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TMJ just challenged the SEA Games polo team for a match

News about Youth and Sports minister Khairy Jamaluddin participating in the national polo team sure did stir up social media today.

The news was confirmed by national polo team manager, Datuk Mohamad Zekri Ibrahim, who said that the minister’s participation was confirmed after a strict selection process.

Malaysians, however, seemed divided on the topic. Some saw no harm in that decision, while some criticised the minister and said he should choose between politics and polo.

Football Association of Malaysia’s president Tunku Ismail Sultan Ibrahim, however, has voiced his skepticism about the participants selected for the national polo team.

“I have been informed that there was an article in a newspaper whereby a statement was made by Datuk Mohamad Zekri, voicing his opinion that they are individuals qualified to represent the country at the upcoming SEA Games.” the Crown Prince said in Facebook posting on the Johor Southern Tigers page. He did not mention any names, though.

“Did I not beat the team that the said Datuk represented, with a score of 10-0 and 11-0 in a polo tournament in Pekan, Pahang? With a margin like that, how can you represent the country?”

“I initially thought that there was only one person lobbying to represent the country, but as it turns out, there were more who lobbied to represent the country in the coming SEA Games.” the FAM president lamented.

The Crown Prince of Johor went on to add that the only way to resolve this issue is to have a polo match between the selected SEA Games polo squad and the Royal Johor Polo Club team, which consists of the Crown Prince himself, his brother, and two of their players.

“I also recommend that this match to be shown on live TV and watched by the entire nation. Let’s leave it to the nation to decide for themselves the individuals qualified to represent the country.”

“To me, the more qualified people to represent the country are Saladin, Hussaini Yunos, Tengku Hassanal Shah, Tengku Amir, Tengku Muhammad Shah, Amran Selamat and a few more worthy individuals.”

Tunku Ismail also suggested that the fans should be charged RM 10 for the match, and the proceeds will either go to FA Cup champions Kedah, other local clubs, or simply be channelled to charities.

What do you guys think of the Crown Prince’s suggestion? Would you want this match to happen?

If you’ve never watched TMJ play polo, here you go:

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Get your 2017 KL SEA Games opening ceremony ticket at only RM 20

The most glorious and anticipated part of the SEA Games is always the opening ceremony.

The opening ceremony is always studded with vibrant colours, costumes, loud cheers, all to create an electrifying atmosphere to fuel the excitement of what is to come.

More importantly, we want to see how the torch arrives at the venue!

Singapore set the bar high in 2015 SEA Games, with stunning visual displays, grand fireworks, aerial props, and vibrant costumes.

The torch bearer arrived in a traditional dragon boat at the water sports centre outside the National Stadium, before passing it on to Singapore’s badminton player, Liang Xiao Yu.

The KL SEA Games organising committee have been hard at work to make this SEA Games the best one yet, and we can’t wait to watch the 2017 KL SEA Games opening ceremony and beam with pride as all of our national athletes march by with utmost enthusiasm.

The best part is that the opening ceremony is open to all for attend. Priced at RM 20, there is absolutely no reason why you can’t attend and express your support for our national contingent.

The opening ceremony will be happening on 19th of August (Saturday) 6pm, at the Stadium Nasional, Kompleks Sukan Negara Jalan Barat, Wilayah Persekutuan, Kuala Lumpur.

Click here to get your opening ceremony tickets now! 

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PHOTOS: #TorchRun participants swim 3.5 km across Penang strait for SEA Games

In conjunction with the 2017 Kuala Lumpur SEA Games, the Torch Run has been touring all over the country from the 14th of May 2017.

This week, the Torch made its way to the Pearl of the Orient, the state of Penang. The Torch Run will be gracing Penang from the 3rd of July until the 6th of July.

To commemorate the torch run in Penang, six swimmers, led by Inspector Adni Shaari, swam across the Penang straits; from Pulau Jerejak, all the way to the marine police base, spanning 3.5 kilometres.

Photo: KL SEA Games

The started swimming from 6.30 in the morning, and arrived at the marine police jetty in Batu Uban about 8.45 am.

Photo: KL SEA Games
Photo: KL SEA Games
Photo: KL SEA Games

The Torch Run is expected to end on 12th of August, when the torch will return to Kuala Lumpur.

The Torch will be presented again on the 19th of August at the opening ceremony of the SEA Games to mark the commencement 29th SEA Games.

The torch will remain lit until the closing ceremony, where it will then be put out to mark the end of the SEA Games.

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2017 KL SEA Games tickets are officially on sale!

For all of you who have been patiently waiting, the 2017 Kuala Lumpur SEA Games will go on sale starting today, 4th of July.

A total of 19 sports events will require paid tickets, including the opening and closing ceremony of the SEA Games.

According to Youth and Sports minister, Khairy Jamaluddin, tickets can be purchased during the SEA Games through ticketing kiosks at the match venues. Payment can be made via cash, debit card or credit card.

If you’d rather get your tickets earlier, you can either opt for online purchase, or get them at selected outlets which will be announced at a later date.

Tickets for the events are as low as RM 20 for a number of sports, so hurry and get your tickets before they run out!

Click here to buy your 2017 KL SEA Games tickets.

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#Volleyball: It’s gonna be tough to beat Thailand, says national player

Malaysia’s national volleyball player Sim Jian Qin thinks that team Malaysia stand a good chance of winning at the 2017 Kuala Lumpur SEA Games, but he will not get his hopes up.

The 22-year-old player is confident that Malaysia’s volleyball team can deliver at least one medal at the tournament, although it may not be a gold medal.

According to Sim, Thailand are the reigning champions in volleyball and it is going to be tough to go up against them, even though Malaysia has home advantage as the hosts of the 2017 SEA Games.

 

“Thailand are the volleyball giants in Asia, and they have been winning gold at the SEA Games four years in a row, since the Palembang SEA Games in 2011.” Sim told HMetro.

 

“But that doesn’t mean we’re giving up. We will still train hard and put up a good fight against our opponents, and make sure Malaysia gets on the podium.”

“We also have an advantage because our team is new, there are a lot of new players, so it’s going to be difficult for the opponents to anticipate what we’re going to do.” added Sim, who was part of the national volleyball squad during the 2015 SEA Games in Singapore.

 

According to national volleyball head coach, Tay Yeu Siong, the team will also participate in a few tournaments leading up to the SEA Games, which means our team will be going up against the likes of Thailand, Indonesia, and others.

The pre-SEA Games tournaments are important so the coach can asses the current level and performance of the volleyball team and work on their weaknesses in the remaining period.

The 2017 Kuala Lumpur SEA Games will be happening from the 19th until 31st of August.

 

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PHOTOS: Khairy & Co making sure the ice-rink for SEA Games is good to go

With only 60 days to go for the 2017 Kuala Lumpur SEA Games, Youth and Sports minister YB Khairy Jamaluddin has been busy with his SEA Games squad, getting things sorted out for the big day.

Earlier today, the minister paid an official visit to the ice-rink in Empire City, Damansara, to make sure that the rink in tact and fully-functional for our athletes to start training.

Photo: Regina Lee
Photo: Regina Lee
Photo: Regina Lee
Photo: Regina Lee

This signals good news for our national athletes, as they have been training at the IOI City Mall public skating rink.

According to athletes Khairil Ridhwan Khalil and Wong De Vin, it has been difficult for them to train in the midst of a crowd in IOI City Mall, and they are looking forward to train at a more suitable venue.

“It’s great if the ice-skating rink in Empire City is ready. We can test the venue and start training, and that’s good news for us athletes.” De Vin told StadiumAstro.

The ice rink at Empire City will host the winter sports like ice hockey, figure skating & speed skating.

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2017 KL SEA Games tickets to go on sale after Raya break

If you’re excited about the 2017 Kuala Lumpur SEA Games and can’t wait to get your hands on the tickets, we have good news for you.

Malaysian SEA Games Organising Committee (Masoc) chief executive officer Datuk Seri Zolkples Embong has confirmed that the 2017 SEA Games tickets will go on sale right after Hari Raya.

The tickets on sale will not only be for the sporting events, but including the much anticipated opening and closing ceremony for the SEA Games.

According to Datuk Seri Zolkples Embong, only the popular sports events will be ticketed, whereas the less popular ones will be free to attract more crowd.

Among some of the popular sports that will be ticketed are diving, swimming, synchronised swimming, karate, pencak silat, wushu, and football.

“Our main focus are the popular sports, the ones where we have a good chance of winning gold medals. For example, the aquatics, diving, synchronised swimming, and swimming.” BHarian quoted him as saying.

“As for football, if we make it to the semi-final, we’re expecting up to 80,000 people to attend. That is also why need the tickets, to control the crowd. Some venues can only accommodate a certain amount of people. But rest assured the tickets will be reasonably priced.”

“We’re also expecting about 70,000 people to attend the SEA Games opening ceremony at the Bukit Jalil National Stadium.”

 

“We’ve also received a lot of ticket bookings from outside of Malaysia, and we’ll try our best to cater to everyone.”  Datuk Seri Zolkples Embong added.

The 2017 KL SEA Games will be happening from 19th August until 31st August.

 

 

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#KLSEAGames: Khairy is looking for 2 hiking partners. Want to join him?

Only 80 days left for the 2017 Kuala Lumpur SEA Games, and the excitement and anticipation is building up.

Our Youth and Sports minister Khairy Jamaluddin has been busy running all the preparations with his team to make sure that everything is prepared come August.

This Sunday on the 4th of June, the minister will be making his way to the iconic Mount Kinabalu in Sabah for the Kuala Lumpur 2017 Torch Run. That’s not all, the minister is also looking for two Malaysians to join him in the adventure.

Photo: Twitter

Here’s how some Malaysians reacted to it:

Some would only do it because it’s Khairy who is asking:

Some cannot do it for gastric reasons:

Some have unresolved issues with the Mount Kinabalu:

Some want to go only because they have never been to Sabah:

While some would only go if they get a release letter from the Youth and Sports minister himself: 

 

The “Torch Run” will tour around Malaysia from the 14th of May in Johor and end in Kuala Lumpur on the 12th of August 2017.

The run will culminate on the 19th of August when the torch is brought to the Bukit Jalil National Stadium to light up the SEA Games cauldron at the opening ceremony.

The fire will remain lit until the closing ceremony, when it will then be put out to mark the end of the Games.

If you want join Khairy and hike up Mt Kinabalu, just DM @KL2017 on Twitter!

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Meet Tyger Cubs, the match-making site for Malaysian sports lovers

Malaysia is jam-packed with sports fans, and there’s no question about it.

We love our weekly badminton sessions that let us pretend to be Datuk Lee Chong Wei for a couple of hours, and we fill up every padang in the neighbourhood with our very own football matches during the evenings.

But what happens you’re in the mood for football but your friends have to work overtime?

What if you want to play futsal but you only have two people on your team?

What will happen to your badminton sessions if your regular “badminton kaki” sprained his arm and has to sit out a couple of weeks?

Or perhaps you want to play golf, but can’t seem to find anyone interested in the sport?

You go on to Tyger Cubs.

Initiated by sports enthusiast, Azim Nasaruddin, Tyger Cubs work as your matchmaking platform — and it is purely for sports.

All you have to do is sign up at the Tyger Cubs official site, create a profile for yourself and list all the sports you play.

Then, you can make a request for another member to join your team; or other sports lovers can send a request to you. Once you accept the request, the two of you will be connected, and voila, you’re playing futsal together this weekend! It’s really that easy.

Watch the video below to learn more about Tyger Cubs:

Try it, and let us know what you think!

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Dayang Nurfaizah will sing official SEA Games song, but it has no lyrics yet

Every four years, we look forward to the new world cup song and more importantly, who will be singing it. Be it Ricky Martin or Shakira, the spirit for the game is heightened with the right choice of voice for the theme song.

With only a 100 days left to go for the 29th SEA Games and the 9th ASEAN Para Games, we needed someone to give life to the official SEA Games song when it is ready.

The honour has been given to none other than Malaysia’s top pop and R&B singer, Dayang Nurfaizah binti Awang Dowty, or Dayang Nurfaizah, as she is fondly known.

Dayang is one Malaysia’s prominent singers, and she has been actively singing since 1996. Dayang is best known for hits like Hakikat Cinta, Kembalilah Sayang, Rindu, Seandainya Masih Ada Cinta, and Sekali Lagi.

However, the song is yet to be named, and is being referred to as #LaguKL2017 as of now. Also, it doesn’t have lyrics just yet.

Youth and Sports minister Khairy Jamaluddin has called for the public to contribute lyrics for the #LaguKL2017, so everyone gets to play their part in making the 2017 Kuala Lumpur SEA Games a memorable event.

“We’re in the final stages of preparing for the 2017 SEA Games, and in the midst of everything, I kind of forgot about lyrics for the song. So I’d like make a request to the public – please submit lyrics for the official SEA Games song.” BHarian quoted the minister as saying.

“It doesn’t matter if it’s a few lines or a few words, just give us your ideas. It’s best that the lyrics come from the people, because the 2017 SEA Games is for you.” the minister added.

The song will be put together by top Malaysian composer, Datuk Ramli MS.

Anyone out there wants to volunteer? Just type your lyrics and use the hashtag #LaguKL2017. And don’t forget to tag @KhairyKJ!