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Ironwoman Siti Shahida Abdullah stole the limelight on the first day of the Selangor Open athletics championships when she rewrote her own national record in the women's hammer event at the National Training Track at Bukit Jalil on Saturday.
Debutants Pakistan, represented by four teams, and Sri Lanka, with two, are among the 112 teams competing in the Ipoh City International six-and-seven-a-side annual junior hockey tournament at the Azlan Shah Stadium in Ipoh on June 21-22.
The national schools (MSSM) sports events have been completed and poor organisations continued to stand out like a sore thumb.
The national schools (MSSM) aquatic championships ended at Shah Alam Aquatic Centre Saturday after four glorious days of competition, with 26 meet records falling and two news stars stamping their mark on the sport.
The violence was not just restricted to the field. A rumpus happened at a dinner held by Perak for teams who took part in the Malaysian Schools Sports Council football tournament in Ipoh on Thursday.
Pole vaulter Teh Weng Chang rewrote his own national record when he cleared 5.00m in the Federal Territory All Comers Open in March last year. More than a year on, his record has yet to be ratified.
The first half of the national schools (MSSM) championships came to a close on Friday with the attention more on the fighting prowess of the athletes rather than their fighting spirits.
It was shameful and an absolute disgrace. When Terengganu supporters and officials swarmed the pitch to attack the Kuala Lumpur players during the national schools (MSSM) Under-18 football final on Thursday, it was also a sad day for the sport.
Sarawak, the defending overall champions, have named an 85-strong squad, including 10 gold medallists from last year's meet in Kuantan, for the four-day Malaysian Schools Sports Council (MSSM) athletics championships beginning at the Tun Fatimah Stadium in Malacca today.
In the West, sportsmen can aspire to be millionaires; celebrities who share the limelight with royals and Hollywood's best. But to get there, one has to start from the bottom, with a proper grassroots programme. In Malaysia, though, sport is fast going from big drawcard to just a lucky draw. STARSPORT'S RAJES PAUL, who was in the US recently, draws a comparison.