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WTTC: Paralympic athlete stuns Shah Alam crowd with sheer brilliance

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What a wonderful surprise in the World Team Table Tennis Championships (WTTC) yesterday!

Just moments before the women’s finals commenced, there was a spontaneous battle between two extraordinary talents that made the crowd in the Shah Alam Stadium cheer loudly. 41 year-old Paralympic player Ibrahim Hamato defied all odds when he stunned the crowd with his sheer brilliance in a short battle with 15 year-old Japanese Miu Hirano.

Holding the paddle with his mouth, Ibrahim’s amazing skills left many in awe and he managed to prove that even without arms, he was able to deliver a spectacular performance. The Egyptian was said to be an inspiration to millions across the globe with is ability.

Paralympic athletes have been garnering attention in the nation and there is an aim for Malaysia to achieve its very best in order to become a medium of inspiration for talented Paralympic people.

In this case, Ibrahim certainly showed Malaysia that physical appearance does not determine one’s success and it definitely made the local viewers think twice on how Paralympic athletes should be given a massive push to go forward and bring the nation’s glory to greater heights.

Young Ibrahim met with an accident in 1983 that made him lose both of his arms and like any other children, he was devastated and thought that he would never be able to do sports again but just when he reached 13, he soon discovered his passion for table tennis.

“I was 10 when I had an accident and I lost my two arms. I love sports and I really want to take part in it but I could not. Initially I love playing football but I knew I cannot play because of my challenge. In my city, table tennis was popular so I started playing at 13 and from that I have been playing table tennis,” he said as quoted from the website of International Table Tennis Federation, ITTF.

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Photo Credit: paralympic.org

Initially, table tennis was just a hobby but things took a turn when he won a silver medal in the 2011 African Paralympics Championship in his home nation.

“I was doing well in table tennis and I see it as another life. But I understand the importance of the sport when I won silver with the Egyptian team in 2011 and this was what inspired me the more to fall in love with the sport.”

“I must say that table tennis is my life. It is like the air I breathe and the water I drink. It has added value to my life and a lot of people have also been inspired by my story. This for me is awesome and I hope I can inspire more people across the globe,” he added.

Nothing can ever be an excuse for someone to stop chasing after their dream and Ibrahim Hamadtou is a very good example.

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WTTC: Malaysia suffer defeats against Romania & China

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Tough luck for the nation as Malaysia’s women contingent was wiped out completely by China with total score of 0-3 in the second round of the 2016 World Table Tennis Team Championship (WTTC) yesterday.

Playing in the heart of Selangor at Stadium Melawati Shah Alam, Malaysia’s Ho Ying was no match for world number one and four time women’s champion Liu Shiwen as she was ousted in three straight sets 5-11, 3-11 and 4-11.

The second match saw Ng Sock Khim struggling to find her rhythm and was ultimately defeated to 2-11. 2-11 and 4-11 by Zhu Yuling.

Alice Chang Li Siang too was not able to make a difference as she lost to Chen Meng 2-11, 7-11 and 3-11 to grant China their victory.

This is the second consecutive defeat for Malaysia after a disappointing 0-3 game against Romania in the morning.

However, Alice claimed that her performance improved and that she gave out her all for her match.

“I played better in this match compared to when I played against the Romanian player in the morning, the Chinese player was really fast and aggressive, I had to rely on my strategy and used the ‘chopping’ technique,” said the 15 year-old as quoted from Berita Harian.

“Before the match started I was relaxed. For the match tomorrow (today), I would like to present a better performance but I’ll talk to the coach about it.”

Malaysia will be taking on Chinese Taipei in the third round today before meeting Hungary tomorrow and Spain on Wednesday.

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No need for naturalised table tennis players in Malaysia – TTAM

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The Table Tennis Association of Malaysia (TTAM) has expressed its disinterest in acquiring naturalised players and instead aspires to train more national players to shine bright in the international tournaments.

President of TTAM, Tan Sri Koo Yuen Kim and claimed that it would be far more beneficial for the nation to train more local players rather than buying players from foreign countries, for instance China.

“A lot of players from China are naturalised players in other countries because they have a lot of potential in them. Malaysia too can be like China,” said Koo Yuen Kim as quoted from Bernama.

“We have train more quality players to be as good as the naturalised players. Besides, to be a naturalised player, they have to be a Malaysian citizen first.”

“When we play Australia, South Africa or some European countries you’d notice at least half if not all the players are China imports,”

“We need to be responsible in developing our own players.”

Meanwhile, Malaysia will make their debut in the top division of the World Team Table Tennis Championship next year as they will be hosting the tournament from Feb 28-March 6 in the Melawati Stadium at Shah Alam.

“Malaysia will participate in the championship division for the first time,” added Koo Yuen Kim.

“We will go up against 23 of the world’s best teams.”

A total of 110 countries comprising 96 men’s and 87 women’s teams will be participating in the championship.

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Malaysia aiming for 7 gold medals in Asean Civil Service games

Malaysia has set a target of 7 out of 12 possible gold medals in the first Asean Civil Service Games (ACSG), to be held from November 15 to 19.

ACSG tournament secretary Ahmad Faedzal Md Ramli stated that Malaysia are aware of the expectations that need to be met as the host, including overcoming tough competitors from other countries.

“We are targeting gold medals in badminton, futsal and table tennis. Our athletes are not just civil servants but some are current national athletes and former ones.”

“With shuttlers such as Iskandar Zulkarnain Zainuddin and veteran Wong Choong Hann on our side, we are confident on achieving our mission,” he told The Malaysian Insider.

The ACSG in Kuala Lumpur will feature five sports; futsal, badminton, tenpin bowling, table tennis and golf, with more than 550 civil servants involved from 10 Asean countries.

Representing Malaysia will be 60 civil servants, who will participate in all five sports contested.

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Russia’s Krivosheev too hot to handle for Muhammad Ashraf

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Muhammad Ashraf bowed out of The World University Games (Universiade) after he was outclassed by Viacheslav Krivosheev 4-1 in the second round of the table tennis tournament.

Although Ashraf bounced back to win the third set after losing the first two sets, his Russian counterpart eventually seized the next two sets to claim the win.

“I was able to go head to head with him in the first two sets but unfortunately my mistakes came back to haunt me.” Ashraf said, as quoted by Harian Metro.

“However, I am satisfied because I’ve hit my target and competing in a international tournament like this is a fantastic experience for me.” He added.

This news is also devastating considering Malaysia’s only medal to date at the Universiade is a solitary bronze medal, won by the badminton team

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SEA Games: Sock Khim suffers final defeat

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The nation failed to bag its second gold medal in the 2015 SEA Games as table tennis player Ng Sock Khim was defeated in the finals yesterday.

Sock Khim was completely obliterated by Thailand’s Susthasini Sawettabut who won the intense match 11-4, 5-11, 8-11, 11-9, 6-11, 11-9 and 11-4.

The 31 year-old Kedahan attributed her loss to her anxious game play whereas her opponent played faultlessly.

“I wanted to quickly hit the ball and end the game. It lowered down my accuracy,” said Sock Khim as quoted from Utusan. 

“I am both happy and sad. Happy because I made it to the finals after my absence in three editions of the SEA Games.”

“And sad because I missed the chance to end the 20-year drought of gold medals for Malaysia, even though I had the chance to do so today (yesterday).”

The last time Malaysian representatives secured a gold medal in table tennis in the SEA Games was during 1991, through women’s doubles pair Phua Bee Sim and Chong Choi Ting.

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SEA Games: Sock Khim through to table tennis final

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There’s another chance for Malaysia to secure a gold medal as national table tennis player Ng Sock Khim has advanced to the finals after defeating Vietnam’s Nguyen Thi Nga in the semi finals today.

The match ventured to four sets and Sock Khim dominated all of it. She won the first set 11-8 before tackling a great win 14-12 in an intense second set. She then calmly knocked off her opponent in the two final sets 11-7 and 11-4.

Meanwhile, Malaysia clinched its’ first gold medal earlier today, through synchronized swimming duo Katrina Ann Abdul Hadi and Lee Yhing Huey, who finished first in the synchronized swimming duet finals.

As of now, Malaysia are third on the medal standings, with one gold, one silver and two bronze.

 

 

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SEA Games: Malaysian pair march into table tennis semis

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The Malaysian table tennis pair Ng Sock Khim and Angeline Tang An Qi, who were expected to deliver a medal in the women’s doubles section, instantly ended their aspirations when they were defeated by Zhou Yi Han and Lin Ye of China in the quarter finals.

The two were unable to level to the Chinese pair as they were knocked off in straight sets, 11-7, 11-5, 11-4.

However, another national women’s pair, Ho Ying and Lee Rou You showed consistency and managed to beat Indonesian pair Gustin Dwijayanti and Kharisma Nur Hawa 11-6, 11-8 and 11-6 in the quarter finals.

Men’s doubles duo Wong Chun Chuen and Leong Chee Feng were downed by Philippine’s Richard Gonzales and Rodel Irineo Valle 1-3. The two extended the match to four games but eventually gave in with scores 5-11 11-8 6-11 7-11.

Muhd Shakirin Ibrahim and Mohd Ashraf Haiqal Mohd Rizal also failed to proceed further when they were shown the exit by Vietnam’s Nguyen Anh Tu-Tran Tuan Quynh 10-12 11-8 6-11 4-11.

In the men’s singles section, Ashraf Haiqal was beaten by Ficky Santoso of Indonesia in straight sets of 9-11 6-11 10-12.

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