Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Malaysia's 60th Gold Medal Equals Success In Philippines

SINGAPORE, June 15 (Bernama) - Malaysia's 60th gold medal at the Singapore SEA Games equals the country's achievement in Manila, the Philippines ten years ago.

The Malaysian contingent won 61 gold medals, 49 silver medals and 65 bronze medals in 2005.

After day 11, Malaysia added one gold medal and two silver medals in petanque to remain in fourth place with 60 gold, 55 silver and 66 bronze medals.

Malaysia are assured of two gold medals tomorrow when Chong Wei Feng will play Mohamed Ariff Abdul Latif in the men's singles final while Vivian Ho-Woon Khe Wei will face Soong Fie Cho-Amelia Alicia Anscelly in the women's doubles.

Chan Peng Soon-Goh Liu Ying will face Praveen Jordan-Debby Susanto of Indonesia in the mixed doubles final.

Meanwhile, Thailand retained the football gold medal after beating Myanmar 3-0 in the final at National Stadium, Singapore Sports Hub, tonight. Vietnam won the bronze medal by sending Indonesia packing 5-0.

Thailand leads with 87 gold, 83 silver and 64 bronze medals followed by Singapore with 82 gold, 72 silver and 98 bronze.

Vietnam remained in third place with 73 gold, 51 silver and 56 bronze medals.


National Contingent Surpasses Gold Medal Target At SEA Games - NSC

SINGAPORE, June 16 (Bernama) -- The national contingent's feat of collecting 60 gold medals at the 28th SEA Games today not only surpasses the achievements at the Myanmar SEA Games two years ago, but also exceeds the target of 48 golds set by the National Sports Council (NSC) this time.

Their achievements also exceeded the personal target of 50 gold medals set by chef de mission Datuk Seri Mohamad Norza Zakaria.

The 60th gold medal was picked up by the national women's basketball team after beating Vietnam 82-50 in the finals held at the OCBC Arena today.

Malaysia currently sits in fourth place, accumulating a total of 179 medals - 60 gold, 53 silver, and 66 bronze.

NSC director-general Datuk Ahmad Shapawi Ismail said that the success proves that athletes managed to achieve the targets laid by NSC although they were not made public prior to this.

"We set the target of 56 per cent of the 329 events competed which was a total of 184 medals overall," he told reporters today.

He said the breakdown of the medal target was 48 gold, 44 silver, and 92 bronze medals.

Explaining the confusion pertaining to the number of events contested by the national contingent this time, Ahmad Shapawi said the NSC had initially registered for 335 events, but was forced to drop six events at the last minute due to certain reasons.

He said the six comprised two swimming events, three sailing events and one athletics.

Ahmad Shapawi said the NSC changed its approach in setting the target compared to the past, to fine-tune the performance of each athlete, regardless of whether they were rookie or elite athletes.

He said the goals set by NSC this time was based on an overall assessment of the country's past SEA Games performances since 2005.

"With assessment based on the average, we can monitor the performance of rookie athletes who use the SEA Games as a platform for their career," he said.

Ahmad Shapawi said the average target rate for the SEA Games and other sporting events would vary from time to time based on the performance of the athletes, to create more realistic goals.


Malaysian Petanque Squad Look Forward To 2017 SEA Games

SINGAPORE, June 16 (Bernama) -- The Malaysian petanque squad are to participate in two international championships soon as part of the preparations for the 2017 SEA Games that Malaysia will host, said manager Zanilisa Mohamed.

These are the Men Petanque Confederation Cup in New Caledonia in October and the 15th Women Petanque World Championships in Bangkok in November, he said.

"We are not setting any target for the squad at the two championships because the world's best players will be there. Hopefully, our squad can put up a good performance," he told Bernama.

"We do not yet know the domestic and international calendar for next year. I feel these two championships are important early preparations to boost the performance of our squad before the 2017 SEA Games," he said.

The Malaysian petanque squad won one gold, three silver and one bronze medals at the 28th SEA Games here, an improvement from the two silver and one bronze medals secured at the Laos SEA Games in 2009.

Thailand emerged as the overall champion in petanque at the Singapore SEA Games, winning eight of the 10 gold medals offered in the event.

Zanilisa said Thailand dominated petanque in the SEA Games because their squad received a big financial allocation from the government and many players were sent for training abroad for long periods.

"I am convinced that if we also receive sufficient funds (from the National Sports Council), our squad can achieve the status of the Thais one day," he said.


Badminton Squad Adds Two More Gold Medals On Final Day Of SEA Games 2015

SINGAPORE, June 16 (Bernama) -- The national badminton squad added two gold medals to Malaysia's tally at the 28th SEA Games in Singapore, through the men's singles and women's doubles events.

Men's singles player Chong Wei Feng easily defeated team mate Mohammad Arif Abdul Latif in straight sets 21-8, 21-9 in the final here today while the women's doubles pair Soong Fie Cho/Amelia Alicia Anscelly beat team mates Vivian Hoo/Woon Khe Wei 21-18, 21-13 to win the second gold medal.

Wei Feng said he was very satisfied for being able to redeem himself from the disappointment two years ago in Myanmar, when he only played in the preliminary round.

The win also ended the country's 14-year wait to win gold in the men's singles event.

"I am very pleased to get the gold medal because it has been a long time since the men's singles (candidate from Malaysia) last won a gold medal at the SEA Games.

"My performance has improved and I hope to continue my progress and qualify for the Olympics," said Wei Feng.

For Amelia, the victory was a motivation to achieve greater success in the future.

"Indeed, we are satisfied because we beat the country's main doubles pair. We are not number two (in the women's doubles ranking). Winning the gold medal at the SEA Games is the most meaningful event for me.

"Good understanding and communication with Fie Choo today gave both of us a boost. We also played without pressure since we were the underdog," said Amelia.

Meanwhile, the mixed doubles pair Chan Peng Soon/Goh Liu Ying had to settle for a silver medal after losing to Praveen Jordan/Debby Susanto of Indonesia 21-18, 13-21, 23-25 in a keenly contested clash.

The badminton squad contributed two gold, four silver and two bronze medals in Singapore to help Malaysia stay in fourth place with 62 gold, 58 silver and 66 bronze medals.


ACA Wants Malaysia To Organise Road Race, Track, BMX And MTB As Host Of 2017 SEA Games

KUALA LUMPUR, June 16 (Bernama) -- The ASEAN Cycling Association (ACA) Congress held in Singapore last week wants Malaysia who host the 2017 SEA Games, to include road race, track, BMX and Mountain Bike (MTB) races.

ACA President Datuk Abu Samah Abd Wahab a resolution put forward by a number of countries like Thailand, Indonesia and Vietnam was unanimously accepted.

"Thailand had requested Malaysia to include track cycling, road race, BMX and MTB in the 2017 SEA Games hosted by Malaysia. Myanmar, the 2013 SEA Games host said they had included road race, BMX and MTB in their programme," he said in a statement here today.

Abu Samah said ACA would write to the Malaysian National Cycling Federation (MNCF) to inform the Ministry of Youth and Sports about the request.

He said if accepted, the 2017 SEA Games cycling events would offer 18 gold medals and Malaysia would have an opportunity to win at least seven.

Meanwhile, Abu Samah who is also the MNCF President was happy with the achievement of National cyclists who won two gold medals, especially the men's Mass start road race gold.


National Contingent's Outstanding Achievement Deserve A Pat On The Back - Khairy

SINGAPORE, June 16 (Bernama) -- Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin described Malaysia's achievement of 62 gold medals at the 28th SEA Games in Singapore as an outstanding feat.

Malaysia ended the SEA Games campaign with 62 gold, 58 silver and 66 bronze to overcome 43 gold medals won at the 2013 Myanmar SEA Games, 58 gold medals won at the 2011 SEA Games in Indonesia and 40 gold medals won in Laos during the 2009 edition.

The 62 gold medals won in Singapore was the second highest outside the country after the 68 gold medals win at the 2007 Korat SEA Games in Thailand.

"I want to congratulate the Malaysian contingent for surpassing the 56 percent target after winning 186 medals from 329 events," said Khairy at a pres conference to when commenting on the performance of Malaysian athletes at the 2015 SEA Games here, Tuesday.

Khairy said from the 329 events that Malaysian athletes participated, athletes from six sports had surpassed the target, namely badminton with eight medals, cycling (5), archery (10), gymnastics (12), sailing (15) and shooting (11).

Four high performance sports lived up to expectations by meeting their target, namely tenpin bowling (10), hockey (2), sepak takraw (5) and squash (6).

Khairy also praised the performance of young athletes, especially Ooi Tze Liang (winner of four gold medals in diving), Muhammad Rafiq Ismail (three gold and a silver in bowling) and Fatin Nur Fatehah Mat Salleh (three gold medals from archery).

The Youth and Sports Minister was also full of praise for gymnast Farah Ann Abdul Hadi, winner of two gold, a silver and bronze medal, snooker player Thor Chuan Leong, winner of two gold medals and cyclist Mohd Harrif Salleh for winning two gold medals.

Khairy also heaped praise on two athletes who broke the SEA Games record, namely Muhammad Hakimi Ismail who erased the 16.67m men's triple jump record set by Vietnam athlete Hung Nguyen Van in Myanmar (2013) with a distance of 16.76m.

The other athlete was swimmer Welson Sim, 18, who broke the men's 400m Freestyle record of 3:53.99s set by Daniel Bego in 2009 (Laos) with a new time of 3:53.97s.

"We are also proud of 15-year-old shuttler Goh Jin Wei who managed to enter the semifinals although she was making her debut in the games," said Khairy.

Khairy who was unhappy with the performance of football and boxing who failed miserably, did not rule out the possibility that the Ministry may review the financial allocation for both sports.

However, other sports that did not fare too well would not be spared either, he said.

The SEA Games which started officially on June 5, ended today.


Goodbye Singapore As SEA Games Comes To A Spectacular Close, Malaysia To Host Next Games

SINGAPORE, June 16 (Bernama) -- Athletes let their hair down and partied in a huge farewell bash for the 28th SEA Games at the National Stadium in Singapore Sports Hub here tonight.

In a gala ceremony that matched the spectacular opening of the biennial Games, Singapore President Dr Tony Tan Keng Yam closed the Games which was hosted by the Republic after a 22-year lapse.

The spectators who packed the stadium applauded and cheered when flashbacks on the highlights of the Games themed 'Celebrate' was displayed on the stadium scoreboard.

The big moment for the athletes came when they marched into the stadium according to country as during the opening ceremony and most of the athletes were dressed in track suits and waving mini flags of their countries.

Fireworks soared over the stadium, mesmerizing the crowd and athletes from 11 Southeast Asian nations when Tan proclaimed the Games closed and called on the youths of Southeast Asia to gather in two years time in Kuala Lumpur for the next Games.

As the curtains gracefully came down on the Singapore SEA Games tonight, the region's attention quickly shifted to Malaysia, host of the next edition of the prestigious SEA Games in 2017.

Singapore Olympic Council president, Tan Chuan Jin, who is also Singapore's Minister of Social and Family Development, handed over the SEA Games Federation flag to the Olympic Council of Malaysia (OCM) president, Tunku Tan Sri Imran Tuanku Jaafar who later passed it to Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin, as the Chairman of the 2017 SEA Games Organising Committee.

He then waved it to the fans, signifying Malaysia's acceptance of the host job for the sixth time in the history of the Games.

The 2017 SEA Games marks a very special milestone in the country's history as the Games will be staged on the occasion of the country's 60th year of independence.

Following the flag presentation ceremony, the Malaysian troupe took centre stage to deliver a delightful performance entitled "Diversity in Motion".

The 10-minute performance, directed by Mohammad Arifwaran Shaharuddin was an epic that is broken down into three parts -- birth, rootedness and unity.

Accompanied by the music score titled "Lahirnya Lagenda" composed by local artist and lyricist MonoloQue, the performance told the story of the origins of an idea and an inspiration, which saw its roots in the nation and finally a clarion call to ignite the idea for a united Malaysia.

The production comprising a 52-member crew, 57 dancers and two singers, including Najwa Mahiaddin, earned the cheers of the near-capacity crowd at the National Stadium.

Almost 7,000 athletes from 11 participating countries had fought for the ultimate glory in the 36 sports contested.

The Malaysian contingent comprising 909 athletes and officials concluded their campaign on a high after surpassing the achievement in Myanmar (43) and Indonesia (58) in 2013 and 2011 respectively, with 62 gold, 58 silver and 66 bronze medals.


Ministry Cannot Decide On Attire For Athletes - Khairy

SINGAPORE, June 16 (Bernama) -- Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin said the Ministry cannot decide or force athletes to wear a specific dress code, especially Muslim athletes.

Khairy who welcomed Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Datuk Seri Jamil Khir Baharom's call to set a guideline for Muslim athletes on the type of attire to wear during competitions said the Ministry however, cannot interfere in the requirement of their international governing bodies.

"The Ministry cannot stop an athlete from deciding what to wear but we will provide them a guideline. It is up to the athletes to decide what they have to wear or want to wear as long as it did not contradict with the guidelines of the competition or their governing body," he told reporters, here today.

Gold medal winning gymnast Farah Ann Abdul Hadi receive flak for wearing standard approved leotards in her winning routine.

The issue became 'hot' in the social media while a private TV station had also highlighted the attire Farah was wearing during the competition.

Some had claimed that such attire was inappropriate for Muslims.

Khairy said in the case of Farah Ann, the Ministry cannot force the gymnast to choose the attire but rather the gymnast herself would have the freedom to choose what she wanted to wear as long it did not contradict with the requirement by the Federation International Gymnastics.

"It is not everyday that athletes wear such attire... because they only wear such attire in competitions," he said.

The gymnast recently came under fire from netizens who criticised her competition attire during the SEA Games in Singapore although she won a gold medal.


Kuala Lumpur To Be Main Venue When Malaysia Host 2017 SEA Games

SINGAPORE, June 16 (Bernama) -- Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin said a majority of sports during the 2017 SEA Games to be hosted by Malaysia would be held in Kuala Lumpur.

Khairy said though Kuala Lumpur will be the main venue, a number of events from the 39 sports contested may involve Sabah and Sarawak.

An announcement on the venues would be announced after the 2017 SEA Games organising committee meeting soon.

He said all the existing venues in Bukit Jalil would be upgraded for the SEA Games to safe cost while only a new velodrome would be build in Nilai, Negeri Sembilan to host track cycling events.

Khairy said to prepare athletes for the 2017 SEA Games, athletes would undergo three phases of training from Sept 2015 to Sept 2016 and Oct 2016 to March 2017 with the first phase involving 2,310 athletes.

Malaysia emerged as the overall champion in 2001 after winning 111 gold, 98 silver and 68 bronze medals when Malaysia hosted the games in Kuala Lumpur.

The National Sports Council will head preparations for the first phase and assisted by the Olympic Council of Malaysia, National Sports Associations and the National Sports Institute.

Meanwhile, Malaysian contingent Chef-de-Mission for the SEA Games here, Datuk Seri Norza Zakaria said officials who accompanied the athletes were not here on a 'holiday' but rather worked very hard to play a supporting role for the athletes.

"There is no such thing as a free trip or holiday for officials. They were working very hard to ensure athletes were in tip top condition. There was no report of any official shirking his or her duties," he said.


Beregu wanita sumbang emas ke-61

Atlet badminton negara, Amelia Alicia Anscelly (kanan) dan Soong Fie Cho berjaya merangkul pingat em
Atlet badminton negara, Amelia Alicia Anscelly (kanan) dan Soong Fie Cho berjaya merangkul pingat emas dalam acara beregu wanita Sukan Sea Singapura 2015 di Stadium Tertutup Singapura.

SINGAPURA 16 Jun - Badminton menambah pingat emas ke-61 buat kontinjen negara menerusi acara beregu wanita pada Sukan SEA 2015 di Stadium Tertutup Singapura, sebentar tadi.

Pingat emas tersebut dihadiahkan pasangan Amelia Alicia Anscelly-Soon Fie Cho selepas menewaskan rakan senegara, Vivian Hoo Kah Mun-Woon Khe Wei dengan keputusan 21-18, 21-13. - UTUSAN ONLINE

Wei Feng hadiah emas ke-62 negara

CHONGE Wei Feng (kanan) dan Mohamad Arif Abdul Latif mengibar Jalur Gemilang selepas kedua-duanya meraih pingat emas dan perak acara badminton perseorangan lelaki Sukan SEA 2015 di Stadium Tertutup Singapura hari ini. - Foto FAUZI BAHARUDIN

SINGAPURA 16 Jun - Pemain badminton perseorangan lelaki negara, Chong Wei Feng menghadiahkan pingat emas Sukan SEA Ke-62 buat kontinjen Malaysia di Stadium Tertutup Singapura, sebentar tadi

Wei Feng menang dengan keputusan 21-8, 21-9 menewaskan rakan senegara Mohamad Arif Abdul Latif pada saingan akhir perseorangan lelaki tersebut. - UTUSAN ONLINE

FAM jangan ulangi kesilapan

MALAYSIA menutup kempen bola sepak Sukan SEA 2015 bersama kegagalan

MALAYSIA menutup kempen bola sepak Sukan SEA 2015 bersama kegagalan selepas terkandas di peringkat kumpulan apabila tewas kepada Vietnam dan Thailand.

SINGAPURA – Anti-klimaks. Kegagalan skuad bola sepak mara ke separuh akhir buat pertama kali sejak Sukan SEA 2007 Korat bagai menghilangkan seri kontinjen negara yang menutup kempen dengan meraih 62 pingat emas di Singapura.

Apatah lagi, mereka sudah pun tersingkir sebelum Sukan SEA dibuka secara rasmi pada 5 Jun ekoran tumpas kepada Vietnam dan Thailand dalam saingan Kumpulan B.

Fakta bahawa pasukan kali ini memang tiada ciri-ciri juara sudah mula kelihatan sejak perlawanan pembukaan menentang Timor Leste, yang menyaksikan Malaysia sekadar menang tipis 1-0.

Penggantungan enam perlawanan yang diterima Muhammad Nazmi Faiz Mansor memburukkan lagi keadaan buat pengendali skuad bawah 23 tahun negara, Datuk Ong Kim Swee.

Dia jelas bergelut untuk mencari pemain yang memiliki tahap kecergasan terbaik kerana anak-anak buahnya bagaikan `kurang angin’ semasa berdepan Vietnam dan Thailand.

Begitupun Kim Swee tidak boleh dipersalahkan 100 peratus kerana sebahagian besar anggota skuad bawah 23 tahun negara bukanlah muka-muka yang sentiasa beraksi dalam kesebelasan utama skuad negeri masing-masing se­perti Mohd. Fandi Othman, Gary Steven Robbat, D. Saarvindran dan Shahrol Saad.

Malah, Kim Swee langsung tidak diberi ruang membentuk skuad ini sejak awal selepas tugas membimbing pasukan dalam kempen kelayakan Piala AFC bawah 23 tahun dan Liga Si­ngapura (S-League) diberikan kepada Razip Ismail.

Keputusan Jawatankuasa Pe­ngurusan Pasukan Kebangsaan itu nyata menimbulkan persoalan dan tidak keterlaluan untuk dilabel sebagai melucukan.

Seperti meletakkan dua nakhoda dalam satu kapal, keputusan kucar-kacir akhirnya membawa kehancuran kepada pasukan bawah 23 tahun, selain ketiadaan skuad Harimau Muda A yang dibubarkan secara tiba-tiba.

Nasi sudah menjadi bubur dan apa yang berlaku pada Sukan SEA 2015 perlu dijadikan pengajaran oleh FAM bagi memastikan skrip yang sama tidak berulang di Kuala Lumpur, dua tahun lagi.

Perancangan perlu bermula dari sekarang untuk membentuk skuad yang benar-benar bersedia dan matang sepenuhnya.

Masih ada 10 pemain yang boleh bermain di Sukan SEA Kuala Lumpur, namun persoalannya adakah mereka mampu menjadi pemain lebih baik pada waktu tersebut atau kekal di takuk lama?

Sumber: UTUSAN

Wei Feng puas kembalikan emas (Juara perseorangan lelaki pertama selepas 14 tahun)

Chong WEI FENG (kanan) dan Mohd. Arif Abdul Latif meraikan pingat
Chong WEI FENG (kanan) dan Mohd. Arif Abdul Latif meraikan pingat emas serta perak yang dimenangi mereka selepas mengalahkan satu sama lain dalam perlawanan akhir badminton perseorangan lelaki Sukan SEA 2014 di Stadium Tertutup Singapura, semalam.

SINGAPURA - Biarpun lawan yang dikalahkan adalah rakan se­negara sendiri, namun Chong Wei Feng puas kerana berjaya menamatkan penantian 14 tahun Malaysia dengan merangkul pingat emas badminton perseora­ngan lelaki dalam Sukan SEA 2015 semalam.

Pemain kelahiran Kedah berusia 28 tahun itu mudah menundukkan Mohd. Arif Abdul Latif 21-8, 21-9 untuk menghadiahkan pingat emas terakhir kontinjen negara di Si­ngapura, yang juga emas ke-62 buat Malaysia.

Individu terakhir yang menyumbangkan emas perseorangan lelaki buat negara adalah Mohd. Roslin Hashim pada Temasya 2001 di Kuala Lumpur.

Menurut Wei Feng, emas tersebut mengubat sedikit kekecewaan tidak dapat beraksi dalam Kejohanan Dunia di Indonesia, Ogos ini selepas Persatuan Badminton Malaysia (BAM) memilih untuk menyenaraikan bekas jaguh No. 1 dunia, Datuk Lee Chong Wei dan Zulfadli Zulkiffli.

“Ini adalah hadiah istimewa buat seluruh rakyat Malaysia kerana sudah lama kita tidak memena­ngi pingat emas dalam perseorangan lelaki pada Sukan SEA.

“Saya lihat, Arif tidak beraksi baik sepanjang permainan dan kerap melakukan kesilapan. Itu memudahkan saya untuk mengutip mata demi mata.

“Saya memang berpuas hati dapat mengembalikan emas kepada Malaysia, malah saya lega kerana prestasi saya semakin meningkat. Itu petanda baik dalam usaha melayakkan diri ke Sukan Olimpik,” kata Wei Feng.

Ketika Wei Feng meraikan kejayaan terbesar dalam kariernya, impian Malaysia untuk menamatkan penantian 16 tahun dalam acara beregu campuran tidak kesampaian selepas Chan Peng Soon-Goh Liu Ying tewas pada perlawanan akhir yang amat mendebarkan.

Peng Soon-Liu Ying yang baru kembali bergandingan akibat kecederaan yang menimpa Liu Ying, dikerah dalam pertarungan se­ngit yang berlarutan selama 1 jam 9 minit sebelum akur dengan kekalahan 21-18, 13-21, 23-25 kepada pasangan No. 11 dunia, Praveen Jordan-Debby Susanto dari Indonesia.

Dengan kekalahan itu, Chew Choon Eng-Chor Hooi Yee kekal sebagai pasangan terakhir Malaysia menjuarai acara beregu campuran pada Sukan SEA 1999 di Brunei.

Praveen-Debby pula memastikan Indonesia terus menguasai acara tersebut buat kali keenam berturut-turut.

Sumber: UTUSAN

Pencapaian terbaik di luar Kuala Lumpur

SINGAPURA – Kontinjen Malaysia mempamerkan prestasi luar biasa pada Sukan SEA 2015 di sini apabila berjaya mengutip keseluruhan 62 pingat emas, 58 perak dan 66 gangsa.

Menteri Belia dan Sukan Khairy Jamaluddin berkata, pencapaian 62 emas itu berjaya mengatasi kutipan 40 emas pada edisi 2009 di Laos, 2011 di Indonesia (58 emas) dan 2013 di Myanmar dengan 43 pingat emas.

Kejayaan kontinjen negara pada kali ini, katanya merupakan pencapaian kedua terbaik di luar Kuala Lumpur selepas edisi 2007 di Korat, Thailand yang menyaksikan Malaysia meraih 68 pingat emas.

“Saya ingin mengucapkan tahniah kepada kontinjen negara yang memenangi keseluruhan 186 pingat dan melepasi sasaran 56 peratus dari 329 acara yang disertai kontinjen negara (pada temasya kali ini),” kata Khairy pada sidang media mengenai prestasi atlet Malaysia pada Sukan SEA 2015 yang melabuhkan, semalam.

Beliau menyifatkan kejayaan Malaysia kali ini merupakan ‘lonjakan luar biasa’ kerana 62 emas itu disumbangkan menerusi 22 acara berbanding kutipan 68 emas dari 19 acara sukan yang disertai pada edisi 2007.

Daripada 329 acara yang disertai Malaysia, Khairy berkata, kontinjen negara berjaya melepasi sasaran dalam enam jenis sukan teras iaitu badminton dengan lapan pingat; berbasikal (lima), memanah (10), gimnastik (12), pelayaran (15) serta menembak dengan kutipan 11 pi­ngat.

Empat sukan teras lain pula menepati sasaran ditetapkan iaitu boling dengan 10 pingat, hoki (dua emas), sepak takraw (lima pingat) dan skuasy enam pingat.

Beliau turut memuji enam atlet muda negara yang mempamerkan aksi cemerlang pada temasya kali ini seperti penerjun elit lelaki, Ooi Tze Liang yang merangkul empat pingat emas; atlet boling lelaki Muhammad Rafiq Ismail (tiga emas dan satu perak) serta pemanah wanita Fatin Nur Fatehah Mat Salleh (tiga emas).

Selain itu, atlet gimnastik artistik, Farah Ann Abdul Hadi dengan kutipan dua emas, satu perak dan satu gangsa; pemain snuker Thor Chuan Leong (dua emas) dan pelumba berbasikal lebuh raya negara, Mohd. Harrif Salleh yang meraih dua emas dalam acara kriterium dan lepas beramai-ramai lelaki.

Sumber: UTUSAN

‘Emas ini untuk anda semua’

SOONG FIE CHO (kiri) memeluk Amelia Alicia Anscelly sebaik saja
SOONG FIE CHO (kiri) memeluk Amelia Alicia Anscelly sebaik saja menewaskan Vivian Hoo-Woon Khe Wei untuk muncul juara beregu wanita Sukan SEA 2015 di Singapura, semalam.

SINGAPURA – “Pingat emas ini buat semua rakyat Malaysia, terutama rakyat Sabah.”

Itu kata Amelia Alicia Anscelly dan Soong Fie Cho sambil menahan tangisan kegembiraan sejurus mengejutkan pasa­ngan utama negara yang juga penyandang juara, Vivian Hoo-Woon Khe Wei untuk muncul juara beregu wanita Sukan SEA 2015, semalam.

Jika selama ini, Vivian-Khe Wei, yang juga juara Sukan Komanwel sering menjadi sandaran Malaysia dalam kejohanan utama, kemenangan 21-18, 21-13 yang dilakar Amelia-Fie Choo ke atas mereka menunjukkan skuad badminton negara kini mempunyai beberapa pemain yang boleh diharapkan.

Malah, ini bukan kemena­ngan pertama dilakar Amelia-Fee Choo ke atas beregu No. 11 dunia itu tahun ini. Mereka sebelum ini turut mengejutkan Vivian-Khe Wei dalam perlawanan akhir Terbuka India, Januari lalu.

Bagaikan tidak percaya berjaya menghadiahkan emas buat negara dalam Sukan SEA, kedua-dua pemain yang ber­asal dari Sabah itu menangis sejurus mengutip mata kemenangan dan menitiskan air mata, sebaik saja lagu Negaraku berkumandang.

“Kemenangan ini buat kedua ibu bapa, teman lelaki saya dan semua rakan-rakan di Sabah yang membantu kami. Emas ini untuk anda semua.

“Sabah sebuah negeri yang cantik, di mana setiap rak­yatnya mengambil berat antara satu sama lain. Saya percaya semua orang di tempat kami akan bangkit dengan lebih kuat,” kata Amelia, yang turut mendedikasikan kejuaraannya kepada mangsa gempa bumi di Gunung Kinabalu baru-baru ini.

Menurut pasangan No. 26 dunia itu, kejayaan menumpaskan beregu utama negara membuktikan mereka juga mampu menyumbang biarpun sekadar turun bersama status No. 2 di belakang Vivian-Khe Wei.

“Memang puas dapat kalahkan beregu utama negara. Kami membuktikan biarpun kami hanya No. 2, tetapi tetap berupaya memberikan saingan kepada mereka.

“Persefahaman dan komunikasi yang baik bersama Fie Choo hari ini menjadikan kami lebih bersemangat. Kami juga bermain tanpa tekanan,” kata Amelia lagi.

Sumber: UTUSAN