Men's singles World number one Datuk Lee Chong Wei clinched the inaugural Mini Olympics gold medal after beating former All England champion Hafiz Hashim in straight sets at the Juara Stadium, Bukit Kiara, here Thursday. The Beijing Olympics silver medallist who arrived home after a 10-day training stint in South Korea, hardly lost any sweat when he outplayed Hafiz, ranked world number 37, in straight sets, 21-17, 21-10.Chong Wei who bagged three super series titles this year - Malaysia Open, Swiss Open, Indonesia Open and the Malaysian Open Grand Prix Gold said: "Even though the Mini Olympics is not a major...

The Chengdu Football Association has struck a deal with the regional government for land on which to build a Futsal Park for the benefit of the city. Earlier this year, AFC President Mohamed Bin Hammam presented Chengdu officials with a cheque for US$530,000 as part of AFC’s Social Responsibility Department's aim to help the region recover from last year’s devastating earthquake. The Futsal Park is moving closer to reality with the Chengdu FA forging a contract with the Chengdu Hi-Tech Zone Government for a 20-year lease on 26,680 square metres of land. “Surely it (the futsal park) will play an important part in...

FORMER National Coach B.Sathianathan has been appointed as the Head of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Technical Study Group for AFC U-19 Women’s Championship which will takes place in Wuhan, China from August 1 to 12 . Top three finishers from this tournament will qualify for the 2010 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in Germany. Sathianathan will be assisted by eight technical assistants in the tournament is said to be of high standards. "I am honoured to be given this responsibility in heading the technical group, indeed it is a new challenge for me, but I will deliver my best in this assignment."...

National Sports Council (NSC) acting director-general Abdul Jalil Abdullah hopes national athletes would be able to achieve their respective targets when competing in the Mini Olympics.The Mini Olympics, organised for the first time as preparations for the 2012 London Olympics, is open to athletes who are ranked among the top in the eight sports to be contested." It is not a state or national meeting but open to all athletes who are eligible to compete. There is also no age limit," he told reporters here Monday.The Mini Olympics was initiated following a resolution adopted after the National Sports Convention last year...

Sportswriters' image has been tarnished by some sports journalists demanding for favours from certain sports officials. Recently, a journalist requested an official who returned from an international assignment, to get him an expensive liquor bottle. This journalist was then treated to a sumptuous dinner in a well known sea-food restaurant. To add further insult, the journalist expected the sports official to virtually feed him with stories. There were times when the official fed him some information in confidence, hoping that he would have a better understanding of certain situations. However, the writer went on to abuse his trust and used the "classified"...

"What's the difference between a blowhard or a braggart and somebody that gets it done ?" I recall a time when Mohammed Ali used to get up and say, "I'm the Greatest. I am going to whoop you, I'm going to destroy you," to his opponents. Ali was fighting George Forean in the famous "RUMBLE IN THE JUNGLE." George, at the time, was invincible. He couldn't be beaten. He was the hardest puncher Ali ever fought. He punched harder than Joe Frazier or Sonny Liston.He could take the hardest punches and would never go down. And also he was much younger that...

Mohd Amri Yahyah will become a legend and a folk hero of Malaysian football. The 28-year-old from Tanjong Karang will be hailed alongside some of the former greats, among them the late Mokhtar Dahari and R. Arumugam, “Raja Bola” Datuk Abdul Ghani Minhat and Matlan Marjan, who scored two goals against the visiting England team in the 1980s. Amri will be a household name and remembered for his double strike in the national team’s spirited showing against English Premier League giants Manchester United in the first match of the Red Devils’ pre-season Asian Tour, which Malaysia lost 2-3 in Kuala Lumpur...

League leaders Selangor, gunned down bottom club Police 6-1, to secure the 2008/2009 season's Super League title at the Selayang Stadium, with two matches to spare. With the win Tuesday, coupled with closest rival Perlis' 1-2 lost to KL Plus, Selangor, under coach K. Devan, regarded as the 'Man with the Midas Touch' collected 60 points while Perlis who are in second place with 53 cannot mount a challenge for the title even if Selangor were to lose both their remaining matches. Backed by a sea of supporters who came in Selangor's red and yellow colours, and an attack spearheaded by Malaysia's...

The Ministry of Youth and Sports hope to rebrand the National Jersey "Harimau Malaya" (Malayan Tiger) donned by the Malaysian contingents at international events to form a supporters group for the 'Road to London 2012'. Youth and Sports Minister Datuk Ahmad Shabery Cheek said the re branding exercise would be launched by year end to project a single identity wear that can be proudly worn by athletes and supporters."We want Malaysians to be proud when they wear the 'Harimau Muda' attire just like what footballs fans of teams like Manchester United who come in the team's kit," he told reporters here...

IT nearly happened, didn't it? Malaysia coming within a whisker of holding Manchester United to a draw in their friendly on Saturday. It was, irrespective of what happened in last night's match, a pleasing result considering just how bad Malaysian football has become. Sure, United were nowhere near their best but Malaysia fought and that by itself is a trait that should be admired. But we also have to be mindful of the fact that there have been several false dawns as far as football is concerned over the last few years. It started with the 2001 Kuala Lumpur Sea Games...