Wednesday, October 31, 2012

SPORTCHECK: Target within reach

The Higher Education Ministry is confident of meeting its target of producing at least 30 per cent of the nation's athletes by 2015.

The ministry sports division's secretary Dr Saharudin Ismail said the number of university athletes that represented Malaysia at the recent London Olympics and 2011 Indonesia Sea Games was proof that the programme was on track towards achieving its goal.

"At the Olympics, 11 of the 30 athletes who competed were university students (35 per cent) while the Sea Games saw 23 per cent of the contingent being made up of university athletes, which is an achievement we are happy with," said Dr Saharudin.

"With such numbers being produced now, I believe consistently hitting the 30 per cent target will be a much more realistic feat in 2015 with the development programmes we have in place now."

Dr Saharudin added the upcoming inaugural Malaysian Institutions of Higher Learning Games (SUKIPT), part of the ministry's efforts to churn out more national athletes, will be offering full scholarships to gold medal winners in a move to inspire athletes to take up sports more seriously.

"Full time students, with the exception of final year and short course students, will be offered a full scholarship. However, they must maintain a certain level of performance in both sports as well as academics throughout their studies," added Dr Saharudin, who is also the SUKIPT chief executive officer.

"For those not eligible for the full scholarship and also silver and bronze winners, we will provide them with other forms of incentives as we do not want to leave them out."

SUKIPT, which starts tomorrow and will end on Nov 11, will see more than 10,000 athletes from 101 higher education institutions competing for honours in 15 different sports.

(Source: New Straits Times by Fadhli Ishak)



Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Garcia urges POC to form SEAG group

WITH the Philippine Olympic Committee elections virtually settled, Philippine Sports Commission chairman Richie Garcia has urged the POC to form the joint Southeast Asian Games Task Force early to fast track the country’s preparations for next year’s Myanmar SEA Games.
“I hope we can form the joint POC-PSC SEAG Task Force by January, if not earlier, so we can begin our SEA Games build-up for Myanmar,” Garcia said last week before leaving for China for an international tournament on the invitation of the Wushu Federation of the Philippines.
Garcia added the government sports agency aims to go full blast right away in pouring its resources in the 10 priority sports and priority athletes in a two-pronged bid to improve on last year’s lethargic Philippine showing in the Indonesia Games.
Filipino athletes plummeted to their worst outing since joining the biennial meet in 1977 with a measly haul of 36 gold, 56 silver and 77 bronze medals, finishing sixth among 11 participating countries.
Garcia said he hopes to reconnect with Chinese sports officials so majority of the athletes in the national pool could begin their SEA Games training in China.
Gacia said forming the joint Task Force, which coordinates and oversees the national team’s build-up and other requirements for the SEA Games, early would be possible following the recent turn of events in the POC backyard concerning its elections set on Nov. 30 at the Alabang Golf and Country Club in Muntinlupa City.
Last week, businessman and Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas president Manny Pangilinan announced he would not run for the POC presidency, leaving incumbent Jose Cojuangco Jr. as a heavy favorite to be reelected for a third straight four-year term.
Cojuangco and his running mates filed their candidacies last Friday, with triathlon’s Tom Carrasco, who was earlier tapped to run as auditor, penciled in to go after the POC chairmanship currently being held by weightlifting head Monico Puentevella, who is seeking reelection.
Philippine Track and Field Association president Go Teng Kok, who has been critical of Cojuangco’s leadership, surprisingly showed up despite the heavy downpour and filed his candidacy for the POC top post.
The POC general assembly has declared Go “persona non grata” and it will be left to the POC Commission on Elections led by former congressman Victorico Chaves to decide if the outspoken sports official is eligible to run.
Even if Go is given the green light, it’s highly unlikely he would be able to muster the numbers needed to topple Cojuangco.
Running with Cojuangco are karate head Joey Romasanta (first president), Jeff Tamayo of soft tennis (second vice president), wushu’s Julian Camacho (treasurer) and chess president Prospero Pichay Jr. as auditor.

(Source: Malaya by BONG PEDRALVEZ)

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Winds of change for LionsXII

Malaysia Cup semi-finalists set to be tweaked with 2013 SEA Games in mind

SINGAPORE - LionsXII assistant coach Kadir Yahaya's imminent departure is very likely the start of the 2012 Malaysian Super League and Malaysia Cup semi-finalists' metamorphosis.

Sources told TODAY the Football Association of Singapore (FAS) is poised to send an under-23 side, with the addition of five over-aged players, to fly the Singapore flag in Malaysian competitions next year.

This means 16 players in the current 28-strong squad, including Shahril Ishak, Baihakki Khaizan, Isa Halim and Shahdan Sulaiman, must vie for just five senior spots in next year's LionsXII side.

Responding to queries from TODAY on Tuesday, an FAS spokesperson said: "FAS has just received the post-season reports from the LionsXII officials, which will facilitate completion of the review of the team's performance … and also enable us to finalise the list of officials and players for the 2013 LionsXII squad."

TODAY understands that the FAS is scheduled to meet its Malaysian counterpart next week, with an official announcement soon after.

It is believed that Singapore's national football body is considering three options.

The first is sending a full under-23 side as the LionsXII to compete in Malaysian domestic competitions and prepare for the 2013 South-east Asian (SEA) Games in Myanmar; the second is an under-23 squad beefed up by five senior players; while the last would be 10 seniors in the mould of the 2012 squad.

"If this is indeed true, it's a move that will give fantastic preparation for our SEA Games squad," said defender Safuwan Baharudin, 21.

"It'll give us a solid one year to play together, compared to the last-minute preparations that we've had to deal with in the last few years, and a good step if we're eyeing the gold medal.

"Experience counts for a lot in this league, and this just means that it'll be hard to outdo what we've achieved this year, also because National Service commitments will prove to be a problem, especially with away games."

LionsXII captain Shahril also urged for a quicker decision from the FAS, especially with clubs already finalising their squads for next season.

"This is definitely a distraction for us. The AFF Suzuki Cup is coming up and it'd be best if we could get this off our backs, and have a clear mind with which to focus on the tournament. Or look for new clubs if we have to," he said. "We will definitely have to consider any offer that we get now, because we still don't know what will happen."

Shahril believes a stable squad is key to fulfilling their potential in Malaysian competitions.

"It's been an awesome journey, getting to feel what my heroes - Fandi Ahmad, V Sundramoorthy and Kadir - experienced in the Malaysia Cup, with the fans who came to support us," reminisced Shahril.

"And we don't want it to end."

(Source: TODAY by Shamir Osman)

Vovinam confirmed for 27th SEA Games

Vovinam would feature at the 27th Southeast Asian Games to be held in Myanmar next year, general secretary of the World Vovinam Federation Vo Danh Hai has announced.

It will also be played at the Asian Beach Games 2016 to be held for the first time in Viet Nam.

In preparation for these events, Vietnamese masters will help Myanmar's athletes train and compete in Viet Nam.

Vovinam is a Vietnamese martial art founded by Nguyen Loc in 1938 with the intent of providing practitioners with an efficient method of self-defense after a short period of study. Nowadays, it is popular throughout the region and the world.

(Source: Viet Nam News)

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Athletes threaten to snub call to training

Ten rowers and canoeists from Riau are threatening to reject a call for Myanmar SEA (Southeast Asian) Games training, if the centralized training camp is held outside of the province.

Sanusi Anwar, head of the provincial rowing and canoeing association (PODSI) said, “We will not send our athletes to the training camp if it is held at Jatiluhur [a reservoir] in West Java,” as quoted by Antara on Tuesday.

The association hopes that the athletes can train at their respective home bases. A decentralized camp, according to Sanusi, is preferred to centralized one “based on past experience in which a number of athletes were invited to the camp but [were] eliminated”.

The Riau rowing and canoeing team emerged as the overall champions during the recent National Games (PON) in Pekanbaru.

PODSI is reported to have included ten athletes from Riau in the trainee list for the Myanmar Games, scheduled for December next year.

Those athletes are Ikhwan Randi, Maizir Riyobdra, Eka Octa Rorianus, Yudi Sispangindra (men’s canoeing); Raudani Fitra, Ayu Azhari, Riska Elpia Ramadani (women’s canoeing); Tanzil, Wiko, Zulhendra (men’s rowing).

“We will not send those athletes [to a centralized camp]. I want to ensure they undergo a well-prepared training regime at home,” Sanusi said.

Boasting the province’s rowing potential, Sanusi said that he was disapointed that PODSI only listed ten athletes.

West Java dominates the shortlist with 18 athletes. Other athletes come from Central Kalimantan, Papua, Lampung Banten, Jakarta, North Sulawesi, South Sulawesi and East Java.

In Semarang, as many as 34 swimmers from several provinces were reported to have begun the first phase of national training,

Trainer Hartadi Nurjojo said that the swimming body had received the trainee list from Tono Suratman of the National Sports Council.

Seven of the trainees are considered to have the best medal prospects. They are Triadi Fauzi, Glenn Victor (West Java), Gede Siman Sudartawa (Riau) and Indra Gunawan (North Sumatera) in the men’s division; Raina Saumi, Yessy Yosaputra, and Monaliza (West Java) in the women’s division.
Hartadi said the Indonesian swimming team would aim for seven gold medals in Myanmar, based on the swimmers’ performance in international tournaments, including the 2011 SEA Games.

The seven gold medals, accoring to him, are expected in the men’s 50 meter freestyle, men’s 100 meter and 200 meter backstroke, men’s 4x100 meter relay, men’s 100 meter, women’s 200 meter butterfly and women’s 800 meter freestyle.

(Source: The Jakarta Post)

Viet Nam Football Federation Cup 2012

Location: Thong Nhat Stadium in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Date: 24th - 28th October 2012


1st - South Korea

2nd - Turkmenistan

3rd - Vietnam

4th - Laos

Schedules and Results

October 24
          South Korea 4 - 1 Laos   
          Vietnam 0 - 1 Turkmenistan 

October 26
          South Korea 4 - 0 Turkmenistan
          Laos 0 - 4 Vietnam

October 28
          Laos 2 - 4 Turkmenistan
          South Korea 1 - 1 Vietnam

*Tournament is in Round Robin format

Besides Vietnamese referees, Malaysians have been invited to take charge of the matches in the tournament.

2012 VFF Cup Squads


 Coach - Japan Koichi Kimura

GK Sengphachan Bounthisanh 1 June 1987 (age 25) 21 Laos Vientiane

GK Seng Athit Somvang June 2, 1991 (age 21) 2 Laos Lao Police

GK Soukthavy Soundala 4 November 1995 (age 16) 0 Laos Ezra

DF Odien Syharlad


DF Khamphoumy Hanvilay 2 December 1990 (age 21) 3 Laos Vientiane

DF Ketsada Souksavanh 23 November 1992 (age 19) 21 Thailand Nong Khai

DF Saychon Khunsamnarn 13 January 1993 (age 19)
Laos Lao Police

DF Saynakhonevieng Phommapanya 28 October 1988 (age 23) 30 Laos Yotha

DF Chanthala Phetthavanh 2 August 1992 (age 20)
Laos Ezra

DF Kovanh Namthavixay 23 July 1987 (age 25) 24 Laos Lao Army

DF Sousadakone Liepvisay


DF Khamla Pinkeo 23 November 1990 (age 21) 9 Laos Lao Police Club

MF Phatthana Syvilay 4 October 1990 (age 22) 8 Laos Yotha FC

MF Sibounhuang Thotnilath


MF Khouoanta Sivongthong


MF Viengsavanh Sayyaboun 3 June 1989 (age 23)

MF Keoviengphet Liththideth 30 November 1992 (age 19) 15 Laos Ezra FC

MF Sompong Manivanh


MF Vilayout Sayyabounsou 27 November 1992 (age 19) 0 Laos Ezra FC

MF Phonepaseuth Sysoutham 28 May 1990 (age 22)

MF Chanthapphone Weanvongsoth


MF Daoneua Siviengxay 10 December 1991 (age 20) 0 Laos Vientiane FC

FW Visay Phaphouvanin 12 June 1985 (age 27) 43 Laos Vientiane FC

FW Sihavong Khonesavanh


FW Sopha Saysana 9 December 1992 (age 19) 3 Thailand Nong Khai F.C.

Coach -  Ha Sung-Joon

1 GK Choi Dae-Myoung 6 January 1992 (aged 20)
South Korea Pukyong National University F.C.
2 DF Kim Bong-Rae 2 July 1990 (aged 22)
South Korea Myeongji University F.C.
3 DF Park Jung-Ang 6 June 1991 (aged 21)
South Korea Sangji University F.C.
4 DF Kim Ji-Yong 7 April 1990 (aged 22)
South Korea Chungbuk National University F.C.
5 DF Park Hee-Sung 22 March 1990 (aged 22)
South Korea Wonkwang University F.C.
6 DF Bae Sung-Geun 26 May 1991 (aged 21)
South Korea Kyonggi University F.C.
7 MF Lee Jung-Kwon 1 January 1992 (aged 20)
South Korea Myeongji University F.C.
8 MF Kim Pyeong-Jin 11 August 1990 (aged 22)
South Korea Hannam University F.C.
9 FW Gong Minh-Yun 19 January 1990 (aged 22)
South Korea Cheongju University F.C.
10 FW Han Seung-Yeop 4 November 1990 (aged 21)
South Korea Kyonggi University F.C.
11 MF Cho Inh-Yeong 1 February 1990 (aged 22)
South Korea University of Incheon F.C.
12 DF Han Hee-Hun 10 August 1990 (aged 22)
South Korea Sangji University F.C.
13 FW Park Jung-Bin 26 September 1990 (aged 22)
South Korea GukJe Cyber University F.C.
14 MF Kang Shin-Kyu 6 November 1988 (aged 23)
South Korea Cheongju University F.C.
15 MF Yang Se-Un 23 December 1990 (aged 21)
South Korea Nambu University F.C.
16 MF Kim Kyu-Nam 26 November 1992 (aged 19)
South Korea Kunjang University F.C.
17 MF Park Ji-Hoon 5 June 1990 (aged 22)
South Korea Cheongju University F.C.
18 GK Hwang Sung-Min 23 June 1991 (aged 21)
South Korea Hannam University F.C.
19 DF Lee Seung-Hyun 27 October 1989 (aged 22)
South Korea Hanmin College F.C.
20 DF Choi Young-Kwang 20 May 1990 (aged 22)
South Korea Hannam University F.C.

CoachÝazguly Hojageldyýew

GK Rahmanberdi Alyhanow 14 February 1984 (aged 26)
Turkmenistan HTTU Aşgabat

GK Nikita Gorbunow 14 February 1984 (aged 28)
Turkmenistan Balkan

GK Rasim Gereyhanow


DF Şöhrat Söýünow 8 March 1992 (aged 20)
Turkmenistan HTTU Aşgabat

DF Akmyrat Jumanazarow 5 November 1987 (aged 24)
Turkmenistan Merw Mary

DF Dawid Sarkisow 20 November 1982 (aged 29)
Turkmenistan HTTU Aşgabat

DF Ahmet Ataýew 19 September 1990 (aged 22)
Turkmenistan HTTU Aşgabat

DF Serdar Annaorazow 29 June 1990 (aged 22)
Turkmenistan HTTU Aşgabat

MF Umidjan Astanow 11 August 1990 (aged 22)
Turkmenistan Merw Mary

MF Guwanç Abylow 30 March 1988 (aged 24)
Turkmenistan HTTU Aşgabat

MF Amir Gurbani 24 October 1987 (aged 25)
Turkmenistan Balkan

MF Annasahat Annasahatow


MF Gurbangeldi Batyrow

Turkmenistan HTTU Aşgabat

FW Bagtyýar Hojaahmedow 14 February 1985 (aged 27)
Turkmenistan Merw Mary

FW Aleksandr Boliýan 22 March 1994 (aged 18)
Greece Skoda Xanthi

FW Süleyman Muhadow

Turkmenistan HTTU Aşgabat

FW Furkat Tursumow

Turkmenistan Lebap

FW Wladimir Baýramow 2 August 1980 (aged 32)

Coach Phan Thanh Hùng

1 GK Nguyễn Thanh Bình 20 October 1991 (age 21) 2 Vietnam SHB Đà Nẵng
5 DF Nguyễn Văn Biển 27 April 1985 (age 27) 12 Vietnam Hà Nội T&T
6 DF Trần Đình Đồng 20 May 1987 (age 25) 9 Vietnam Sông Lam Nghệ An
10 MF Nguyễn Văn Quyết 27 June 1991 (age 21) 7 Vietnam Hà Nội T&T
11 MF Nguyễn Trọng Hoàng 14 April 1989 (age 23) 21 Vietnam Sông Lam Nghệ An
12 MF Phan Thanh Hưng 14 January 1987 (age 25) 4 Vietnam SHB Đà Nẵng
13 FW Nguyễn Quang Hải 1 November 1985 (age 26) 31 Vietnam Navibank Sài Gòn
14 MF Lê Tấn Tài 4 January 1984 (age 28) 48 Vietnam Khatoco Khánh Hòa
17 MF Nguyễn Vũ Phong 6 February 1985 (age 27) 40 Vietnam Becamex Bình Dương
18 MF Huỳnh Quốc Anh 13 January 1985 (age 27) 4 Vietnam SHB Đà Nẵng
19 MF Phạm Thành Lương 10 September 1988 (age 24) 35 Vietnam Hà Nội
20 MF Cao Sỹ Cường 26 April 1984 (age 28) 4 Vietnam Hà Nội T&T
21 MF Nguyễn Ngọc Duy 4 July 1986 (age 26) 8 Vietnam Hà Nội T&T
24 GK Dương Hồng Sơn 20 November 1982 (age 29) 27 Vietnam Hà Nội T&T
25 GK Bùi Tấn Trường 19 February 1986 (age 26) 3 Vietnam Sài Gòn Xuân Thành
15 DF Trương Đình Luật 12 November 1983 (aged 27) 4 Vietnam Sài Gòn Xuân Thành

DF Châu Lê Phước Vĩnh 19 August 1985 (age 27) 3 Vietnam SHB Đà Nẵng
26 DF Nguyễn Gia Từ 17 December 1989 (age 22) 2 Vietnam The Vissai Ninh Bình

DF Nguyễn Hồng Tiến 6 July 1985 (age 27) 2 Vietnam Hà nội T&T
27 DF Đào Văn Phong June 6, 1985 (age 27) 8 Vietnam Khatoco Khánh Hòa

DF Âu Văn Hoàn 1 October 1989 (age 23) 0 Vietnam Sông Lam Nghệ An
28 MF Phạm Nguyên Sa 15 December 1988 (age 23) 2 Vietnam SHB Đà Nẵng