Wednesday, December 30, 2015

3rd ASEAN Chess Championships 2015

FM Nguyen Anh Khoi and WGM Nguyen Thi Mai Hung win JAPFA 3rd ASEAN Championships 2015

It proved to be a most dramatic last round in the Open category of the JAPFA 3rd ASEAN Championships 2015.

Leader IM Jan Emmanuel Garcia had a half point lead and was paired with fellow countryman IM Paola Bersamina and despite their team leader and coach GM Jayson’s Gonzales assurance they would play the game fairly, most participants still saw the result as a forgone conclusion.

Garcia and Bersamina however drew their game, a result while opened the door for 13-year old FM Nguyen And Khoi and his coach, veteran GM Dao Thien Hai.

It was no surprise for Dao to win, even with the black pieces, against a determined by relatively inexperienced Yoseph Theofilus Taher who was not only the only untitled player but also the lowest rated. 

Open Winners

But in a shock upset, Anh Khoi defeated GM Susanto Megaranto who till then had made 10 successive draws!

So three players tied for first place with 7/11 and after tie-breaks, it was Anh Khoi first, Dao second and Garcia third. In fourth, one point behind, also on tie-break over Bersamina was 16 year old Yeoh Li Tan who despite battled serious illness in the last few days came through with his first IM norm.

Despite his loss to Dao, Yoseph too was a happy young player as he also made an IM norm.

A little question mark as per the regulations did not spoilt the day for Anh Khoi who also made his first IM norm as normally he would be awarded the IM title outright together with a 9 game GM norm but this matter is now for the organisers, Vietnam Chess Federation and FIDE to clarify.

Womens Winners

In the Women’s category, WGM Nguyen Thi Mai Hung on 8.5/10 held a one point lead going into the last round and only needed a draw.

On her offer, WCM Nur Nabila Azman Hisham was more than happy to accept and than meant WIM Janelle Mae Frayna has nothing to play for either but to keep second place a point behind with 8/11 while WFM Shania Mae Mendoza took third place with her final WIM norm and the title with 7.5/11.

The closing ceremony again saw GM Utut Adianto as the guest of honour.

News and photos by Peter Long

Both Champions Front
Adianto Keynote Closeup

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Sunday, December 27, 2015

Muhd Arfy Itching For SEA Games Action After Making Winning Comeback

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 27 (Bernama) -- National track cyclist Muhd Arfy Qhairant Amran who made a successful comeback after taking a break from competition to undergo training as a cadet police, hopes to break into the 2017 SEA Games squad.

Muhd Arfy, 22, winner of a gold medal at the 2011 Asian Cycling Championships (ACC 2011), decided to take a break last year to pursue a career in the police force.

After undergoing cadet training, Muhd Arfy who had since been actively involved in cycling during his cadet training, made a glorious return to competition in October by winning a gold in keirin and silver medal in the sprint at the 2015 National Cycling Championships.

"After the SUKMA in Perlis, I took a break to undergo training in the police force. I am back in competitions and hope to fully concentrate on earning a place in the SEA games squad.

"I have discussed the prospect with my coach Junaidi Mohamad Nasir and my focus will be on the sprint event," he told reporters at the Cheras Velodrome, here Sunday.

Muhd Arfy has since been drafted into the SEA Games back up squad for cycling.

"I am happy with my progress and hope to focus on my training to try and win a medal in the SEA games since I have not participated in a SEA Games yet," he said.

Malaysia will be hosting the 2017 SEA Games.


Friday, December 11, 2015

2nd Winter Youth Olympic Games - Lillehammer 2016

Malaysia and Timor Leste were the only nations from Southeast Asia to compete at the 2nd Winter Youth Olympics. The competition was held in Lillehammer from 12th - 21st of February 2016.

RESULTS (For SEA Nations Only)

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Qualified Boxers For Olympic Games Rio 2016 As of December 4, 2015

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

8th ASEAN PARAGAMES - Final Medal Tally

The 8th ASEAN Paragames was held in Singapore from 3rd - 9th December 2015. Usually, ASEAN  Paragames is held few days after the biennial SEA Games but for this edition, it was held 5 months after the 28th SEA Games also held in Singapore.

The 8th ASEAN  Paragemes saw Thailand as the champion for this edition collecting 250 medals with 95 golds followed by Indonesia and Malaysia with 81 and 52 gold medals respectively.

Laos is the only nation with no gold medal while Timor Leste has no participation in this edition. 

On the last day of competition, Philippines stood at rank #6 but Myanmar took the silver medal in the football  event that equalizes Philippines' gold and silver collections. But what made Myanmar regain its #6 rank position was its bronze medal collection which is 3 higher than Philippines' 59. 

To all our ASEN athletes and organizers of the 8th ASEAN Paragames, congratulations!!!

Saturday, December 5, 2015

Juniors make 15 records at ASEAN swimming champs

Malaysian Welson Sim and Vietnamese Lam Quang Nhat, both 18, broke two records each in the opening day of the Southeast Asia Age-Groups Swimming Championships yesterday.

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Vietnamese swimmer Tran Duy Khoi won three gold medals in the men's 16-18 year old category.

Juniors swimmers from Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia and Viet Nam smashed 15 records on the first day at Da Nang Swimming Club.

Singapore finished the day with 11 gold, Viet Nam won 10 golds, and Indonesia had seven gold.

Welson finished first in the boy's 400m freestyle, 16-18 age group, in 3 minute 54.97 seconds and broke his own record of 4:0.45 set at the championship last year.

Vietnamese Nhat also surpassed the record with 3: 58.09, but finished second.

In the 1,500m freestyle, Welson and Nhat once again broke the old record set by Welson last year.

The 18-year-old Malaysian clocked the long range event in 15:35.66 to win gold and record holder, while Nhat finished with a time in 15:48.05sec.

The old record was 15:57.51.

Vietnamese Nguyen Huy Hoang set up a new record in the 400m freestyle of boy's 14-15 age group, with a time in 4:01.01, surpassing the old record (4:04.88) set by Vietnamese Tran Duy Khoi in 2012.

Khoi,18, from HCM City, set a time of 2:06.06 in the 200m individual medley of the boy's 16-18 age group, for gold and a record.

In the boy's 400m freestyle, under-13 age group, Vietnamese Nguyen Huu Kim Son, Eu Jin Jonathan Tan and Jun Wei Glen Lim from Singapore, all broke the old record.

However, Son, who finished in a time of 4:11.52 surpassing the old record of 4:11.04 set by Thailand's Sarittsi Wong, was the gold medalist.

Kornkarnjana Sapianchai was the first girl breaking a record in the championship when she swam the girl's 100m butterfly, 16-18 group, in 1:01.94. Her time surpassed the old record (1:01.95) set by Vietnamese Nguyen Thi Kim Tuyen in 2011.

Viet Nam's Nguyen Diep Phuong Tram, 14, shaved 10 hundredths of a second off the old record to win gold in the girl's 100m butterfly of 14-15 group.

Age Group Swimming Championship opens in Da Nang

Some 262 swimmers from eight Southeast Asian countries are joining in the 39th Southeast Asian Age Group Swimming Championship, which opened in the central coastal city of Da Nang on December 4.

The competitors are divided into three age groups, U13s, 14-15 and 16-18, who will compete for 105 sets of medals.

The three-day tournament brings together outstanding swimmers in the region such as Welson Sim and Wong Fu Kang from Malaysia, Prawira A. Fadlan and Fachri Mahamad from Indonesia, Dylan Koo and Tzen Wei Teong from Singapore, Xiandi Chua from the Philippines and Fonpray Yamsuan from Thailand, among others.

Vietnam sent 52 athletes to the annual event, including Lam Quang Nhat, Nguyen Diep Phuong and Duy Khoi.

Fifteen records were set on the first day of competition. Singapore has taken the lead in the medal tally with 37 medals (11 gold, nine silver and 17 bronze), followed by Vietnam with 21 medals (10 gold, eight silver and three bronze).

The Vietnamese delegation came first at last year’s event, pocketing 19 gold, 13 silver and 18 bronze medals.

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Thursday, December 3, 2015

Para Games kick off in Singapore

The Singapore's ASEAN Para Games, which officially kicked off yesterday, is an exuberant celebration of the mental and physical strengths of people of all abilities. 

Vietnamese athletes with disabilities and sport officials took part in a sending off ceremony held in HCM City last week. Viet Nam will join nine other countries to compete at the eighth ASEAN Para Games in Singapore on December 3-9. — Photo

It is history in the making as it will be the first time Singapore hosts the Games and a multi-sports event for people with disabilities on this scale.
The ceremony, held at the Singapore Indoor Stadium, consists of five musical movements. The 90-minute multimedia extravaganza has been two years in the making. It features nearly 1,500 performers, volunteers and students.

Collaboration and consultation with the community and schools have been at the heart of the creative process. As a well-known teacher and community leader since 1998, a strong pedagogical motivation underlies Philip Tan's creative direction. Tan has also worked with individuals and groups with disabilities for more than 18 years.

"People with disabilities have been central to the creative process of the opening and closing ceremonies. They have been the beating heart which has given life and spirit to this remarkable show. Every single item has been anchored, inspired and/or created by an athlete, performer or Creative Team member with disability. These are the people who help us to grasp, expand and spread the true meaning of the ASEAN 

Para Games," said Tan on

The eighth Games is one of the biggest sport festivals for people with disabilities.

About 3,000 athletes will take part in 15 sports during the seven-day competition.

Thailand and Indonesia are the most powerful delegations with 287 and 250 athletes, respectively, trying to defend their position in the top three ranking.

Viet Nam have sent nearly 130 competitors who will seek for medals in nine sports.
The biggest number is in the track-and-field event with 37 competitors. There are 34 athletes in swimming and 11 in power-lifting.

Other events are chess, table tennis, badminton, and football 5-a-side, apart from boccia and sailing.

To prepare for the Games, athletes have been in training since early September in Ha Noi and HCM City.

The team is asked to grab as many golds and new records as possible to win their berths at the Paralympics 2016 and try to have best position in the ranking.

It is expected that they would win up to 70 gold medals, mainly in power-lifting, swimming and track-and-field.

Athletes will be staying at the Marina Bay Sand Hotel, which is also one of three competition venues.

Most of the events will be organised at the Singapore Sport Hub and Kallang area while sailing will be held at the Marina Bay.

In the previous edition in Myanmar, Viet Nam with 48 gold medals finished fourth in the medal tally.

Indonesia, Thailand and Malaysia occupied the top three positions.

According to Vu The Phiet, deputy chairman of the Viet Nam Sports for People with Disabilities Association, Viet Nam hopes to send up to 10 athletes to Rio de Janeiro next summer. The number is four now.

The Games will conclude on December 9.

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