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National sports bodies welcome plan to extend pension scheme

Youth and Sports Minister Datuk Seri Reezal Merican Naina Merican’s proposal to extend the pension scheme to all athletes who qualify for the Olympics and not just for those who win medals at the quadrennial event has received mixed response from three sports bodies.


Paralympic Council of Malaysia (PCM) president Datuk Seri Megat D Shahriman feels that it should not just be extended to national athletes who qualified for the Olympics, but also to national para-athletes who have contributed medals at international Games.


“I’m not trying to brag or differentiate, but who has delivered the most medals and help to glorify the country? So, whether they are able-bodied athletes or para-athletes, I hope the government will not practice favouritism and I urge the government to consider this.




“We must look at the developed nations, there are no discrimination and no double standards,” he said.


Reezal Merican, when winding up the debate on the Supply Bill 2021 at the committee stage for the ministry at the Dewan Rakyat today, said the ministry would consider the suggestion for national athletes who qualify for the Olympics to be eligible for the pension scheme.


Meanwhile, Olympic Council of Malaysia (OCM) president Tan Sri Norza Zakaria has described Reezal Merican’s proposal as a timely boost for national athletes chasing for a spot in the Olympic Games.



“The time has come for us to recognise and repay all those who sacrificed years of their life to qualify for the Olympic Games,” he said.


Sportswriters Association of Malaysia (SAM) president Datuk Jasni Shafie echoed his sentiments, saying the proposal would motivate the athletes in their quest to qualify for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, which has been postponed to next year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.


“There are athletes from several events who do not stand any chance of winning a medal due to the different nature of the competition and abilities.


“But the announcement by the Youth and Sports Minister will surely ignite the athletes’ determination to try and do their best, at least to get past the preliminary round,” he said.




Source: BERNAMA News Agency


PM Muhyiddin extends condolences to ex-national footballer’s family

— Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin and his family today expressed their condolences to the family of the late Datuk Mohamad Bakar, the national football legend who died at the age of 75 today.

Muhyiddin, who shared his sadness over the loss in a posting on Facebook, hoped Mohamad’s family will be strong in facing this difficult period.

“On behalf of the government, I would like to say thank you for Allahyarham’s services and contributions throughout his footballing career, especially in helping the national squad qualify for the 1972 Munich Olympics,” he said.

The prime minister said the government will not forget Mohamad’s services to the nation, who went on to become assistant coach of the 1980 Moscow Olympics squad and national head coach five years later.

“His services and sacrifices will forever be cherished by the nation and the people,” Muhyiddin said.

The prime minister also prayed that the late Mohamad’s soul will be blessed and placed among the righteous.

Source: BERNAMA News Agency

KAFA hands in documents to set up Kelantan FC


KOTA BHARU The Kelantan Football Association (KAFA) has submitted all the documents required by the Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) for the purpose of establishing Kelantan Football Club (Kelantan FC) in line with the privatisation of the team in 2021.

KAFA legal adviser Alawi Mohd Rashid said the approval of the establishment of Kelantan FC would be announced by FAM in September.

“KAFA has established a company, Team Red Warriors Sdn Bhd which will be given the rights and responsibilities to coordinate and manage the Kelantan FC team.

“Team Red Warriors Sdn Bhd, which manages Kelantan FC, will be fully responsible for finding players and coaches, including the payment of salaries,” he said in a media statement here today.

Alawi said besides that, all team management costs, matches and so on must be borne by Team Red Warriors Sdn Bhd.

“The privatisation will separate KAFA from Kelantan FC and both will have their respective entities. After this, KAFA will no longer have any rights and responsibilities over Kelantan FC,” he said.

He said Kelantan FC would not be tied to KAFA’s previous backlog of debts.

“After this, KAFA will only be involved in football development activities such as organising local league competitions, age group competitions and more,” he said.

He said the issue that arose in the last two weeks regarding the sale of the football team was in fact the sale and acquisition of Team Red Warriors Sdn Bhd and not KAFA.

“Any party who wants to buy and take over the Kelantan football team must buy shares in the company and obtain the rights to manage Kelantan FC in the 2021 season competition,” he said.


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Outdoor sports, co-curricular activities allowed in schools from Sept 1 – Ismail Sabri

KUALA LUMPUR The government will allow sports and co-curricular activities to be held outside of classrooms beginning Sept 1, said Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob.

He said the decision was made at the special Cabinet meeting on the implementation of the Movement Control Order (MCO) today, after attending an Education Ministry (MOE) presentation on the guidelines of the activities.

“The guidelines comprise the implementation of face-to-face and practical sports and co-curricular activities outside of the classrooms for subjects such as Physical and Health Education as well as Sports Science in a controlled environment,” he said in a press conference on the Recovery Movement Control Order (RMCO) development in Parliament here, today.

Among the guidelines which must be adhered to include obtaining written approval from parents or guardians; limiting shower and changing rooms usage according to capacity; ensuring physical distance of one to three metres for static activities and three to five metres for dynamic activities; as well as cleaning and disinfecting equipment.

Ismail Sabri said sports and co-curricular activities must also comply with the guidelines and standard operating procedures (SOP) stipulated by the National Security Council (MKN), Health Ministry (MOH), Youth and Sports Ministry (KBS) and MOE.

Meanwhile, Ismail Sabri said the special meeting also reviewed and approved the guidelines for the Teaching and Learning of Technical and Vocational Education practical activities which would also begin on Sept 1.

He said the guidelines are applicable to more than 89 vocational colleges and selected Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan and Sekolah Menengah Teknik.

“Among the guidelines that must be adhered to are deciding the number of students based on the capacity of space and areas used for the activities, cleaning and disinfecting practical equipment and not allowing symptomatic students to join practical activities,” he said.

The full guidelines will be available on the MKN and MOE websites from Sept 1.

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Another stage of scrutiny for women’s squad coach

KUALA LUMPUR,  The four shortlisted candidates for the women’s national hockey team coach position will go through another round of interviews before the Malaysian Hockey Confederation (MHC) makes its selection.

According to MHC president, Datuk Seri Subahan Kamal, this final round of evaluation will have National Sports Council (MSN) director-general, Datuk Ahmad Shapawi Ismail and National Sports Institute (ISN) chief executive officer, Ahmad Faedzal Md Ramli, in the panel.

“The two local and two foreign candidates will be interviewed as soon as possible (via video conferencing) to finalise the coach before the third week of this month so that the person can start his job by September.

“We are also in the process of appointing a new technical director for the 2026 Asian Games project to enable him to join the selection panel,” Subahan said in a press conference at Kinrara Resort after announcing a partnership extension with QNET today.

It is learnt that candidates from the Netherlands and England are among the four who have been shortlisted for the coaching position after Muhammad Dharma Raj Abdullah decided to take a break from coaching and not apply for a contract renewal.

In reaction to the five Indian national team players who made headlines last week after testing positive for COVID-19, Subahan said the pandemic is under control in Malaysia with all the necessary standard operating procedures (SOP) in place to minimise the risk to the public and players.

Subahan also informed that the Perak Hockey Association president, Mohd Sayuti Abdul Samat, the Kedah Hockey Association president, Mohd Asmirul Anuar, a representative from Tenaga Nasional Bhd and another person will be appointed to serve on the MHC executive board.

On the sponsorship extension, Subahan said QNET – which has been an MHC partner since 2015 — will be pumping in RM1.5 million from 2021 to 2023.

“This is a very timely boost. In the time of pandemic, not many will be able to get sponsorship. We have a lot of expenses like organising leagues, development and overseas tournaments. We will put the money to good use,” he said.

Last month, MHC secured a kit sponsorship deal with Puma worth RM1.5 million.

QI Group managing director, Kuna Senathirajah, said its subsidiary —  QNET — is happy to continue supporting MHC and the Selangor Hockey Association, while adding that there are no plans to form a hockey team at the moment.

QNET has also teamed up with English Premier League side Manchester City and Malaysian Super League side Petaling Jaya City Football Club (PJ City FC) which is owned by the QI Group.


Source: BERNAMA News Agency


Melaka United to play three friendlies before M-League resumes

MELAKA, Melaka United have organised three friendly matches to assess the performance of the players ahead of the meeting against Perak on Aug 26, their first match on the resumption of the Super League which has been suspended since March 16.

Melaka United head coach Zainal Abidin Hassan said the matches were important to enable his team to find the rhythm after the players returned to training on July 15.

“The training has gone smoothly since we are allowed to go down to the field. Although it was quite restricted due to the SOP (standard operating procedure) to curb the spread of COVID-19, the players adapted well to the requirements.

“Their performance was slightly affected because they have not played together for a long time, so I need to quickly find compatibility to form this team,” he said when contacted by Bernama here today.

The three friendly matches are against PDRM FA on Aug 8, UiTM FC on Aug 14 and Felda United FC on Aug 19.

The 2020 Malaysia League (M-League), which comprises the Super League and Premier League, will resume on Aug 26 but without spectators to comply with the SOP issued by the Malaysian Football League (MFL).


Source: BERNAMA News Agency

Quickly find a coach, says national boxer


KUALA LUMPUR National boxer, Muhamad Fuad Mohd Redzuan, hopes a foreign coach for the national team will be picked promptly to allow the boxers to adjust to a new training method.

The 29-year-old from Negeri Sembilan said that since there are no international competitions at the moment, this is the best time to build the coach-team connection.

“I feel we will need up to six months to build the relationship and adjust to the person’s coaching skills and techniques. So the faster the person comes, the better,” he told reporters after a contract-signing between the national boxers and National Sports Council (MSN) in Keramat today.

He said he would prefer a coach from Uzbekistan or Cuba instead of Kazakhstan because they would have a broad set of techniques.

Earlier, Malaysian Boxing Association (PTM) deputy president, Mohd Iruan Zulkifli, said that a discussion is being held with MSN on the selection of a coach from a shortlist of four candidates from Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan and Cuba, which is expected to be finalised by mid-August.

Meanwhile, Muhamad Fuad, who switched from the 49kg category (which he has competed in for 11 years) to the 52kg category for a better chance of going to the Olympics, said he will have to work very hard to reclaim the gold medal at the Southeast Asian (SEA) Games.

“I have to increase my stamina and strength, as well as improve my technique in this new category.

“At the same time, training and competitions abroad are very important to test my ability and suss out the opponent in this category,” he said.

Muhamad Fuad has competed in the SEA Games six times, beginning with Laos in 2009. He won the gold medal at the Kuala Lumpur SEA Games in 2017 but had to be satisfied with a bronze medal at the Philippines SEA Games last year.


Source: BERNAMA News Agency