THE Malaysian sepaktakraw squad to the Asian Games have been given a boost with the return of Mohd Futra Abdul Ghani and Mohd Normanizam. The duo, together with Mohammad Zulkarnain, are Malaysia's best bets to win a gold medal in the inter-regu event in Doha. According to national sepaktakraw team manager DSP Idris Karim the duo were initially doubtful of making the trip after both suffered ankle injuries. However, Idris said the duo have now been given the all-clear by doctors from the National Sports Institute (NSI). "We are glad that Mohd Futra and Mohd Normanizam have been given the...

ANTHONY Lee Fook Weng, son of the late Tan Sri Alex Lee, the former president of the Squash Rackets Association of Malaysia (SRAM), wants to head the national association. Anthony has decided to challenge SRAM president Datuk A. Sani Karim at its annual general meeting tomorrow. Anthony is currently a vice-president and also the competitions committee chairman. Alex served as SRAM president from 1989-1999, while Sani became president in 2004 after taking over from Datuk Mohkzani Mahathir. Sani was deputy president between 1999 and 2000 but resigned due to personal reasons. He was elected World Squash Federation vice-president in 2002...

NEWLY-crowned Mr Universe Sazali Samad is ready to win gold in the Asian Games on Dec 1-15. Sazali is in a buoyant mood following his victory in the World Amateur Championships in the Czech Republic last Sunday but he needs no reminder about the tough assignment in Doha. Sazali, who is leaving no stone unturned in his preparations, will leave for California on Nov 9 to continue training under coach Milos Sarcev, who will also accompany Sazali to Doha. "This is is the first time we are sending bodybuilders overseas for training, Sazali told us that training under Sarcev, even...

THE National Under-21 football team returned from their 10-day training-cum-playing stint of South Africa with two draws and one loss,taking heart from an encouraging 0-0 draw against the home team's Olympic side. The stint is part of the national team's preparations for the 2008 Olympic Qualifiers. Coached by B. Sathianathan, Malaysia drew their first match against South African Premier League side Wits University 2-2 before playing two matches against the South Africa Olympic team. The hosts, who just returned from a three-month training stint in Europe, were held 0-0 in front of 20,000 home fans. However, the stint was blemished...