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Opportunity to overcome institutional inertia in Sarawak football

IN resuscitating Sarawak football, one cannot help but mention the name of Datuk Haji Mohamad Taha Ariffin.

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Is the safe sports code attainable, realistic or will it be too idealistic?

LARRY Nassar – this name may not ring a bell to most Malaysians but google him and you will cringe when you realise he was the former doctor of the USA gymnastics team who pleaded guilty to charges of criminal sexual conduct in 2018.

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We can’t be buying economy tickets always hoping for an upgrade

THE world of sports has changed considerably since the only time this writer was handed the privilege of covering the Olympic Games in Athens almost two decades ago.

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The need for Harimau Malaya to be given a permanent place to call home

IN August 2019, the National Stadium in Bukit Jalil was officially declared the home of Harimau Malaya, the national football team, following the memorandum of understanding (MoU) between the FA of Malaysia (FAM) and the Malaysia Stadium Corporation (PSM).

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Panjang and the Boss – duo behind the stripes of the Speedy Tigers

WHILE the rest of the world prepares to usher in the new year, the Malaysian national hockey team have not been given the luxury to party.

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A product of the French football eco-system unwanted by NSC, NFDP

THE stupendous volley by France talisman Kylian Mbappe which dragged the FIFA World Cup final into extra-time on Sunday was initiated by two players who once came under Saad Ichalalene’s tutelage.

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When ex-Liverpool and France manager Houllier was only a phone call away

BEFORE hiring French coaches became fashionable following Les Bleus’ maiden World Cup victory in their own backyard in 1998, the Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) were probably two steps ahead than the rest of the world.

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VSN2030 – the need to climb and conquer proverbial mountains

PRIME Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob’s stint as the nation’s 15th Youth and Sports Minister from March 2008 to April 2009 was too brief for him to be able to create a strong legacy.

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Malaysia bids farewell to Ballon d’Or, merci for the 11-year ride

IT WAS in September 2010 that I received an e-mail from Thierry Marchand, the head of international football at authoritative weekly magazine France Football, inviting me to be a member of a newly-assembled international jury for football’s most prestigious award, Ballon d’Or, which means the Golden Ball in French.

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Reaching Under-17 Asian Cup a miniature victory in road to 2030

CONGRATULATIONS are in order for the national football Under-16 side for having earned a ticket to the AFC Asian Cup Under-17 tournament next year after a successful qualifying campaign in Indonesia.

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The day a future King of Malaysia came to our rescue

THE tragic stampede in Malang, Indonesia, brought back mixed memories for me personally to the day when a small group of sports journalists survived a harrowing incident in Hong Kong.

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Handle unpolished gems with care so that they’ll be our future diamonds

KARL Gunter Lange, a track and field specialist from Germany, issued a warning to the Malaysian powers-that-be almost 30 years ago on the dangers of early burnout for budding athletes in athletics.

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