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Archer Mohd Salam fails to enter semi-finals

Malaysia's hopes of getting the first medal at the Athens Paralympics ran into a hitch Saturday when archer, Mohd Salam Sidik, failed to enter the semi-finals of the individual archery event.

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Final Olympic bill to cost Athens 8bil euros

The Athens Olympics cost more than eight billion euros (US$10bil), making them the most expensive in the movement's 108-year history, the Greek press reported yesterday.

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Paralympians make waves in Athens despite no medals to show

A month ago, the Malaysian athletes from the Olympics came home empty-handed. Now, the athletes to the Paralympic Games 2004 in Athens, which ended on Sept 28, will also come home without medals.


Sarawak to stop giving land to athletes

Sarawak will offer other incentives instead of just giving land to reward outstanding sportsmen, said Social Development and Urbanisation Minister Datuk William Mawan.


IDD a special day indeed

Last week's International Day of Disabled Persons (IDD) celebrations were a timely opportunity for the world to take notice of disabled people who live in societies that have yet to make their environs barrier-free for them. ANTHONY THANASAYAN takes stock of the celebrations here in Malaysia.

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Greeks promise to crack down on the hooligans

Greek sports undersecretary Giorgos Orfanos said on Monday that hooliganism such as that which occurred on Sunday forcing the postponement of the first division match between Panionios and Olympiakos will not be tolerated in the future.


From dream to reality

SHEELA CHANDRAN finds out how the four I>Nescafe Kick-Start Reality TV/Ifinalists have been using their prize money of RM30,000 in achieving their dreams.

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Disabled powerlifter Mariappan left out in the cold

Powerlifter P. Mariappan, the 1994 Melbourne World Wheelchair Championship triple gold medallist, is out of a job and penniless.

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FedEx and Holmes win top Laureus honours

World number one tennis player Roger Federer and Britain's double Olympic athletics gold medallist Kelly Holmes won the two top individual honours at Monday's annual Laureus World Sports Awards ceremony.


Run lures the disabled

A group of disabled athletes will be having their own rivalry in the Subang Jaya 10km Run on June 26. In previous events, the men's wheelchair category had always been a personal battle between Mat Sani Kasbun and Mohd Sani Harun. They have been challenging each other for the top two positions.