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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/
Published in Taekwondo
Friday, 30 September 2016 00:00

Pesilat negara sapu lima emas

Jumaat, 30 September 2016

 

Kuala Lumpur: Malaysia jelas berada dalam kelas tersendiri apabila menguasai kategori Institusi Pengajian Tinggi (IPT) Antarabangsa dengan menyapu lima emas daripada lapan acara dipertandingkan pada Kejohanan Pencak Silat Antarabangsa Piala Timbalan Perdana Menteri di Square One Shopping Mall, Batu Pahat, semalam.

Pencapaian itu sekali gus meletakkan kontingen negara semakin hampir untuk mengulangi pencapaian tahun lalu apabila muncul juara bagi kategori antarabangsa selepas meraih lima emas di Kuantan.

Lima emas masing-masing daripada silat seni Putera dan Puteri wanita yang membolehkan skuad negara mengatasi 13 pasukan luar termasuk Indonesia, Thailand, Brunei, Timor Leste, Yaman, Pakistan dan lain-lain.

Pesilat negara, Fatin Far
hana yang menewaskan pesilat Indonesia, Alvi Rukmana dalam acara solo kreatif puteri apabila mengutip 192 mata untuk mengatasi pencabarnya dengan kelebihan satu mata, mengakui gembira dengan pencapaiannya itu.

“Syukur kerana dapat menyumbangkan pingat buat negara biarpun jurang mata hanya dipisahkan dengan satu saja.

“Apapun, saya gembira dan pingat emas ini saya hadiahkan kepada semua pihak yang banyak menyokong,” katanya kepada Arena Metro, semalam.

Bagi pasangan negara dalam kategori ganda putera Taufiq Abdul Latif dan Mohd Noor Saufi, kejayaan menumbangkan pasangan Indonesia amat bermakna apatah lagi dapat memperbaiki pencapaian tahun lalu apabila sekadar merangkul perak.

“Tahun lalu kami hanya raih perak dan kemenangan emas ini cukup bermakna bagi kami. Kami akan teruskan prestasi ini dan cuba mengekalkannya mana tahu ada rezeki boleh menang lagi selepas ini,” kata pasangan emas itu.

 

Sources : http://www.hmetro.com.my/node/170424

Published in Silat

20 Mei 2016,Jumaat

ATLET silat negara mempamerkan prestasi cemerlang di Eropah menerusi kejayaan meraih lapan pingat emas, tiga perak dan satu gangsa untuk bergelar juara keseluruhan Kejohanan Silat Terbuka Belgium, kelmarin.

 

Malaysia mencipta sejarah tersendiri apabila berjaya mempertahankan kejuaraan untuk kali keempat berturut-turut selepas mengetepikan pasukan tuan rumah serta skuad pencabar terdekat dari Asia Tenggara, Indonesia.

 

Terdahulu, Malaysia merangkul kejuaraan pada 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013 dan 2014, manakala pada tahun 2012, pasukan negara kecundang apabila Indonesia dinobatkan sebagai juara keseluruhan.

 

Pesilat kategori Putera, Mohd. Al Jufferi Jamari dan Mohd. Fauzi Khalid serta Siti Rahmah Mohamed Nasir (Puteri) masing-masing menghadiahkan satu pingat emas.

 

Seorang lagi atlet silat Puteri, Siti Humairah Kasidin pula sekadar meraih pingat gangsa selepas ditewaskan pesilat Thailand.

 

Pengurus skuad negara, Datuk Osman Nok berkata, pencapaian itu amat memberangsangkan kerana kejohanan tersebut turut menyenaraikan pesilat Thailand dan Indonesia.

 

“Kita telah melakukan persediaan rapi selama empat bulan sebelum kejohanan. Sudah pasti ia bukan tugas mudah kerana kejohanan ini dihadiri pasukan dari Eropah dan Asia Tenggara.

 

“Bagaimanapun, kita bangga dapat mempertahankan kejuaraan selepas menghadapi saingan hebat daripada pesilat negara lain, sekali gus menjadi kejayaan ketujuh bagi tahun ini.

 

“Pesilat negara telah menunjukkan semangat tinggi bagi menghadapi kejohanan pada masa akan datang terutama Sukan SEA 2017 dan Sukan Asia 2018,” katanya ketika dihubungi semalam.

 

Seramai 111 pesilat dari 13 negara termasuk Algeria, Belanda, Jerman, Austria, Switzerland, United Kingdom, dan Perancis beraksi pada kejohanan selama tiga hari tersebut.

 



Published in Silat
Wednesday, 10 December 2014 00:00

Mixed start for Malaysia

By Fadhli Ishak

MALAYSIA kicked-off their campaign in the Palembang Asean University Games football competition on a positive note after notching a comprehensive 4-0 win over Timor Leste in their Group A encounter yesterday.

After a scrappy opening to the match played on a waterlogged pitch at the Bumi Sriwijaya Stadium, Malaysia settled down and took the lead via a Syed Arif Syed Muhammad Uzir header from a Raslam Khan Abd Rashid corner in the 10th minute.

They stretched their lead in the 19th when Raslam Khan slotted home from the spot after Muhammad Nursalam Zainal Abidin was felled in the box.

Raslam scored his second in the 65th when he caught Timor Leste goalkeeper Mesias R. Do Carmo off guard with his free kick from the flank. Aiman Syazwan Abdullah then capped the win with an individual effort on the counter 10 minutes from time.

Coach Azwan Zain said he was happy with the scoreline considering the tough conditions.

The team will next play defending champions Thailand tomorrow and Singapore in their final group match on Saturday. Thailand beat Singapore 3-0 yesterday.

Cambodia, Myanmar, Laos and hosts Indonesia make up Group B.

“Overall, I would say I am pleased with the commitment shown by the players. Even though the conditions were very tough they battled for every ball,” said Azwan.

“We could have scored more if it was dry but I am satisfied with four. The team had to play direct football due to the puddles on the pitch which is very different from the possession game they are used to.

“We expect the conditions to stay like this (wet) throughout the tournament and are ready to keep playing this style.”

It was, however, not as easy for the sepak takraw squad as they were drubbed 3-0 by defending champions Thailand in their opening team event tie before labouring to a 2-1 win over Myanmar at the ConocoPhillips Indoor Stadium.

They have to beat Indonesia in their remaining tie today to secure a silver in the league format competition. Only four countries are competing.

Coach Amir Abu Bakar said his team did not play to their true capabilities yesterday.

“We just made too many mistakes against Thailand but the boys did improve against Myanmar,” said Amir.

“We have to be careful against Indonesia as they have a very strong first regu. We may reshuffle our regus for the game tomorrow (today).”

Taekwondo will offer the first five gold medals in the AUG today via the men’s and women’s individual poomsae, mixed pair poomsae as well as the Under-56 kilogramme and under-58kg kyorugi events. The opening ceremony will also be held today.

Source: http://www.nst.com.my/node/61058

Published in MCM Bulletin Board
Tuesday, 09 December 2014 00:00

Shin Yii hoping for a breakthrough

By Fadhli Ishak

THE past two seasons have been tough for wushu exponent Ng Shin Yii but she will be hoping to find some form of consolation with a breakthrough performance at the Asean University Games (AUG) in Palembang.

The Sea Games silver medallist, who is the nation’s main hope for gold at the AUG, said she will have to rise to the occasion to deliver the goods as she is anticipating a strong fight for the taijiquan title.

Shin Yii will face a familiar foe in the form of world champion Lindswell Kwok of Indonesia. The wushu competition starts tomorrow.

“I finished second to Lindswell at the Laos games two years ago so winning it this time is the goal for me,” said the 25-year-old.

“I know it will not be easy as I do not only expect Lindswell to be strong but also her teammates as they also have the quality and the advantage of competing on home ground.

“I missed out on a medal at the Incheon Asian Games by only 0.05 points which was quite disappointing.

“However, I feel I am well prepared for this competition and will try my best to get the result for Malaysia.”

The Universiti Putra Malaysia finance student has been under pressure to replicate the success of three-time world champion Chai Fong Ying who retired last year as she competes in the same discipline.

Despite winning a silver at the 2009 World Championships, she was the only Malaysian that did not win a medal at the World Meet in Kuala Lumpur last season and also ended the Asiad empty handed.

Shin Yii will also compete in the duilian event at the AUG alongside Sea Games gold medallist Phoon Eyin.

Malaysia will kick off its AUG campaign today. The national team will play Timor Leste in the group phase of the football competition while the sepak takraw squad will face Thailand and Myanmar (round robin) in the team event. 

Article source: http://www.nst.com.my/node/60673

Published in Wushu