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Almost RM60 mln allocated for building, maintaining sports facilities in Pahang

KUANTAN, July 6 (Bernama) — The Youth and Sports Ministry has till now, allocated almost RM60 million for the construction and maintenance of sports facilities in Pahang, said its deputy minister, Datuk Seri Ti Lian Ker.

He said the maintenance work on buildings included Darul Makmur Stadium; Rompin and Maran Rakan Muda Sports Complexes; Pekan Sports Complex and Pelanggai Community Sports Complex in Bentong, besides building the State Youth and Sports Complex, here.

“When all the work is completed, we hope that more among the local communities will be involved in sports activities,” he said at a media conference, here, today with Kuantan mayor, Datuk Hamdan Hussin also present.

On the Pahang State Youth and Sports Complex, Ti said the RM30 million project started last year and was expected to be completed in August next year.

It will include facilities for people with disabilities, a football field, running track, gymnasium, multipurpose courts, a hostel, auditorium and hall.

“In using public facilities, the cost of repairing any damage done will be borne by the government, so I hope the public will help take good care of these facilities for the benefit of all,” Ti said.

He also announced the ministry’s approval for a sum of RM500,000 for the maintenance and upgrading work on the Wisma Belia Hockey Stadium in Indera Mahkota, here.

Source: BERNAMA News Agency

Reward, celebration being considered over national team’s Asian Cup qualification – PM

BANGI, June 15 (Bernama) — The government is considering rewarding the national football team and holding a celebration over their qualification to the 2023 Asian Cup finals, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Yaakob said.

He said the matter will be jointly discussed with the Youth and Sports Ministry and the Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) soon.

“Insya-Allah, I will be discussing this with Youth and Sports Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Faizal Azumu and also with FAM.

“It (discussions) will be about celebrating (Malaysia’s qualification) or any form of contribution that we can give… we will discuss this,” he told reporters after attending the 2022 Malaysian Youth Parliament (PBM) sitting here today.

Ismail Sabri, meanwhile, also hoped that the Harimau Malaya squad will now go on to perform their best and make their mark at the 2023 Asian Cup.

“We have only passed the first test, the bigger challenge will be at the Asian Cup and to get some good results. I hope this fighting spirit shown will continue to restore Malaysia’s standing in international football, especially in Asia,” he said.

Malaysia ended more than four decades of wait when they qualified on merit for the Asian Cup after thrashing Bangladesh 4-1 in the last match of Group E qualifiers at the Bukit Jalil National Stadium here last night.

Malaysia ended the qualifying stage with six points to finish behind group champions Bahrain thus booking their ticket to the prestigious competition as one of the best five runners-up.

The last time Malaysia made an appearance in the Asian Cup finals was in the 2007 edition when they co-hosted the tournament, but it had been more than 40 years of failing to advance (to the finals) on merit since the 1980 edition in Kuwait.

Source: BERNAMA News Agency

NPC inter media bowling championship is back after two years

KUALA LUMPUR, May 11 (Bernama) – After two years of the COVID-19 pandemic, the inter media bowling championship organised by the National Press Club (NPC) and QI Group Malaysia is back in action and will resume this Saturday (May 14).

NPC president Datuk Ahiruddin Attan in a press conference here today said it was exciting to have this comeback event after two years of ‘hibernation’, with the purpose of gathering the journalists in the country.

“I am really hoping that we are able to organise more events in the future, such as the treasure hunt and football tournament. We appreciate the sponsors and the sponsorships are utilised for the welfare of the journalists,” he said, adding that the event was aimed at promoting good journalism and to have as much fun as possible.

A total of 10 teams will take part in the competition, comprising media staff from Petra News, Media Prima’s TV3, Bernama, TwentyTwo13, New Straits Times Press, NPC, Sabah Journalists Association (SJA), Asia News, and Penang Press Club, while eight teams from sponsors and special invitation will also join the bowling tournament at the Sunway Pyramid shopping centre.

The top three teams will stand a chance to win cash prizes of RM1,200, RM800 and RM400, including trophies and hampers.

The champions will also be awarded the QI Challenge Trophy and take-away replica trophy, while the top two teams will represent NPC at the media games against SJA in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah in July.

Source: BERNAMA News Agency

Pep Guardiola takes “30 years” dig at Liverpool as Man City take clear 3-point lead

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Pep Guardiola seems to be in a touchy disposition after the Sky Blues’ Champions League ouster as he took several swipes at Liverpool – including a cheeky jibe over the Reds’ league failures of the past three decades – after his valiant Manchester City squad convincingly sallied five scorchers past Newcastle on Sunday. The Spaniard maestro chose to take aim at the Reds over their “30 years” of repeated failures in the Premier League after his City side resolutely bounced back in spectacular fashion by demolishing Newcastle 5-0 with apparent ease. The five-star performance was the opportunity f… Read More »

Soccer: Frontale beat Guangzhou 1-0, finish 2nd in ACL Group I

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Kawasaki Frontale defeated China’s Guangzhou FC 1-0 on Saturday but had to settle for second place in Asian Champions League Group I after Malaysia’s Johor Darul Ta’zim snatched the top spot in dramatic fashion. With three teams fighting for first place, Malaysian champions JDT clinched the group’s sole automatic round-of-16 berth by beating Ulsan Hyundai 2-1 when the South Koreans conceded an own goal with the last kick of the game. Toru Oniki’s Kawasaki squad started the final match day in third place and needed a win over the already-eliminated Guangzhou, along with a stalemate between JDT … Read More »

SEA Games: Johnathan and co gunning for glory in Hanoi

KUALA LUMPUR, April 28 (Bernama) — Johnathan Wong is confident the national shooting team can achieve better results at the Hanoi SEA Games in Vietnam next month, thanks to the comprehensive training they have undergone.

The 29-year-old, who is set to make his sixth SEA Games appearance, said their preparation was not only from the technical aspect but also in terms of sports science.

“This time the NSI (National Sports Institute) joined our training, which was held in stages, so we not only prepared from the physical and psychological aspects but in terms of biomechanics as well. I hope this will give us an added advantage to achieve the desired goal.

“The main target is in terms of points, which I will try to achieve because the new format involves a qualifying round and semi-finals to get to the final, so our preparation was comprehensive,” said Johnathan, who featured in the Rio Olympics in 2016, when met recently.

At the Hanoi SEA Games from May 12-23, Johnathan will compete in the men’s 10 air pistol individual, men’s team and mixed team as well as the men’s 50m pistol individual. At the previous edition in the Philippines, he failed to gun down any medals.

Johnathan’s best achievement came at the 2017 edition in Kuala Lumpur when he bagged a gold medal in the 10m air pistol and silver in the 50m pistol.

The two phases of training sessions in Johor Bahru in mid-March and early this month have boosted the confidence of the national shooters, who returned from the Philippines SEA Games in 2019 with just two silvers and four bronzes.

National coach Mohd Firdaus Abd Rahim said they are targeting one gold and four bronzes from Hanoi this time.

“The reason we trained elsewhere (in Johor Bahru) is to get the feel of a different environment after spending two years at the National Sports Council (due to the COVID-19 pandemic). The objective is to prepare the shooters to achieve the target set.

“What we have done is to make changes… improvising, improving to help raise the shooters’ performance level,” said Mohd Firdaus, who was appointed coach in 2020.

Source: BERNAMA News Agency

Soccer: Kawasaki hit 8 past Guangzhou in ACL

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Two-time defending J-League champions Kawasaki Frontale won their first game of this season’s Asian Champions League on Monday after trouncing China’s Guangzhou FC 8-0 in Johor Bahru, Malaysia. After rescuing a late 1-1 draw in their Group I opener against Ulsan Hyundai on Friday, Kawasaki thumped the side who lost their first game 5-0 to Johor Darul Ta’zim of Malaysia. Kei Chinen headed in from a corner seven minutes in and volleyed home a cross six minutes later before Shintaro Kurumaya also scored with a header from a corner to give Frontale a 3-0 lead within 16 minutes of kick-off. Yu Koba… Read More »