Wednesday, March 31, 2010
· Long term funding for existing top athletes
· Increased funding for sports equipment and in facilities for schools
· The development of a new interlinked Physical Education curriculum at primary and secondary level
· Increase linkages between local government, schools and sports clubs to develop and share sports facilities.
A shared vision, a framework for opportunity and real achievement - in short, a strategy for sport - must be the goal of all those to whom sport and recreation really matter.
The Deputy Prime Minister said these included efforts to streamline the management of school sports, and to increase the time allotted to sports for students to carry out sporting activities.
Muhyiddin, who is also the Education Minister, said generally the community would give their support to any athlete or team representing the country regardless of their race or religion.
"As long as the sportsman or sportswoman represents the country or any team that we like, we will certainly give our support and encouragement to him or her, and as such, sports will become a major agenda for us to demolish racial walls and strengthen solidarity," he said in his speech at the Malaysian Lawn Bowls Federation dinner, here on Tuesday night.
Earlier, Muhyiddin launched the book, "Bowls in Malaysia: Creating Legacy 1998-2009", published by the Malaysian Lawn Bowls Federation.
Saturday, March 27, 2010
Thursday, March 25, 2010
Wednesday, March 24, 2010
Tuesday, March 23, 2010
The 20-year-old was detained by a police team last Sunday for allegedly selling “pil kuda” (psychotropic pills) at a room of a hotel in Jalan Cherong Lanjut here.
Also nabbed were her boyfriend and two other accomplices, including a 23-year-old female clerk, who were believed to be part of a drug distribution network in the state.
Initial police investigations revealed that the sepak takraw player, who had also represented Terengganu in the 2008 Sukma Games, and her accomplices were waiting for their regular clients when they were arrested about 11pm.
Seized from the suspects were 34 psychotropic pills worth RM1,190, and RM350 believed to be proceeds from the sale of the drug, said state narcotics crime investigation department chief Supt Roslan Abdul Wahid.
He said the suspects, who were from here, tested positive for drugs and had used hotel rooms to facilitate the sale of the pills.
Upon checking with the National Sports Council and state Sukma Games manager, Roslan said the police were informed that the athlete was no longer part of the Terengganu Sports Council.
He said the woman had also not represented the country since three months ago.
Friday, March 19, 2010
They want the man who has helmed cricket for the past 19 years to give up the post together with secretary Sivanandan Chinadurai because of their frustration with the way the association has been managed lately.
The group led by Malacca Cricket Association president Mohd Ridzuan Mani met up here today and later issued a statement, which among other things, urged the president and his right hand man to go.
"We have had enough of his (Tunku Imran's) leadership. It's time for him to step down and hand over the leadership of the Malaysian Cricket Association(MCA) to someone else. Sivanandan should also go.
"We have kept faith in his leadership for far too long and he has not shown the qualities needed to drive the association forward to better times," said Mohd Ridzuan.
Among the grouses are:
* Abuse of power at the very top when it comes to decision making;
* The lack of success of the National team at international level;
* The issue of the Kinrara Oval, home of the MCA where an estimated RM150,000 is being spent yearly;
* Vacancies within the Executive Committee has not been filled up;
* The lack of fundings to run the association
"What we have discussed among ourselves today are issues which the leadership of MCA should have addressed a long time ago. But because they are selfish and do not consider the views of the affliates, the MCA is in trouble now," said Mohd Ridzuan.
The group claims to have the support of at least seven out of the 14 affliates within the MCA and another five votes from the 10-member executive committee.
"We are confident that a couple more affliates are with us once we explain the present MCA situation to them," added Mohd Ridzuan.
The MCA elections are due in March next year.
Thursday, March 18, 2010
YM Tengku Besar Tengku Kamil, the Deputy President of Badminton Association of Malaysia made a startling revelation over TV3's Buletin Utama just moments ago.
He revealed that the BAM Exco was not at all consulted by the President on the decision to suspend Ganga Rao as the Hon. Secretary of BAM.
This is contrary to what was reported today as Datuk Mohd Nadzmi was said to have confided in the Exco Members before issuing the suspension notice, which is yet to be served on Ganga as he arrives back in Malaysia tonight.
Though I am unable to write in verbatim what Tengku Kamil said, it was something to this effect - that the decision has to be deliberated at Exco level before it is taken to the Council. And Tengku Kamil also said that if the President wants to initiate any action, then he (Tengku Kamil) has not been briefed yet as he will assume the leadership of BAM in the absence of Nadzmi.
But what was more surprising is Tengku Kamil's reaction on the non disclosure of the suspension of Ganga to him by either the President or the Secretariat.
THE Zimbabwe Football Association (ZIFA) suspended chief executive Henrietta Rushwaya on Saturday pending investigations into Monomotapa’s controversial trip to Asia last year during which they posed as the national team.
Rushwaya, who was appointed chief executive of the soccer governing body in March 2007, was suspended at the association's board meeting held in Masvingo.
The meeting was attended by members of the outgoing Zifa board and also those contesting elections scheduled for 27 March.
Rushwaya confirmed the development to New Zimbabwe.com but added that she had not yet seen the letter of suspension.
The Zifa boss said she would only comment when she gets the letter of suspension.
"I have been suspended but there is no formal communication. I am yet to receive the letter informing me of the suspension. I have nothing to comment. I will issue a statement when I get the letter," said Rushwaya.
ZIFA president Wellington Nyatanga who chaired the meeting that made the resolution to suspend Rushwaya confirmed the chief executive's suspension but declined to disclose the reasons for the move.
But, sources close to Zifa said at the weekend Rushwaya was suspended over the controversial decision to send former Premier League champions Monomotapa to Malaysia and pass them off as the Zimbabwe national soccer team last December.
It is alleged Rushwaya sanctioned that trip without the consent of the Sport and Recreation Commission - the country’s supreme sports decision making body which sanctions all international trips.
The Football Association of Malaysia accused ZIFA of deception after New Zimbabwe.com exposed the scandal.
FAM general secretary Datuk Azzudin Ahmad, waving a letter from ZIFA, told journalists: “Look at this letter and tell me what you understand from it. It states clearly they are sending their national side.
“From one national FA to another, there has to be mutual respect. When we are told that this is their national team, we take their word for it. We do not question it because that would be questioning their integrity.”
When confronted on the matter at the time, Rushwaya denied signing the letter sent to FAM passing off Monomotapa -- who wore the national team strip -- as the Warriors.
Wednesday, March 17, 2010
As news of the suspension was leaked out to the media by one of the three persons who attended the meeting, this blog managed to get in touch with Ganga to hear his side of the story.
So as not to take the thunder away from the main stream media and others, this blog shall only post the reaction of Ganga tomorrow morning.
Suffice to say that the decision to get rid of Ganga was made a few weeks ago and does not come as a surprise.
Ni doubt some personalities on the two hills will rub their hands in glee in getting rid of Ganga but badminton ultimately will suffer barely a day after Lee Chong Wei made it a most sought after sport in terms of sponsorship and marketing.
Be ready for some startling news.....
This was among the decision reached at a meeting on Wednesday chaired by Muhyiddin, who is the Education Minister, to restore the glory of sports in school starting next year. At the moment, the sports section is under a division together with arts and curriculum.
The sports division will have its own director and assisted by four deputy directors.
"We have also decided that five per cent out of the 10 per cent marks for co-curriculum activities be given to involvement in sports activities," he told a news conference after chairing a meeting of the main committee on sports development in school at parliament house here. He said the 1Student 1Sport policy would also be enforced.
The meeting also decided to appoint more manpower such as special teachers to carry out sports development in school which would be done in stages, he said.
Muhyiddin said the allocation for sports would also be increased from the current rate of RM2.40 per student to RM4 for primary students and RM6 for secondary students.
"We will also rearrange co-curriculum schedules and may incorporate the teaching of sports during school hours so that students need not come back to school at later hours so as not to inconvenience them and their parents," he said.
He said the ministry would find ways to do so without affecting the time allocated for academic studies or increasing the school hours.
"We are taking this approach in order to encourage sports development in school and not to produce athletes. But if we develop sports in school, we will be able to identify talents among students but our overall target is to get them involved in sports," he said.
Muhyiddin said the ministry would also improve sports infrastructure in schools. State governments and local authorities would be asked to allow schools, which were without facilities, to use their fields and halls to carry out sports activities.
"In our survey, nearly 90% are able to implement the 1Student 1Sport policy. As for the remaining 10%, we shall see what the problems are," he said.
Muhyiddin said sports development in school was beneficial to the country because through sports, students could learn to appreciate the spirit of cooperation and the sharing of noble values irrespective of race or religion.
"When Datuk Lee Chong Wei won the All England, no one asked him whether he was a Chinese or a Malay... he is a national champion and we are all proud of him. We want this spirit to be imbibed in the hearts of our children," he said.
Muhyiddin said sports development in school would not neglect the need of disabled students and that the ministry would think of ways to get them involve in the activities.
Tuesday, March 16, 2010
PETER Ridsdale could leave Cardiff City as early as the end of this month ... if major investment from the Far East materialises.
Malaysian property tycoon Dato Chan Tien Ghee is set to fly in this week to try to finalise talks on funding for the Bluebirds, thought to be around £6m.
If the talks are positive, Malaysian investors could even be in charge by the time Watford come to Cardiff City Stadium next Sunday.
Ridsdale and fellow club director Alan Whiteley have been in regular contact with Dato Chan. Over the last four days they have spoken to the Malaysian businessman three times – and they will talk again today.
Ridsdale would not comment, but he has always said that once the new stadium is completed and major investors come in he will leave.
Ridsdale has been the target for a number of protests by fans, while the personal abuse he has received from texts and e-mails means he is ready to walk away.
If Dato Chan, known as TG, confirms an investment which would give him day-to-day control of the football club, Ridsdale is ready to go at once.
It is likely fellow director Steve Borley would step in to help on the football side of things should Ridsdale go.
A source close to the chairman said: “Peter Ridsdale said from the start that his job was to help ensure the new stadium was completed – and bring in new investment.
“He will leave when those two factors are completed – and that could be as early as the end of this month.”
Ridsdale has been with the Bluebirds for five years and, while City have established themselves in the Championship during his tenure, they are also facing major financial problems.
If Dato Chan goes ahead with his investment, the outstanding tax debt should be paid.
Former chairman Borley has been in the Far East over the weekend, having taken wife Christine on a birthday treat. He has been staying at a resort on an island off the Malaysian coast, but did fly into Kuala Lumpur and held a meeting with Dato Chan.
Sunday, March 14, 2010
Many cannot accept honesty and frank views currently and the views below really reflect the current state of affairs in the sporting arena, every man or woman for him/herself.
The strength of National Sports Associations (NSAs) depends entirely on the leaders they have to lead, guide and manage the NSAs. Without good, competent and dedicated leaders, such as Presidents, Deputy Presidents, Vice Presidents, Hon. Secretaries, Hon. Treasurers, NSAs will not be able to function well, let alone make good progress.
It may perhaps be appropriate to quote the advice by the late Tun Dr Ismail, a former Deputy Prime Minister of Malaysia, to his Party members. He said that people should join political parties to serve only after they have achieved certain level of success in their career and never to join a political party with the intention to enrich oneself.
The late Tun Dr. Ismail’s advice can apply to volunteer sports officials as well. In the past, all volunteer sports officials worked full-time and in their spare time volunteered to serve sport. Only when they have achieved stability in their career, did they dare to hold office.
Today, there are many people who strive to be Presidents and Office Bearers of sports organisations, when they are still in the process of furthering their career.
As such, these people have nether the time or the means to really work for sport as volunteers. There are also others whose livelihood depends on sports, such as coaches, sports equipment distributors, sports marketing agents, etc., who also wish to hold office, thereby placing themselves in conflict of interest situations.
The two most important questions a person who wishes to hold office in any sports organisation as a volunteer are ‘Why do I wish to hold office?’ and ‘How can I make the organisation better?’.
Tuesday, March 09, 2010
So now I find that ancient proverb true,
Foes' gifts are no gifts: profit bring they none.
Lotus concluded the final pre-season test around Barcelona's Circuit de Catalunya at the weekend almost five seconds adrift of the outright benchmark in the hands of Heikki Kovalainen and two seconds away from the slowest of the established teams, albeit narrowly ahead of fellow newcomer Virgin.
On his own last day inside the cockpit of the Mike Gascoyne-penned, Cosworth-powered T127, Trulli had actually managed to leap ahead of the Sauber of Kamui Kobayashi, winding up 4.4 seconds off Nico Rosberg's fastest effort for Mercedes Grand Prix. It will be a similar scenario, the 35-year-old Pescara native opines, when the serious action gets underway in the desert kingdom next weekend, with performance having been sacrificed for laudable reliability in the initial stages.
“We are not happy with the pace that we have at the moment, but we knew we wouldn't be,” ESPN quotes the experienced Italian as having reflected, as he suggested that in Lotus' case at least, the lap times seen during testing are fairly representative. “We are ready for racing, but not really for fighting. Maybe we can fight with Virgin, but the rest of the field is still out of reach.”
Warning not to expect too much from Lotus until the first major upgrade is introduced in time for the beginning of the European leg of the campaign – with the Spanish Grand Prix at Barcelona in early May – Trulli confessed that whilst progress will come, instant miracles are unlikely.
“The same as [Barcelona testing] basically, not much more,” the former Monaco Grand Prix-winner revealed of his expectations for Bahrain. “Unfortunately, I am not a magician. It would be nice to score a point, but it is not going to be easy. We have to be realistic – we are probably four seconds off.
“We already know what is wrong, but we don't have enough time to sort it out right away. We knew in advance where the weaknesses were, but we have to get ready for Bahrain and ship everything over, so there is no time left. Once we return to Europe, we will probably make a step forward.”
“We reckon we will be 3.5 seconds off the fastest car [in Bahrain], an improvement of five seconds from Jerez,” concurred an upbeat team principal Tony Fernandes. “We keep chipping away.”
Those sentiments are largely echoed by Gascoyne, who has brought with him to Lotus a wealth of experience from previous employers McLaren, Sauber, Tyrrell, Toyota, Renault, Jordan and Force India and who insists that the Hingham-based concern is 'in very good shape' for its F1 bow given that it has had a scant eight testing days to prepare for Sakhir.
The T127 might currently be lacking in terms of out-and-out raw pace, but its designer is clearly 'proud' of the team's progress in the five months it has had since officially gaining a 2010 entry – and hopeful of achieving on-track respectability during its maiden campaign of competition as it carries the weight of the iconic Lotus name.
“The test was extremely productive,” the Englishman summarised of Barcelona. “In general we've had very good reliability, and the team is in very good shape going to the first race. Considering the length of time we've had to work on the project, it's a fantastic effort from the whole team. Everyone has worked exceptionally hard over the two tests, and we now have to work on the pace of the car and improve that – but it's been a tremendous effort from the whole team and I'm very proud of them.”
Monday, March 08, 2010
For this year the 12 teams in each competition are placed in four groups comprising of 3 teams each with only the top two moving into the knockout stage. For the knockout stage, the seedings will be based on the world ranking of May 6 and only preliminary round group champions will be seeded.
The draw is as follows:
China, Korea, Peru
Malaysia, Japan, Nigeria
Denmark, Germany, Poland
Indonesia, India, Australia
UBER CUP DRAW
China, Malaysia, USA
Indonesia, Denmark, Australia
Japan, Russia, Germany
Korea, India, South Africa
WHEN Tan Sri Hamzah Abu Samah was appointed the country’s first sports minister in the seventies, he was deemed to be the best person for the job. Besides being an all-round sportsman, he understood management, intricacies and politics in sports. Besides, having partaken in sports and the fellowship which usually followed, he had first-hand knowledge of the needs of players; the development of talent at grassroots level; and no one could give him bull on any aspect of sports. He was hands-on when it came to administration through his years of experience as a judicial officer and often used his knowledge and experience to sort out issues.
Today, some 40 years later, the ministry is at a crossroads. The objective of setting up such a ministry has been blurred. Its vision and mission have been hijacked by parties with vested interests. Money is the name of the game and over the years, billions have been spent with non-tangible results to show. From an organisation which was supposed to supplement and help national sports associations (NSAs) to further their causes, it has changed into one which is more apt at creating multi-layers of officialdom and spending large sums of money in other roles.
Instead of being the backbone of sports for the masses, it has become selective and elitist. Instead of being involved in enhancing the standard of sports, it has ended up being embroiled in the politics of NSAs. Instead of being neutral and non-participant in the affairs of NSAs, it has sometimes gone to the point of taking sides. Instead of being focused, it has been sidetracked by setting up various mini-organisations within, thereby spending more money. The National Fitness Council is just one example.
Just because there is funding, money has been strewn on all kinds of projects that do nothing to enhance the level of sports. Paying RM10 million for a 24-minute sports news segment is one of them. Giving away RM17 million for the Champions Youth Cup was another. The list of "abuses" is long and when asked to justify such expenditure, everyone – the secretary general, the directors and even the minister – goes into a silent mode as if one is talking to a bunch of deaf people.
Therefore, it is not surprising that the ministry and some of its agencies, especially the National Sports Council (NSC) make headlines almost every week for all the wrong reasons. It has been given 21 days to respond to a show-cause letter from the disciplinary board of the ministry over the purchase of chalets which cost taxpayers RM850,000.
I am convinced nothing is going to come out of it and please do not expect heads to roll. For too long, the ministry and some of its agencies have become the personal domain of a selected few whose "godfathers" have always afforded protection.
The ministry’s secretary-general, Datuk Yasin Salleh, chairs the disciplinary board. And that’s where the problem starts. Was he not aware of the purchase made by the NSC? This would be capital expenditure and surely, as head-honcho of the ministry, he should know of all assets of the ministry. Are we to assume there is no "register of assets" as such in government departments? I have nothing personal against Yasin but wasn’t he the same man who signed the agreement with ESPN and posed for cameramen with the documents when the deal was made? Can he justify the millions spent and the "return on investment"?
In April 2008, theSun reported that the Women’s Sports and Fitness Foundation Malaysia received RM9.72 million from the NSC and another RM1.5 million from the ministry – good money, people’s money that was squandered on staging the games where aerial dancers were brought in from Australia to the tune of RM800,000 for the opening ceremony. Former Youth and Sports Minister Datuk Seri Azalina Othman Said distanced herself from the million-ringgit fiasco by saying that as the mere patron of the foundation, she "just cut ribbons".
"I don’t get involved with management and I don’t have a say in funding," she was quoted as saying. So, if she had no say in the funding, then who did? So, who decided on who got what and how much; and who signed the cheques? Surely, it is not beyond Yasin’s knowledge.
And that’s why I am repeating the call for a team of external auditors to thoroughly examine how our funds were managed. The abuse and misuse may not be to the extent of the Port Klang Free Trade Zone, but according to my sources, it could run into a few hundred million ringgit. That’s enough for some alarm bells to ring.
R. Nadeswaran is passionate about accountability in sports as it involves taxpayers’ money. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
Thursday, March 04, 2010
One member of the party, which among others comprises of the Deputy Sports Minister Dato Razali and NSC DG Dato Zolkples Embong, will have departed by today. His mission initially is to make arrangements for the two gentlemen to visit the Harimau Muda team in Slovakia.
So amongst others, as reported in the main stream media and through information gathered, is for Razali and Zol to visit Liverpool, Manchester United as well as Everton. Maybe the two gentlemen who went earlier were not able to close the deal, hence Zol and Razali are seen to be the final jigsaw in the puzzle.
I wonder what the fascination is about to visit top clubs in England, the likes of Liverpool, United, Everton, Chelsea and Arsenal? What development work have they done? Besides harping on Wayne Rooney being the product of Everton, seriously what development has these clubs achieved, but to buy players from smaller clubs.
So really Mr. Deputy Minister and Mr. Director General, if your core business is football, then I will understand the rationale to visit such big clubs. But if it is development that matters, then go to Sheffield United, Stoke City, Hull, Cardiff City, Reading and West Ham, for these are the clubs that really do developmental work.
It is the end products, the polished diamonds that are being beamed into our living rooms and it does not tke a rocket scientist to figure out that there must be a base before they become top names in the EPL.
And yes, while you are in Slovakia, please let us know why is it that now the team needs two cooks to be sent to prepare meal for the team. Was it not FAM that said all arrangements had been done and that all was well? So why is it and after thought, kind of like being a class F contractor that keeps filing in variation orders to increase the profitability.
Tell you what, since our boys are feeling cold, take our sun along too, oops kind of goofed there as that is something FAM cannot add to their wish list from the government.
So readers, let me tell you a litte secret, remember initially the government said it will give RM50 million for football but later it was RM10 million. Well the RM10 million is just the funds for fact finding missions such as this lah.
Tuesday, March 02, 2010
The first PGA Tour event in the region -- the Asia Pacific Classic PGA Tour will be held at The Mines Resort and Golf Club, Seri Kembangan, from Oct 28 to 31 while the Asian Tour in announcing their 2010 calendar of events earlier this year listed Oct 28-31 as the dates for the Iskandar Open, to be held at the Royal Johor Golf Club which will offer a minimum of USD 1 million purse.
The dates are the centre of contention as the top players tend to be in this region during that period for on Nov 4-7 the SGC-HSBC Champions will be held at the Sheshan International GC, Shanghai with a total purse of US$7 million.
And this will be followed by on Nov 11-14 with the Barclays Singapore Open at the Sentosa GC, Singapore offering US$5 million prize money.
The Hong Kong Open which will be played at the Hong Kong GC will be next from Nov 18-21 offering a total of US$2.5 million.
Ironically the PGA Tour received a strong backing from CIMB Group, a prominent banking group in the country, that emerged as its title sponsor at an annual cost of USD 8.5 million with the sponsorship signing ceremony between CIMB Group and the Mines Resort and Golf Club held at the resort on Tuesday.
The PGA Classic will offer a total prize money of US$6 million (RM21 million) and the winner of the competition would walk home with US$1 million (RM3.5 million).
The 40-man field competing in the prestigious tournament would comprise the top 25 players from the PGA Tour's final FedExCup, top-10 available players from the Asian Tour's Order of Merit and at least one Malaysian professional.
The Asian Tour's busy stretch of events will kick off from July till December. The Tour's biggest events - the Barclays Singapore Open, the Hong Kong Open, Iskandar Johor Open and WGC-HSBC Champions in China - will be held during the latter part of the season from October, which will ensure another thrilling conclusion to the Asian Tour's Order of Merit race.
Hence it will be good if the Asian Tour will confirm if it indeed has given sanction to the PGA Tour and in the process make changes to its own calendar, at the expense of the Iskandar Open.
2010 Asian Tour Schedule October and November
Oct 7-10: Indonesia President Invitational, Course tba, Jakarta, US$400,000.
Oct 14-17: Macau Open, Macau GCC, Macau, US$500,000.
Oct 28-31: Iskandar Johor Open, Royal Johor CC, Johor Bahru, Malaysia, US$1 million (minimum).
Nov 4-7: WGC-HSBC Champions, Sheshan International GC, Shanghai, US$7 million.
Nov 11-14: Barclays Singapore Open, Sentosa GC, Singapore, US$5 million.
Nov 18-21: Hong Kong Open, Hong Kong GC, Hong Kong, US$2.5 million.
Nov 25-28: Event tba
Dec 2-5: King's Cup, Venue tba, US$300,000.
Dec 9-12: Event tba.
Dec 16-19: The Tour Championship, Details tba
Heikki Kovalainen has admitted that his new car, the Lotus T127, is worse than the Minardi he tested more than six years ago.
Minardi chief Paul Stoddart gave the then 22-year-old Finn a two-day test at Vallelunga in late 2003 and nearly signed him to race.
When asked by Finland's Turun Sanomat to compare the Minardi with the Lotus, fielded by the new Malaysian backed team in 2010, Kovalainen answered: "It's difficult because the tires are so different.
"But the Lotus is probably missing more aerodynamically than the Minardi cars (were) when you compare them with the top (cars)."
At the end of 2003, the Minardis were regularly 5 seconds off the pace of the leaders, while Kovalainen's teammate Jarno Trulli said last weekend that he thinks the T127 is about four seconds behind.
Kovalainen was nearly 5 seconds behind when the 2010 pre-season came to a close at Barcelona on Sunday.
But in 2010, there is more parity between teams in terms of engine and tire performance, meaning the differences in lap time is substantially due to the chassis.
Kovalainen, now 28, admitted that Lotus' "biggest problem" currently is aerodynamics.
To Turun Sanomat, he also rued his pre-season preparations, revealing that he has "never gone into a season with less testing".
Team boss Tony Fernandes thinks Lotus has progressed well this winter.
"We reckon we will be 3.5 seconds off the fastest car (in Bahrain), an improvement of 5 seconds from Jerez. We keep chipping away," he said.