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Over 40 teams expected at KL Hockey League 2020

KUALA LUMPUR The Kuala Lumpur Hockey Association (PHKL) is in the midst of organising the Kuala Lumpur Hockey League 2020 and Veteran League Carnival in compliance with COVID-19 standard operating procedure (SOP).

“There will be three divisions – premier, 1 and 2 – and we hope to invite well-known teams like Tenaga Nasional Bhd (TNB) and Maybank, besides clubs and teams from around Kuala Lumpur and other states,” said PHKL president, Datuk Seri Megat D. Shahriman Zaharudin, of the annual competition which will run from September to December.

He added at the press conference today: “With this league, we want to ensure the search for talent continues, players and clubs stay at the top of their game, and COVID-19 doesn’t wipe out hockey. However, everyone must comply with the new norms and SOP.”

He said the Kuala Lumpur Hockey Stadium — where PHKL has its headquarters — will be the main venue for the league which has been organised since the 80s, with Tun Razak Hockey Stadium in Jalan Duta and National Hockey Stadium in Bukit Jalil as additional venues.

He said the Veteran League Carnival scheduled for Aug 31 will be a one-day, six-a-side competition for two age categories: 40 – 47, and 48 and above.


Source: BERNAMA News Agency

Restrictions on sports activities in Penang to be lifted Wednesday

GEORGE TOWN In line with the announcement by the Ministry of Youth and Sports (KBS) the Penang government has allowed the organising of local tournaments for non-contact sports without an audience as well as carrying out sports and recreational activities including contact sports, beginning July 15.


State Youth and Sports Committee chairman Soon Lip Chee said following this, there would no longer be restrictions on operating hours for all sports activities in the state, subject to compliance with standard operating procedures set by KBS and the National Security Council (MKN).


“Operators must display the PG Care and Mysejahtera QR codes to be scanned by individuals before entering the premises. Operators must also register and fill out the information form, at ‘notification.miti.gov.my’,” he said.




Apart from that, Soon said the operating hours for activities such as Zumba, Line dance, QiGong and XiangGong would also no longer be limited from 7 am to 10 pm from Wednesday.




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Johor confident of hosting best ever Sukma Games – MB

JOHOR BAHRU Johor is confident of hosting the best ever Malaysia Games (SUKMA) when the 20th edition of the biennial national multi-sport event takes place there next year.


Menteri Besar Datuk Ir Hasni Mohammad said this confidence stems from the commitment that has been put in to prepare the required venues and facilities.


Among them is the Johor Sports Complex that houses the shooting range, rugby field and track and field stadium.




“I think we are capable of hosting the best ever SUKMA. The only thing is that we hope, besides support from the athletes, is that the people will cooperate should standard operating procedures (SOPs) still apply by then,” he told reporters after a working visit to the Johor Sports Complex in Taman Mount Austin here today.


Also present were State Tourism, Youth and Sports Committee chairman Datuk Onn Hafiz Ghazi and State Education, Information, Heritage and Culture Committee chairman Mazlan Bujang.


Hasni said to date, almost all of the venues have achieved a 97 percent completion rate, with full completion expected before year-end.



In view of this positive development, he said Johor will face no issues if the event was brought forward from the currently set dates.


“We are ready but I feel the National Sports Council (NSC) and the (Youth and Sports) Ministry will soon fix an actual date, but for now we have been informed it is next year,” he said.


SUKMA Johor 2020 was supposed to be have been held this month, but was postponed to next year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.


So far, it has been slated for March 6-14, but this is still subject to further discussion at the Games’ Supreme Council meeting to be held in the near future.


Source: BERNAMA News Agency

Shahrul, Aidil bent on retaining starting spots in national team

KUALA LUMPUR National defensive stalwart Shahrul Mohd Saad won’t take his place in the national team for granted despite coach Tan Cheng Hoe saying he won’t make any drastic changes to the squad.


Another reason why Shahrul, who is also the Perak skipper, is worried about losing his starting spot is beause the whole Harimau Malaya squad have missed out on high-intensity action since the Malaysia League (M-League) was suspended following the implementation of the Movement Control Order (MCO) on March 18 to curb the spread of COVID-19.


With the national team chasing an automatic slot in the 2023 Asia Cup Finals, Shahrul, 27, knows he and his teammates will have to be in tip-top shape when the M-League resumes in September, with all the 12 Super League teams still having seven matches to complete their shortened fixtures.



“Every coach surely wants the best players for his team, especially during such trying times. So, he (national coach Cheng Hoe) has the right to pick whoever he wants. Until last November, I was the first choice but now I’m not too comfortable as it’s been a long time since I’ve played competitively.


“That’s why I need to stamp my mark on the game in the remaining seven matches so that I’ll remain in the national squad,” he said in a statement issued by the Malaysian Football League (MFL) today.


The 2020 M-League and all football activities nationwide have been suspended since March 16 and teams were also barred from holding any training sessions or friendly matches to comply with the government’s MCO.



Another national defender, Mohamad Aidil Zafuan Abd Radzak feels that the remaining matches in this year’s M-League will help the Harimau Malaya in the second round of the 2022 World Cup/2023 Asia Cup qualifying campaign.


He said that it was important for players to regain their momentum, especially since they have been inactive for the last two months.


“I read recently that the coach had said that the M-League would help the national players regain their momentum but, at the same time, he also voiced his concern about the effect it would have on us if the league could not be resumed.


“Efforts to restart the M-League are coming along fine and we, the players, definitely want to see action but the priority must be on health and safety. I can’t be selfish, there are lots of aspects that need to be looked at to ensure the M-League can resume,” he said.


Mohamad Aidil, who stars for Johor Darul Ta’zim (JDT) in the Super League, said he had faith in Cheng Hoe’s tactical nous as well as his teammates’ capabilities for them to do well in the qualifiers despite the fact that national team would have only a short preparation time when the M-League resumes in September.


Based on the Asian Football Confederation’s (AFC) plans, which are subject world governing body FIFA’s approval, Malaysia are set to take on the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in Dubai on Oct 8 before welcoming Vietnam to the National Stadium in Bukit Jall on Oct 13.


Malaysia are currently second in Group G in the second round 2022 World Cup/2023 Asia Cup qualifiers after collecting nine points from five matches.


UAE are in fourth spot with six points, but with a game in hand, while Vietnam top the group with 11 points. Thailand are third (eight points) while Indonesia prop up the table without a point.





Source: BERNAMA News Agency

CMCO: Sports activities, dine-ins not allowed in Melaka

MELAKA The Melaka government is not allowing any sports activities to take place and restaurants to cater to dine-in customers during the Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO), which came into effect today.

Chief Minister Datuk Sulaiman Md Ali said that only the manufacturing industry was allowed to fully operate during the period and would have to follow the standard operating procedures (SOPs) and guidelines set by the International Trade and Industry Ministry.

“We allow the manufacturing industry to operate for 24 hours instead of 12 hours under the Movement Control Order (MCO) while other economic or social activities are not allowed at this time,” he told a press conference here today.

He said the decision was aimed at preventing more workers from losing their jobs especially in the manufacturing sector due to the losses suffered by the factories during the MCO period.

The operations of the economic sector including retail and other social sectors are being finalised and it will be decided by the COVID-19 special committee today and announced in one or two days, he added.

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Malaysia to raise traditional sports issue at SEAGF meeting

KUALA LUMPUR, March 7 — Malaysia will bring up the issue relating to the listing of traditional sports events at the 2019 SEA Games at the Sea Games Federation (SEAGF) meeting scheduled to be held in Hanoi, Vietnam from May 20 to 21.

Olympic Council of Malaysia (OCM) president Datuk Seri Mohamad Norza Zakaria said this following a post-mortem done on the Malaysian contingent’s performance at the biennial games held in the Philippines December last year.

“It is our concern that the issue should be brought up at the SEAGF level which gives host nations an advantage.

This is due to a reduction of core sports at the biggest multi-sport event in Southeast Asia, he told reporters after chairing the OCM Executive Council Meeting at Wisma OCM here today.

Mohamad Norza said the issue of athlete eligibility would also be raised at the meeting citing the use of naturalised athletes with dual citizenship at the 2019 SEA Games by the host as an example.

He said logistics issues involving the competition venues and the athletes’ village would also be addressed at the meeting, citing the national contingent’s experience of having to take between three and five hours to reach certain venues.

Malaysia would also voice out concerns about the judging standards the meeting, he added.

Mohamad Norza said that prior to attending the meeting, OCM would hold a meeting with the national sports associations in April to discuss matters pertaining to the 2021 SEA Games in Hanoi.

Source: BERNAMA (News Agency)

New SOP to curb spread of coronavirus at wheelchair tennis tournament

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia as the host nation of the wheelchair tennis 2020 World Team Cup has set a new standard operating procedure (SOP) as a precautionary measure to curb the spread of the 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) infection.

Wheelchair Tennis Malaysia (WTM) president Muhd Iqbal Sulaiman said the new procedures included athletes participating in the tournament especially from China to get a vaccination along with medical verification letter from a doctor before being allowed to compete.

He said the Immigration would also provide a special lane at the airport for the participants to undergo thermal screening procedure.

They also have to attach their itinerary during the week before arriving in Malaysia to facilitate health screening, he said when met at the Malaysian Paralympic Council’s press conference on the postponement of the 10th ASEAN Para Games in the Philippines, here today.

Muhd Iqbal said the decision to proceed with the Asian qualifiers for 2020 Tokyo Paralympic Games, was made during a discussion between WTM and the International Tennis Federation.

The tournament, scheduled to be held from March 4 to 7 at the National Tennis Centre in Jalan Duta, will feature 70 athletes from 10 countries namely Malaysia, Colombia, Iran, Taiwan, Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam, South Korea, Australia and Sri Lanka.

Source: BERNAMA (News Agency)