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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

Sunday, 4 September 2016


PETALING JAYA: Malaysian karate exponents Syakilla Salni Jefrey Krishnan and Shree Sharmini Segaran fought their way to bronze medals in the Istanbul leg of the K1 Premier League.

Syakilla, a silver medallist at the 2014 World Championships, suffered an agonising sudden-death loss to Turkey’s Tosun Busra in the women’s kumite below 55kg semi-finals on Sunday. The outcome had to go to sudden death after both exponents could not score in normal time. Syakilla then bounced back to beat Arzu Zeybekler, also of Turkey, 3-0 in the repechage for the bronze.

Syakilla, the 2014 Incheon Asian Games champion, got a bye in the first round and beat Montenegro’s Ana Draskovic 2-0 to reach the last eight. She then overcame Turkey’s Tokcan Umay 3-0 to reach the semi-finals.  

Sharmini did well to clinch the second bronze for Malaysia with a sudden-death win over Turkey’s Nur Punar Aybuke in the women’s kumite below 50kg.

Sharmini, the 2014 Asian Games bronze medallist, failed in her bid to reach her first K1 Premier League career final after a sudden-death loss to Ukraine’s Kryva Kateryna.

She started with a convincing 8-0 win over Turkey’s Kuzu Elif and then reached the semi-finals after beating  Turk Bas Sevil 1-0. 

Malaysian Karate Federation secretary Vincent Chen believes Syakilla and Sharmini are on the right track to do well at the World Championships in Linz, Austria, at the end of next month.

“The competition in Istanbul is the start of our final build-up towards the World Championships.

“They will go to Hungary for a training stint to work on correcting their weaknesses. Then, they will compete in K1 Premier League in Hamburg from Sept 24-25.

“The German leg will see strong participation from exponents bound for the World Championships. I am happy with Syakilla and Sharmini as they did not concede any points in their campaign in Istanbul,” said Vincent.


Sources : http://www.thestar.com.my/sport/other-sport/2016/09/04/syakilla-shree-win-bronze-in-k1-premier-league/

Published in Karate

Thursday, 4 August 2016


PETALING JAYA: The Malaysian Karate Federation (Makaf) are delighted that the sport has been accepted into the Olympic fold.

Karate has joined skateboarding, surfing, wall climbing and baseball/softball as the five new sports confirmed for the Tokyo Olympic Games in 2020.

The five extra sports were unanimously voted in by the executive board of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) on Wednesday.

The five new sports, involving 18 medal events and hundreds of athletes, will not replace any of the 28 already on the Tokyo schedule.

Karate is expected to have the most number of events – eight (six in kumite and two in kata) – under the proposal to the Tokyo Olympic organisers and will be held at the iconic Tokyo Budokan Arena.

“The karate community, including us, have worked hard to support the Olympic cause,” said Makaf secretary Vincent Chen.

“We’re happy that it’s finally in after trying unsuccessfully for the last three Olympics.

“It is one sport Malaysia stands to gain as I believe we will have exponents able to compete with the world’s best by then.

“We have already set up a training committee aimed at producing exponents who can qualify for the Olympics.

“Our aim is to produce an Olympic medallist ... if possible a gold medallist.

“We’ve recruited exponents aged between 16 and 17 and separated them into two training groups.

“It is from this two groups that we hope to unearth the best to qualify for the Olympics.

“I understand that the limit is 10 exponents for each event, so the qualification standards could be very high.”
Olympic Council of Malaysia (OCM) president Tunku Tan Sri Imran Tuanku Jaafar, who is in Rio for the IOC Session, hopes that karate will be a sport Malaysia can realistically hope for a medal in Tokyo.

“We expected karate to get in as the sport originated from Japan,” he said.

“Malaysia are a powerhouse in karate at the SEA Games and have always delivered gold in the Asian Games. Now, we have to focus on what needs to be done so that we can win at the Olympic level.”

The inclusion of the sport has given hope to exponents like Syakilla Salni Jefry Krisnan and the men’s kata team of Hoe Thomson, Emmanuel Leong and Ricky Leong to realise their dreams of becoming Olympians.


Sources : http://www.thestar.com.my/sport/other-sport/2016/08/04/malaysia-rejoice-as-karate-makes-it-to-2020-tokyo-olympics/

Published in Karate

Friday, 3 June 2016


PETALING JAYA: The youngsters showed the way as Malaysia kicked off the South-East Asia Karate Federation (SEAKF) Championships in Port Dickson with a superb six-gold show.

A total of 13 golds were up for grabs in the junior categories (16-17 years) on the opening day at the Primaland Port Dickson Resort and Convention Centre on Friday.

Ariana Lim, Cherlene Chung and Theodora Robless got the ball rolling by bagging Malaysia’s first gold with a 3-2 win over Indonesia in the girls’ team kata (non-sparring).

It was a proud day for former Asian Games gold medallist Ku Jin Keat as his charges claimed the boys’ team and individual kata titles as well.

Ooi San Hong won the individual title after beating team-mate Ernie Tye 5-0 in the final.

San Hong then combined with Ernie and Kojiro Yong to deliver the team gold with a 5-0 win over Thailand.

Ariana, however, failed to complete a clean sweep for Malaysia in the kata when she could only manage a bronze in the girls’ individual final. The Penangite lost 0-5 in the semi-finals to Emilia Hanandyta and the Indonesian went on to beat Vietnam’s Le Thi Khanh Ly 4-1 to take the gold.

Malaysia won another three more golds through the kumite exponents.

Muhammad Arif Afifuddin edged Vietnamese Nguyen Hung Nhut 3-2 in the boys’ below 68kg final while Arulveeran Somanroy swept aside Cambodian Chheng Lim Chohoeun 8-0 in the boys’ kumite above 76kg event.

Selvakumar Daneshkumar also reached the boys’ kumite below 76kg final but lost 2-3 to Vietnam’s Bui Phuoc Thanh.

Shahmalarani Chandran was the only Malaysian female exponent to contest a junior kumite final and she did not disappoint. She beat Chippensuk Chanyanut 3-1 to win the below 48kg gold.

Malaysia also bagged two silvers and seven bronzes yesterday to lead the medal tally in the eight-nation championships. Vietnam are second with a 3-4-2 haul followed by Indonesia (3-3-5), Thailand (1-3-2) and Cambodia (0-1-0).




RESULTS (All finals)

Boys (16-17)

Kata team: 1. Malaysia (Ernie Tye-Ooi San Hong-Kojiro Yong), 2. Thailand.

Kata individual: 1. Ooi San Hong (Mas), 2. Ernie Tye (Mas), 3. Jiaowanichapong Phongsathon (Tha) and Nurfai Harnaky (Ina).

Kumite below 55kg: 1. Farhan Ashari Mohammad (Ina), 2. Sukyik Pikanet (Tha), 3. Khavinraj Shanmuganathan (Mas) and Richard Mattan (Mas).

Kumite below 61kg: 1. Tran Pham (Vie), 2. Huynh Van Duong (Vie), 3. Chandran Thineswar (Mas) and Marathu Gogulnath (Mas).

Kumite below 68kg: 1. Muhammad Arif Afifuddin (Mas), 2. Nguyen Hung Nhut (Vie), 3. Fakiq Karomi (Ina) and Teerapat Kanabkaew (Tha).

Kumite below 76kg: 1. Bui Phuoc Thanh (Vie), 2. Selvakumar Daneshkumar (Mas), 3. Pratama Danang Yudha (Ina) and Dethan Edo Aldiansyah (Ina).

Kumite above 76kg: 1. Arulveeran Somanroy (Mas), 2. Chheng Lim Chohoeun (Cam).

Girls (16-17)

Kata team: 1. Malaysia (Ariana Lim-Cherlene Chueng-Theodora Robless), 2. Indonesia.

Kata individual: 1. Emilia Hanandyta (Ina), 2. Le Thi Khanh Ly (Vie), 3. Ariana Lim (Mas) and Nurafifah Ilmi Aulia (Ina).

Kumite below 48kg: 1. Shahmalarani Chandran (Mas), 2. Chippensuk Chanyanut (Tha), 3. Nguyen Thi Lieu (Vie).


Sources : http://www.thestar.com.my/sport/other-sport/2016/06/03/youngsters-kick-up-a-storm-at-karate-meet-with-six-golds/

Published in Karate
 Tuesday, 19 April 2016

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.


Sources : http://www.thestar.com.my/sport/other-sport/2016/04/19/taekwondo-hope-to-end-gold-medal-drought-at-sea-games/

Published in Taekwondo

Monday, 11 April 2016


PETALING JAYA: Incheon Asian Games champion Syakilla Salni Jefry Krisnan and the men’s kata team of Hoe Thomson, Emmanuel Leong and Ivan Oh shone for Malaysia with golden performances in the Karate 1 Premier League Series in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

Syakilla punched her way through five bouts to claim the women’s kumite below 55kg title.

The 25-year-old showed her credentials as a strong contender at the World Karate Championships in Austria end of this year by beating reigning world champion Sara Cardin of Italy 1-0 in the final on Monday.

Syakilla kicked off her campaign by beating Iran’s Khaksar Tarawat 4-1 before overcoming Jelena Kovacevic of Croatia 1-0 to reach the quarter-finals.

The feisty Syakilla notched a 5-0 win over Uzbekistan’s Samadova Maftuna before scoring a slim 1-0 win over UAE exponent Abdelkader Esraa to qualify for the final.

This is Syakilla’s third gold in the Karate 1 Premier League.

She was a winner in Indonesia in 2013 and a silver medallist in Slovakia in 2014 – both in the kumite below 61kg.

Syakilla triumphed in the kumite below 55kg in Salzburg, Austria, last year.

“It’s a good start to my preparation for the world meet in Salzburg in November.

“I lost in three previous competitions in Egypt, Slovenia and Holland ... so, I think I’m getting my fighting momentum back.

“In the Karate 1 Premier League, I fought in the strongest field due to the prize money and ranking points at stake,” said Syakilla, who bagged a historic silver at the last world meet in Bremen, Germany, in 2014.

The Malaysian men’s kata team beat UAE, Germany and Iran by 3-2 margins en route to the final.

In the final, they whipped Hong Kong 4-1 to clinch Malaysia’s first-ever gold in the men’s team kata in the Karate 1 Premier League.

The women’s kata team of Khaw Yee Voon, Celine Lee and Thor Chee Yee failed to make it a grand double after they lost 5-0 to Italy.

Emmanuel and Celine delivered two more bronze medals in the men’s and women’s individual kata.


Sources : http://www.thestar.com.my/sport/other-sport/2016/04/11/malaysia-win-two-gold-medal-at-karate-1-premier-league/

Published in Karate

Wednesday November 18, 2015


PETALING JAYA: Malaysia ended their campaign in the 13th World Wushu Championships in Jakarta on a high note with two silver medal finishes. Wong Weng Son came within a whisker of snatching a fourth gold for Malaysia on Wednesday when he scored 9.57 for his performance in the men’s compulsory changquan at Istora Senayan. But South Korean Lee Ha-sung, who performed later in the day, pipped him to the gold with a 9.58 total.

Although it was only a silver, it was still a superb end for the 23-year-old Weng Son his debut world meet outing. The Seremban-born exponent will return home with three medals from three events, making him richer by RM100,000 under the National Sports Council’s incentive scheme. He claimed bronze in the men’s jianshu (sword) on Sunday and won the silver in the men’s qiangshu (spear) on Tuesday.

There was more joy for Malaysia as youngster Phoon Eyin partnered seasoned exponent Chai Fong Wei to a breakthrough silver in thewomen’s duilian (duel). Eyin-Fong Wei posted 9.34 to grab Malaysia’s first-ever medal in the event. Hong Kong’s Yuen Ka Ying, Liu Xuxu and Zheng Tianhui won the gold with a 9.52 total. Malaysia finished a creditable fourth in the overall standings at the end of the five-day championships with a 3-4-4 haul. Ho Mun Hua (men’s nanquan) and Chan Lu Yi (women’s compulsory taijiquan) delivered the first two golds for Malaysia on Monday. Loh Jack Chang then claimed his first-ever gold in the world meet when he won the men’s compulsory taijiquan on Tuesday. Giants China emerged overall champions with an 11-0-0 collection. Hosts Indonesia achieved their best-ever finish with a tally of 6-3-6 to finish second after Asian Games champion Juwita Wasni Niza bagged her second gold by winning women’s nangun (stick). Hong Kong were fourth overall with a 5-4-2 tally. National coach Lim Yew Fai was thrilled with the team’s overall performance.

“We sent a smaller squad this time compared to the last championship in Kuala Lumpur in 2013. “But all our eight exponents managed to win medals despite the higher standards this time. “It’s hard to win a medal now as the margin of victory is very close in most of the events. “I am happy that youngsters like Weng Son and Lu Yi, who is only 18, made their presence felt here,” said Yew Fai. Kazan, Russia, will host the next championships in 2017.


Sources : http://www.thestar.com.my/Sport/Other-Sport/2015/11/18/Malaysia-ends-wushu-world-meet-with-two-silvers/

Published in Wushu

Tuesday, June 02, 2015



PETALING JAYA, May 27 — The last time Malaysian exponents tasted gold at the SEA Games was through Che Chew Chan after she edged Vietnam’s Nguyen Ha Thi 3-2 in the final at Booyong Gymnasium 2009 in Laos. And now with Myanmar SEA Games silver medallist Ryan Chong out of the picture having retired, the Games squad will see new faces. Team manager Anuar Idris said this year — under Taekwondo Malaysia (TM) — the exponents are ready to give their best. “TM will send a rejuvenated squad which we believe is strong and determined to win,” he said. “Only three from the 2013 squad are in the present team. They are P. Thinagaran Naidu, T. Shakila Dharshini and Nur Dhia Liyana Shaharuddin. “Most of them are making their debut and are eager for success,” he said. The kyorugi team are just back from South Korea after a training stint from May 2 to 22. While the pomsae team will be in Vietnam from today to June 6. Anuar said TM declined to set any medal target but is optimistic the exponents will contribute the 56 per cent medal target set by Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin. Anuar said TM is currently working to bring the sport back to its glory days. “We used to be one of the sports that brought home a lot of medals. The best achievement was during the 1989 Games in Kuala Lumpur where Malaysia bagged a total of 10 golds and five bronze medals.” On current medal prospects, Anuar said all 10 fighters were the best. “We are sending our best to Singapore. Each of them are capable of a good performance. “Khir Amir Salam got a taste of glory before and we are banking on him to repeat that,” he said. Last year, Khir Amir bagged a gold, silver and bronze medal during the Hong Kong Open, Nepal Open and the Gyeongju Korea Open International Championship, respectively. Meanwhile Shakila is upbeat for her first medal at the Games, irregardless of its colour. “This is my second time round having failed to deliver in Myanmar. “She, however, cautioned that Singapore, Thailand and the Philipines would be strong opponents. From the last 14 Games, Malaysian exponents bagged a total of 33 gold, 30 silver and 64 bronze medals since the 1987 series in Jakarta.


Source : http://www.themalaymailonline.com/sports/article/malaysian-taekwondo-exponents-expect-to-win-sea-games-medals

Published in Taekwondo

Wednesday April 8, 2015

PETALING JAYA: Coach R. Puvaneswaran is expecting bigger things from the national back-up squad after their creditable showing at the 4th South-East Asia Karate-Do Federation Championships in Laos.

Malaysia took home six golds, seven silvers and 11 bronze from the competition last week. Of the total, the kumite exponents claimed two golds, five silvers and 11 bronzes.

As only three exponents – Prem Kumar, A. Soman Roy and Priya Shankari – were from the national elite squad, Puvaneswaran was impressed to see the nine boys and seven girls holding their own to bag one gold, four silvers and 11 bronzes.

What makes their achievement more impressive is that the exponents only joined the national side after the National Cadet, Junior & U-21 Karate Championships last month.


He hopes they’ll bring that spark and spunk to the World Junior & Cadet and U-21 Championships in Jakarta from Nov 12-15.

“Considering that they only just joined the back-up team and underwent a six-day centralised training before the competition, I’d say I’m very happy with what they achieved,” said Puvaneswaran.

“We had seven exponents in the finals and they won two golds and seven silvers ... the boys also won the team kumite gold. That’s a great start for their first competition this year.”

Prem, who was recently promoted to the elite squad, delivered the gold in the men’s below 55kg and led M. Aravindran, Pubathi Ravendran, A. Levenesswaran, C. Rajkumar and S. Sharventharan to the men’s team gold.

In the girls’ category, Yasseny Ganesan (above 59kg), C. Shahmalarain (under 48Kg), R. Prevena (under 53Kg) delivered the silver along with Pubathi in the boys’ under 60kg. National elite A. Soman Roy also delivered silver in the boys under 76kg.

“Pubathi and Aravindran were both impressive. Pubathi won silver and Aravindran the bronze (boys’ under 75kg) and together with Prem, they did really well to win the team kumite gold,” said Puvaneswaran.

“To win the team kumite title is a huge achievement for them ... hopefully, they can take that with them into the world meet in November.”

Malaysia’s other medals came in the kata discipline. The gold medals were won by Ariana Lim Jun Yi (girls’ kata); Ivan Oh Theng Wei (men’s kata); Thor Chee Yee, Celina Lee Xin Yi and Khaw Yee Voon (women’s team kata); and Leong Tze Wai, Hoe Thomson and Emmanuel Leong (men’s team kata).

Howart Tan Jia Jie took silver in the boys’ junior kata, as did Thor Chee Yee in the women’s senior category.


sources : http://www.thestar.com.my/Sport/Other-Sport/2015/04/08/Coach-expects-great-things-from-his-karate-kids/

Published in Karate

Sunday March 22, 2015

PETALING JAYA: The Malaysia Karate Federation (Makaf) have made a bold decision by leaving out all their senior exponents from the South-East Asia (SEA) Karate Championships in Laos next month.

There are no places for Asian Games gold medallists Syakilla Salni Jefry Krisnan and Lim Chee Wei. Instead, Makaf have decided to send their back-up and junior exponents.

At the SEA Championships in Vietnam last year, Malaysia won eight golds to win the overall title. Syakilla emerged champion in the women’s below 61kg while Chee Wei clinched the men’s individual kata title.

“There is no point for the seniors like Syakilla and Chee Wei to compete this time. It is better for us to send our second liners,” said Makaf secretary Vincent Chen.


“We are treating the championships as part of the blooding process for the next SEA Games, which we will host in 2017,” he added.

Karate has been excluded in this year’s SEA Games in Singapore in June.

“We are confident we can maintain our position as the top team in the SEA Games in 2017. But we cannot take things for granted.

“Our South-East Asian rivals now want to emulate us after Syakilla’s success in winning the silver at the World Championships in Germany last November.

“Vietnam have recently engaged a Latvian coach. It is the first time they have brought in a foreign coach.  

“It is very important for us not to let our guard down. We must prepare well to make sure we have the exponents to take over the place of the seniors in case something happens,” said Vincent.

Malaysia, coached by Latvian Andris Vasiljevs, bagged eight golds at the last SEA Games in Myanmar two years ago


sources : http://www.thestar.com.my/Sport/Other-Sport/2015/03/22/Makaf-send-second-liners-for-SEA-karate-meet/

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