Four former footballers yesterday threw their support behind a proposal to legalise sports betting ahead of the World Cup finals in South Africa. They said legalising sports wagers would reduce illegal betting and match-fixing, but some said it could encourage people to go into debt. Last month, the New Straits Times said sports betting may be legalised in time for the World Cup, which is being held from June 11 t o July 11. Berjaya Group was seeking government approval to operate sports betting activities. Datuk Soh Chin Aun, 60, a captain of the national team in the 1980s, said people would probably resort...

Cyclist Mohd Azizulhasni Awang and squash queen Datuk Nicol Ann David were named the 2009 National Sportsman and Sportswoman respectively. Yang di-Pertuan Agong Tuanku Mizan Zainal Abidin presented the main awards and a RM10,000 incentive each to the two winners at the 2009 National Sports Awards here Tuesday night.Nicol, who won the award for the seventh time, was not present as she is still training in Amsterdam. The award is the first for Azizulhasni, 22, the track cyclist based in Melbourne, Australia, who ranked first in last season's World Cup Series and also ranked first in the Keirin until March last year.The...

(National Coach K.Rajagopal, FAM General Secretary Datuk Azzuddin Ahmad with Nike Country Marketing Manager Ms Menaha Nadaraja at the Media Announcement held at Wisma FAM) NIKE Malaysia and the Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) are proud to announce this year’s edition of the Manchester United Premier Cup Tournament set to take place around the country. The tournament supported by the Ministry of Education will see the winner of the Finals in Kuala Lumpur competing in the Regional Finals against teams from around the region including Indonesia and Thailand. As part of its commitment to grassroots football, NIKE Malaysia’s partnership with the FAM aims...

TODAY the former FAM General Secretary and Kuala Lumpur Chief of Police Dato Dell Akhbar Khan celebrates his 62nd birthday. I worked with Dell when he was the team manager of the national team. Yesterday blogger Satwant Singh and Myself had breakfast with the former international. We spoke about sports in general and of course we spoke about football in the country. On Saturday Chief of Staff at ASTRO Arena Khawari Isa celebrates his birthday as well. JAIHO wishes both this people a wonderful celebration and God Bless You Always...

MSSK KEDAH and SMK Pulau Nyior were the first two teams to clinch a berth in the NIKE-FAM-Ministry of Education Manchester United Premier Cup (MUPC) National Finals in Kuala Lumpur on May 15.In the first leg competition in Penang last Sunday, MSSK Kedah defeated SMK Pulau Nyior 4-3 on penalty kicks after a goalless game."> The MUPC Cup inaugurated in 1993, has a total of 128 teams taking part this year.The top two teams from the four legs qualify for the final round.The winner of the National final will represent Malaysia in the regional finals to be held in Sri Racha...

CAN Malaysia win the Thomas Cup? with all the happenings in BAM nowI don't think Malaysia is ready and prepared to win the Thomas Cup. After spending so much of money it is interesting to know that there are many issues in BAM that are not resolved such as salary and allowances. Khawari has given some insights on BAM read here .  This issue must be resolved as soon as possible, otherwise a failure in Thomas Cup may see many heads being chopped....

WHAT'S happening with BAM ? The story below states that BAM President Datuk Nadzmi Mohd Salleh has sacked Ganga Rao. But why now, why one month before the Thomas and Uber Cup which will be held in Kuala Lumpur. It is learnt that BAM is yet to settle many matters related to the Thomas and Uber Cup. Do we need this now, personally I think someone has pushed Nadzmi to do this. Is there an agenda behind the sacking of Ganga ? The Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) on Monday sacked its honorary secretary-general, P. Ganga Rao. BAM president Datuk Nadzmi Mohd...

A cross-causeway tournament involving S-League clubs and Malaysian sides, rekindling some of the old Malaysia Cup fever, will go ahead this June, the Football Association of Singapore (FAS) confirmed yesterday. "The FAS and Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) have met and, in my view, it appears to be a meeting of two like minds," FAS president Zainudin Nordin, who is also the mayor of central district Singapore, told MediaCorp. "We will do it for the first time this year, and well see what the constraints are for the subsequent years. But one thing is clear: This is not a one-off event. We...

UNIVERSAL Fitness & Leisure (UFL) Managing Director Datuk Radha Krishnan has been appointed as a Board of Director for Olympic Council of Malaysia Sports Academy. Radha is not new to the sports industry having started UFL from scratch he is known in the country for developing brands such as Power Bar and Coleman. An entrepreneur who started his business from a car booth, today Radha is managing close to 10 showroom and UFL is still growing strong with close to 200 staff strength around the country. A market leader in Sports Fitness and Products indeed OCM has got the right man to take...