Monday, 3 July 2017
PETALING JAYA: A new ruling on foreign entries is set to provide the boost that Malaysian taekwondo needs to maintain its record of contributing gold medals at a home SEA Games.
Malaysia rocked the 1989 SEA Games stage in Kuala Lumpur with 10 gold medals – still the best outing so far for taekwondo.
When the Games returned to KL in 2001, taekwondo bagged three gold medals.
All the countries competing in KL 2017 have been notified of the new ruling, which states that they can each only field a maximum of three men and three women for the kyorugi (fighting) events.
There are five events for men and six for women in kyorugi.
With the exception of the host country, the other teams can only take part in three out of the five poomsae (non-sparring) events.
Taekwondo is believed to be the only sport that was allowed by the SEA Games organisers to change its rules before the June 30 deadline for submission of entries by numbers.
Taekwondo Malaysia (TM) technical director R. Dhanaraj hopes that the new ruling will benefit the hosts.
“We are entering exponents for all the 11 weight categories in kyorugi and five for poomsae (mixed team, men and women’s poomsae individual and men and women’s poomsae team).
“The standard of taekwondo in South-East Asia is high compared to when we last hosted the SEA Games in 2001.
“Countries like Indonesia, Thailand and Vietnam have produced world-class exponents and won medals at the Olympics.
“At the World Taekwondo Championships in South Korea last week, Thailand won two silvers and one bronze.
“Vietnam too had a silver medallist. So, SEA Games taekwondo is a high-level competition,” he said.
Malaysia last won a SEA Games taekwondo gold in Laos in 2009 through Chee Chew Chan (women’s below 80kg).
Rozaimi Rozali, who was named the best fighter after winning the men’s 63-68kg category at the Asean Taekwondo Championships in Perlis in March, stands the best chance to end Malaysia’s gold medal drought in August.
“We sent six exponents to the world meet and Rozaimi was the only one who managed to reach the last 32,” said Dhanaraj.
“He won two bouts, but we withdrew him from the last-32 match. He took a punch to his face and we didn’t want to aggravate the situation as the SEA Games are not too far away.”
Poomsae mixed pair Yong Jin Kun-Yap Khim Wen, who bagged gold at the Asean meet in Perlis, will also be counted on to deliver again in August.
Malaysia bagged three silvers and three bronzes at the Singapore Games two years ago.
Sources : http://www.thestar.com.my/sport/other-sport/2017/07/03/new-rules-set-to-favour-malaysian-taekwondos-bid-for-gold/
November 29, 2016, Tuesday
KUCHING: The state silat contingent has set a target of three gold medals for the International Combat Festival to be held in Penang from Dec 1-4.
The eight athletes will contest in seven categories.
“Definitely our target is to win all categories contested, but we have to be realistic, which is why we target three gold medals,” Rumpun Silat Sarawak (RSS) deputy president Fazruddin Abdul Rahman told reporters after receiving the state flag at the State Legislative Assembly (DUN) Complex yesterday.
Assistant Minister of Youth and Sports Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah presented the flag.
Fazzruddin, who is also Tupong assemblyman, said taking part in this festival will further expose four in the team who competed in Sukma this year. RSS is busy with various competition organised locally held throughout the state.
“This is one of the approaches taken to unearth new talent and at the same time select players to represent our state at national competition.
“We also hope to have Sarawakians making it to the national squad representing our country in the coming Sea Games,” he said.
October 25, 2016, Tuesday
KUCHING: The Malaysian wushu team are relishing another good outing at the 1st Taolu World Cup in Fuzhou, China from Nov 15-20.
National coach Lim Yew Fai is confident that the national exponents will do well again at the world meet after capturing eight gold, four silver and three bronze medals at the 2nd World Taijiquan Championships in Warsaw, Poland, recently.
“Only the top eight finishers in last year’s World Wushu Championships are eligible to compete in this meet,” Lim told reporters when met at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport last Saturday.
“The Wushu Federation of Malaysia (WFM) is taking this meet seriously although the main priority is still on the SEA Games in Kuala Lumpur in July next year,” he said.
On the Poland outing, Lim said he was very satisfied with the national performance which had exceeded the medal target. Malaysia even finished ahead of China but behind Hong Kong who won 10 gold.
“We were level with China on eight gold but we had a better bronze medals count,” added Lim. “Overall, we have met our team expectations and individually, Sydney Chin Sy Xuan has done extremely well by winning three gold medals. She is the hope of Malaysia and WFM.”
“Even Loh Choon How, who met with several obstacles in previous international competitions including injuries, managed to bag two bronze,” he said.
The other gold medals were delivered by Loh Jack Chang (2), Audrey Chan Yee Jo (1) and Chan Lu Yi (1). Jack Chang, Yee Jo, Ng Shin Yii who is retiring after the Poland meet, and Lu Yi contributed one silver each and Lu Yi also bagged a bronze for the team.
Team manager Yoong Thong Foong, who doubled up as team coach, was surprised that a back-up athlete turned out to be the best performer at the meet that was participated by five elite athletes and one back-up athlete.
“We were able to win so many gold because there were more gold medals, 42 offered this year compared to only 20 last year,” he added.
said an elated WFM president Allen Wong, “We sent only six athletes but they come back with eight gold, four silvers and three bronzes. It was a great result. Other countries sent bigger teams and I am also surprised that we can finish ahead of the China team. I hope they can do even better next year,” he added.
KUCHING: Sarawak’s sole female representative Ayu Aryna Faiza Azmi also turned out to be the only champion in the state team when she won the 45-48kg title in the National Amateur Muaythai Championship which ended in Kuala Lumpur last Sunday.
Seven boxers fought in the tournament under the state colours.
Two other Sarawakians Heendrew Lois Rekan (57-60kg) and Lu Yi Ran (71-75kg) finished third in their respective categories.
Kedah were overall champions while Sarawak finished seventh.
A total of 16 teams competed in the tournament held at the Police Training Centre (Pulapol) hall, Jalan Semarak, Kuala Lumpur.
The tournament served as a platform for Malaysia Muaythai Association (PMM) to select athletes to represent the country for next year’s SEA Games.
Speaking to reporters yesterday, Sarawak Muaythai Association (PMNS) president Jumaat Ibrahim called on local boxers to seize opportunities to shine in tournaments so as to represent the country eventually.
“It is an honour for any Sarawakian to represent the country. We hope to groom more boxers good enough to represent the country in the future,” he said.
KUCHING: Three state boxers have been called up by the National Sports Council (MSN) to join the national back-up squad.
It is known that two of the trio are Sukma XVIII silver medallists As Sufi Azli and Syafiz Hazziman Abdullah Jefri.
Sarawak Amateur Boxing Association president Datuk Rahman Lariwoo said the third boxer will be announced very soon.
“Thank you to MSN for giving the chance to three Sarawakians to represent the country.
“If any of the three shows potential, he will be selected to represent Malaysia in the SEA Games in Kuala Lumpur next year,” added Rahman who is also national team manager for the SEA Games.
Meanwhile, Rahman said about 100 boxers throughout the country including the Armed Forces (ATM) will take part in the Golden Gloves National Boxing Championship at Medan Niaga Satok, Kuching from Sept 27 to Oct 2.
Sarawak is expected to field nine Sukma boxers and boxers from divisional associations and clubs.
PETALING JAYA: Taekwondo has high hopes of ending the gold medal drought at the SEA Games in Kuala Lumpur next year after a breakthrough performance in the Asian Taekwondo Poomsae Championships in Manila.
Malaysia bagged a bronze medal in the men’s poomsae (non-sparring) team category through Yong Jin Kun, Kok Jun Ee and Chew Wei Yang.
Forty-five countries took part in the one-day meet and the medal was a welcome relief for Malaysia after seeing all three representatives eliminated in the early rounds of the Asian Qualification Tournament for the Rio de Janeiro Olympics, also held in Manila over the weekend.
Rozaidi Rozali (men’s flyweight), Nur Dhia Liyana Shaharudin (women’s flyweight) and Nurul Farah Alisa Roslan (women’s bantamweight) had to make the final to guarantee tickets to Rio.
But at least the men’s poomsae bronze medal augurs well for Malaysia, who are targeting to end their SEA Games gold medal drought dating back to Laos in 2009, when Che Chew Chan won in the women’s below 80kg category.
“The young exponents have shown steady progress since the Singapore Games last year. We have retained the team that got the bronze in Singapore as we want to do well on home ground next year,” said Taekwondo Malaysia vice-president K.M. Rajendran.
Friday, Jun 12, 2015
He may have retired from the sport but former world champion and current Singapore Silat Federation chief Sheik Alau'ddin was in a fiery mood yesterday when he protested vehemently about the umpires, delaying the first match of the SEA Games' silat competition by an hour. And even when yesterday's three events had ended at the Singapore Expo, he was still upset that Singapore's Iqbal Abdul Rahman did not win a gold in the men's artistic singles competition despite what he deemed a worthy performance.
He added that the make-up of the judging panel could be more neutral, instead of having judges from just the "four founding countries of silat - Brunei, Singapore, Indonesia and Malaysia, and one umpire from one of the seven participating countries". "I proposed having 10 judges ballot for five umpiring spots but the referee council and International Technical Delegate refused," he said. "We could also have judges from countries who are not participating like the Philippines, Pakistan, South Korea and India but they would not accept it. "I just want a fair judging panel and I am very disappointed."
Wushu on Day 3 of 28th SEA Games Singapore 2015 (8 June 2015)
Women's Optional Taiji Sword
Men's Optional Taijiquan
Men's Optional Broadsword
Men's Compulsory Taijiquan
10 Jun 2015, Wednesday
Boxing has a long history in SEA Games, having been included in the Games since 1959.
In boxing, each bout shall be 3 rounds of 3 minutes for men’s events and 4 rounds of 2 minutes for women’s events. There shall be a 1-minute interval between rounds. At the end of each round, each winning boxer will be awarded 10 points and each losing boxer will be awarded between 6 to 9 points.
A total of 11 boxing events shall be contested at the 28th SEA Games:
• Light Flyweight (46kg – 49kg) (Men’s)
• Flyweight (49kg – 52kg) (Men’s)
• Bantam Weight (52kg – 56kg) (Men’s)
• Lightweight (56kg – 60kg) (Men’s)
• Light Welterweight (60kg – 64kg) (Men’s)
• Welterweight (64kg – 69kg) (Men’s)
• Middle Weight (69kg – 75kg) (Men’s)
• Light Flyweight (45kg – 48kg) (Women’s)
• Flyweight (48kg – 51kg) (Women’s)
• Bantam Weight (51kg – 54kg) (Women’s)
• Featherweight (54kg – 57kg) (Women’s)
Women's Optional Taijiquan
Valerie Wee Ling En
Vera Tan Yan Ning
Ang Guat Lian
Ng Shen Yii
Chan Lu Yi
Tran Thin Minh Huyen