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Khairy Jamaluddin inspires Malaysia to outclass Brunei in first polo match

It was probably the most exciting polo match in Malaysian history!

Malaysia’s polo team, led by Youth and Sports minister Khairy Jamaluddin, went up against Brunei, led by Prince Mateen of Brunei (Pangiran Muda Abdul Mateen Bolkiah) in 2017 KL SEA Games’ opening polo match.

Aside from Khairy Jamaluddin, team Malaysia comprised of Shaik Reismann Mohamed Ismail, Muhammad Faizal Abu Bakar, Abdul Rashid Hasnan, Amran Selamat, Tengku Ahmad Shazril Ezzani Tengku Suleiman, and Mohd Zulhelmi Nadzar.

Together, led by Malaysia’s most popular minister, they outclassed Brunei to emerge winners of the first polo match.

Team Malaysia were off to a strong start and were already leading 2-1 in the first chukka. They held on to their lead and were up 8-2 by the third chukka.

Brunei, led by Prince Mateen — tried to catch up with the hosts –but to no avail. Ultimately, Brunei were defeated 12-4 by an enthusiastic team Malaysia by the end of the 4th chukka.

 

*A polo match is divided into timed periods called chukkas/chukkers. Each ‘chukka’ is seven minutes long.

 

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Malaysian wushu stars turn on the style to bag gold medals

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Malaysian wushu exponent Ho Mun Hua helped Malaysia bag yet another SEA Games gold medal earlier this morning after he performed admirably to win the nanquan category at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre.

Mun Hua’s final point tally of 9.67 allowed him to finish ahead of Vietnam’s Pham Quoc Khanh (9.66 points) as well as Brunei’s Roslan Md Sufi (9.65 points).

Meanwhile, Loh Jack Chang also secured a wushu gold medal for Malaysia after outclassing competitors from Singapore and Myanmar to win the taijiquan category.

This is his second gold medal of the KL SEA Games, having triumphed in the taijijian category over the weekend.

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How Indonesian netizens got #ShameOnMalaysia trending within 24 hours after KL 2017 opening ceremony

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Credit where it’s due.

The KL 2017 Opening Ceremony was absolutely brilliant. It was quite an incredible spectacle, both for individuals inside the stadium as well as fans watching from home. There were outstanding performances, impeccable fireworks and a whole lot of colour-filled fun. It seemed the like the perfect celebration of everything that makes Southeast Asia a unique region. For that, you’ve got to give the KL 2017 team credit.

But to netizens (especially outside of Malaysia), none of that mattered much over the weekend as a series of mistakes sparked massive outbursts on social media sites, which culminated in #ShameOnMalaysia becoming a trending hashtag on the internet.

The first few days of the SEA Games were filled with several controversies. Ticket counters were only opened two hours before the Malaysia vs Brunei match. The Myanmar women’s football team’s bus driver was arrested for not having a license, as well as theft. Thousands of fans who were trying to enter the Shah Alam Stadium for the Malaysia vs Singapore clash were delayed by procedural inefficiencies.

However, the ball was seemingly dropped during the KL 2017 Opening Ceremony on Saturday night. Indonesia’s flag had been printed upside down on the official SEA Games booklet and Indonesian Youth and Sports minister Imam Nahrawi kicked things off by tweeting about it.

Within a matter of hours, the error was trending amongst Indonesian social media users, all of whom didn’t hold back in expressing their dismay. But it didn’t stop there. Another error was spotted in the booklet – page 40 of the booklet, which contained the medal table for the 2011 SEA Games, got Indonesia and Thailand’s flags mixed up.

YB Khairy Jamaluddin showed class by acting swiftly and issuing a public apology on Twitter. He went on to even meet Imam Nahrawi in person, to officially apologise on behalf of the country.

However, none of that stopped Indonesian twitter users from running riot with their comments.

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Khairy Jamaludin jadi tumpuan penyokong Indonesia

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Kecoh di media sosial berkenaan insiden bendera Indonesia terbalik di buku cenderamata ketika perasmian Sukan SEA pada hari Sabtu lalu.

Kesilapan berkenaan menjadi sebutan di Indonesia, dan ramai rakyat Indonesia ternyata berang dengan kesilapan yang berlaku itu. Ramai memberikan komen negatif dan membanjiri media sosial dengan kutukan kepada tuan rumah.

Tetapi di sebalik semua komen negatif itu, ternyata ada komen-komen yang melucukan.

Ramai penyokong Indonesia menyatakan bahawa Malaysia mempunyai Menteri Belia dan Sukan yang kacak!

Bahkan, ada yang turut membandingkan Menteri Pemuda dan Olahraga mereka, Imam Nahrawi dengan Khairy Jamaludin dan ramai mula mencari lebih banyak info mengenai KJ.

Selain itu, ramai peminat Indonesia menyatakan kekaguman mereka terhadap ucapan Khairy di upacara perasmian Sukan SEA itu.

Nampaknya selepas ini KJ mungkin bakal menjadi tumpuan di Indonesia dan siapa tahu, suatu hari nanti bakal berlakon dalam filem atau sinetron di sana — seperti pemain kebangsaan, Safee Sali ketika dia beraksi di liga Indonesia dahulu.

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High jump hero Nauraj Singh “honoured” to read athlete’s oath at KL 2017 opening ceremony

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Malaysian high jump hero Nauraj Singh Randhawa has been given the honour to read the athlete’s oath at the 2017 Kuala Lumpur SEA Games tomorrow (19th Aug).

Nauraj Singh was chosen by the Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin himself, who said that he selected Nauraj because of his amazing accomplishments this year.

“Nauraj is seen to be an outstanding athlete in the ‘Kita Juara’ program, where he had qualified for the ‘Podium Program’. He worked hard to become a world class athlete, so I gave the honour to Nauraj Singh,” Bernama quoted the minister as saying.

Back in April, Nauraj set a new national record for high jump at the 2017 Singapore Open.

After recording his personal best at 2.29 m in 2016, he took it up a notch to set the new record at 2.30 m at the 2017 Singapore Open.

Not too long after that, the 25-year-old made national headlines again as won his his first European title in Barcelona. Nauraj bagged gold after clearing 2.21 m at the Barcelona International Athletics Championships.

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Aside from his achievements, Khairy Jamaluddin admits that he also chose Nauraj because of his towering height.

“I also chose Nauraj because he is tall (193cm). When a tall person reads the oath, people will be more attentive. The pledge will be read in English and his command of English language is also good. So there will be no slip-up,” the minister added.

When contacted by Stadium.MY, Nauraj said that he is “honoured” to be given such an opportunity at the biggest sporting event in Malaysia this year.

“It’s an honour.” said the 25-year-old. “It’s truly an honour and at the same time a responsibility because I’m not only representing myself, but the entire nation, and all Southeast Asian Countries. So I’m honoured and I’m hoping for it to go well.”

“I also want to let my fans know that I’m taking the SEA Games very seriously. I hope I don’t let them down.” said Nauraj, who is gunning for his third consecutive gold at this year’s SEA Games.

The KL 2017 SEA Games’ opening ceremony will be held at the Stadium Nasional, Bukit Jalil tomorrow.

The tickets for the opening ceremony is sold out, but you can click here to buy 2017 KL SEA Games tickets for other sports. 

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Cristiano, Ballack, Sanchez – Footballers offer support to victims of Barcelona terror attack

A van deliberately drove into a crowd of people at a famous tourist area in Las Ramblas, Barcelona, on Thursday night.

BBC reports that at least 13 people have died from the incident, while another 50 are injured.

The van was speeding along the tourist area, weaving left and right and hit as many people as possible. Many were hit, while some managed to flee for cover.

 

Police and local officials said that they are treating incident as terrorism — and  a man has been arrested in connection with the attack.

“I heard a crowd screaming. It sounded like they were screaming for a movie star.” an eye-witness told BBC.

“I saw the van. It had already been busted on the front. It was weaving left and right, trying to hit people as fast as possible. There were people lying on the ground.” he added.

The case is still under investigation by the Spanish police and officials.

People all over the world, including the likes of A-list footballers Cristiano Ronaldo, Alexis Sanchez, and Michael Ballack have been sending their thoughts and prayers over to the victims of the tragic event, while also condemning the act.

“Dismayed by the news arriving from Barcelona. Full support and solidarity with the family and friends of the victims.” the Real Madrid star tweeted.

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The Spanish police and authorities have since told people to avoid the location, which is situated right in the center of the city.

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I want my gold medal back, says Malaysian fencer Joshua Koh

Well, you know what they say, third time’s a charm!

Malaysia’s fencer Joshua Koh I-Jie is determined to clinch a gold medal at the 2017 Kuala Lumpur SEA Games fencing event this year.

The 27-year-old, fresh from a two-month training stint in South Korea, beamed with positivity after his training session at the MiTEC Hall 6.

Joshua Koh won his gold medal at the 2011 SEA Games in Indonesia in the epee event. However, he has been unable to repeat that success at the 2013 SEA Games in Myanmar and the 2015 SEA Games in Singapore.

Therefore, the Selangor-born fencer is determined to get his gold medal this year, especially since he is competing on home soil.

“This is a new experience for me. I’m just taking it one step at a time and focussing on what I have to do. I try not to think too much on what’s going on and just keep my head focused on the game.”

“This is my fourth SEA Games. I’m definitely targeting gold again, especially now that the Games are held in our own backyard.” said Joshua, who is also pursuing Agricultural Management in Bangi, Selangor.

Joshua also added that his training stint in South Korea has prepared him well for the toughest of opponents in the SEA Games.

“It was such an amazing experience for me training with the best fencers in South Korea. For all athletes, their ultimate aim is to compete in the Olympics and I hope to be there one day.”

The 2017 SEA Games fencing event will be held in Hall 6, MiTEC, from 21st August until 23rd August.

Click here to buy your 2017 KL SEA Games tickets.  

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“Get ready ubi-ubi!” – JDT to begin search for new talents in every state

In order to snap up the best local players, Johor Darul Ta’zim (JDT) have announced a mission to search for truly talented players in every state.

In fact, they will recruit three scouts in every state to search high and low for new talents.

The announcement was made by the club’s Sports director, Alistair Edwards, on Johor Southern Tiger’s Facebook page Thursday night.

“We will recruit three scouts in every state to search for truly talented players. Get ready ubi-ubi!” the Facebook post read.

The new talents that are recruited will earn a place in the JDT Academy, and if they are proven to be game-changers, they could ultimately land a spot in the JDT team.

JDT have also agreed provide an incentive of RM10,000 to every scout after successfully identifying new, talented, players.

“This shows that we are serious — not only about the grassroots development in Johor — but also to search for every talented player in the country to play in JDT. So, get ready ‘ubi ubi’!” the JDT sports director said.

JDT emerged as Super League champions for the fourth consecutive time this year, and it seems like they are looking to keep making history with new, fresh talents onboard.

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Bekas pemenang pingat perak Olimpik mungkin terpaksa jadi “barista” di Starbucks

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Hidup seorang ahli sukan selepas bersara kadang kala tidak seindah yang disangkakan.

Bagi peminat, mungkin mereka merasakan ahli-ahli sukan ini sudah mempunyai wang yang secukupnya untuk selesa selepas kerjaya mereka tamat. Malangnya, tidak semua begitu.

Bekas pemenang pingat perak Sukan Olimpik Athens dalam acara bergu campuran, Gail Emms telah meluahkan betapa sukarnya dia mahu menyara hidup kerana sukar mencari kerja.

Dalam laporan badmintonplanet.com itu, Gail Emms yang berpasangan bersama Nathan Robertson dalam temasya sukan terbesar dunia itu menyatakan bahawa dia terpaksa menjual sebilangan pingat yang dimenanginya di eBay dan mempunyai banyak bil yang tidak dibayar.

Gail Emms merupakan pemenang pingat perak Sukan Olimpik Athens. Photo credit: Femalecoachingnetwork.com

“Saya mempunyai banyak surat dari Bank yang memberitahu bahawa saya sudah terlepas bayaran samada untuk cukai taksiran, bil telefon atau bil kemudahan.

“Setiap kali saya membuka surat-surat itu, ianya mengingatkan saya betapa saya semakin gagal. Bahawa saya, Gail Emms, pemenang pingat perak Sukan Olimpik, seorang yang gagal.”

Bekas pemenang dua pingat emas Sukan Komanwel itu bersara selepas Sukan Olimpik 2008 di Beijing, dan sejak itu dia sukar mencari pekerjaan kerana tidak mempunyai latar belakang pendidikan yang mantap.

“Siapa mahu mengambil saya sebagai pekerja? Saya mempunyai c.v yang tertulis ‘bermain badminton secara profesional selama 10 tahun’.

“Dan saya baru masuk ke usia 40 tahun. Saya tiada kelayakan lain selain ijazah sains sukan yang saya dapat pada tahun 1998.

“Ada banyak cakap-cakap mengenai menyokong atlit selepas bersara untuk kesihatan mental, dan sekarang, saya perlukan sokongan itu.

Gandingannya bersama Nathan Robertson (kiri) pernah bergelar bergu campuran nombor satu dunia. Photo credit: badmintonplanet.com

“Saya rasa seperti hilang arah tuju, tiada tujuan, tiada pekerjaan, tiada identity dan kepada siapa perlu saya pergi? Saya hanya mahu menyara hidup keluarga saya, menjadi contoh terbaik dan rasa seperti sebahagian dari pasukan sekali lagi. Secara mental, saya tidak tahu jika saya boleh menerima lagi penolakan, cabaran, saya rasa sudah tewas. Saya tidak tahu mahu luahkan kepada siapa.

“Jadi jika anda lihat saya berkerja sebagai seorang barista di Starbucks- dan jangan ingat saya bergurau- saya minta maaf jika mengeja nama anda salah.”

Apa yang terjadi kepada Gail Emms ini perlu menjadi iktibar kepada semua atlit terutamanya yang baru mahu berkecimpung dalam bidang sukan. Mereka tidak boleh boros ketika berada di puncak kerana kita tidak akan pernah tahu bagaimana hidup selepas bersara kelak.

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KL 2017 is ready to provide security for 15,000 athletes & officials – Khairy

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Malaysian Youth and Sports minister, YB Khairy Jamaluddin has reiterated that the country is more than prepared to provide adequate security at the upcoming KL SEA Games.

With over 15,000 athletes and officials expected to be in the country this month, security was always destined to be a talking point. But Khairy has revealed that even members of the Malaysian Armed Forces will be on standby throughout the duration of the games.

“Together with the deputy prime minister, we are overseeing security matters and even the army is on standby,” he was quoted as saying by NST, earlier today.

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Recent reports have suggested that over 8,000 police and security officers will be deployed in multiple venues across the country, between August 19 to August 30. 405 events from 38 different sports will be hosted in 39 venues.

19 of the venues, including the iconic Bukit Jalil Stadium, are in Kuala Lumpur. 10 of them are in Selangor, with 3 in Putrajaya and 2 in Negeri Sembilan. The final two venues are in Terengganu (Equestrian) and Kedah (Sailing).