Wednesday, September 30, 2009


'Saya sayangkan bola sepak'

SATHIANATHAN (kiri) kini memikul tanggungjawab besar dalam membimbing pasukan Kelantan mengharungi kempen Piala Malaysia.

"SAYA sayangkan bola sepak dan Liga Malaysia, sebab itu saya kritik."

Demikian ujar jurulatih Kelantan, B. Sathianathan ketika ditanya kenapa beliau menerima tawaran sebagai jurulatih Kelantan sedangkan beliau antara yang lantang mengkritik Liga Malaysia (Liga M) sebelum ini.

Menurutnya, komen yang diberikan adalah untuk tujuan meningkatkan mutu bola sepak tempatan dan Liga M bagi menjamin kelangsungan masa depan bola sepak tempatan.

"Ramai orang kritik tentang liga kita, kenapa bila saya kritik orang tidak boleh menerimanya sedangkan ia adalah untuk kebaikan.

"Bola sepak adalah periuk nasi saya, kalau liga kita merosot, penonton tak datang ke stadium, macam mana saya mahu cari makan," katanya pada sidang media sejurus selepas perlawanan antara Kelantan dengan Kedah tamat di Kota Bharu kelmarin.

Tambahnya, kritikan dan teguran perlu dilihat dari sudut yang positif supaya proses penambahbaikannya dapat dilakukan oleh pihak yang bertanggungjawab.


Memang sifat orang Malaysia kot.. susah nak terima kritikan.. terutama yang berpangkat. Walaupun kritikan tersebut membantu kepada kebaikan. Itu juga antara penyebab aplikasi sains sukan tidak dapat di laksanakan dengan sempurna. Mereka yang arif dalam sains sukan belum berpangkat..

Monday, September 28, 2009


Brilliant David defends world Open title

Nicol David threw aside doubts about her reign as the world's outstanding squash player when she made a magnificent recovery from a game down to win the World Open a fourth time here on Sunday.

The Malaysian's initially hesitant but eventually beautifully taken 3-11, 11-6, 11-3, 11-8 win over Natalie Grinham, the second-seeded Australian, made her only the third player since the founding of the women's circuit to have won so many.

There had nevertheless been moments when it seemed the best known woman squash player of all time might founder on the twin pressures of intense expectation and her opponent's formidably athletic challenge.

David had lost her British Open title a fortnight ago and had two tough matches en route to the final, while Grinham, the wife of tournament director Tommy Berden, had often played with an assurance which suggested this World Open was destined for her.

But after making a brilliant start, taking an early lead in the second game after dominating the first, Grinham let David into the match with some errors in the front court, and after that everything changed.

The match turned into a superb spectacle of flowing movement and varied patterns between two of the finest movers the game has ever seen - especially great entertainment as both live in Amsterdam for most of the year - with David growing in confidence and in vision of how to win.

Instead of playing as a counter-attacker, she often played the ball short first, and with her accuracy - often making the ball cling treacherously to the wall - she was able to open up the court well.

She was then able to take charge of slightly more of the rallies than Grinham despite her opponent's fleet-footedness, following up with some good quality accuracy with her driving as well.

"I am so pleased. This was a very dangerous challenge from her," said David.

She briefly broke down as she thanked her parents at the prize-giving, apologizing, and recovering her composure by saying: "This is good."

David had been as usual under intense pressure of expectations to win the title again. As an icon for women across Asia, the holder of the Order of Merit and the title of Datuk in Malaysia, she is expected to deliver virtually all the time.

Her British Open failure had made it more difficult, and she was asked if this had therefore been the toughest to win of her four World Open titles.

"All had a different meaning," she said.

"To come back from last week means a lot."

Grinham, who had been playing as well as at any time since taking David the full five games in the World Open final in Belfast, said: "I'm obviously disappointed, but although I lost I was definitely up there with her."

David was so overwhelmed by adrenaline that she lost her train of thought at the post-match press conference, eventually she stuck her tongue out humourously and said: "I don't know what I'm saying any more," at which point the journalists allowed her to escape.

The match had three big swings of fortune.

The first came at 4-4 in the second game after which Grinham put one drop shot and two volley drops into the tin during the next seven rallies, allowing the champion to regain a comforting parity at one-game all.

The second came when Grinham made a determined start to the fourth game, reaching 6-3 and winning four points with perfect length shots, one with a stunning flick drive which was delivered with almost no back-swing at all.

But David got the serve back with an enterprising drop shot and volley drop combination, and then continued to attack with her short game much of the time until the end.

That came when she delivered another fine volley drop which Grinham just managed to scrape up but could not avoid hindering her opponent's view of the ball. Referee Chris Sinclair had the courage correctly to award a penalty stroke to finish the World Open final.

It confirmed David as one of the most successful players of all time, with the likelihood that she will continue to extend her 41-month reign as world number one for many more months yet.

It also suggested that Grinham, even at the age of 31, may have enough momentum, skill and character - especially having recovered from injuries and a lengthy bout of whooping cough - to mount another serious challenge.


Songphon and Kulchala win Japan title for Thailand

Thailand won only its second title in the history of the Japan Open badminton championship on Sunday when Songphon Anugritayawon and Kulchala Voravichitchaikul claimed the mixed doubles title.

The unseeded pair defeated sixth-seeded Joachim Fischer Nielsen and Christinna Pedersen of Denmark 13-21, 21-16, 22-20 in the final.

In 2005, Sudket Prapakamol and Saralee Thungthongkam became one of the most successful pairs from Thailand after they also won the tournament's mixed doubles title.

"I'm very happy, because this is the first time we won a title outside our country," said Songphon, 25.

"I still feel excited. We've reached the semi-finals and final, but we never became champions before, other than at the Thailand Open (in July)," said Kulchala, 24.

The pair lost the first game rather easily on Sunday, but their coach's advice to "use more skills" helped them to take the next two.

"Both teams made some mistakes and it was very close in the last two games. We thought about nothing but to fight point for point and finally we won the match," said Songphon.

Songphon added that they would try to follow in the footsteps of Sudket and Saralee and said: "Hopefully, we can win more titles after this victory."

Their next events are the Hong Kong Open and the China Open in November.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009





Sunday, September 6, 2009


Cyclist Fauzan sacked after testing positive for steroids

Track cyclist Mohd Fauzan Lufti has been sacked from the elite squad programme with immediate effect and he will also be suspended for two years for testing positive for anabolic steroids.

And the cycling career of Fauzan is as good as over as the Malaysian National Cycling Fede­ration (MNCF) will not tolerate anyone who chose to take a short cut to success.

The Anti Doping Agency Malaysia confirmed yesterday that Fauzan, who was part of the gold medal-winning side in the team pursuit at the 2005 Manila SEA Games, tested positive at the Mini Olympics Games last month.

Fauzan won the individual pursuit gold at the Mini Olympics and he was accepted back in the national elite programme based in Melbourne.

But he was hauled back after the doping test results were made known to the MNCF.

The MNCF deputy president, Datuk Naim Mohamad, said that they had to act immediately to protect the reputation of the sport.

“We asked the rider on Friday whether he wanted to put in an appeal after the A sample was tested positive. But he chose to rest his case and decided not to appeal for the B sample to be tested as well,” he said.

“He is no longer in the programme and his benefits have been withdrawn. We are waiting for the official letter and he will receive a two-year suspension in accordance with international rules.

“The MNCF’s stand and position is very clear. We have raised cycling to world standards on merit and we will not entertain those who want to join our ranks by other means.

“We cannot allow one bad apple to spoil the basket and tarnish the good name of Malaysian cycling.”

Friday, September 4, 2009