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Understanding SAM’s role in registering the joys and agonies of Malaysian sports

THE Sportswriters Association of Malaysia (SAM) turned 55 in February.

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It takes an entire nation to raise a champion and to organise SEA Games

WHEN the Malaysian government pitched to source for investment from the private sector ahead of the 2017 SEA Games, the then Youth and Sports Minister, Khairy Jamaluddin, chose to improvise a famous saying to get his message across.

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A mixed bag of emotions for sepak takraw and badminton protagonists

TWO indoor stadia located 20 kilometres of each other were packed to the rafters over the weekend as the main protagonists gave Malaysian sports fans a mixed bag of emotions.

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Free-to-air or pay TV to watch Malaysians in action at the Paris Olympics?

IN the ever-changing media landscape where one in 10 Gen Z sports fans use social media to consume content, the best minds representing industry leaders, including broadcasters, professional executives and marketers recently convened in Kuala Lumpur to deliberate on the evolution of the sports industry.

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Online toxicity exacerbates bullying in football that may turn fatal

FOOTBALL in Malaysia is in danger of falling into the hands of a group of bullies from diverse backgrounds.

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Chance for Malaysia to produce a template for future SEA Games

JUST slightly over a month ago, this scribe wrote on this column questioning Malaysia’s decision to snub the offer by the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) to host the 2026 Commonwealth Games, arguing that it was indeed a missed opportunity.

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Tun Hanif Omar’s little-known legacy in badminton and shooting

THERE was a time in the early 1980s that when star shuttler Datuk Misbun Sidek decided to do the disappearing act and refused to be found – even the Inspector General of Police could not track him down!

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Mid-east rumblings cast shadow over Paris, and Malaysia tries to make it a score

AS tension in the Middle East escalates, Paris is beefing up security measures as it enters the final straight ahead of the 33rd Olympic Games in July.

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Poison pen letter writer – a whistleblower or a coward?

HAVING chronicled the Malaysian football scene for more than three decades, this scribe can safely say the venomous poison pen letter with the long list of allegations against the president and general secretary of the Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) is not exactly unprecedented.

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Red Giants’ Nidzam at the helm of a team close to his heart

BELIEVE it or not, the pitch at the National Stadium in Bukit Jalil on a few occasions proved to be playable and decent enough to host megastars over two decades ago.

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Are we a nation content with staging only the SEA Games?

THE Kuala Lumpur Commonwealth Games in 1998, or KL’98, was a hallmark event symbolising Malaysia’s international graduation into newly industrialising nation status.

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