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Monday, July 23, 2001

Athletics - Brunei athletes show good promise

By K. Jafni H. Ali

The Brunei athletes went down in defeat in their events at the 9th Asian Junior Athletic Championships but are coming up big from their exposure to such a prestigious meet.

Iskandar Marikan displayed a brave performance in his 5000m run to finish the race in 12th position, with a time of 21 minutes 19.80 seconds.

Lim Chyi Chyuan and Jean Merbai Ak Biju, meanwhile, could only secure 11th and 12th finishes in the Javelin with a throw of 44.91m and 43.71m respectively.

Probably, the brightest spark of the Brunei camp on the last day of the meet was the 4 x 100m relay team, represented by Farid Hj Matzin, Nordin Ismail, Maqnun Wahab and Azmize Rahman.

The foursome displayed a good show of speed and coordination to secure fifth placing in a field of eight that took part in the event, and finishing ahead of Maldives, Singapore, and China which was disqualified.

Typically, Thailand dominated the Men's 400M relay while Japan all-conquered the Women's category.

In the Men's event, Thailand won through anchorman Yan Phi Boon who sped past the Japanese pacemaker, Oishi Hiroyuki, at the last 50 metres of the race, to deny the Rising Suns the gold medal.

Thailand won it in a time of 40.11 seconds, followed by Japan in 40.35 seconds. Malaysia clinched bronze with a time of 41.06 seconds.

In the Women's race, Japan snatched gold from China, despite losing ground through an improper baton change. However anchorwoman Ushihara made amends by sweeping the competition away in the last 30 metres to win for her team.

The Japanese clocked a time of 46.11 seconds, while its arch-nemesis China finished in 46.45 seconds to collect the silver. Thailand won the bronze.

Four championship records were set yesterday, in the Men's 200M, 5000m, Javelin and t Hammer throw events.

Al Yami Salem of Saudi Arabia continued his fine performance at the meet when he completed a fine sprint double, by winning the 200M to add to the 100M title he won earlier this week. His time of 20.81 secs also beat the old record of 20.88 seconds set by Japan's Nakagawa Hirofumi in the 1997 Bangkok meet.

China's Chen Qi broke the record of 74.42m for the Javelin, set by India's Raman Deep Singh in New Delhi five years ago. The new record now stands at 77.22m.

The record distance for the hammer throw by Anup Singh in New Delhi was taken over by Tajikistan's Nazarov Dilshod with his throw of 68.08m.

Incidentally, Nazarov's gold medal was the first for his country.

China emerged as the overall champion at the meet, with a total of 19 golds, 10 silvers and 3 bronzes. In second place was Kazakhstan with 5 golds, and Japan third with 4 golds, 8 silvers and 12 bronzes.

Host nation Brunei was placed overall 19th.

The guest of honour at the closing ceremony, Pehin Dato Hj Mohammad Ali bin Hj Mohammad Daud, the Deputy Minister at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, brought an end to four-days of a rather fruitful meet. Also present at the function was the co-chairman of the championships, as well as the Director of the Youth and Sports Department, Dato Paduka Hj Talib Hj Berudin.

Source: Borneo Bulletin

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Football - Fantastic display of football by Man U for 68,000 fans

KUALA LUMPUR: Football fans, exhausted by cheering their lungs out during the match between Manchester United and a Malaysian Selection left the stadium a satisfied lot.

For college student Terry Yeow, it was a good match but the outcome was expected.

"I expected Malaysia to lose but not 6-0 maybe 4-1.

"Malaysia created a few good chances but they wasted it.

"Technically, we're no match for them," he said.

Yeow, 18 added that he was overjoyed to see his favourite team--the Red Devils in action.

One of many female fans who turned up, Norzuliyati Ahmad Latifi, 27 thought her favourite player, David Beckham, was superb.

"I screamed until I have nearly lost my voice (during the match).

"But I enjoyed the game. I supported both sides, MU a little more than Malaysia.

"It was a really cool atmosphere," she added.

The fans, who were quick to arrive for the match were instead slow to leave as they waited outside the stadium to possibly catch a final glimpse of the Red Devils and soak in more of the exhilarating atmosphere.

While some thought they could get autographs from the players, which was not to be, others shared their thoughts on the match.

But in the end, slowly but surely, the 68,000 fans made their way out of the stadium after a match that will be the topic of conversation for days to come.

That is, while waiting for yet another top football team to make their way to Malaysian shores.

And the fans should give themselves a pat on the back for creating a fantastic atmosphere and treating the Red Devils to a dose of good support--Malaysian style.

Source: The Star

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Monday, July 23, 2001

Bodybuilding - Henro crowned Mr Sabah 2001

By FRANCIS XAVIER

HENRO LEE was crowned the Mr Sabah 2001 in the Mr Sabah Bodybuilding Championship yesterday while Gym Rakyat were the biggest winners.

Henro, as predicted walked away with the ĎChampion of Championsí title to be crowned the Mr Sabah 2001 at the two-day championship that ended at the Karamunsing Complexís podium yesterday.

Flexing his muscles under the banner of Power Zone Gym Labuan, the 1998 champion Henro defeated eight other challengers, including seasoned campaigners such as Hajimin Wasili, Jomiun Duraman and Matiu Jungkim.

Earlier on, Henro had won the lightweight title.

Afterwards the delighted Henro said: "Iím glad to win the title.

"But now Iím eyeing the Mr Malaysia next month and this is going to be tough as there are so many good bodybuilders around especially those from the Police and Malacca."

ON HIS preparations prior to the Mr Sabah Championship, Henro said: "Actually, I have been training regularly all year long to maintain my fitness, but got into serious training for the past one month. I spent about two hours training daily - one-and-a-half hours on body parts (training) and half-an-hour of stomach training."

The championship organised by the Sabah Amateur Bodybuilding Association (SBBA) saw Francis Joseph of Gym Rakyat clinch the Most Improved Bodybuilder Award, while Rahim Parman also of Gym Rakyat took the Best Poser award. The Inter Gym Award also went to Gym Rakyat.

The day also saw Rahim Parman, also of Gym Rakyat retain the junior lightweight category title while Asing Latip of Likas Gym and Martino Maryinus finished in second and third respectively.

But Norman Gym dominated the junior light-welterweight category after two of its bodybuilders made a one-two finish.

Romeo Almanzo emerged as the champion, while Edward Anthony finished in second, followed by Lim Oi Hon of Penampang Health in third.

Last yearís runner-up Suadah Durasim won the masters category, while Hussin Hassim and Evaritus @ Mohd Sukur settled for second and third spots respectively.

The newly introduced light-flyweight category was won by seasoned campaigner Aswald Jebing of Gym Rakyat, followed by Likas Gymís Marius @ Harun Salidam in second, while third place went to Muslim Jumat of Federal Gym.

The flyweight category saw Hajimin Wasili retain his crown for the second consecutive year. Hajimin of Power Zone edged Francis Joseph and Jousing Torudoi of Rock Gym of Menggatal who settled for second and third respectively.

The bantamweight category was won by Matui Jungkim of Power Zone, followed by William Amro of Rock Gym in second place, while third spot went to Mastili Galimon of Gym Rakyat.

All the winners in the championship are likely to be selected to represent Sabah in the upcoming Mr Malaysia Championship on August 4 and 5 at the same venue.

SBBA president Datuk Abdul Ghani Rashid, who is also the City Mayor, gave away the prizes to the winners.

Source: New Sabah Times

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M-League - Defeat dents Rhinosí bid

KOTA KINABALU: The shock 1-0 defeat to Police on Friday could well be a fatal blow to Sabahís dream of landing the Premier II crown.

And with seven matches to play, the defeat comes at the wrong time.

But nevertheless, Sabahís chances of making a grand finish in the league are still wide open, but Johor FC definitely hold the advantage having a four points lead following their 4-2 victory over Kedah JKR.

Brunei on the other hand managed to close the gap with their Borneo counterparts and both teams are now levelled on 29 points after Fridayís tie. However, Brunei have played one match more than Sabah.

But if Sabahís poor run continues, they may find themselves slipping from second to third spot in the standings.

For the record, that was Sabahís fourth defeat of the season.

Its coach Ken Worden is well aware of Sabahís downhill run.

The Aussie blamed the teamís bad form for the blunder against Police.

He said: "There are two or three things that are really the problem (with the team) at the moment. Firstly...poor technique that really let the team down and secondly some of them are in poor form. So you know...everything goes wrong when you are in bad form."

At the same time, the no-nonsense Aussie also blamed the playersí poor finishing for not being able to bring back at least one point from the Selayang Municipal Council Stadium.

"We have Rizal Awang Jad...but he hasnít scored a goal since the Premiership started. Suharmin has (score) seven or eight goals, but he never hit the target once (against Police). We brought in Zainizam Marjan, but he did not take the opportunity to score (referring to Zainizamís attempt against Police. Instead of unleashing a shot at goal, he just looped the ball that was saved by the keeper). If they donít score...they are not strikers," Worden lamented.

He added: "I donít know what can shake them out of it. We put no pressure on them before the game or during the game. Henry Soimpon and Madzalan Emoi...I cannot see anything in their game and there was very little in Shahril Arsatís game, but for three days he was sick."

"But our problem now is...we got to get somebody to score goals. We need to score to win matches. We are not a bad team, but the team is in bad form. Our goalkeeper (against Police) never made any saves in the game, but we got beaten one nil," he added.

"The real issue at the moment is the quality of the last pass to make goal is not there...the finishing is not there. So this is where our biggest problem is. Right at the moment, there is no magical answer other than the players to work harder and get some confidence on the ball and score goals," Worden pointed out.

"We are like in the downhill stretch. And I said to them (players)...you got full pockets of money, you got ground to play on now...but youíre playing not with real desire (to play). The worst thing you do if you are not playing well, then you fight harder because fighting is just a matter of...okay Iím going to make his life out so thatís the attitude we need in the team. I can train them off the field but they got to work on the field," he added.

"The management is working hard for the team and the players must do the same. It is a two way street, but it is not happening here (referring to the players lack of fighting spirit)," said Worden.

Sabahís next game is against Armed Forces at the Likas Stadium.

Source: New Sabah Times

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Saturday, July 21, 2001

M-League - Brunei show true mettle in Kedah thriller

By Benny Ang

Brunei rescued an invaluable point last night from the jaws of defeat when they scored twice within the last six minutes to earn a 2-2 draw at Kedah last night in a tense and dramatic thriller. While Mick Jones had been pressing his side for a win last night, having worked themselves into a 2-0 deficit late in the game, he will undoubtedly be more than happy with the point, which keeps up the pressure on the league frontrunners Johor FC and Sabah.

Brunei made just one change from the side that trounced the Armed Forces 3-0 on Monday night, with Shaiful Aznee coming in for Shahrol Rizal in a straight defender for defender swap.

At the other end though, Brunei found themselves facing an old nemesis who has tormented the Wasps defence on more than one occasion. Having previously donned the colours of Borneo neighbours Sabah, Yap Wai Loon is now plying his trade with Kedah and looked determined to once again break the hearts of the Brunei football fans.

But Brunei more than held their own in the first half, stifling whatever Kedah had to throw at them yet at the same time trying their best to unlock the home defence.

In fact the best chance Kedah had came in the ninth minute when Mohd Reddy fired his shot straight at Wardun Yussof having done the hard work to break free.

Brunei's captain Ak Sallehuddin came close in the 32nd minute but narrowly missed the target to let off a grateful Kedah side.

Kedah finished the first half very strongly but were unable to break the deadlock, as were Brunei and both sides had to settle for a 0-0 scoreline at halftime.

Kedah started the second half very strongly and soon created two golden opportunities in the space of two minutes but Brunei somehow survived with their goal intact.

Having weathered the storm admirably, the Wasps fought back and came close themselves to taking the lead in the 55th minute but Riwandi Wahit was unable to make contact with the ball after Irwan Mohammad had played him in.

Just as it looked as though the game was petering out into a draw, Kedah struck with a killer blow as Mohd Fadzan unleashed a piledriver in the 65th minute that was good enough to beat Wardun, making it the first goal the youngster has conceded since his call-up into the first team three games ago.

With 25 minutes to salvage something from the match, Brunei coach Mick Jones threw on an extra attacker in Affindi Yati Tuah but by doing so it meant that Kedah were always going to have more openings of their own.

And ultimately it proved that way as Kedah scored their second goal in the 79th minute through Mohd Rabus Abu Bakar to seemingly put the game beyond the reach of Brunei.

But when substitute Radiman Rahman scored for Brunei in the 84th minute, the game burst into life again but not even the most ardent Bruneian fan could have imagined what was about to come next.

Captain Ak Sallehuddin popped up in the 89th minute with a magnificent effort to steal a point for the Wasps, which could yet prove invaluable. In fact, Brunei had the ball in the back of the net again in injury time to score what would have been a fantastic comeback but the referee disallowed the effort to end the game in a dramatic 2-2 draw.

Source: Borneo Bulletin

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Taekwondo - Sabah will send full squad to National C'ship

By Catherine Ong

KOTA KINABALU - The United Sabah Taekwondo Association (Usta) will parade a full squad to the 26th National Taekwondo Championship to be held at the Kota Kinabalu Community Hall on July 29 and 30.

Disclosing this yesterday, its president David Chong said there will a parade of the 48-member contingent for the two-day national level event - 24 exponents each in the men and women's team respectively.

Actually, there are eight weight categories each in the men and women respectively, but Sabah are using the edge as the hosts, adding one extra exponents for each category, meaning the home team will have three exponents for every category, unlike the usual two.

He also revealed that Deputy Prime Minister cum Home Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi is expected to officially open the function.

Currently, there are 12 teams who have confirmed their participation in the championship, including Perak, Kedah, Pahang, Johor, FT Labuan, Negeri Sembilan, Penang, Sarawak, Armed Forces, the Sarawak Taekwondo Academy, Taerobic Taekwondo Academy Johor and Sabah.

"We are still waiting for the remaining teams to confirm participation it means we have another week to wait for their confirmation," Chong said of teams like the Police and Master Stanley Yong (MSY) Taekwondo Centre from Kota Kinabalu.

"Our preparations for the championships are almost complete, and we are expecting over 300 participants and officials," he added.

Source: Borneo Bulletin

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Friday, July 20, 2001

M-League - Brunei keep pressure on the leaders

By Benny Ang

Heading into tonight's away game against Kedah, Brunei will be looking to maintain their fine run of form in recent times to keep up the pressure on the league leaders.

While many had predicted that the Premier Two would be a runaway contest between Sabah and Johor FC, coach Mick Jones shared a much different view.

Even before the end of round one, Jones had boldly predicted that his Wasps could still challenge for honours despite what had then seemed like a big gap between the top two teams and the rest of the field.

But suddenly, after just four games into round two, Jones' prediction may well be coming true after all.

With both the top two teams faltering in recent outings, Brunei's three wins in a row have put them within touching distance of both Sabah and Johor FC.

What had seemed improbable a few months ago is now very possible and a win tonight at Kedah could change the whole balance of power in Premier Two.

Should Sabah and Johore FC slip up again tonight, then three points tonight would see the Wasps leapfrog to the top of the table and assume a powerful position with just six games to go.

All that seems easy on paper but the hard work is yet to be done on the field, something that Jones is all too aware of.

"Nothing comes easy in life and I've made it very clear to the players that they shouldn't expect any favours from Kedah tonight. Kedah are a state team fighting for pride and they can still qualify for promotion. We have a delicate situation as far as yellow cards are concerned and we have to tread very carefully indeed.

"That said, however, I always maintained that the points were up for grabs and if we could get off to a good start in round two, then it was always possible that we could put the pressure on the teams ahead of us.

"That has happened and now we owe it to ourselves to keep the pressure on them. They know we are behind them and they will feel the pressure but it's no use if we cannot maintain this momentum," said Jones.

Source: Borneo Bulletin

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Bodybuilding - Quest to be Mr Sabah

By Catherine Ong

KOTA KINABALU - More than 50 bodybuilders would take the stage in the opener of the Mr Sabah Championship 2001 at the Karamunsing Complex's podium today.

But defending champion Tommy Pandingau is unlikely to retain his champion of the champions crown at the two-day championship organised by the Sabah Amateur Bodybuilding Association as he has yet to submit his entry. Organising chairman Hamdin Kadir said Tommy is yet to confirm his participation. But despite the defending champion not being around, he added the championship is not going to make the championship less merry.

He said former champion Henro Lee of Labuan will be in the fray after two years of absence since winning the crown in 1998. However, Hamdin, who is also the SBBA deputy president, did not rule out the possibilities of Tommy's eleventh hour entry, as they still accept last minute entry.

"Actually, the deadline for entry is on July 18, however we have decided to accept last minute entry, but the participants must come early during competition day to register themselves," Hamdin said.

For the record, the Keningau-born Tommy is the two times champion (1999/2000 - champion of the champions) and also the reigning light middleweight champion.

Any hulks that can win the title will keep the champion of the champions trophy permanently, and Tommy is likely to miss the chance should he opts to shy away from this year championship.

At the same time, Hamdin also said that beside the champion of the champions challenge trophy, the championship also offers two other trophies for the best gym award and best poser. There will be a total of 12 weights category to be competed.

Two categories are for the youth under-21 (70kg and below & 70kg and above), masters (for veteran aged 45 years old and above) and nine open weight divisions right from the newly introduced light flyweight (55kg and below) to heavyweight (90.1kg and above).

Hamdin said the championship would be used to select the best bodybuilders to represent the state in the upcoming Mr Malaysia championship to be hosted by SBBA on August 4 and 5 at the same venue.

Source: Borneo Bulletin

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Football - Decision on use of Likas Stadium soon

By FRED LEONG

KOTA KINABALU: The Sabah Sports Board (SSB) has referred the Sabah Football Associationís (Sabah FA) intention of using the Likas Stadium for the remaining Premier II home matches to the relevant parties - Culture, Youth and Sports Development Ministry, assigned contractor and consultant (JKR).

SSB received the letter of request from the FA on Tuesday afternoon and are expected to hold a meeting soon for a decision on the matter.

Speaking to the New Sabah Times Sport yesterday, its General Manager Herman Tiongsoh said he would also convey the FAís decision that they will be looking into the security aspect of the stadium, especially along the demolished old grandstand at the west wing.

The main concern for the SSB is security in this area, because unruly fans might use the concrete debris and other items as missiles if things turn sour, while the temporary zinc fencing and the existing security fencing could not hold back fans, especially gatecrashers.

The old grandstand was demolished to the pave way for a bigger grandstand for the 2002 Sukma.

However, renovation works is at a standstill due to various reasons.

It is also unknown when the assigned contractor would resume work on the new structure.

Questions have been hurled as to whether the project could be completed on time for the 2002 September Sukma or not, where the Likas Stadium will be the main venue for athletics, football, opening and closing ceremonies.

Herman had said that since the FA promised to look into the security problem in this area, half the problem has been solved. The FA would get police assistance by deploying extra police personnel to guard the west wing at any one time if they get the nod to use the stadium.

"We donít object to the use of the stadium for Sabahís home venue for the remaining home matches instead of the much smaller Penampang Stadium, and the relevant parties will make a decision soon," Herman promised.

"We would definitely discuss the issue within these few days and come up with a decision. On our part, we will try our best to convince the ministry, contractor and consultant that the security aspect would be duly looked into, and also that the work if resumed would not be hampered," added Herman.

Herman believed that the work would not resume early and in this case, the FA could use the Stadium for its home game against Armed Forces on July 23 and Melaka Telekom on Aug 3.

However, he could not say whether the contractor would start work before or after the last home game on Aug 13 against Kelantan JKR.

The idea to move the home venue from the Penampang Stadium to the Likas Stadium came from the FA President Datuk Anifah Aman, who took time off to personally visit the stadium on Friday and meet Herman and SSB engineer Chris Lean about the FAís intention.

He has all the reason to do so especially after experiencing poor gate collections since the kick-off due to the lesser seating capacity and also its unfavourable location, and furthermore thinks the game would not disrupt or hamper the renovation works.

Source: New Sabah Times

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Thursday, July 19, 2001

M-League - Brunei narrow gap

By Catherine Ong

KOTA KINABALU - Unfavourable results since the second round of Premier II started have put leaders Johor FC and Sabah in a bind, but on the other hand, Brunei have narrowed the gap between them and the top.

With seven matches remaining, unless the leaders can arrest their slide, there is a possibility of Brunei, or even Kelantan JKR taking over at the top.

Since the second round began, Johor FC who have led virtually unchallenged in the first round, have picked up only one point out of a possible nine. That too was when they played against Sabah at the

Penampang Stadium with the match ending in a draw.

They lost to Kelantan JKR 2-0 on Monday and it was their second defeat in as many matches, having lost to Melaka Telekom as well. It was their third loss overall.

As for Sabah, after having picked up a point against Johor FC, they were again held by visiting Kuala Lumpur Malay Mail, thus denying them at least four more points and the chance to top the standings.

Sabah FA officials charged foul after the two draws and have called for an internal inquiry to look into the alleged poor performances of the players.

Rumours have been rife of match fixing rearing its ugly head again, but FA boss Datuk Anifah Hj Aman dismissed the cheap talk. He said the poor performances of the players had more to do with the lifestyles of at least some of the players.

He said he had heard rumours of players keeping late nights and drinking and not being in peak condition for training and matches. "That's not what professionalism is all about," he said, "and if they don't buck up, then their future is at stake".

Sabah had faced lots of problems initially, particularly financial, and it was only lately, that the players salaries were paid. Initially the FA of Malaysia came to bail them out and the players got paid three months outstanding wages. A private sponsor helped pay another month's wages. "There is nothing more for the players to complain," a flabbergasted coach Ken Worden told mediamen.

"But there some players who are not giving their best on the field. I have given them ample warning already and now I will inform the team management

that I will be sidelining these players until they can convince me they will give their best".

Worden declined to give names. He said the players knew who he was referring too and those not name in his squad could be those whom he felt were not giving their best. But for Friday's match against Police, Worden will not have his first choice goalkeeper Khairul Azman who is down with an old knee injury which he aggravated last week.

Brunei, who at one stage were several points behind the leaders are now just two points behind Johor FC and if they can secure more winning results, and the club side failed to do so similarly, then Brunei may find themselves in a new position.

On Friday they travel to Alor Setar where they meet a weak Kedah side who have hardly impressed all this season. Johor FC are at home to Kedah JKR, the bottom club side in the tables and should be able to reverse their fortunes. As for Sabah, they will be one match behind until they play their deferred match against Kedah JKR in mid August. This could turn out in their favour after all.

Source: Borneo Bulletin

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