Monday, March 24, 2014

RI pins medal hopes on wushu, karate

Source: The Jakarta Post via Satlak Prima

Indonesia’s sporting contingent for the next Asian Games include athletes from seven martial arts with wushu, karate and taekwondo fighters considered to be the team’s medal hopefuls.

“All the martial artists have an equal opportunity but we have pinned our hopes more on wushu, karate and taekwondo,” Djafar Djantang, an official from the Indonesia contingent in charge of martial arts, told The Jakarta Post on Wednesday.

Wushu gave Indonesia four gold medals while Karate two at the 2013 Southeast Asian Games (SEA Games) in Myanmar. The taekwondo athletes, however, returned home empty-handed.

Martial arts make up seven of the 20 sports Indonesia plans to compete in the next Asian Games, which will be held in Incheon, South Korea, from Sept. 19 to Oct. 4. Martial art athletes make up 30 of the 150 sportsmen and women Indonesia has on the provisional list.

Djafar said that they had yet to set medal target.

“We will set the target after a workshop next month, which will discuss and map out the strengths and weaknesses of our squad,” he said.

The other four martial art sports are judo, fencing, boxing and wrestling. The athletes are now undergoing training in several different regions.

Karate, fencing and judo athletes are training in Jakarta while the taekwondo athletes are in South Korea. Bali is the training ground for boxers; Sempaja, East Kalimantan, and Banjarmasin, South Kalimantan for wrestlers. The Wushu athletes are in Medan, North Sumatra.

According to Djafar, the number of athletes might change after another selection next month, in which the athletes will undergo physical, health and psychological evaluations, as well as biomotoric ability tests.

The Youth and Sports Ministry’s deputy chief of development, Djoko Pekik Irianto, previously said that Indonesia expected to win 9 medals from the quadrennial sporting showcase.

The 2014 Asian Games will offer medals in 36 sports, six sports less than the 2010 Asian Games in Guangzhou, China.

In Guangzhou, Indonesia brought home four gold medals to finish 15th out of 35 participating countries. The dragon boat team contributed three golds with the other won by the badminton squad.
List of provisional RI martial arts squad for Asian Games:

Kusno Hadi Saputro 74 kg
Fahriansyah 84 kg

Horas Manurung <90 kg
Iksan Apriyadi <73 kg
Putu Wiradhamungga Adesta <81 kg

Aggie Seftyan Prasbowo 54 kg
Aghniniy Haque 46 kg

Kornelis Kwangu Langu 49 kg

Faizal Zainuddin
Imam Tauhid Ragananda <55 kg
Jintar Simanjuntak <67 kg
Christo Mondolu <75 kg
Hendro Salim <84 kg
Umar Syarief +84 kg
Donny Dharmawan <60 kg Yulianti Syafruddin Kata
Srunita Sari <50 kg
Sanistya Rani <61 kg
Intan Nurjannah <61 kg
Indah Mogia Angkat <68 kg
Wiwik Pertiwi <68 kg

Reni Anggraini Sabre
Ima Safitri Sabre
Yuli Andika Sabre

Achmad Hulaefi (Changquan, Daoshu,Gunshu)
Lindswell (Taiji Quan/Taiji Jian)
Juwita Niza Wasni (Nan Quan,Nandao,Gunshu)
Ivana Ardelia Irmanto (Nan Quan,Nandao,Gunshu)
Hertati (52kg)
Hendrik tarigan (60kg)

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10th WTF World Junior Taekwondo Championships 2014

Location: Taipei City, Chinese Taipei

Date: 23rd - 26th March 2014


Day 1 - March 23

Junior Female -68kg 
Gold - Yulia Miyuts (Ukraine)
Silver - Marie Paule Ble (France)
Bronze - Marina Rizzelli (Italy)
Bronze - Yi Chun Kuo (Chinese Taipei)

Junior Female -49kg 
Gold - Tijana Bogdanovic (Serbia)
Silver - Lydia Garcia Auaon (Spain)
Bronze - Emma Larsen (Canada)
Bronze - Safiye Polat (Azerbaijan)

Junior Female +68kg 
Gold - Chen Zhang (China)
Silver - Crystal Weekes (Puerto Rico)
Bronze - Ashley Arana (Mexico)
Bronze - Anastasia Konstantinidoi (Greece)

Junior Male +78kg 
Gold - Brandon Ivey (United States)
Silver - Hamza Kattan (Jordan)
Bronze - Emil Khadeev (Russia)
Bronze - Jun-sik An (SouthKorea)

Junior Male -55kg 
Gold - Mahammad Mammadov (Azerbaijan)
Silver - Maurizio Gerardi (Italy)
Bronze - Gerard Arriagada (Chile)
Bronze - Yao Tsung Yang (Chinese Taipei)

Day 2 - March 24

Junior female -44kg
Gold - Sang-eun Park (South Korea)
Silver - Fatemeh Omouriharis (Iran)
Bronze - Emma Lee di Giovanni (Canada)
Bronze - Katie Bradley (Great Britain)

Junior Female -63kg 
Gold - Matea Jelic (Croatia)
Silver - Vanessa Koerndl (Germany)
Bronze - Axelle Attoumani (France)

Bronze - Kristina Prokudina (Russia)

Junior Male -48kg 
Gold - Chen Yu Wang (Chinese Taipei)
Silver - Artur Kim (Kazakhstan)
Bronze - Valentin Khegay (Uzbekistan)
Bronze - Machario Patti (Netherlands)

Junior Male -51kg 
Gold - Jesus Tortosa Cabrera (Spain)
Silver - Jae-ha Seo (South Korea)
Bronze - Antonio Flecca (Italy)
Bronze -Abderahmane Bechaa (France)

Junior male -73kg 
Gold - Khalid Muzaev (Russia)
Silver - Said Gulyev (Azerbaijan)
Bronze -Iurii Savenko (Ukraine)
Bronze - Ismael  Bouzid Souhili  (France)

Day 3 - March 25

Junior Female -42kg 
Gold - Abigail Stones (Great Britain)
Silver - Irene Therese Bermejo (Philippines)
Bronze - Blanca Palmer (Spain)
Bronze - Jin-hee Jeon (South Korea)

Junior Female -52kg 
Gold - Kimia Alizadeh Zenoorin (Iran)
Silver - Rhonda Nat (Germany)
Bronze - Leah Moorby (Great Britain)
Bronze -Soon-in Chae (South Korea)

Junior Female -59kg 
Gold - Lauren Williams (Great Britain)
Silver - 'Hyeon-jeong Han (South Korea)
Bronze - Shu Hui Gao (China)
Bronze - Maria Moysidou (Greece)

Junior Male -45kg 
Gold - Mahdi Eshaghi (Iran)
Silver - Vladislav Gaponyuk (Russia)
Bronze - 'Onur Altan (Turkey)
Bronze - Taras Malchenko (Ukraine)

Junior Male -68kg
Gold - Davide Spinosa (Italy)
Silver - Emre Sayan (Turkey)
Bronze - Seung-gu Lee (South Korea)
Bronze - Oleksiy Zyablytsev (Ukraine)

Junior Male -78kg 
Gold - Gil-young Byeon (South Korea)
Silver - Amir Hossein Omidi (Iran)
Bronze - Jonathan Healy (United States of America)
Bronze - Yoann Miangue (France)

Day 4 - March 26

Junior Female -46kg 
Gold - Victoria Khan (Russia)
Silver - Napaporn Charanawat (Thailand)
Bronze - Nahid Kiyanichandeh (Iran)
Bronze -Tamara Miquel (Spain)

Junior Female -55kg
Gold - Ivana Babic (Croatia)
Silver - Geum-byeol Lim (South Korea)
Bronze - Mahsa Jeddi (Iran)
Bronze - Fatma Saridogan (Turkey)

Junior Male -59kg
Gold -  Seok-bae Kim (South Korea)
Silver - Nutthawee Klompong (Thailand)
Bronze -Reza Jafarpourzarrin Kolaei (Iran)
Bronze - Albert Millert (Poland)

Junior Male -63kg
Gold -  Edival Pontes (Brazil)
Silver - Soso Kvartskhava (Russia)
Bronze - Hakan Kavurat  (Turkey)
Bronze - Simone Crescenzi  (Italy)

Saturday, March 22, 2014

36 sports to be contested at 28th SEA Games

Source: Vietnam Plus via VietNamNet Bridge 

Singapore National Olympic Council Secretary-General Chris Chan has said the local organising committee and SEA Games Federation council members have agreed to cap the number of sports to be contested next year at 36.  

The 28th Southeast Asian (SEA) Games will take place in the city-state on June 5-16, 2015. 

“In the original list, we have 30 sports but after appeals by the member countries at the SEA Games Federation council meeting here last month, we have decided to include six more to the list to make it 36,” Chan told Singapore media. 

The six sports to be added are boxing (11 gold medals), equestrian (4), floorball (2), petanque (8), rowing (18), and volleyball (2).

Chan added that the list of sports to be contested in Singapore adheres to the SEA Games charter, which includes the spreading of Olympic principles through its member countries. 

“Of the 36 sports, 24 are contested at the Olympics and 34 will be contested at the Asian Games in Incheon, the Republic of Korea in September,” said he. 

There will be 381 gold medals up for grabs but the number could increase when the SEA Games Federation council meets in Singapore next month to make a final decision. 

The local organising committee are trying to keep the gold medal tally down to a more manageable level, with wushu dropping from 23 down to 20 and boxing from 11 to 10, given the understanding that apart from swimming and athletics, no sport should have more than 5 percent of the total gold medals at stake.


Friday, March 21, 2014

Vietnam’s leading weightlifter may miss Asian Games

Source: VietNamNet Bridge

Quoc Toan, who ranked fourth at the 2012 Olympics, may miss the 2014 Asian Games because of knee injuries.

Toan’s knee injury has been a long time but it has not been treated thoroughly because Toan has been busy at competitions. For nearly a year, Toan’s achievement has substantially reduced because of the injury.

Toan was absent at the 2013 National Weightlifting Championships for a training course in Bulgaria. At the Asian Weightlifting Championships in late 2013, he broke 275 kg. At the 2013 World Championships, his record increased by only 3kg. This figure is far less than the record weight of 284kg he achieved at the 2012 Olympic.

As the knee injury is getting more serious, Toan will need a surgery soon and thus, he would miss the Asian Games this year.
Toan is a substitute for the famous weightlifter Hoang Anh Tuan, who won a silver medal at the 2008 Olympics. Toan won the SEA Games gold medal in 2011 and the Asian silver medal in 2012. 

After Toan got the knee injury, Thach Kim Tuan has emerged as the number one weightlifter of Vietnam, with numerous achievements such as the SEA Games gold medal, the Asian silver medal and the world bronze medal in 2013.

If Toan misses the Asian Games, Thach Kim Tuan will be the spearhead of Vietnam at the Asian Games.

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WTF Qualification Tournament for 2014 Nanjing YOG

Congratulations to qualified (ASEAN) Taekwondo athletes for 2014 Nanjing Youth Olympic Games. These are as follows:

Thailand with two (2) athletes
- Tawin Hanprab (Boy's -48 Kg)
- Panipak Wongphattanakit (Girl's -44kg)

Vietnam with one (1) athlete
- Thi Thu Thuy Nguyen (Girl's -44kg)

Malaysia with one (1) athlete
- Mohana Mariappen (Girl's -63kg)

Singapore with one (1) athlete
- Xin Wei Chew (Girl's -44 Kg)

CONGRATULATIONS Southeast Asian athletes!!!

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Rhythmic Gymnastics AGU Junior Asian Championships 2014

Location: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Date: 21st - 24th February 2014


Women's Junior Individual All Around
1st - MAINOVSKAYA Yelizaveta (Kazakhstan) 56.250
2nd - DAVLYATOVA Anora (Uzbekistan) 55.850
3rd - TAI Olivia (Malaysia) 55.650

Women's Junior Groups All Around

1st - Uzbekistan (28.767)
2nd - China (28.150)
HU Yuhui
LI Ziyi
SHI Jiayi
YOU Siyuan
3rd - Kazakhstan (27.983)


Friday, March 14, 2014

Some 150 athletes shortlisted for Incheon

Source: Jakarta Post

Indonesia is preparing some 150 athletes to compete in 20 different sports at the upcoming Asian Games but has yet to disclose the medal target.

The biggest continent’s sporting showcase will take place in Incheon, South Korea from Sept. 19 until Oct. 4.

“It has just been decided in a meeting today between the Satlak Prima task force and [various] sports organizations,” Djoko Pekik Irianto, deputy chief of development affairs with the Youth and Sports Ministry told The Jakarta Post via phone interview on Wednesday.

Boxing, Taekwondo, equestrian sports, athletics, swimming, weight lifting, badminton and beach volleyball are among the 20 events that Indonesia will take part in.

The 2014 Asian Games will offer medals in 36 sports, six sports less than the 2010 Asian Games in Guangzhou, China Nov. 12 to Nov. 27.

“We are focusing on the events where we feel we have the best opportunity of winning medals in the Games,” Djoko said.

According to Djoko, the list of the athletes, based on the recommendation of the sports organizations, is provisional and may change.

“There will be another selection process, which will be conducted around March, where a team from Prima will conduct physical, health and psychological evaluations, as well as biomotor ability tests on the athletes,” he said.

The athletes have started intensive training with their respective organizations under the supervision of the Prima task force.

“We do not require the athletes to train in Jakarta. It depends on the facilities of the [different] sport organizations,” said Djoko. Lifters are currently training in three different cities – Balikpapan, Lampung and Bekasi.

In Guangzhou, Indonesia brought home four gold medals to finish in 15th place out of 35 participating countries. The dragon boat team contributed three golds with the other won by the badminton squad.

While the contingent has yet to set the number of medals expected in Incheon, the national badminton body PBSI is optimistic about winning two gold medals.

The mixed doubles and men’s doubles will be the team’s best prospect for winning a gold medal.

The pairs in both events have had consistent performances since last year. Tontowi Ahmad and Liliyana Natsir won their second consecutive All England title in the mixed doubles event and the world badminton title, which was also won by Mohammad Ahsan and Hendra Setiawan in men’s doubles event.

At the 2013 Southeast Asian Games (SEA Games), however, aside from the two favorite badminton events, women’s singles shuttler Bellaetrix Manuputty surprisingly ended Indonesia’s six-year gold medal drought to when she won the first of three gold medals grabbed by the shuttlers.

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7th Asian Airgun Championship (2014 YOG Qualification)

Location: Kuwait City, Kuwait

Date: 9th - 13th March 2014


Men's Youth 10m Air Rifle

1st -  SKOROVAROV Vadim (206.0) - Uzbekistan

2nd - YANG Haoran (205.6) - China

3rd - WANG Ce (185.3) - China

Men's Youth 10m Air Pistol

1st - KIM Cheongyong (202.5) - South Korea

2nd -
CHOKKAEO Jettakan (197.2) - Thailand

3rd -
SVECHNIKOV Vladimir (174.4) - Uzbekistan

Women's Youth 10m Air Rifle
1st - VELOSO Martina Lindsay (208.7) - Singapore

2nd -
KHEDMATI Najmeh (207.0) - Iran

3rd -
NERGUI Angirmaa (186.0) - Mongolia

Women's Youth 10m Air Pistol
1st - KIM Minjung (198.3) - South Korea

2nd -
YASHASWINI Yashawini (193.0) - India

3rd - GOEL Malaika (174.9) - India

And here are the Qualified athletes for 2014 Nanjing Youth Olympic Games

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

All England Badminton 2014

Location: Birmingham, England

Date: 4th - 9th March 2014


Men's Singles
1st - Chong Wei Lee (Malaysia)
2nd - Long Chen (China)
3rd - Wan Ho Son (South Korea)
3rd - Zhengming Wang (China)

Women's Singles
1st - Shixian Wang  (China)
2nd - Xuerui Li (China)
3rd - Ratchanok Intanon (Thailand)
3rd - Yihan Wang (China)

Men's Doubles
1st - Mohammad Ahsan & Hendra Setiawan (Indonesia)
2nd - Hiroyuki Endo & Kenichi Hayakawa (Japan)
3rd - Gideon Markus Fernaldi & Markis Kido (Indonesia)
3rd - Sung Hyun Ko & Baek Choel Shin (South Korea)

Women's Doubles
1st - Xiaoli Wang & Yang (F) Yu (China)
2nd - Jin Ma & Yuanting Tang (China)
3rd - Qing Tian  & Yunlei Zhao (China)
3rd - Misaki Matsutomo & Ayaka Takahashi (Japan)

Mixed Doubles
1st - Tontowi Ahmad & Liliyana Natsir (Indonesia)
2nd - Nan Zhang & Yunlei Zhao (China)
3rd - Chen Xu & Jin Ma (China)
3rd - Sung Hyun Ko & Ha Na Kim (South Korea)

Pools for the FIVB Volleyball Women’s World Championship Italy 2014

The 2014 FIVB Volleyball Women's World Championship will be held in Italy from 23 September to 12 October 2014 and contested by 24 teams. 


Pool A: Italy, NORCECA 2, Germany, Argentina, Croatia, Tunisia
Pool B: Brazil, Serbia, Turkey, NORCECA 4, Cameroon, Bulgaria
Pool C : NORCECA 1, Russia, Thailand, Netherlands, Kazakhstan, NORCECA 6
Pool D: Japan, China, NORCECA 3, NORCECA 5, Belgium, Azerbaijan


The last remaining qualifiers in the NORCECA Confederation will take place from May 12 to June 9. 

Sunday, March 9, 2014

7th ITF Malacca Intl Junior Championship 2014

Location: Malacca, Malaysia

Date: 3rd - 8th March 2014


Boy's Singles
1st - Shohei CHIKAMI (Japan)    
2nd - Yong Jie Isaac ONG (Singapore) 
3rd - Anthony SUSANTO (Indonesia)
3rd - Mwendwa MBITHI (USA)

Girl's Singles
1st - Mihika YADAV (India)
2nd - Khim IGLUPAS (Philippines)
3rd - Manita BOOTSARAKOMVISIT (Thailand)
3rd - Ya Yun PAI (Chinese Taipei)

Boy's Doubles
1st - Kaya GORE (Turkey) & Samuele RAMAZZOTTI (Italy) 
2nd - Shohei CHIKAMI & Yousuke WATANUKI (Japan)
3rd - Han Yu CHEN & Hua-Chen YU (Chinese Taipei)
3rd - Joshua LIU (Singapore) & Anthony Jackie TANG (Hongkong)

Girl's Doubles
1st - Yang LEE (Chinese Taipei)  / Qi-Li MA (China)
2nd - Han-Chi CHEN & Ya Yun PAI (Chinese Taipei)
3rd - Khim IGLUPAS & Roxanne May RESMA (Philippines)
3rd - Manita BOOTSARAKOMVISIT (Thailand) & Arrum DAMARSARI (Indonesia

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Coach hopeful of karate inclusion in S’pore SEA Games

Source: The Brunei Times

NATIONAL karate coach Hj Okhida Simangasing remains optimistic that karate will be one of the sports competed at the 28th Southeast Asian (SEA) Games in Singapore next year.

Singapore announced that they will host 30 sports during the competition and karate is not included in the list.

They named aquatics, athletics, sailing, table tennis, canoeing, bowling, wushu, fencing, netball, gymnastics, billiards and snooker, hockey, softball, waterskiing, golf, football, shooting, badminton, cycling, tennis, pencak silat, sepaktakraw, rugby, basketball, traditional boat race, archery, triathlon, judo, taekwondo and squash as the sports that will feature at the biennial games.

“We will wait until the very end… we still have plenty of time to push Singapore to include karate in the SEA Games,” said the national coach in an interview with The Brunei Times yesterday.

Last year, the national team bagged two medals, one silver and one bronze at the 27th edition of the Southeast Asian (SEA) Games in Myanmar.

Muhd Fida’iy Sanif delivered on the silver medal after losing 8-6 to Ramon Antonino Franco of the Philippines in the men’s under 55kg kumite.

The bronze medal came courtesy of Mairul Muhammad who edged Myanmar's San Toe in the repechage of the men's under 60kg kumite after both were deadlocked at 3-3 in regulation time.

“For now we will be focusing on other regional tournaments such as the Malaysian Games (SUKMA) in Perlis Malaysia and the Asian Championship in Korea,”
“All we need to do is just to keep training and pray that karate will be included in Singapore next year,” he added.
Karate has been in the SEA Games programme for the last 20 years and Singapore’s decision to leave the sport in the event had surprised many nations. 

Malaysia is one of the countries that is very much affected by the exclusion of the sport.

Karate has contributed the most number of gold medals for Malaysia at previous editions of the Games.

Malaysia hauled seven gold medals, three silver medals and five bronze at the SEA Games in Myanmar, while at the 2007 SEA Games in Korat, Thailand, the sport contributed eight gold medals.

“There is nothing much more that the Olympic Council of Malaysia (OCM) can do since Singapore have made their decision. 

“They will continue with their decision. We sympathise with the Malaysian Karate Federation (MAKAF),” said Olympic Council of Malaysia president Tan Sri Imran Tuanku Ja’afar after an OCM meeting on Saturday.

“Karate is a good sport in our country. I feel sympathy for karate, we have tried very hard, they (karate exponents) have done Malaysia proud over the years but if Singapore does not want it, what can we do?..they are the hosts,” he said.

The OCM however had not given up but would pursue the matter of getting karate included until the very end.

Five countries support Vietnam’s martial art Vovinam at next SEA Games

Source: VietNamNet Bridge 

Vovinam – the martial art created by Vietnam - wins the strong support of five countries for a chance to appear in the 28th Southeast Asia Games, said Vice Chairman of the Vietnam Olympic Committee – Mr. Hoang Vinh Giang.

Photo: Vietnam Vovinam Federation

Giang has just returned from the meeting of the Sub-Committee on Sport and Law of the Southeast Asian Sport Federation on February 14-16 in Singapore.

He said that at the meeting, representatives of Laos, Cambodia, Myanmar, Indonesia and Vietnam proposed to add Vovinam into the official competition program of the 28th SEA Games. 

However, to formally appear in the games, Vovinam needs to get the consent of the host country - Singapore.

General Secretary of the World Vovinam Federation – Mr. Vo Danh Hai said Vietnam has actively lobbied the host country. 

According to Hai, the World Vovinam Federation will help Singapore develop the Vovinam movement and establish the national Vovinam federation. After that, Vietnam will send experts to help Singapore develop the martial art and train its national team.

Vovinam appeared in the two most recent SEA Games in Indonesia and Myanmar. These countries are building forces to develop this martial art. 

Hai said the biggest difficulty is that the Singaporean Olympic Committee has long supported the development of basic sports in the Olympic program.

At the meeting, countries also proposed to add seven other sports, including wrestling, to the next SEA Games. 

The Sub-Committee on Sport and Law of the Southeast Asian Sport Federation is the most important body, which has a voice in determining the number of subjects and the number of competing events at the SEA Games.

The host country—Singapore, suggested 36 sports for the next SEA Games. Up to 34 sports are Vietnam’s key sports, including athletics, swimming, weightlifting, taekwondo, shooting, karate, badminton, table tennis, football, volleyball, judo, wushu, Sepak Takraw, fencing, gymnastics, Pencak Silat, archery, cycling and tennis.

Vovinam - Viet Vo Dao - is a Vietnamese martial art which is practiced with and without weapons. It is based on the principle of between hard and soft. It includes training of the body as well as the mind. It uses force and reaction of the opponent. Vovinam also includes hand, elbow, kicks, escape- and levering techniques. Both attack and defense techniques are trained, as well as forms, combat and traditional wrestling. The wide range of techniques include punching, kicking etc. as well as forms, wrestling, sword, staff, axe, folding fan and others.

Self-defense techniques cover defense against weaponless attacks like choking from behind and defense against attacks with knife or sword. Advanced students learn to combine the techniques and learn to defend themselves against armed opponents. Instructors train traditional weapons like the long stick, short stick, knife, sword and sabre. Thereby the weapons serve as training devices for reaching optimal control of body and mind.

Vovinam was founded by grandmaster Nguyen Loc (1912 – 1960) in 1938, with the intent of providing practitioners with an efficient method of self-defense after a short period of study. Grandmaster Nguyen believed martial arts would contribute to freeing Vietnam, which had been ruled by France since 1859, from outside domination. Vovinam is a comprehensive fighting system which have principles totally different amongst a bulk of Chinese styles of kung fu, Japanese and Korean systems. 

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Thursday, March 6, 2014

SEA RADO board meets in Hanoi

Hanoi, Vietnam: The South East Asia Regional Anti-Doping Organisation (SEA RADO) board meeting and results management training course took place from February 24-27 under the management of SEA RADO, Vietnam Sports Administration, Vietnam Olympic Committee and VADA. Attending the meeting were Dr David Julien, representative of WADA, Dr Kazuhiro Hayashi, CEO of Asia/Oceania Region of WADA, Mr Gobinathan Nair, CEO of SEA RADO, Madame Nadiah Al Shamali, representative of OCA, and member countries of ASEAN.

Leaders from Vietnam who attended the meeting were Pr. Dr. Lam Quang Thanh, Vice General Director of Vietnam Sports Administration, Vice Chairman of Vietnam Olympic Committee, Dr. Nguyen Van Ly, head of VADA, and other relevant branches and offices.

In his speech at the opening ceremony, Pr. Dr. Lam said: “The SEA RADO 2014 board meeting has an important role in strengthening cooperation and sharing skills, as well as providing experience in the field of anti-doping. It will identify the direction to take in finding suitable solutions for anti-doping activities in 2014 and the following years.”

Subjects discussed included the anti-doping reports of the ASEAN countries in 2013, the SEA Games 2013 anti-doping report from Myanmar, plans for 2014 and the implementation of the new WADA Code by 2015.

All members then attended the results management training course conducted by world leaders in the field.

Report by Tuyet Hoa Nguyen, Media Official, VOC

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

OCM president: Not much more we can do for karate at 2015 Singapore SEA Games

Source: Bernama/The Brunei Times

OLYMPIC Council of Malaysia (OCM) president Tan Sri Imran Tuanku Ja’afar (pic) said there is not much more the council can do for the inclusion of karate at next year’s Singapore SEA Games. 

“There is nothing much more OCM can do since Singapore have made their decision. They will continue with their decision. We sympathise with the Malaysian Karate Federation (MAKAF),” he said after an OCM meeting yesterday. 

“Karate is a good sport in our country. I feel sympathy for karate, we have tried very hard, They (karate exponents) have done Malaysia proud over the years but if Singapore does not want it, what can we do? They are the hosts,” he said.

However, he added that OCM had not given up but would pursue the matter of getting karate included until the very end. 

Meanwhile, MAKAF secretary-general, Vincent Chen said Makaf understood OCM’s predicament and appreciated the efforts the council had done for karate. 

“We understand OCM’s limitations but what MAKAF is unhappy about is that we were not told earlier about this. If they had given us enough time, MAKAF could have sat down with OCM to discuss the issue. 

“We hope OCM understands that we are not trying to point fingers at them but we are trying to tell them that OCM should be more transparent in future,” he said. 

Karate has been a goldmine for Malaysa at the SEA Games.

At the last SEA Games in Myanmar last year, Malaysia hauled seven gold medals, three silver medals and five bronze while at the 2007 SEA Games in Korat, Thailand, the sport contributed eight gold medals.

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Volcanoes aim for bronze in Asian Games

Source: The Manila Times

THE PHILIPPINE Volcanoes aim to win at least a bronze medal in the upcoming 2014 Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea in September.

Volcanoes member Andrew Wolf said that the Philippines has what it takes to win a medal in this year’s Asian Games although the pressure is high because of the presence of powerhouse teams Japan and Hong Kong.

“Japan has all the funding, where millions of dollars versus a few millions pesos,” Wolf told reporters during a press conference on Tuesday at the University of Makati.

“Japan is also No. 10 in the world while Philippines is No. 56, so we’re not rushing everything.”

“I think in 20 years, we have a good shot to compete against powerhouse nations like Japan,” he added.

Wolf also added that if ever the Volcanoes could pull off the same level of performance they displayed during the 2013 Rugby World Cup in Moscow then there is a possibility for them to compete in the medal round.

The top two teams in the Asian Games will bag slots for the 2016 Rio Olympics Rugby 7s.
Rugby is among the priority sports to be funded by the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC).

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Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Report: Host Singapore eyeing naturalized basketball players for 2015 SEA Games


Singapore is looking to tap foreign players to match the Philippines, which had naturalized player Marcus Douthit in the Myanmar SEA Games gold medal team. Jerome Ascano

SINGAPORE is looking to tap naturalized players in its quest to wrest the basketball gold medal from the Philippines when the Lion City hosts the 2015 Southeast Asian Games.

In a report by Singapore newspaper Today, Basketball Association of Singapore (BAS) president David Ong said they are gearing up for an 18-month training program in preparation for the SEA Games next year.

Singapore recently won its first-ever medal in SEA Games basketball, claiming the bronze last year in Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar.

Ong also bared that foreign players from the Asean Basketball League side Singapore Slingers are also looking to see action for the country in international play.

“Some of the players are considering playing for Singapore,” said Ong. “We welcome it and are open to it if we have a good playmaker or players who can contribute to the team.”

The Philippines, with naturalized player Marcus Douthit in the lineup, handily won the gold medal in Myanmar last year despite only preparing for over a month.

A Sinag Pilipinas team made up for Gilas cadets and college standouts had little difficulty disposing of Singapore with an 88-75 victory.

Singapore looks unperturbed and has lined up a busy schedule in its buildup for next year’s SEA Games.
“They have brought enthusiasm and interest in basketball back to Singapore. We have to make sure our national players play in enough high-level tournaments consistently and have lined up a busy schedule for the year,” Ong said.

BAS has also vowed to give at least Singapore $5,000 to each player if Singapore wins the gold in next year’s SEA Games. Singaporean national team members pocketed $1,000 each for winning the bronze in Myanmar.

The Sinag Pilipinas players shared a P200,000 incentive for winning the gold.

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Check out the Singapore SEA Games 2015 logo and mascot

Source: Yahoo Singapore

In this logo you will find:

- The meeting of Southeast Asia
- At the heart of it all, the winning athlete crossing the finishing line, arms raised in jubilation
- Icons depicting the diversity of sports featured during the Games, from land and water-based sports to individual and team sports
- A palette of colours representing the dynamic energy of the various sports, and symbolising sport as a universal language, where different people, from different countries, competing in different disciplines, converge to add texture to the Games

 - Human figures, arms raised in jubilation and seamlessly joined, embodying the essence of the International Paralympic movement of “Spirit in Motion”. They weave together to form the shape of a heart, signifying the gumption to overcome challenges, and the indomitable triumph of the human spirit
- The three figures also represent inclusiveness, uplifting and transforming disabled sports, and national pride

Now here’s Nila, mascot for both the SEA and Para Games:

 - From Sang Nila Utama, founder of Singapura
- Fiery red mane symbolises burning passion for all things sport
- Heart-shaped face represents friendship
- Ever ready to play, he is always immaculately decked out in his signature tracksuit or his blue sporting attire, depending on the occasion

All text courtesy of the Singapore Sports Council.

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Singapore Gymnastics targeting four gold medals at 2015 SEA Games

Source: CNA/gn

SINGAPORE: Singapore gymnasts are aiming to match their best ever performance of four gold medals at the 2015 SEA Games in Singapore.

They last won the four gold medals at the 2007 SEA Games in Korat, Thailand.

The opportunity to compete at major events like July's Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland is critical for preparations.

Five athletes have received the initial nod for the Commonwealth Games.

Among them is 19-year-old Joey Tam, who is making her debut in Glasgow.

Joey said: "What I will need to work on is my execution; I have to be a bit cleaner and make sure I don't fall, so stability is key."

Also making his debut is Terry Tay, who won a bronze medal at the 2011 Commonwealth Youth Games.

He said he is ready to step up to the senior challenge.

Terry elaborated: "My score placed me in third place in the previous Commonwealth Games results, so I am looking forward to a pretty good competition. Of course, qualifying for the finals shouldn't be much of a question, but placing in the podium would be one of the targets."

Singapore Gymnastics wants selectors to give those who missed the cut a second chance, like Singapore's only gymnast to compete at the 2012 Olympics, Lim Heem Wei.

Lee Hong Chuang, 1st vice president at Singapore Gymnastics, said: "So we are going to... put in a new score to demonstrate to SNOC (Singapore National Olympic Council) that our girls are really qualified to go in to the Commonwealth Games, also some of our boys and even some of our rhythmic girls.

“So they are going to a few competitions, like… (in) March, we have two major competitions coming along -- the World Cup, one in France one in Doha. France is hosting the Rhythmic Gymnastics event while Doha plays host to the Artistic category."

Mr Lee is hopeful that a good performance at these events would convince the selectors to approve up to nine more gymnasts.

Apart from the Commonwealth Games, the gymnasts will also take part in the Asian Games and the World Championships.

These events offer a good tune-up for the Singapore gymnasts ahead of the 2015 SEA Games.

In addition to the Singapore women's team, the balance beam, men's pommel and vault are expected to deliver the four gold medals.

To bolster their chances, more overseas training and sports medicine support are being planned.

As a further boost for their preparations, a consultant from Australia will be visiting next week to help the athletes with their training.

Mdm Tian Ju Ping worked with the association from 2005 to 2011, and after the one-week stint, Singapore Gymnastics is hoping to engage her for the long run.  

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Monday, March 3, 2014

Philippines to skip 2015 SEA Games


The Azkals will not be participating in the biannual tournament in Singapore, instead opting to focus on preparing a team that will be ready for the competition in 2017
The tournament might be a little under two years away, but the Philippine Football Federation (PFF) have announced that it plans to give next year’s SEA Games in Singapore a miss.

Instead, the team will be gearing up for the 2017 edition of the games in Malaysia, where they will be under the tutelage of Australian coach Jim Fraser.

According to PFF president Nonong Araneta, Fraser will take charge of the Under-21 squad and prep them for the tournament in 2017, where the team would have reached the age limit of 23.

Araneta also revealed that the decision to forgo the competition in Singapore next year had something to do with the team being forced to withdraw from the recent edition in Myanmar.

The Azkals were denied participation in the competition by the Philippines Olympic Committee and the Philippines Sports Commission’s joint task force, who felt they couldn’t justify their inclusion in the contingent.

“We won’t be sending a team (to Singapore) because the same officials who did not want us to go in the [2013] SEAGames will still be there in 2015,” Araneta said.

The Under-21 side will head to Brunei in August to participate in the Bolkiah Trophy.

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15th Asian School Bowling Championships 2014

Location: Jaya Ancol Bowl, Jakarta, Indonesia

Date: 9th - 16th February 2014


Boy's Singles
Gold - Musatafa Al Mousawi (Kuwait)
Silver -  Katsuhito Nakano (Japan)
Bronze - Merwin Matheiu Tan (Philippines)

Girl's Singles
Gold -   Joy Yap (Singapore)
Silver - Futaba Imai (Japan)
Bronze - Kristin Quah (Singapore)

Boy's Doubles
Gold - Lee Ju Hyung & Hwang Sung Hyun (South Korea)
Silver - Billy M Islam & Rafif Imam Santoso (Indonesia)
Bronze - Kil Jun Seong & Seo Hyo Dong (South Korea)

Girl's Doubles
Gold - Joy Yap & Amanda Lee (Singapore)
Silver - Aldila Indryati & Alisha Nabila (Indonesia)
Bronze - Charmaine Hang & Iliya Syamin (Singapore)

Boy's Team
Gold - Australia
Silver - Japan
Bronze - Thailand

Girl's Team
Gold - Indonesia
Silver - South Korea
Bronze - Japan

Boy's All Events
Gold - Hwang Sung Hyun (South Korea)
Silver - Adam Svensson (Australia)
Bronze - Merwin Matheiu Tan (Philippines)

Girl's All Events
Gold - Futaba Imai (Japan)
Silver - Katey Furze (Australia)
Bronze - Joy Yap (Singapore)

Boy's Masters Event
Gold -  Katsuhito Nakano (Japan)
Silver -   Adam Svensson (Australia)
Bronze -  Atchariya Cheng (Thailand)

Girl's Master Event
Gold - Mirai Ishimoto (Japan)
Silver - Iliya Syamin Muhd Azni (Singapore)
Bronze - Daphne Oh Xing Yi (Singapore)