Astro Arena (CH 801), Malaysia’s first dedicated 24-hour local sports channel on Astro is proving to become synonymous as the home channel for local sports coverage among Malaysians. Based on the recent figures from AC Nielsen Media Research, ASTRO customers instinctively tune into Astro Arena (CH 801) for the best coverage of Malaysian sporting heroes in action. During the recent Thomas and Uber Cup Finals in Kuala Lumpur, Astro Arena (CH 801) triumphed at the Number 1 slot with the highest number of viewers during the LIVE broadcast of the Quarter-final match between Malaysia vs. Denmark held on Wednesday, 12 May...

PAS today urged the Council of Rulers to intervene against the federal government decision to issue a sports betting licence. After handing a protest memorandum to the keeper of the rulers’ seal Engku Ibrahim Engku Ngah (above, middle) at his office at the Istana Negara today, PAS vice-president Mahfuz Omar said the move to legalise such gambling would be detrimental for the youths. "Football clubs and their players are idolised by youth, so we are afraid that this will hurt the young," he said.He also said that the government's argument that regulated sports betting operations would curb illegal betting was unreasonable. Mahfuz who...

SKUAD Majlis Sukan Sekolah-Sekolah (MSS) Kedah muncul juara Kejohanan Piala Premier Manchester United (MUPC) 2010 bawah 15 tahun (B-15).Kejayaan itu dicapai selepas MSS Kedah menewaskan Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan (SMK) Putera Kota Bharu, Kelantan 1-0 pada aksi final di Padang Majlis Sukan Negara (MSN), Bukit Jalil semalam. Selaku juara, MSS Kedah akan mewakili Malaysia pada kejohanan peringkat Asia Tenggara yang bakal berlangsung di Pulau Pinang, Jun depan.Jurulatih MSS Kedah, Mohd. Ridzuan Abdul Rahman ternyata berpuas hati dengan komitmen yang ditunjukkan oleh anak-anak buahnya dan mensasarkan untuk bergelar juara pada kejohanan peringkat Asia Tenggara nanti. "Pemain-pemain telah melaksanakan tugas mereka dengan begitu baik...

A full post-mortem report on the failure of the Thomas and Uber teams would be out soon said Youth and Sports minister Datuk Ahmad Shabery Cheek. However, preliminary reports showed that the Malaysian teams lost due to lack of preparations, especially the failure to make use of an opportunity to train at the competition venue early, said Ahmad Shabery. "But, the full report will reveal our weaknesses from every aspect and will be ready soon," he told reporters after opening the general assembly of Umno branches from the Tumpat division at Sekolah Menengah Biji Wangsa, Kelaboran, near here last night. "We have to...

SAM SPEAKS OUT ! Persatuan Penulis-penulis Sukan Malaysia (SAM) menyifatkan tindakan menyalahkan wartawan sukan dan media tempatan antara punca utama kegagalan skuad badminton negara ketika pusingan akhir Piala Thomas dan Uber, baru-baru ini, sebagai tindakan terburu-buru dan jalan mudah untuk melepaskan tanggungjawab di bahu. Ahli-ahli Jawatankuasa Eksekutif SAM sebulat suara dengan pendirian bahawa Persatuan Badminton Malaysia (BAM) sepatutnya lebih teliti sebelum menuding jari sebegitu, tambahan pula kerana daripada analisis yang dilakukan, ianya tampak jauh tersasar daripada realiti.SAM berbangga mempunyai ahli-ahli yang tahu peranan mereka sebagai wartawan sukan bertanggungjawab. Malah daripada penelitian sepanjang tempoh persiapan skuad negara, wartawan dan media tempatan memainkan peranan...

IT is indeed interesting to find out that the national badminton players have blamed everybody including the media for their failure in the recent Thomas Cup. Read KM Boopathy take here . 1. They said that our rivals are learning faster, have improved, are mentally stronger while some even spoke about the pressure from the media and how it disrupts them. 2. BAM has targeted gold in both but with the players admitting they can't handle pressure, what chance is there for the wait for a World Championships title to end in Paris? 3. Media Pressure. It is a shame that players can actually give this...

Malaysia cannot continue depending on 'old guards' to lead the country's challenge at the international stage, especially in badminton, said Youth and Sports Minister Datuk Ahmad Shabery Cheek.He added that the performances and ability of ageing national players was limited."National back up shuttlers must be given an opportunity to show their talent and this should have been done a long time ago," he told reporters after launching the 2010 National Futsal League here on Tuesday. National singles head coach Rashid Sidek and national doubles head coach Rexy Mainaky also echoed a similar sentiment.However, the National team's defeat in the Thomas and...

Host Malaysia face defending champion China while Japan take on Indonesia in the Thomas Cup semifinals at Putra Stadium on Friday. Muhd Hafiz Hashim, the 2003 All England champion, clinched the winning point for Malaysia's 3-2 victory over Denmark in a tense quarterfinal, after easily disposing Joachim Persson 21-12, 21-10, thus repeating the 2002 Guangzhou feat when he won the deciding match against Bao Chun Lai. "I am happy to have contributed the winning point for Malaysia's victory," said Hafiz. In Guangzhou, Malaysia beat China 3-1 in the semis, at their home ground before bowing out 2-3 to Indonesia in the finals. In today's...

Bekas mufti Perlis Dr. Mohd. Asri Zainul Abidin menggesa kerajaan mengkaji balik langkah mempertimbangkan kemungkinan mengeluarkan lesen untuk membenarkan pertaruhan dilakukan semasa kejohanan bola sepak Piala Dunia 2010 berlangsung bulan depan. Sehubungan itu kata Asri, beliau juga mahu rakyat pelbagai kaum dan agama agar membantah usaha tersebut. Sambil menekankan peranan pemerintah adalah mencegah keburukan, bukan menaja atau bersaing dengan penjenayah, Asri memberitahu, cadangan tersebut hanya mengubah ‘taukeh’ yang tidak berlesen kepada yang berlesen. “Apakah nanti mungkin kita akan wujudkan tempat ‘hisap candu berlesen’ untuk mengelakkan penagih candu menghisapnya di tempat yang tidak berlesen? “Jangan fikir lesen dan cukai keuntungan sahaja, kerajaan hendaklah berfikir kesan...

More than half of the 500,000 World Cup tickets offered for cash sales were still available, organizers said today, just over a month before the tournament starts. Initial brisk business when the fifth and final phase of sales opened in South Africa on April 15, sparking long queues, appears to have cooled. Greg Fredericks, head World Cup local organising committee CEO Danny Jordaan’s office, told Johannesburg city councillors less than 300,000 tickets remained for the June 11-July 11 tournament. “We are approaching 90 per cent ticket sales for the World Cup,” he said. Fifa spokeswoman Delia Fischer confirmed that 230,000 of the allotted 500,000...