballers that making the news day in snd day out. According to Windsor FIFA has formed a task force to look into...

Hockey: Junior Asia Cup Men Po...

The Asian Hockey Federation has decided to postpone the Junior Asia Chp Tournament. Scheduled to be held in Dhaka from the 4-12 June, the tournament serves as the Qualifier for the 2021 Junior World Cup for Men. Earlier the AHF had also postponed the Women’s Junior...

Sukma: A no brainer if not mov...

So finally the Supreme Council of the Malaysian Games will convene to decide if the Sukma scheduled for July 11-19 will go ahead or postponed. A video conference between the 14 states, PDRM, ATM, OCM is expected to be held on Wednesday, but no time was given and most...

Sukma: One article and I wonde...

Two conflicting statements, a weird message from Johor. And they say life under the Movement Control Order is boring. It all has to do with my story yesterday on this website. Firstly a reminder to the Bernama journalist who wrote the story, more of a follow up to my...

Raw deal for former Athletes a...

For reasons better known to those at the Ministry of Youth & Sports, the National Sports Institute and the National Sports Council, hundreds, if not thousands of former Athletes are being given a raw deal and deprived of medical attention. Prior to July 2019,...

NSC: Putting Arrifin to Head C...

Who says that politics and sports do not mix? In what can be considered a weird move, the new Melaka State Government decided you terminate early the contract of Arrifin Ghani, the Director of the Malacca State Sports Council. Arrifin, a former international hockey...

Sukma: 28 Johor Sports Associa...

It looks highly likely that Sukma will be called off. In an internal WhatsApp from the Secretariat of Johor Sukma, they sought the opinion of the various state sports associations if Sukma should proceed as planned or postponed. And a whooping 28 sports associations...

Sukma: Make the right call Spo...

Over the past few days there has been a war of sorts in the local media with regards to the Tokyo Olympics. Centre of the storm in the tea cup was a statement made by former NSC Director General Dato Zolkples Embong who said he could not understand the stand taken by...

Hockey: S. Balasingam Dearly M...

S. Balasingam had on the pitch skills that many were aware of. But there was a hidden secret about the man – he was a great cook and those who were fortunate to taste his mutton, crab and chicken curry will attest to that fact. Quiet, unassuming, strict,...

M-League: Non compliance by Me...

“Guru kencing berdiri, anak murid kencing berlari.” That is an apt description of our footballing situation following the late late press release yesterday by the Football Association of Malaysia. News that Melaka FA was docked 3 points for non compliance on paying...

M League: Consult Stakeholders...

Here is something for my fellow Negerian ( read not nigerian) to consider. Dato Ghani Hassan the Chief Executive Officer of the Malaysian Football League seems to be very fond of making statements. We understand mankind has a weakness for publicity and when a...

MFL: Past Leadership to blame,...

Was the “old regime “ leading Malaysian Football League to blame for the lack of sponsors ? Was it poor leadership that attributed towards the pulling out of the lucrative Telekom Malaysia deal of RM60 million per year two years ago? These questions are being posed...

NFDP; KJ takes a swipe at “ ol...

Is the National Football Development Program in need of money? That was probably what former Sports Minister Khairy Jamaludin was eluding to in his Instagram posting a couple of days ago. Khairy had put up a photo of the players in the multi million ringgit NFDP...

Hockey: Manjit to helm Johor H...

Johor Hockey Association has a new man at the helm. Following the decision of former President and State Executive Councillor Mohd Khuzzan Abu Bakar to relinquish his post after the change of the Johor State Government, the Executive Board of Johor HA appointed its...

Sports Minister must ask right...

This Thursday the newly minted Sports Minister Dato Seri Reezal Merican will be briefed by the National Sports Council and the National Sports Institute as well as the Stadium Board. Out of these three bodies, the Stadium Board no longer has a Chief Executive Officer,...

MJHL: When KBS, MOE and PM doe...

It was reported in a national daily quoting a top official of the national Hockey body that they had gotten the permission of the National Sports Council to proceed with the Malaysian Junior Hockey League. Well and good but there seems to be a small problem. The...

Athletes Attire, Care state yo...

When we have Ministers and Deputies that forget this is a democratic country, a multi racial country, then what hope is there left. Just read this statement below; Deputy Women and Family Development Minister Siti Zailah Mohd Yusoff says policies that don’t...

New Look Perak HA needs to put...

A new look Perak Hockey Association swings into action after the various sub committee chairman’s were appointed at its first Executive Board meeting on Thursday. PHA President Ahmad Sayuti served a surprise by omitting long serving Secretary M, Selvakumaran and...

PM Directive halts M League, M...

The Prime Minister could not have it more precise and clear. No sports activities are to be held until April 30, effectively putting the lid on the Malaysian Open Badminton, the M League as well as the Malaysian Junior Hockey League. All this delay tactics in coming...

PJS Advisory – Why not f...

A clear indication that all is not well at the Ministry of Youth and Sports. I had tweeted posing a question as to why the Sports Commissioner had sent out a Media Statement which was an advisory that mass gathering for sports should be avoided. Within minutes the...

MSSM Events Postponed

The sports listed for competition in the Malaysian School Sports ( MSSM) have been called off. The 11 different sports were to commence this Saturday in various parts of the country. However the Ministry of Education issued a directive to postpone all the sports as...

Olympic Gold : Minister falls ...

What’s with this obsession of winning an Olympic Gold Medal? The first statement made by the newly minted but “old” Sports Minister Dato Seri Reezal Merican was that his aim was to deliver the nations first ever Olympic Gold Medal! You obviously are more a politician...

The Ops Aman- As some drenched...

While it was an evening out for fun and laughter, not forgetting the good food, there were serious matters discussed. Code named The Ops Aman ( though some felt it should be The Aman Move, similar to The Sheraton Move), it really has nothing to do with a coup against...

Sports check: Care for free ad...

A piece of advise for the incoming sports minister Datuk Seri Reezal Merican Naina Merican and Deputy Minister Wan Ahmad Fayhsal Wan Ahmad Kamal . Do not be shy or cocky to seek advise. And make decisions based on facts and not the colourful presentations or...

Football: Racial Slurs, Silenc...

Many versions of the Sathia outburst at the post match press conference are making its rounds on the social media. While most condemn the racist remarks posted by some irresponsible fans, there are still some that defend the action, with one journalist even stating...

Perak Hockey: Changes will be ...

Putting things in the correct perspective should be the priority for newly elected President of Perak Hockey Association Ahmad Sayuti. The former international that goes on high powered bike rides after retirement from TNB and his duties from keeping goal for his...

Hockey: Sayuti President, Selv...

Forner international goalkeeper Ahmad Sayuti was elected unopposed as President of the Perak Hockey Association. He won as the only other potential challenger, Dato Rahim Mat Arif withdrew. But Rahim went on to retain his Deputy President’s position where he too win...

Football : Why MFL deciding on...

At time’s I do wonder why those sitting in positions of power make silly statements. They hire ex Journalists to helm their media or corporate communications departments. Some even hire Special Officers to look after their diary. Where am I getting to? Unfortunately...

Podium Program Clear Out, NSC ...

The massive termination of Athletes from the Podium Program ( or whatever is left of it from the original version) was shocking to say the least. Firstly why were sports of Athletes in the SEA Games level in the Podium Program in the first place? Was the intention of...

Hockey: Underhand tactics at p...

After the nation was involved in a political coup, another coup is said to be on the cards. This time it is in sports, more specifically in Hockey. Remember two days ago this website reported on the Perak Hockey Association elections that are to be held tomorrow (...

Hockey: Winds of change in sta...

While there is changes affecting the political scenario, some significant changes are in store in sports as well. In particular for Hockey as certain states could well see a change of leadership. Starting the ball rolling is Perak as former international goalkeeper...

Hockey: No go for Women Junior...

There is a strong possibility that the Women’s Asia Junior Cup Hockey Tournament which was scheduled to be held in April could well be postponed. The corona virus outbreak has thrown a spanner and the organisers are discussing with AHF and FIH on the possibility of...

Football; MFL owe national sta...

At the rate things are going, Malaysian Football League could well be locked out of the Bukit Jalil National Stadium. They have incurred a debt of more than RM2 million and have yet to make even part payment towards reducing the massive debt. In contrast the Football...

Hockey: Changes likely in Pera...

Former National keeper Ahmad Sayuti is the favourite to assume the presidency of the Perak Hockey Association. Sayuti who kept goal for the national Hockey team received 7 nominations from the various districts at the close of nominations. The incumbent Datuk Dr Azhar...

MFL/FAM: Teams need to step up...

Playing in an empty stadiums is the final option for teams in the M-League in wake of the rapid spread of Corona Virus. And in order to safeguard fans, officials and players, the home teams are strongly urged to take precautionary measures to curb the transmission of...

Sukma: A decision to move date...

It is indeed amazing the rare of sports events, be it at the international level or domestic that have been affected by the Corona Virus. These events have either been postponed to the later part of the year or shelved altogether. There is a common view, to limit the...

Who will be the Sports Ministe...

While the rest of the country awaits the list of the Muhyiddin Cabinet, those in the sports fraternity are watching keenly who will be appointed the Sports Minister. One thing is certain though, the person to be appointed will not have the initials SS. Meaning it will...

Hockey; No go for new dates of...

What is in a name one may ask? Actually when ab individual is made a Chief Operating Officer or Chief Executive Officer, he or she needs to display a standard of governance and administration that is second to none. Meaning that he or she are best suited for the job,...

M League; Holiday season begin...

At times one wonders if those at the Malaysian Football League do have any manual that is close to a standard operating procedure manual. Having ran the M League for years, some actions, or more inaction leaves many a football fan and critic bewildered. Take for...

M League: A raw TV deal for th...

Tomorrow marks the kick off of the 2020 season of the M-League. Trust most of the big wigs will be headed to the new Sultan Ibrahim Stadium to catch the action between JDT and Kedah. Not that they are bothered about the quality of Football, but more so to impress TMJ...

Obituary; Cassian, a life reme...

It was not something one often see at funerals where death is a son bore occasion. But this was a funeral with a mark of distinction – it was a celebration of life of the late Cassian Dominic Van Huizen. Many may not know who Cassian was, but I got to know this...

Hockey: Fitri’s omission leads...

There is no doubt that Fitri Saari is one of the most talented players ever had. His ability, with and without the ball is phenomenal, his vision second to none and his bursting runs from the midfield has many a time won crucial matches for Malaysia. This lad wears...

Hockey: Fitri’s omission leads...

There is no doubt that Fitri Saari is one of the most talented players ever had. His ability, with and without the ball is phenomenal, his vision second to none and his bursting runs from the midfield has many a time won crucial matches for Malaysia. This lad wears...

Change in Govt? What it means ...

The last 24 hours has been interesting to say the least on our political scenario. But the developments are of utmost importance to those in the sports fraternity, no matter how apolitical one chooses to be. A change of government looks imminent if not certain. But...

MHL: What is there to celebrat...

As I sat in front of the TV on Sunday night watching the MHL final, it brought back nostalgic memories for me. It was like going back to the 1990’s of the MHL, with two teams fighting it out for a silverware , the last for the season. But after watching the match for...

Football: Launch a search for ...

The governments of Malaysia and Australasia launched an exhaustive search for the missing MH370. The search covered much areas, both air and marine. Should the search be reactivated, perhaps we as Football fans could make a humble request. Kindly also search for the...

MFL: Ghani needs to be lean an...

There were many stories being cooked up prior to the meeting of the MFL Board last Wednesday. Some were from speculators while a few from within the circle as to say, from some self proclaimed trusted protégés of select individuals. And one of the spin stories was the...

MHL: A simple lesson in rules ...

Rules and regulations are created for a reason. But when some people, especially those from the media do not understand the rules, then they seriously have to ask themselves their whole involvement in sports reporting. One of the most important virtues of a sports...

MHL: Why only Hockademy…...

Since the MHL Technical Committee is sitting down tomorrow to discuss the eligibility of Hockademy in the MHL, they also need to check the status of other teams as well. It is said that the likes of UniKL, TNB and Maybank are not affiliates of KLHA as well. For an...

Football: Time for stakeholder...

The next two days will be crucial for Malaysian Football. For the stakeholders and the Malaysian Football League Board will sit down to chart the future. And this is where maturity and understanding as well as business acumen will come into play. The...

Badminton: From court today co...

On court during his days he was the darling of Malaysian Badminton. Off court he was master class as he turned Power into a household name. And now after 39 years 11 months of toiling for Bata, he itches to get back onto the court again. Dato James Selvaraj is known...

MFL Board Member or Salaried S...

Board members have to responsible towards the company or body they lead or are appointed to. They have to portray a good image by being honest, above board and display roper governance. And being emotional surely is not one of it. After all that is the sole reason why...

Hockey: Interested in FIH Cour...

Following the highlighting of the 5 planned courses at the AHF Raja Ashman Academy, the following details were made available for the Asian Hockey Federation. In a conversation with AHF Chief Executive Officer Dato Tayab Ikram, it was madd clear that the courses were...

Hockey; Raja Ashman Academy to...

Is the AHF-Raja Ashman Hockey Academy in Ipoh only existing in name? And who is actually running the day to day affairs of the Academy? Who decides on the programs and courses conducted in the name of the academy? And why does the Academy need to fork out money for...

Football: Revealed – the...

“Be it RM1 or RM2, So what. The quantum of sponsorship is not important. What is important is the stakeholders understand the value”. Bold statement or so it seems from the double President of the Football Association of Malaysia and Malaysia Football League, Dato...

Replacement for Dharma found.

The nation need not look far and abroad to fill up the vacuum created with the departure of women’s coach K. Dharmaraj. For we have a truly fantastic and capable individual right here in our midst. This individual has been involved in the sport since the mid 80’s,...

Hockey: Go langgar semua coach...

K. Dharmaraj has the character, knowledge, ability and wisdom to chart a success path for women’s Hockey in this country. Known to be headstrong, but compassionate, eccentric yet delivers, scruffy outlook but with genius Hockey brains, he announced his exit from the...

MJHL: Creating history for wro...

The Malaysian Junior Hockey League 2020 will surely create history. But for the wrong reasons. Entries will be called today and the closing date set for February 13. Therefore giving teams barely 96 hours to decide if they want to be in or out! And that is not all,...

What threats, abuse, coercion ...

During the course of my writing, right from 1998, I have been threatened, sued, cajoled, bribed and even abused. But I remain steadfast in my principles, which is writing truths, no matter how many enemies it makes me. There have been numerous accusations that I am a...

Football: Defining one a hero ...

“ And then a hero comes along With the strength to carry on And you cast your fears aside And you know you can survive So when you feel like hope is gone Look inside you and be strong And you’ll finally see the truth That a hero lies in you” That is how one...

Football: The TM Deal, worst i...

As the applause ceases a day after the signing of the three year Football deal between Telekom Malaysia and Malaysian Football League, there seem to be more questions then answers. Throughly a failed PR exercise in not revealing the quantum of the sponsorship, other...

Football: As TM signs, another...

As the deal between Telekom Malaysia and Malaysia Football League is inked this morning, another imminent announcement is on the offing. While the Unifi sponsorship is said to be in the region of RM30 million, the minute details are not available as yet. More on that...

Hockey: Watch what you say as ...

Those at the stadium watching the THT against TNB Thunderbolts would have noticed one key figure missing from the THT dugout. Coach K. Dharmaraj was suspended for the match by the Tournament Director, hours before the match. All due to his remarks in a portal of the...

BAM needs to stop changing dir...

Sorry BAM, but you are missing the point. The Badminton Association of Malaysia may have shot themselves in the foot. By announcing the appointment of Misbun Sidek as Director of Youth, BAM is actually just buying time. The knives are out for BAM, with the Tokyo...

M League: Jan 31 deadline but ...

It’s D day for the three teams in the M League. Kelantan. PDRM and Melaka need to fulfil the conditions set by FAM on outstanding salaries. Failing which they will lose 3 points, or so it’s claimed. By the way the M League only commences on February 28. Now there are...

Leaders with entourages or bag...

Entourage is an American comedy-drama television series that premiered on HBO on July 18, 2004, and concluded on September 11, 2011, after eight seasons. The series was created and largely written by Doug Ellin and chronicles the acting career of Vincent Chase, a...

Football; TM serving up a RM30...

It was a rainy day throughout most parts of the country. And it was no different in Tampin. However it was with a slight difference then living in KL. I miss staying in KL but it was no longer possible due to unfulfilled promises by a double president who upon advise...

NS Hockey – where titles...

A year ago I wrote about the Negeri Sembilan Hockey Association. Since that day, NS has lost two of its glorious sons of Hockey – Lawrence van Huizen and Michael Yan Wai Pin. These two gentlemen contributed much towards Hockey in NS, as did the late S . Satgunam...

Hockey: Time to revamp the Raj...

A week has passed since I highlighted the AHF Raja Ashman Academy in Ipoh. Not a whimper from those directly involved with the Academy. The AHF made it clear that they are doing their part in the promotion of the Academy in Asia by running courses and seminars in the...

Looking for a job, apply for w...

Firstly it’s totally an amateurish advertisement. And secondly why are only two positions being advertised. That is the first thing that came to mind when looking at the advertisement for Hockey coaches that was sent to me this morning. Initially when the coaches of...

OCM: what has changed with COO...

Former Olympic Council of Malaysia Secretary Dato Sieh Kok Chi is not one who minces his words. And when he talks. It could pierce the hearts of many like a spear. Though he is 81, the former water polo players is honest and blunt in his remarks . My articles of late...

Football: Should MFL be closed...

That is the question of many in the Football fraternity. Set up to manage the league, FMLLP in the initial stage and now know as MFL, this so called independent body had been beleaguered with issues. Who can forget the saga of MP Silva? The multi million dollar deal...

Hockey: MJHL needs to be revam...

Looking at the calendar for the Malaysian Junior Hockey League, it can be said in construction terms , an architects dream, an Engineers nightmare. While on one hand it looks like finally we have a competition running well over four months, instead of the six week...

Badminton : Independent pair p...

They were dumped by the national body Badminton Association of Malaysia barely a month ago. Though BAM stopped believing in them, doubles pair Teo Ee Yi-Ong Yew Sin defied odds yo bag the Thailand Masters crown this evening. The duo put ip a fighting display to record...

Football: MFL and FAM paint “ ...

It is the Chinese New Year, as we usher in the year of the rat. And five days from today, the Football bodies need to make decisions on the status of three teams – namely Kelantan, Melaka and PDRM. Yes the Football Association of Malaysia have given a January 31...

OCM: Will Norza Abd Nazif be o...

Somewhere in 2021, most likely before April, an important election will be held. The Olympic Council of Malaysia will be holding its AGM to elect the Executive Board for the next four year cycle. The last elections were held in 2018, deferred by a year from 2017 due...

So you lack Scrotal Gumption t...

Patience is a virtue that I never had, I admit to that. But when push comes to shove, then I will hit back as I fear no one but God. But the last five years or so, ever since I had medical issues, I have learnt to do one thing – that is not to take things lying...

Hockey: Seniors need not wait ...

The writing is on the wall for the seniors in the national Hockey team. While the national coach singled out keeper S. Kumar who is nearly 40 for the chop, several others are also likely to be in the same scenario. From a look at their ages, players in the likes of Tg...

Ashman Academy: what’s going o...

In 2012 the late HRH Sultan Azlan Shah officiated the opening ceremony of what was to be known as the Raja Ashman – AHF-MHC Academy in Ipoh. The Perak State Government had generously provided a building adjacent to the Sultan Azlan Shah Stadium towards housing...

MHL: Leaking pipes and hose br...

The Tun Razak Stadium is leaking all over. And major repairs need to be undertaken to restore the first hockey stadium in the country. Built for the 1982 Junior World Cup, the grand old lady has played host to numerous domestic and international tournaments. When...

It’s your call Dharma

Should K. Dharmaraj wait or go elsewhere? That seems to be the pertinent question amongst the Hockey circles of late. Dharma was the Women’s Head coach, appointed during the tenure of Dato Ow Soon Kooi as Coaching Committee Chairman, despite strong opposition. But Ow...

Nat Juniors; Wallace accepts c...

Wallace Tan was surprised to be considered for the national juniors chief coach position, But the Melaka born said he was ready to shoulder the task of negotiating the team part the qualifiers this June. The Asia Junior Cup is scheduled from June 4-12 in Dhaka,...

VM Chandran – A man who ...

He was a person who never sought any limelight despite doing so much. More often then not he always sat with the spectators whenever he watched a match at the stadium. He was never afraid however to state his mind, always willing to pen his thoughts, on issues,...

Reality Check Part 2 : What ca...

Following my article of what RM100 could buy me these days, I was reminded on an event where I had provided my services and was promised payment of RM6,000 However it’s been more then 18 months since the event was completed and the middle man reportedly collected...

Reality check: What can one do...

I am writing this is someone I helped ended up paying me RM100 for my services. Suffice to say the money was sent back. However since I was paid RM100, I tried hard to look at what one could buy with RM100. 1. A three month subscription for newspaper which really only...

Football: Brace for the Moneyl...

So the M League will commence on February 28. But it is a faceless league really. Almost a month before the 2020 season kicks off, all is not well for what is deemed the number 1 sport in the country.. There are several trophies – Super League. Premier League,...

Hockey: More condolences pour ...

There was an endless stream of messages of condolences for the family of the late NS and Malaysian Hockey maestro Michael Yan Wai Pin. Read on the tributes from FAM President, Journalists, Hockey Officials. “ I may have not known him personally, I heard so much of the...

Hockey: Messages of Condolence...

Below are some condolences messages received on the sad demise in f the much loved Michael Yan. “ A great loss to hockey and my deepest condolences to his family.” ( Dato K. Rajagobal – Former National Football coach) “ When I played my first MHL for MPS , which...

Mike Yan, the maestro of NS an...

Micheal Yan Wai Pin, the midfield maestro of both Negeri Sembilan and Malaysian Hockey has departed to be with the Lord. He passed away today and his death was recorded as due to natural cause. He leaves behind his wife Foong Seow Ken and three boys, Jerome, Benjamin...

SEA Games Post Mortem: Gali Lu...

Imagine a rape victim being asked to undergo a medical examination by her assailant. That is disgusting and unthinkable right. Now use the same argument when a post mortem is conducted in sports on the performance by those responsible for the participation of the...

M League Fixture : Bapa kencin...

After years of running the competition, it is indeed baffling that the Malaysian Football League is unable to produce its fixtures for the year. When released two weeks ago, one would have noticed that the fixtures only cover a certain duration of the Super and...

Malaysian Football : Biar Papa...

A league launched, with no title sponsor, no broadcast partner or any confirmed sponsors. That’s the state of the Malaysian Football League, the so called crown jewel of sports in the country. One thing remains consistent – having a launch, never mind the fact...

NSC DG: The Gang of 4 ought to...

Many are somewhat confused on the roles, responsibility and duties of the National Sports Council Director General. Having been associated with NSC, during my two attachments with the body , from 1995-1998 and 2004-2005, I have known personally all the five Director...

Bolasepak milik rakyat, bukan ...

When I broke the news of the possibility of Manchester United making a stop in Kuala Lumpur this July, I did not expect to win the Nobel or Pulitzer award. It was after all just a story based on information I gathered from several parties, both locally and...

Football: Man United to play i...

Exclusive Highly informed sources have revealed that English giants Manchester United will be playing in Kuala Lumpur this July. It is learnt that the match , against mostly likely a M-League Selection will take place at the Bukit Jalil National Stadium. Though...

OCM , Can I advise you?

A month has passed since the 2019 SEA Games flame was doused. And during this period much had been debated in the media in the poor outing at the SEA Games. There was much displeasure from the civil society and clarion calls for accountability and taking...

BJSS and RMC, Look at the fact...

Initially when I was informed about the potential take over of the Bukit Jalil Sports School by the National Sports Council, I was under the impression that it was a partial take over. One that only involved the sporting aspects and not the academic interests of the...

BJSS takeover: Ramlan says not...

Former National Sports Council Director General and National Sports Institute Chief Executive Officer is not supportive of a total take over of the Bukit Jalil Sports School. Rather Dato Dr. Ramlan Abdul Aziz feels that there should be an agreement of sorts between...

BJSS show that sports and acad...

Though there have and will always be reservations with regards to mixing sports and academics, the Bukit Jalil Sports School has proven its worth. Ever since it’s existence in 1996, it had produced world beaters, winners of medals at the Olympics. Asian Games....

BJSS Takeover: Zolkples says i...

The entire idea of the National Sports Council of taking over the Bukit Jalil Sports School does not make sense at all. In voicing his option when comments were sought for, former NSC Director General Dato Seri Zolkples Embong said that doing so would not benefit...

NSC taking over BJSS. Even for...

Dato Wira Mazlan Ahmad is a name that is synonymous with Malaysian Sports. And when the former National Sports Director speaks, it is well received by those in the industry. Hence the views of Dato Mazlan were sought on the article regarding the possible take over of...

Is NSC planning to take over B...

When I penned the article on the cessation of placing Badminton and Football players at the Bukit Jalil Sports School, many questions were asked. But what was more shocking was news that the National Sports Council’s desire to take over the Bukit Jalil Sports School....

FAM, OKS come to terms? Four e...

It is reliably learnt that former U23 coach Dato Ong Kim Swee has met up with the Football Association of Malaysia to discuss and iron out terms with regards to his services with the national body. Informed sources within the national body revealed that Kim Swee had...

Football: Naturalised players,...

As I was on the train back from KL this afternoon ( Friday) after trying to earn my piecemeal bread and water, a thought struck my mind. Reading the twitter , I noticed an old colleague commenting on the announcement update on future naturalised Malaysian footballers....

Badminton: A U Turn syndrome h...

Is talking with a twisted tongue a norm of Malaysian Sports? Well one cannot be faulted for thinking in that manner after watching what transpired over the past 24 hours. And the issue is Badminton – a sport that promises loads but under delivers, year in and...

Hockey: Missing names raise ey...

When a new competition committee and umpires committee was set up recently, the clarion call was that it will be different from the past. And by that one would have understood it to read , to be more fair, open, approachable, patient, transparent in running...

2020: I too have a dream. Okay...

“I Have a Dream” is a public speech that was delivered by American civil rights activist Martin Luther King Jr. during the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom on August 28, 1963, in which he called for civil and economic rights and an end to racism in...

Hockey; Get your facts right A...

Firing blanks seems to be the norm for some coaches in Hockey these days. Clearly when they cannot offer any substantial news worthy stuff, they spit venom at half truths and against the governing body without actually checking facts. Having gone through the stories...

Hockey: Revamping the domestic...

Having posted the Asian Hockey calendar for the year 2020, many started messaging me to ask if I had a copy of the domestic Hockey calendar. Now this is something that I cannot pluck out from a straw hat as it’s those sitting in positions that rightfully ought to have...

Mr Milo Ping Loong calls it a ...

He is a familiar face at most sporting events, especially those at junior levels. With his trademark smile and unassuming character, Ng Ping Loong was one of the most sought after individual when anyone wanted to organise a sports event. How often have each one of us...

Badminton players move to Kiar...

Update on move to Kiara. The latest info that received is that the move of the Badminton players to the Akademi Badminton Malaysia has been put on hold, for a while at least. This was decided not by BAM but the Ministry of Education ( Sports Division). It seems that...

The Academy Concept, BAM move ...

The shift begins. Come January 2020, the Bukit Jalil Sports School will no longer cater for Football and Badminton players in their new intake of sidebars. Instead the footballers will be based at the Akademi Mokhtar Dahari in Gambang run by the NSC under the National...

Football: Why fret over Selang...

Much has been reported in the main stream media on the last few days on the issue of players from the Akademi Mokhtar Dahari signing up for Selangor. However everyone seems to avoid bringing up the issue in the failure of five players sitting for their SPM this year....

FIH Ranking System Explained (...

Part 2 of understanding the new world ranking system better. If confused, read part 1 first as this in inter-related . Part 3 will mark the end of the question and answer session before a detailed look at events and their weight age and how points are awarded, a case...

Hockey: FIH Ranking System Exp...

In six days time, the new ranking system of the International Hockey Federation will be introduced. Many are still bewildered as to how the ranking systems work, be it the old one or the one that takes effect on January 1, 2020. Over the next series of articles we...

Asian Hockey Calendar of Event...

It will be a rather packed Hockey calendar for Asian teams in 2020. In the calandra for the year, endorsed by the Asian Hockey Federation Executive Board at its meeting in KL on December 24, the following events were confirmed. 6 April 2020 to 12 April :2020: Women’s...

MHL: When drawing up fixtures ...

Following the release as of the fixtures for both the men and women of the 2020 season of the Malaysian Hockey League, there was bound to be many errors. Why? Simply because those who drew up the fixtures have no experience Nor do they look at the standard operating...

AMD: Is this professional admi...

In the Malaysian education system, having a certificate af the Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia is of paramount importance. Without such a certificate, there is no chance whatsoever for the individual, be it to pursue higher education of secure a job, especially in the civil...

MHL, utter confusion reigns

The 2020 Malaysian Hockey League gets underway on January 10. And as expected, there are 8 men’s team and 6 women’s team in the one division competition. The only significant addition is Hockey Academy from KL in both men and women competitions. However their status...

Time for Athletes to speak up

Perhaps it’s time for Malaysian Athletes to be as bold as this. Forget the argument that critics might put forward that it’s not our culture to question elders or authority, the time for good governance and transparency is vital if we are serious on nation building....

OCM Awards Night: A PR disaste...

One of the first things that several individuals messaged me this morning was with regards to the Olympic Council of Malaysia annual Olympian of the year awards. Not to know who won, but mostly to ask how was it that the nations highest sporting award was not carried...

Hockey: The scramble for coach...

Just how many teams are there in the upcoming Malaysian Hockey League? The answer will only be known for certain this Saturday when the managers meeting is held. Earlier there were indications that there was to be 8 men’s and 6 women’s teams. Somehow that got turned...

Losing Jobs, When reality stri...

So the terminator has struck again! With one swipe several individuals find themselves not have a merry Xmas after all. They have now to look for alternatives to put good on the table, be it for themselves or their aged parents or siblings. Then they have to worry...

Saddiq just loves to talk, wit...

4386759005355547 Since the Sports Minister Syed Saddiq is looking at sending out show cause letters to National Sports Associations that failed to achieve their gold medal target at the recent SEA Games in Manila, perhaps he should also send one to his NSC Director...

MFL: Funding 2020 doubtful, 20...

This was a crucial announcement that most main stream media failed to pick up. The joint MFL and FAM President, the flamboyant, swashbuckling and charming ( only to the eyes of his cronies) had stated that from 2021 the MFL will only pay out yearly grants based on the...

Hockey: Resting coaches on eve...

While many are shocked and surprised that all the Hockey coaches have seen their contracts not renewed, with the exception of Roelant Oltmans, frankly I was not one but surprised. It has become the norm and f our country to hold in high esteem foreign coaches or...

A revamp necessary for Malaysi...

Jack of all trades, master of none. The aptly describes the sports scenario in our country as the National Sports Council has probably taken on more then it can chew. There needs to be a more honest and open policy from the government agency. Firstly the sports...

OCM should not try to hide fac...

So the Olympic Council of Malaysia has now opted to compare the failure of other countries to achieve their targets to justify Malaysia’s failure to reach its 70 Gold medal target. And in doing so, it was stated that the other countries too faced similar issues that...

One needs to be politically co...

It is only proper that I tender my heartfelt apologies to the players of the 1982 Asian Games Bronze Medal winning team. Despite deserving the honour to be inducted into the Olympic Council of Malaysia Hall of Fame. Since the introduction of the OCM Hall of Fame, this...

FIH introduce new world rankin...

In May this year, this website after an exclusive interview with FIH President as well as CEO in Kuala Lumpur had revealed that the International Hockey Federation was in the midst of making changes to their ranking points system. Many at that time ignored the...

BAM, an exercise in futility i...

Reading the papers this morning, one can be utterly dismayed at the manner in which the Badminton Association of Malaysia reacted to an open letter by former NSC Director General Dato Seri Zolkples Embong. All Zol , as he is normally addressed as, was merely stating...

OCM needs to put its foot down

The National Sports Institute are dicing with a breach of corporate governance. And the Olympic Council of Malaysia Executive Board that meets this morning needs to determine if it is indeed an autonomous body, free of government and political interference. The Chief...

SEA Games: NSC DG on yellow ca...

Former Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin feels that the disruption to the programs in place attributed towards the poor outing at the recent Manila SEA Games. And he is of the opinion that someone needs to take responsibility for the fiasco and changes made. In a no...

Former NSC Director General Le...

This is a copy of a letter sent by former NSC Director General Dato Seri Zolkples Embong to Syed Sadiq, the Sports Minister. The letter is publish verbatim and not edited at all. SURAT TERBUKA UNTUK YB MENTERI BELIA DAN SUKAN. Saya jarang membuat kenyataan akhbar...

SEA Games Review: Former Podiu...

We often read of unreasonable accusations against individuals in sports to get rid of them. One such person who underwent this was Tim Newenham, the former director of the Podium Program. After the failure at the 2018, a carefully orchestrated campaign was launched,...

SEA Games: Let’s have another ...

Last year after the poor performance at the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta/Palembang, two major events unfolded. The first was the sham of a “ post mortem” to dissect the objectives and performance of the Podium Project. This saw what was later deemed as a demon exorcise...

SEA Games: The Numbers Game, W...

Fun Facts To Look At In wake of the poor performance in the 30th SEA Games which however will be defended at the high noon press conference to be held in Clark City be the Chef De Mission, his Deputy, NSC Director General and OCM Secretary General. With the OCM Board...

SEA Games: Time to walk the pl...

So the SEA Games campaign ends with 55/56/57 golds, depending how you look at it. But it’s no where near 70 and that is what those responsible – Sports Minister Syed Sadiq, NSC Director Dato Ahmad Shapawi, NSC Director of Athletes Jeffry Ngadirin and OCM...

M League: The Catch 22 Situati...

Disclaimer: This is written with whatever knowledge I have on TV deals since my time at FAM, MSL as well as in hockey. The figures may not be accurate as they are more of approximately given that I only follow Football on TV as was denied accreditation. What is...

Zam, the unsung hero of NS Hoc...

Those in the Negri Sembilan Hockey fraternity will surely recall an individual named Mohd Zam Mohd Zain. The forner town planner of Seremban Municipal Council passes away after a battle with diabetes. He had during his tenure in Seremban served the NSHA as a Vice...

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 Korea

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...