Saturday, November 30, 2013

3rd FIBA Asia U16 Championship for Women 2013

Location: Colombo, Sri Lanka

Date: 23rd - 30th November


Level I
1st - China (Gold)
2nd - Japan (Silver)
3rd - South Korea (Bronze)
4th - Chinese Taipei
5th - India
6th - Malaysia **
Level II
1st - Thailand *
2nd - Kazakhstan
3rd - Hong Kong
4th - Indonesia
5th - Jordan
6th - Sri Lanka (Host)

* Enters Level I next edition
** Demoted to Level II

Preliminary Round

Level I

Day 1 - November 23
Japan (112-45) India
Chinese Taipei (85-30) Malaysia
South Korea (50-82) China

Day 2 - November 24
Ch. Taipei (56-87) Japan
China (109-51) India
Malaysia (46-86) South Korea

Day 3 - November 25
Japan (75-59) China
South Korea (89-67) Chinese Taipei
India (57-55) Malaysia

Day 4 - November 26
South Korea (50-83) Japan
Malaysia (28-90) China
Chinese Taipei (105-50) India

Day 5 - November 27
Malaysia (12-87) Japan
India (56-106) South Korea
China (110-74) Chinese Taipei

Level II

Day 1 - November 23
Kazakhstan (36-65) Thailand
Indonesia (62-59) Jordan
Hong Kong (57-46) Sri Lanka 

Day 2 - November 24
Kazakhstan (79-52) Hong Kong
Thailand (71-42) Indonesia
Jordan (77-50) Sri Lanka

Day 3 - November 25
Hong Kong (83-50) Jordan
Indonesia (63-54)OT Kazakhstan
Sri Lanka (51-82) Thailand

Day 4 - November 26
Indonesia (33-38) Hong Kong
Thailand (87-51) Jordan
Kazakhstan (69-45) Sri Lanka

Day 5 - November 27
Thailand (71-62) Hong Kong
Jordan (58-70) Kazakhstan
Sri Lanka (36-52) Indonesia

Final Round

Day 6 - November 29
Battle to enter Level 1
India def. Kazakhstan (84-71)
Thailand def.  Malaysia (59-39)
China def. South Korea(81-55)
Japan def. Chinese Taipei (99-60)
Day 7  - November 30
Battle for 3rd: South Korea def. Chinese Taipei (86-64)

Championship Match:  China def. Japan (62-50)

Friday, November 29, 2013

Thais target standard events

Source: Bangkok Post

Thailand will focus on international sports at next month's SEA Games in Myanmar.

Tanongsak Saensomboonsuk is Thailand’s best hope in badminton. FILE PHOTO

With more than 100 gold medals up for grabs in traditional sports at the Dec 11-22 Games, Thai officials admit it is not possible for them to win the overall title.

However, they believe they can be the best in international sports contested at the Olympics and the Asian Games.

"With the hosts aiming to win the overall title, it is impossible for us to beat them," said Kanokphand Chulakasem, governor of the Sports Authority of Thailand.

"But I believe we are capable of topping the medal table in international sports."

There are several traditional sports at the 27th Games including kempo, vovinam, chinlone, traditional boat race, pencak silat and muay (Muay Thai).

On the other hand, several standard sports such as tennis and gymnastics have been axed from the programme.

Among Thailand's best hopes are athletics, sepak takraw, boxing, weightlifting, golf and billiards and snooker.

Thana Chaiprasit, Thailand's chief of delegation, expects his team to finish second or third overall but the priority will be international sports such as athletics, shooting, swimming and badminton.

At the 26th edition in Indonesia in 2011, Thailand came in second with 109 gold medals _ 73 behind the hosts.

However, Thailand comfortably beat Indonesia with only medals in international sports counted.

It will be the third SEA Games in Myanmar after the 1961 and 1969 editions.

The venues are in Nay Pyi Taw, Yangon, Mandalay and Ngwe Saung beach.

The Games will officially start on Dec 11 but more than the 30 gold medals will be contested before that.

Indonesia aim to claim 125 gold medals to retain the overall crown while Thailand hope to win 100 and Vietnam target 79.

Meanwhile, the Badminton Association of Thailand targets only one gold from world No.12 Tanongsak Saensomboonsuk in the men's singles.

The association earlier hoped to get another gold in the women's singles from Ratchanok Intanon but the world champion has withdrawn from the Myanmar tournament.

There will be only five individual competitions in Myanmar without the team events.

"We expect to reach three finals," said BAT official Sompol Kukasemkit.

"But we aim to win only one gold because there are several rivals such as Indonesia, Malaysia and Vietnam," he added.

Badminton is one of a few SEA Games sports which feature some world-class players.

Boonsak Ponsana, Thailand's top male player, will not take part in the Games because he will compete at the Superseries Finals to be held in Malaysia from Dec 11-15.

In-form Porntip Buranaprasertsuk, who reached the semi-finals at two consecutive tournaments this month, will also participate in the season-ending Superseries Finals.


Thailand include Kawin in final SEA Games squad

Source: Bangkok Post

Kawin Thamasatchanan, Thailand's first-choice goalkeeper, was yesterday named in the 20-man squad for the upcoming SEA Games in Myanmar, despite doubts over his fitness.

Buriram United left wing-back Theeratorn Bunmanthan and BEC Tero Sasana midfielder Chanathip Songkrasin were also included.

Coach Kiatisak Senamuang emphasised how difficult it had been to select the squad for the tournament, which is limited to Under-23 players.

"I would like to say that it was very difficult for me to make the decision in cutting down the names of the players for the SEA Games," he said.

"But we have only 20 places and I have to select the best players for the team. Every player has their own skills and if we were allowed to send 30 or 25 players, it would be easier.

"For the last two weeks before our first match at the SEA Games, we will focus on scoring because we have had chances to score goals but have managed to only score a few."

The SEA Games squad will be in training for another two weeks before leaving for Myanmar on Dec 3. Their first match will be against Timor Leste in Yangon's Thuwunna Stadium on Dec 7.


Goalkeepers: Kawin Thamasatchanan, Chanin Sae-Eia, Ukrit Wongmeena

Defenders: Naruebodin Weerawatnodom, Peerapat Notechaiya, Arthit Daosawang, Praweenawat Boonyong, Sakonwat Sakonlah, Theeratorn Bunmathan

Midfielders: Thanaboon Ketsarat, Chanathip Songkrasin, Thitiphan Puangchan, Pokklao Anan, Krirkrit Taweekarn, Chutipol Thongtae, Charyl Chappuis

Forwards: Sarawut Masuk, Chananan Pombupha, Pakorn Prempat, Adisak Kraisorn


Nine fighters named for SEA Games in Myanmar

Source: Bangkok Post

Nine fighters have been named to represent Thailand in muay, or Muay Thai, at the SEA Games in Myanmar in December.

The Professional Boxing Association of Thailand (PAT), which was assigned by the Sports Authority of Thailand (SAT) to oversee the selection process, announced the squad for the Dec 11-22 tournament yesterday.

The boxers are six men _ Suriya Lhamontri (48kg), Natthapol Un-nuea (54kg), Pisai Iam-siri (57kg), Ronnakrit Boontri (60kg), Phanupong Tonjad (63.5kg) and Phanupan Tonjad (67kg), and three women _ Sarinyaya Jangwang (48kg), Sasithorn Liangprasert (51kg) and Suchaya Bualuang (54kg).

PAT president Somchart Charernwacharawit, also honorary chairman of the World Muaythai Federation (WMF), said that it was hard to set a target for the fighters to achieve at the SEA Games because a lack of proper preparations.

Coach Srimuang Singsuan-ngern said that the boxers were rising stars whose only experience was fighting at the National Games.

"But if the judging is fair, we can win gold in every weight class," he said.

The announcement was a huge relief for concerned parties after the Amateur Muaythai Association of Thailand (Amat), the only local amateur Muay Thai body recognised by the SAT, refused to send their boxers to take part in the biennial tournament.

Amat and its backers claimed it was improper for Myanmar to pick the Southeast Asia Muay Federation (SEAMF) to organise the SEA Games tournament because it is not sanctioned by the International Federation of Muaythai Amateur (Ifma).

Amat is under Ifma and Sakychye Tapsuwan is president of both organisations. The SEAMF is a member of the WMF, Ifma's arch-rival.


Buriram stars arrive to boost SEA Games squad

Source: Bangkok Post

Thailand's SEA Games team is near full strength after three Buriram United players joined the training camp.

Adisak Kraisorn. APICHIT JINAKUL

Defender Theeratorn Bunmathan, striker Adisak Kraisorn and midfielder Charyl Chappuis played their last match of the season for Buriram on Saturday, when the Thunder Castle beat Ratchaburi 2-1 in the League Cup final.

The trio are considered key players for the Thai team. Theeratorn and Adisak have played for the full national side, with Theeratorn voted the best player of the Thai Premier League this year.

The three on Monday joined the SEA Games (U23) squad, which has been training in Chiang Mai.

Thailand played their last warm-up match _ a 2-0 win against Brunei _ on Friday and coach Kiatisak Senamuang hopes all his players will be fit for the team's opening match against Timor Leste at the SEA Games in Myanmar on Dec 7.

"I want everybody to be fully fit before the opening match," he said.

Goalkeeper Kawin Thamasatchanan, who was sidelined for months this year due to an injury, has returned to full training.

Peerapat Notechaiya and Pokklao Anan can now join the rest of the team in normal training sessions with Sarawut Masuk the only unfit player.

Kiatisak said his team's main problem is their finishing _ judging from their performance against Brunei.

"We did not do well, particularly our scoring," he said.

"But we don't need any more warm-up games as our players would risk getting injured."

Adisak, who hit the winner against Ratchaburi, could be the solution to Thailand's scoring problems.

At the 27th SEA Games, Thailand are in Group B with the hosts, Indonesia, Timor Leste and Cambodia.

Group A features defending champions Malaysia, Vietnam, Singapore, Laos, the Philippines and Brunei.

The top two teams of each group advance to the semi-finals.

Thailand are desperate to regain the title at the biennial event _ they won the gold medal eight times in a row before two consecutive first-round exits in 2009 and 2011.


Thailand ready to target SEA Games gold

Source: Bangkok Post

Thailand will select their strongest squad in an attempt to win the women's volleyball gold medal at next month's SEA Games in Myanmar, officials confirmed yesterday. 

Thai star Pleumjit Thinkaow is greeted by fans at Suvarnabhumi airport.

The Asian champions returned home to a warm welcome from hundreds of fans at Suvarnabhumi airport after they secured their first ever win against Russia at the World Grand Champions Cup in Japan.

Although it was Thailand's only win of the six-team tournament, they also won praise for their fighting spirit in their 3-2 loss to the US.

It was an improved performance from their only previous appearance in the quadrennial event, in 2009, when they lost all their matches.

Somporn Chaibangyang, president of the Volleyball Association of Thailand, said the VAT needed to send the best squad to take part in the SEA Games because younger players may not be good enough to beat Vietnam.

After the SEA Games, team management will discuss which tournaments the A-team should take part in to prevent them from becoming fatigued.

The team needs a proper schedule to stay fit for 2016 Olympic qualifying matches, Somporn said.

"Many of the first-team players are quite old and cannot play too many games," Somporn said.

Coach Kiattipong Radchatagriengkai said he and his players would work hard to retain the SEA Games title.


Obscure sports risk ruining SEA Games

Source: Bangkok Post

The SEA Games risks decreasing in value with more traditional sports represented at next month's Myanmar tournament, Thai officials said yesterday.

Thailand has spent more than 300 million baht preparing its athletes for the Games, to be held Dec 11-22, and expects to claim more than 100 gold medals.

There are 460 gold medals up for grabs in 33 sports, including chinlone (a Myanmar's traditional sport similar to sepak takraw), vovinam (a Vietnamese martial art) and kempo, or kenpo (a cross-cultural martial art).

Sakol Wannapong, deputy governor of the Sports Authority of Thailand, said the biennial tournament may struggle to attract investment as the standard drops, along with its popularity.

"Some say that the Games is just to strengthen the relationships among the member countries," Sakol said.

"If so, we do not need to spend that sum of money. It costs a lot with a Thai athlete getting 900 baht per day in preparing for the Games. It is better to spend money on development."

Charoen Wattanasin, from the National Olympic Committee of Thailand, agreed there are too many sports at the Games.

"Among the gold medals, about 35 percent are from combat sports," he said. "Some of the sports, you've never heard of them before in your life."

Charoen suggested the Games could be improved by including more international sports, but acknowledged this was sometimes subject to political interference.

He was hopeful that the next Games, to be held in Singapore in 2015, would set a new precedent.

"Singapore could set the standard for the Games," he said.

"Among the 30 sports to be contested, 28 sports should be Olympic disciplines."

Earlier, Thana Chaiprasit, Thailand's chief of delegation, criticised Myanmar for dropping international sports such as tennis and gymnastics in favour of lesser-known disciplines.

"I don't think it makes for a fair Games," Thana said. "But, they are the host nation, so they can use the opportunity to choose what they want."


Philippine team tramples Cebuana Lhuillier in first tuneup match before SEA Games

Source: Interaksyon

In its first-ever tuneup match as a team, the Philippine squad set to compete in the Southeast Asian Games trounced PBA D-League club Cebuana Lhuillier, 90-62.

For Ateneo star Kiefer Ravena, who helped the country win the SEA Games basketball gold in 2011, it was the first opportunity to team up with naturalized center Marcus Douthit.

“I’m still learning how to play with him,” said the Blue Eagles hotshot, who added that it was fun to once again play with a giant center. Ravena spent his first two years in the UAAP playing alongside 7-foot center Greg Slaughter, who was no longer eligible to play for the Blue Eagles this past UAAP season.

Douthit and Ravena lead the cast for coach Jong Uichico. Also on the team Ray Parks, Kevin Alas, Matt Rosser Ganuelas, Ronald Pascual, Jake Pascual, Garvo Lanete, Kevin Ferrer, Rey Mark Belo, Jericho Cruz, and Prince Caperal.

It was a good showing for the national team, considering they’ve only been practicing in earnest for less than a week.

For Ravena, it is another opportunity to play with a different set of teammates apart from his usual Ateneo comrades.

“It was nice to play with people you are used to playing against,” said Ravena, who along with Parks, Lanete, and Jake Pascual are holdovers from the Sinag Pilipinas squad that won the tournament two years ago in Indonesia. “It was a new experience for me.”


STTA confident of strong SEA Games showing

Source: TODAY

Association targets winning three out of four gold medals on offer in Myanmar

STTA chief Lee Bee Wah (left) believes a mix of experienced and young players will give Singapore’s most talented youngsters an opportunity to shine at the SEA Games. Photo: Ooi Boon Keong

SINGAPORE — Top-ranked paddlers Gao Ning and Feng Tianwei may be sitting out the 27th SEA Games next month, but the Singapore Table Tennis Association (STTA) is bullish about winning three out of four gold medals on offer in Myanmar.

Only Yu Mengyu, Isabelle Li and Pang Xuejie of the eight-member contingent have competed at the regional Games. 

Four-time Commonwealth Championships gold medallist Zhan Jian will lead the charge for the men, while 24-year-old Yu — the world No 22 competed at the Games in 2007 and 2009 — will captain the women’s team.

The STTA had decided to rest senior players Gao, Yang Zi and Feng to blood younger players ahead of major competitions such as next year’s Asian Games, Commonwealth Games and the 2016 Olympics.

While the 2011 SEA Games in Jakarta had featured five gold-medal events — Singapore made a clean sweep — the Dec 17 to 21 table tennis competition in Naypyitaw will only host four events: Men’s and women’s team, and men’s and women’s singles.

“The STTA believes that there must be a mix of experienced and young players for the SEA Games to give our most talented youngsters an opportunity to shine,” said STTA President Lee Bee Wah at the association’s Toa Payoh headquarters yesterday. 

“We have given our young team a high target of getting at least three gold medals at the SEA Games. It is not easy but it’s not impossible. Countries like Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia and Vietnam will be strong, and Myanmar has a new team of foreign talents (from China).”

Lee is hopeful their local youngsters will shine when the 2015 SEA Games takes place at the new S$1.33 billion Sports Hub, adding: “I hope that after this SEA Games, Isabelle, Clarence (Chew) and Xuejie can lead the team in 2015.

“We are already of international standard, and I would like to see how much they progress and cope under the pressure this time. I hope they will be ready for the 2015 SEA Games, and also for the 2016 Olympic Games.”

Clarence and Isabelle will join seniors Zhan Jian and Yu to contest the men’s and women’s singles at the Wunna Theikdi indoor stadium, and women’s team head coach Jing Junhong is hoping for an all-Singaporean final for the women.

“Over the last two years, Isabelle has improved a lot, such as how she copes with competitions and stronger opponents, and she is a tougher player,” she said.

“She will be at a disadvantage against the players from Thailand and Malaysia, but I hope to see two of our players meeting in the final.”

A silver medallist (women’s singles) at the 2011 SEA Games, 19-year-old Isabelle is looking forward to her first visit to Myanmar.

“It’s a mixture of feelings for me, but mostly of excitement as I expect this to be a different journey from the Indonesia Games,” said the Republic Polytechnic student. 

“I’m definitely going for gold for 2013 and it’s something to aim for and work towards.”

Men’s team: Zhan Jian, Clarence Chew, Li Hu, Pang Xuejie
Women’s team: Yu Mengyu, Isabelle Li, Lin Ye, Zhou Yihan


Myanmar ’100 percent ready’ for SEA Games

Source: Interaksyon

AFP file photo

YANGON – Myanmar is “100 percent” ready for the Southeast Asian Games, a senior official said Friday, as the clock ticked down to the biggest sports event in the nation’s troubled history.

In a major test of Myanmar’s infrastructure and organisation, thousands of athletes, officials, media and visitors will descend for the 22-day multi-sport event starting on Sunday.

“We are 100 percent ready to hold the SEA Games,” sports ministry director Htay Aung told AFP.

“We are ready now. We held the final rehearsal of opening ceremony yesterday,” he added.

Htay Aung said 6,000 athletes and 3,000 journalists are due for the Games, which begin in low-key fashion with football preliminaries and floorball demonstration events on Sunday.

The event comes just two years after the former pariah state started making wide-ranging reforms in a sudden and unexpected opening-up to the outside world.

It does not formally get underway until the opening ceremony on December 11 at the 30,000-seat Wunna Theikdi Stadium in the newly built capital, Naypyidaw.

Nine thousand athletes and journalists alone are expected and “hundreds of thousands” of local fans will attend, Htay Aung said.

Vice President Nyan Tun has urged athletes to “strive for a golden age of Myanmar sports… improving the reputation of the country and making history to be regarded as sporting heroes”, according to a government release.

However, privately some officials are concerned about the preparations and potential problems, especially the number of hotel rooms to accommodate all the visitors.

“There are many things to be done even though many ministries are involved. Hotel rooms cannot be enough because many foreigners and many visitors will come,” a government official, who did not want to be named, told AFP.

“Ten of thousands of people will join the events. Hopefully everything can be done smoothly. Cooperation between ministries is very weak,” he confided.

A senior police official admitted: “Thousands of athletes and officials and also thousands of fans will come. Although we tried our best for security with enough numbers, I’m a little bit nervous.”

The SEA Games are not unfamiliar with problems. The last edition in Indonesia was hit by corruption and delays in construction, and a deadly stadium stampede at the men’s football final.

Myanmar is currently battling religious and ethnic tensions with unrest and bomb blasts in parts of the country in recent weeks.

Some 1,380 medals will be handed out in events ranging from mainstream sports such as athletics to the traditional but obscure Myanmar pursuit of chinlone.


Malaysia to decide on SEA Games squad after friendlies

Source: The Star/ ANN

MALAYSIA Under-23 coach Datuk Ong Kim Swee is close to finalising his 20-player football squad for the Myanmar SEA Games.

The former international has two more warm-up matches lined up — against Johor Darul Ta’zim II in Larkin on Friday and the visiting Japanese Third Division side FC Ryukyu at the MBPJ Stadium on Dec 4 — before making the call.

“I’m going to have a tough time trimming the training squad from 26 to 20,” said Kim Swee on Thursday.

For the SEA Games, defending champions Malaysia are in Group A with Vietnam, Singapore, Brunei and Laos. Group B comprises Indonesia, Thailand, Timor Leste, Cambodia and hosts Myanmar.

Kim Swee said that the two friendlies would be crucial to test the players.

“I will try out a couple of new combinations due to injuries to several key players. I want to see the best possible combinations before I decide on the final 20,” said Kim Swee, who has lost several stalwarts, including midfielder Junior Eldstal, who has been advised to take a three-month rest due to a back injury.


Battered but still standing

Source: The Brunei Times

THE national Under-23 football team are going through a rough patch in Thailand after failing to find the back of the net in their second friendly game and losing more players to injury.

The team, who are set to open their SEA Games campaign on Dec 8 against Vietnam, will be in Myanmar without goalkeeper Md Fakhrul Zulhazmi Yussof after he fractured his finger in training – with the DPMM FC shotstopper since having returned to the Sultanate.

Md Fakhrul was unable to take to the field during last Saturday’s 2-0 loss to the Thai national Under-23 team in the first of the team’s three friendlies in Thailand before they leave to Nay Pyi Taw on Monday.

The team then lost their second friendly 2-0 to Chiangrai United FC in Chiang Rai on Tuesday, the first of two games they will play against the Thai Premier League side – the second set for tomorrow.

Seven players were injured during the game; strikers Md Shafie Hj Md Effendy and Zulkhairy Hady Razali, midfielders Md Aqmal Hakeem Abd Hamid, Ak Yura Indera Putera Pg Yunos, Md Asri Hj Aspar and Mohammad Mazazizi Mazlan and left back Abd Mu’iz Sisa.

The team’s manager, though, is confident all the players will be able to play a part at the SEA Games.
“The injuries are not serious.... Mostly tight muscles,” said Hj Feisal Hj Eusoff on Wednesday.

“It was a physical game and we went up against a side that have players from Spain, Holland and Australia.

“Though we lost the game, the players played well and were really spirited.

“We had three clear cut chances but we couldn’t score,” said the manager, adding that the team will field their first-11 in their last friendly tomorrow.

Speaking to The Brunei Times yesterday, Hj Feisal said that Mu’iz and Shafie have since recovered.

Brunei take on defending champions Malaysia on Dec 10, Singapore on Dec 13 and Laos on Dec 17 – all teams equally busy in their preparation for the biennial meet in which the Under-23 football tournament has long been considered one of its highlights.

Singapore are coming off a 1-0 win against Cambodia in a friendly at the Hougang Stadium in Singapore last Sunday while Laos finished as runners-up at last week’s MNC (Media Nusantara Citra) Cup in Jakarta after two wins and a loss at the four-team round robin tournament.

Laos beat Maldives 2-1 and Papua New Guinea 3-1 but their 3-0 loss to eventual champions Indonesia meant they had to settle for second.

Malaysia, meanwhile, will face either Johor Darul Takzim I or II tomorrow and Japanese third division side FC Ryukyu in Kuala Lumpur next Wednesday.


Thursday, November 28, 2013

Lee Wei to tackle multiple roles in SEA Games

Source: The Star

Beh Lee Wei will be tackling multiple roles in Myanmar SEA Games table tennis next month.

KUALA LUMPUR: Veteran paddler Beh Lee Wei will be tackling multiple roles in next month’s Myanmar SEA Games.

The 30-year-old Lee Wei, who has a 20-month-old daughter, will not only feature for the last time in the biennial Games but is also the acting chief coach.

The Gong Chempedak-born Lee Wei, who will be featuring in her eighth SEA Games, acknowledged that she has a heavy responsibility to shoulder in Myanmar.

“Not only will I be playing in the singles and team events, I’ll also be handling the men’s and women’s teams at the Games,” said Lee Wei, who did not feature in the 2011 Palembang SEA Games after giving birth to her daughter that year.

“It will be mentally tough to manage the players and play at the Games.

“I don’t know how I’m going to cope with it ... I don’t have much experience in coaching.”

The 13-time national singles champion is currently in Hebei, China, with the men’s and women’s paddlers for three weeks of centralised training in preparation for the Games.

The Table Tennis Association of Malaysia (TTAM) have set the paddlers a two-bronze target at the Games.

Lee Wei, who has won seven bronze medals in the last seven SEA Games, believes it will be difficult for her to win a medal in the individual event.

“I was out of action for the whole of last year and only made a comeback this year. My ranking has dropped and I won’t get a good seeding and draw in the individual event,” said Lee Wei.

“Singapore will be represented by China-born players and if I were to face one of them in the early rounds, it could be the end of the road for me.

“It’s not going to be easy winning the women’s team bronze either, especially in the absence of national number two Ng Sock Khim, who suffered a knee injury.

“I have been representing Malaysia in international competitions for the past 15 years and the time has come for me to focus on my family and allow others to feature in tournaments.

“I plan to retire after the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow in July next year.

“I also miss my daughter (Choo Ke Ying), who needs my attention and love.

“I’ve been busy with my training and competitions and have had to leave her under the care of my mother in Kedah.

“It’s not easy for me – be it as a mother, a player or a chief coach – to play well and win medals in the Games,” said Lee Wei, who will return from China on Sunday to be with her family.

On her retirement plans, Lee Wei said she plans to help her husband Choo Sim Guan in his business – selling the Donic brand table tennis equipment.

“It’s a good business. I also hope to do some coaching as I have vast experience as a player,” she said.

But all that can wait. For now, there is the small matter of the SEA Games to take care of.


Amanda , Determination to win Gold in the SEA Games


Billiard Athlete silver medalist at the SEA Games 2011 held in Jakarta - Palembang two years ago Amanda Rahayu is determined to upgrade performance two years ago.
Amanda is now back for Red - White team and believed to plunge back in XXVII SEA Games 2013 , which will take place in Myanmar , in December.
When asked about her preparations ahead of the 2013 Games , Amanda has entered the competition ready heading into the main game.
"If the portion of her training, now in a high volume - high again , because last week before the SEA Games training volume is reduced , but the intensity of exercise increases , " Amanda said in Jakarta (11/28/2013).
Not wanting again to be defeated by athletes from Philippines from in two years ago she ran aground on billiard against the Philippines. Amanda is focused and prepare to take gold.
" I do not want to lose anymore against the Philippines. My targets this year is to take into gold, but underneath the target at least equal to two years ago" said Manda.
Manda also said that the government should pay more attention to athletes who excel in particular .
"Government must to pay more attention and give awards to athletes , especially to athletes who excel which carry the name of nation and state because the athlete is so furiously in preparation for and during a match" said Manda.

Amanda will take her mother traveled spiritually if later achievement and of course there is the added bonus of the government. For that he also hoped that Indonesian people to pray and support the Indonesian athletes to succeed in the SEA Games later .
" It is my hope and prayer unceasing support Indonesian society in order to succeed there , and later I can excel and bonuses, I will take home to mother worship God Umrah ... Amiiinn , " added Amanda .


Golfer Jordan Irawan Gold Target at 2013 Games

Source: Berita Satu

Jakarta - Indonesian young golfer Jordan Irawan, scoring 1 -under , 70 strokes of 18 holes par 71 in the first round of Indonesia Open 2013, Thursday (28/11). As an amateur golfer who still existed, he was already playing well and happy with his accomplishment .
"Today I felt it was a good play, although there are some who feel less. But overall happy with the result today" Jordan said at Damai Indah Golf Pantai Indah Kapok.
Despite having to compete with hundreds of professional golfers, Jordan did not feel nervous. He even dare to set a target to enter the top 20. Of renewal latest scores, this time Jordan was still entrenched in 30.
With William Sjaichudin (22), Syukrizal (21), Kevin C Akbar (15), Victoria Chandra (16), Tatiana Jacqueline (17), and Gavrilla C Arya (16), he will go to Nay Pyi Daw on December 10 to fight and win two gold at the 2013 Games. Although the Indonesian Golf Association does not specifically gold hopes on a particular name , but personal ambition Jordan won gold .
He and his friends had seen a golf course that will be used in Nay Pyi Daw later .
"Viewnya similar Labersa in Riau , grass -like Royale ( Jakarta ) , " clearly this Widyatama University students .
Jordan and colleagues will conduct training camp at the Royale Jakarta Golf Club for three days. When it's time, he himself do not know, but certainly a few days after the Indonesia Open 2013 was held on December 1 completed. Indonesia Open 2013 alone by PGI used as a final test for Jordan and his friends before plunging in the SEA Games .
Earlier in 2011 at the Indonesian SEA Games , the host got two gold and one silver. Gold disabet by women team and the women's singles by Tatiana , while silver gained through the men's team . Branch Golf SEA Games will be held from December 15 to December 18 at the Royal Myanmar Golf Course .


PASI Send Best Athletes To Myanmar

Source: Bola News
Athletics is one of Indonesia hopes to achieve many gold medals at the SEA Games 2013. Therefore PB PASI only send the best athletes to Myanmar .
Athletics send 46 athletes to SEA Games in Myanmar which consists of 23 men and 23 women athletes. For Indonesian men will compete in the 100 meters, 200 meters, 400 meters, 1,500 meters, 5,000 meters, 10,000 meters, 3,000 meters haling hurdles, 400 meters hurdles, marathon, pole vault, discus throw, javelin, dasa race, and road fast 20 km.
For women's category, they will compete in the 100 meters, 200 meters, 500 meters, 10,000 meters, 3,000 steeplechase, 100 meters hurdles, 4 x 100 meters, marathon, long jump and triple jump.
To run away, an athlete can be compete more events if the schedule is set in a manner that the athlete can restore strength. But Myanmar is already set a schedule to run the 10,000 meter marathon close to the event of marathon, so it is not possible for a long-distance runners to come down to two events like long distance running.
"An athlete who recently completed 10,000 meter race may not directly compete in the marathon the next day. Because long-distance runners need recovery after removing a large enough energy in the 10,000 -meter race , " said manager Paul Lay athletic SEA Games in Jakarta .

Track and field c’ship to kick off

Source: The Brunei Times

THE 3rd Brunei Darussalam Track and Field Open Championship is set to kick off tomorrow afternoon.

The tournament will run over two days, with a full day of action on Saturday at the Balapan Track and Field of the Hassanal Bolkiah National Sports Complex in Berakas.

Brunei will be accommodating the Malaysian national team as well as teams from Sabah and Limbang in the Open category.
Malaysia will be sending their Southeast Asian Games (SEA) squad, which will give both 400m runners Ak Hafiy Tajuddin Pg Rositi and Maziah Mahusin a solid warm up before next month’s Myanmar Games from Dec 11-22.
Sri Lanka, which confirmed their spot back in September, pulled out after the original dates of October 25-27 were moved to the present dates.

Despite Sri Lanka’s absence, national athletics assistant coach Azmize Abdul Rahman feels having the other foreign participants will be good for the local athletes’ motivation.

“It will spark fighting spirit to take on athletes from other countries,” Azmize told The Brunei Times.
“It will be a big challenge for the Brunei athletes but it will be good sparing for them.

“It’s another level of competition for the athletes because they will not only be competing amongst themselves – where everyone knows each other’s capabilities.

“They have prepared well this time and I know they can do well, but things may be harder for them depending on the schedule.

“Most athletes who do both 100m and 200m may face a tough challenge as they are on the same day. We’ve been there before and if we are tired we can’t perform well,” he said.

Speaking on 2012 London Olympians Ak Hafiy Tajuddin and Maziah, Azmize said that the team will have to manage their star athletes’ time on the track.

“It will definitely be useful for them and I am looking forward to it, but if they feel tired we will only let them run once,” said Azmize.

“The SEA Games are coming up really fast and we don’t want them to get injured,” added Azmize.
Four other teams joining the Open category are Brunei-Muara, Belait, Tutong and Santa Monica Club.
The Open category will host 18 events for men and 17 for women, making for a total of 37 gold medals.

Each athlete is allowed to take part in three individual events; two track and one field or vice versa.
The championship will also see the Junior category (1997-2001) athletes step up to the starting blocks.
They will be joined by Brunei-Muara, Belait, Tutong, Sports School, Jerudong International School, Lambak Kiri Secondary School and Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddien College.

The Junior category will see both male and female contestants compete in 11 events.


After the Last Test , Women Basketball National Team Ready to Face the SEA Games



JAKARTA  - National women's basketball team won the last test before the SEA Games against Happy Ballers on exhibition match that took place at Hall Basket Senayan, Jakarta on Wednesday (27/11/2013). The team won by 75-70 .

"This is the last, no more trials. Too risky because soon they will compete in the SEA Games" said women's basketball coach Raoul Miguel Hadinoto after the game that was held as a fundraiser for Jerry Lolowang, a former basketball player who is currently has cancer.

In the match against Happy Ballers dominated by male players like Augie Fantinus, Sherina Munaf, Yogi Finanda , Mario Lawalata , Udjo Project Pop, Richard Insane and banner Pragiwaksono , the team controlled the game from the first quarter to the end . Although counted as an exhibition match , Raoul remained focused team to try some defense techniques .

" They played pretty good . 's Better to just play scheme . I see to it that they could read the situation during a match . 's Also useful to face opponents in the SEA Games later , " said Raoul .

Indonesian women's basketball team will face Myanmar in SEA Games opening match . In addition to Myanmar , the three teams that also must be addressed is the Philippines , Malaysia , and Thailand .

" The target of the silver medal coach . But if a personal goal , I want to beat Myanmar and Thailand . During this time we have not ever win against them , " said women's basketball captain , Wulan Ayuningrum .


Cojuangco tells SEAG-bound team: 'Let's show the world how resilient Filipinos are'

Source: Spin

At least half of the 210 Filipino athletes that will compete in the SEA Games attended the send-off party at the residence of POC chief Peping Cojuangco that began with a Mass and ended with a dinner and program to motivate the athletes in their quest for a gold medal. Reuben Terrado

PHILIPPINE Olympic Committee president Jose ‘Peping’ Cojuangco sees the 2013 Southeast Asian Games as an opportunity to show the Filipinos’ ability to rise from adversity and uplift the spirits of the nation in the wake of calamities.

Speaking before Team Philippines during the send-off party on Wednesday night, Cojuangco challenged the athletes to put up a respectable showing to serve as an inspiration for the Filipino people in the wake of an earthquake and super typhoon that hit the country.

“Let’s show what kind of people the Filipinos are. Doble ngayon ang pinaglalaban natin, ang sarili natin at mga kababayan natin na naghihirap sa Visayas,” said Cojuangco in his speech during the send-off held at his residence in Dasmarinas Village, Makati City.

"The whole world is looking at Filipinos because of the calamity in the Visayas region … We now have a chance to do something about it, to uplift their spirits and show the world that we Filipinos, when we get into something, despite of all the handicaps and problems, we are still one and all for the Philippines."

At least half of the 210 athletes that will compete in the SEA Games attended the send-off party that began with a Mass and ended with a dinner and program to motivate the athletes in their quest for a gold medal.

Aside from Cojuangco, also in attendance were Philippine Sports Commission chairman Ritchie Garcia, chief of mission Jeff Tamayo, and several sports officials.

A lean team will be going to Myanmar after several events were scrapped by the organizers, a perceived move to dislodge the Philippines from sixth place - its position in 2011 when the country won 36 gold medals.

Although Philippine sports officials had protested the organizers’ move by sending a lean team, Cojuangco said he still expects the athletes to fight it out and bring honor to the country.

“Sa Myanmar, labing-anim agad ang tinaggal. Ibig sabihin, maski kailan pa, takot sila sa Pilipinas. Ang Pilipino, maski papaano, lumalaban,” said Cojuangco.

The POC chief declined to give his projection for the SEA Games. “Hinihingi ko lang na makita natin kung anong klaseng Pilipino tayo. When we compete, we compete with a lot of energy, enthusiasm, and determination. ‘Yung medalya, darating din ‘yun,” he said.


Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Cambodia volleyball players fire in friendlies

Source: Phnom Penh Post

Cambodia’s national volleyball team showed some medal potential during pre-SEA Games friendlies held at the indoor hall of Olympic Stadium over the weekend with two 3-0 shutouts against Vietnamese clubs Sanest and Maseco. Battambang Police Station, however, lost 3-1 to Maseco but managed to edge Sanest 3-2 in Friday and Saturday encounters.

The coach of Maseco, however, refused to validate the results, claiming the Vietnamese players had failed to play to their best. Despite some victories in friendlies during the lead in to the 2011 SEA Games, Cambodia were blanked 3-0 in four of their preliminary matches in Indonesia against regional rivals such as Thailand, Indonesia, Myanmar and Vietnam.

They were also beaten 3-1 by Malaysia. “We lost before because we were too new to the last SEA Games, but now we’ve trained very well and done good warm-up games against Vietnamese teams.

So I hope we’ll get better result in the SEA Games,” Cambodia coach Pou Sarak told the Post. Cambodia will meet the gold medal Thailand, Malaysia and Myanmar in Group A at the Zayar Thiri Indoor Stadium in Naypyidaw from December 13.


Myanmar selects archers for 27th SEA Games

Source: Global Times

Myanmar have selected 16 finalists for the 27th Southeast Asian Games to be hosted by Myanmar in December, according to Myanmar Archery Federation Wednesday.

In the compound event, the Myanmar team is composed with eight national players while 8 players for recurved team.

As part of preparations for the SEA Games, Myanmar archery team hosted the 5th SEA Archery Championship and took part in the 1st Asian Archery Grand Prix held in Thailand.

From July 17 to August 16, the team had taken joint training with Korean players in South Korea.

Meanwhile, Myanmar Archery team bagged three gold, one silver and three bronze in the 2011 Indonesian SEA Games. 


Singapore’s SEA Games swimmers make the case for NS deferment

Source: Yahoo Singapore

Teo Zhen Ren at the 14th FINA World Championships on July 26, 2011 in China (Getty Images)
Teo Zhen Ren at the 14th FINA World Championships on July 26, 2011 in China (Getty Images)

Singapore swimmers Arren Quek and Teo Zhen Ren are defending Southeast Asian (SEA) Games champions in their respective 50m and 1500m freestyle events.

But they almost didn’t make the cut for this year’s edition in Myanmar, only squeezing through with a round of appeals green-lit by the Singapore National Olympic Council (SNOC).

Quek, 20, could only manage a 23.84s timing at the National Swimming Championships in July, a significant dip from the 23.28s that clinched 50m freestyle gold for him at the 2011 Games.

Similarly, 19-year-old Teo’s record-breaking 15:44.32 swim in the 1500m freestyle that year fell sharply to 16:15.28 at a qualification meet in August.

So, the obvious question: what happened between 2011 and now? Answer: national service (NS).

Singapore's Arren Quek. (Singapore Sports Council Photo)Singapore's Arren Quek. (Singapore Sports Council Photo)

From scratch

Speaking to Yahoo Singapore after a practice session at Toa Payoh last Saturday, Teo admitted that he stopped training for the first four months of 2013 after enlisting in NS.

“It affected me quite a bit,” said the Raffles Institution alumnus. “I had to start all the way from the bottom, and I was really right at the back of the squad when I returned.”

Teo, who is still the fastest man in Singapore over the 1500m distance, added: “It’s (been) really, really hard, but I‘ve come back all the way to my best, so I’m expecting gold.”

While he still gets a shot at defending his SEA Games title, Quek will not get the chance to. He was edged out of the 50m freestyle event by captain Russell Ong and teen prodigy Darren Lim.

Quek is due to swim in the 4 x 200m freestyle relay event instead, and was relieved to just be able to compete. “Thank God I managed to get into the SEA Games, despite NS,” he laughed.

 What's good enough?

Quek, a former Anglo-Chinese Junior College student, has been granted full pay leave by his NS unit to head to the nearly two-week long SEA Games in Myanmar.

Also receiving support from his military employers on a daily basis is Teo, who trains in the morning, books into camp, and is released early to train again in the mid-afternoon.

“I’m happy with my department for allowing me that,” he remarked. “And very lucky to be given the opportunity to still train.”

Teo and Quek both revealed that they “didn’t really try” to apply for deferment from NS, because they felt they were not on the same level as star swimmer Joseph Schooling, who in October became the first sportsman allowed to defer his conscription by a long haul.

Joseph Schooling competes at the 15th FINA World Championships on July 30, 2013 in Barcelona, Spain (Getty Images)
Joseph Schooling competes at the 15th FINA World Championships on July 30, 2013 in Barcelona, Spain (Getty Ima …

The army will steer clear of Schooling, 18, as he trains towards the goal of a first-ever Singaporean medal at the 2016 Olympics in Brazil.

With five national records and timings that place him amongst the top on the planet for his pet butterfly events, the US-based ace built a strong suit for his deferment.

“Joseph had the best shot of being approved, because he’s ranked up there in the world,” said Teo. “For me, I’m somewhere off the world’s best times still.”

He added: “I think Joseph’s quite relieved to be able to defer NS. Without that, his times would definitely be affected.”

The argument for

That scenario did not unfold, however, for 2011 SEA Games 200m freestyle gold-medalist Danny Yeo.

He told Yahoo that while NS slowed him down “a bit, with some restrictions here and there”, for the most of it, the Singapore Management University undergraduate “managed to keep improving throughout the two years”.

Indeed, Yeo, 23, was fresh out of finishing NS when he broke his own national record for the 100m freestyle in June this year.

Nonetheless, he too echoed his male teammates in agreeing that deferment would “help Singapore sports grow”.

“An athlete really starts to peak when he’s about 17 to 19,” explained Ong, the oldest member of the squad at 24. “To take away two years of that time, when he should be training hard, that’s tough.”

Results matter

One young national swimmer fast approaching his peak is sprint sensation Lim, who will make his SEA Games debut on the back of highly impressive 50m freestyle times this year.

He came within 0.05s of erasing the legendary Ang Peng Siong’s decades-old record of 22.69s, leading Ong to comment that “he might be the world’s fastest 15-year-old”.

And according to his teammates, for Lim to continue his rapid ascent, it is imperative that he avoid the dreaded two-year “break” of NS.

“If Darren manages to reach the level Joseph is at now,” said Teo. “He should vie for deferment and hopefully Singapore supports it.”

Singapore's next big hope in the pool Darren Lim. (Photo: Richard Seow)
Singapore's next big hope in the pool Darren Lim. (Photo: Richard Seow)

Yet the swimmers themselves are aware that support can only come with stellar results, and the first to go must deliver something of worth to truly pave the way for future generations.

Good, then, that the national athletes’ confidence in their ringleader appears absolute.

Asked if Singapore could produce a world champion at the next Olympics, Yeo offered, with a wry smile: “Joseph seems pretty good. He might do Singapore proud in 2016.”