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Coronation Cup Race 2014



Coronation Cup Race 2014

Representatives from 43 charity and non-governmental organisations received cheques from the Perak Turf Club following the completion of the Coronation Cup Race on Sunday, November 24, the fourth day of the Ipoh meet.

Amounting to a total of RM197,000, the biggest beneficiary was Persatuan Pemulihan Sultan Azlan Shah with RM10,000. Others included Perak Society for the Promotion of Mental Health, Noah’s Ark and Vision Home. The donations were part of the Club’s tradition of reaching out to the poor and the needy in Perak.

Besides financially assisting charitable and non-governmental organisations in Perak, the Club also responds to disasters at home and abroad. It too lends a helping hand to deserving individuals who walk or write in to the Club.

The Coronation Cup Race was passionately cheered on by hundreds of avid horse-racing fans. It was won by horse No. 7, Taichi Master, ridden by Jose de Souza and trained by Richard Victor Lines. Taichi Master is owned by Tivic Stable.

Coronation Cup Race 2014

The Coronation Cup is the most prestigious annual classic race for Class 1 Malaysian thoroughbreds. It carries the Club’s largest purse of RM700,000 along with a golden challenge trophy.

Run over a long course of 1600 metres, it is open to horses aged three and older. The race was inaugurated in 1985 to commemorate the installation of HRH Sultan Azlan Shah as the Sultan of Perak.


Rebranding Clearwater Golf Resort


 Clearwater Sanctuary Golf Resort (CWS) will be undertaking a rebranding exercise 20 years after its inception.

(l-r) 3rd from left Kenny Yap followed by Gary Player.

To be undertaken by Gary Player Golf Course Design and Architecture and led by the Grand Slam winner himself, Gary Player and his team of consultants were on hand for the announcement.

CWS CEO Kenny Yap made the announcement to the media together with Player, one of the most successful international golfers who had designed over 300 golf courses since the early ‘80s. According to Yap, the resort, which started in 1992, is a 27-hole golf course and had received an award for ‘Most Scenic Golf Course’ as its fairways caress tranquil lakes of disused mining ponds and is shaded by rows of picturesque rain trees, all providing for a scenic game.

Yap said the upgrading work would start next year. He added that the resort had a natural combination of beautiful blue mountains and natural greens surrounding it and deserved an upgrade which will ultimately provide “world class services both for sports and hospitality”.

The initial priority of the rebranding will be the 18-hole golf course and subsequently will include upgrading the clubhouse, more hotel rooms than presently available and will include villas, bungalows and low-rise condominiums.

Gary Player who described the course as magnificent also “blessed the people that planted the trees”. Player said he would do a total rebuild of the course with consideration given to the members and seniors.

“At 7500 yards it will be longer than Augusta but more playable for the average member. We will use the magnificent beauty of Clearwater’s lakes and put greens and tees on the lake to make it a dream course. The challenge is playability and beauty.”

Player, who described himself as a farmer and a golfer, emphasized that ecological practices would be a priority considering Clearwater’s wetlands and biodiversity. “We respect the environment and won’t over fertilize.”

Yap would not indicate the full cost of the upgrade but said the amount of money to do the upgrade is a challenge and would update the members and golf enthusiasts on a regular basis.



Invitational Darts Tournament


A total of 19 teams descended upon the Royal Ipoh Club on Saturday, September 7 for the club’s Invitational Darts Tournament 2013.


The players were from 11 affiliated clubs with some having two or more teams representing their side. Singapore Recreation Club was one of the few foreign teams in the competition. The host had four teams with five players to a team.

11 affiliated clubs participated. (clockwise) Penang Sports Club, PJ Club (Eagles), Selangor and Federal Territories Eurasian Association and Port Dickson Sports Club

Club President, Dr Selvakumar, started the ball rolling by bursting the balloon with a single dart.

Overall Champions PJ Club (Hawks). At extreme right is RIC Club President Dr Selvakumar

The tournament stretched over the weekend with the preliminaries beginning at 9.30am on Saturday, September 7 and the finals late in the evening of Sunday, September 8.

PJ Club (Hawks) was adjudged the overall champion for the tournament.

Organising Chairman, N. Sathivel of Royal Ipoh Club, described the event as one of its kind. He was overwhelmed by the response and the competitive spirit of the participants. “The camaraderie among darters is exceptional,” he told Ipoh Echo.



Hockey: No Medal of Any Colour for Malaysia


The recently-concluded 9th Asia Cup Men’s Hockey Tournament 2013 was a bonus for hockey fans who earlier this year witnessed another international-class competition, the Sultan Azlan Shah Tournament, also held at Stadium Azlan Shah, Ipoh.

Korea emerged as thr 9th Asia Cup Champions


Unfortunately, Malaysia, who came “prepared” for this prestigious tournament, failed to even secure a bronze losing 3-1 to Pakistan in the third and fourth placing match.

The Korea vs India final was a thriller

Korea emerged as the 9th Asia Cup champion when they beat India 4-3 in a thrilling final held on Sunday, September 1.

It was a well fought defensive start until Korea netted their first goal from a penalty corner in the 28th minute. This was followed with a field goal a minute later giving the Koreans the lead at end of the first half.

The second half saw India scoring in the 48th minute and equalising six minutes later.

Korea led again in the 57th minute but India drew level once more in the 65th. However, Korea’s 68th minute penalty corner sealed the match for good.

Unlike the Korea-India final, the tussle for 3rd and 4th placings between Malaysia and Pakistan was lacklustre. The home team was roundly beaten by the former Asian hockey giant.

Malaysia vs Pakistan.  ‘Malaysia failed to optimize goal scoring chances’ Coach Revinggon

Malaysia did play strongly but failed to optimize many goal-scoring chances. This led the Malaysian Hockey Confederation President, Tengku Abdullah to comment that the team’s penalty-corner conversions and finishing were poor.

National Coach Paul Revington too was equally disappointed with his players’ performance. “They played brilliant and rubbish all in one game,” he lamented.

However, the greatest disappointment was felt by the many Malaysian fans who had wanted to see Malaysia on the winners’ podium on the final night.

Tengku Abdullah with the Malaysian team ‘buck up’

Nevertheless, Malaysia has qualified for a slot in next year’s Hockey World Cup 2014 to be held in the Hague, Netherlands from May 31 till June 15.

This is by virtue of Malaysia, being the third reserve for the slot, moving up the ladder when Continental champion, Argentina (from the Pan American Cup) then Spain (through Germany’s success in the Euro Hockey Cup) and finally, Malaysia, becoming the team to benefit from Korea’s Asia Cup victory.

Malaysia’s fortune could change in the World Cup. Tunku Abdullah was not convinced. “The players have to buck up if they want a good showing at the Hague.” His statement echoes the sentiments of hockey fans throughout the country.


Not Even A Bronze For Malaysia


Malaysia failed in its bid to win the bronze at the 9th Asia Cup Men’s International Hockey Tournament losing 3-1 to Pakistan.


The game started well with both sides fighting hard to score. When Faizal Saari gave the team their first goal in the 34th minute the crowd went wild but it was short-lived, as barely a minute later Pakistan’s Haseem Khan equalised before the whistle blew for half time.

The second half saw a keen fight between the two, but Pakistan took the lead in the 54th minute from a penalty corner, which was converted by Muhammad Imran.


Malaysia reacted immediately and netted a goal but it was disallowed. To add salt to injury they scored an own goal in the 56th minute allowing Pakistan to stretch their lead to 3-1 and along with it the 9th Asia Cup bronze medal.

It was a huge disappointment for all Malaysians present from the Malaysian Hockey Confederation (MHC) to the fans.

(l-r) Tengku Abdullah, Coach Revington and players Faizal and Sharun Babil
(l-r) Tengku Abdullah, Coach Revington and players Faizal and Sharun Babil

MHC President Tengku Abdullah was visibly disappointed with the overall performance. He described the team’s penalty corner conversions and finishing as bad. “We need to address these problems if we want to results”.

Similar sentiments were echoed by Coach Revington. Even Faizal Saari admitted to the media that he had made mistakes during the game.

Notwithstanding that, Malaysia has secured a berth in the World Cup at the Hague next year and this was affirmed when Korea beat India 4-3 in the final match that followed soon after.

Tengku Abdullah cautioned the players that although they have made it to the World Cup they have to buck up.

Despite winning the World Cup berth the fans were not entirely happy. They had expected the home team to be on the podium.


Ipoh Badminton Tournament 2013


Attracting more than eight hundred players, the recently concluded HST Ipoh Badminton Tournament 2013, was a huge success. According to the tournament’s organising chairperson, Dr Lee Boon Chye, Member of Parliament for Gopeng, it was possibly the largest badminton tournament ever held in Ipoh.

Ipoh Badminton Tournament 2013

“The response was overwhelming, and we have seen quality performances over the past three days, especially in the finals. This is very encouraging to the badminton fraternity in Perak. The organising committee has certainly worked hard, and I would like to express my thanks to them and to the generous sponsors.”

Korean badminton legend, Park Joo Bong, who was the guest-of-honour to kick off the tournament, in conjunction with the opening of the 22-court badminton arena in Ampang, Ipoh, remarked, “I was surprised by the standard of the arena here. It’s even better than those in Kuala Lumpur.”

There were a total of ten categories in HST Ipoh Badminton Tournament 2013. The winners and scores were:

  • Men’s Novice Doubles: Supian & Iryadi (18-21, 22-20, 21-11)
  • Junior Veteran Doubles: Liew Siew Fatt & Goh Chee Heng (21-19, 21-12)
  • Senior Veteran Doubles: Choong Chee Kong & T. Murthy (16-21, 21-11, 21-19)
  • Ladies Novice Doubles: Lin Hui Ching & Azniza (21-9, 21-13)
  • Mixed Novice Doubles: Lim Wooi Kip & Lim Fooi Choi (21-12, 21-19)
  • Boys’ Singles Under 18: Kelvin Ng (21-11, 21-13)
  • Boys’ Singles Under 15: Lye Jun Cheng (21-13, 18-21, 21-10)
  • Boys’ Singles Under 12: Loo Bing Kun (21-7, 21-13)
  • Boys’ Doubles Under 15: Wilson Phua & Goh Ewe Lean (21-18, 17-21, 21-11)
  • Boys’ Doubles Under 12: Ling Wei Jie & Loo Bing Kun (21-9, 21-16)

The champions received trophies, cash prizes, and Protech-sponsored badminton racquets and racquet bags. The first runners-up were also awarded prizes.


My Dualthon 2013 @ The Haven


Over 600 participants took part in Perak’s first Dualthon. The event, held at The Haven, Tambun was jointly organised by My Triathlon Shop and Kelab Roadrunners Ipoh (KRI).

(r-l) Dato Roshidi, Chong, Peter Chan and Karen Geh

Ipoh Mayor Dato’ Roshidi Hashim was on hand to flag off the race shortly after 7am. Sharing the start podium with him was The Haven CEO Peter Chan, Organiser Karen Geh of My Triathalon Shop and KRI President Chong Him Shoong.

Participants started by running 5km first then cycling 25km and ending with another 5-km run.

First 5km was a run

The route of the race was held around the neighbourhood of The Haven which features picturesque hills and green jungle foliage and included a run through kampongs.

Followed by 25 Km cycling

The overall winner of the event was Sharon Abdullah, 34, who has been participating in triathlon events for 10 years. Sharon described the event as “great” but the scenery going through the cycling route as “even better”.

The last 5Km was a run. Bottom left photo, Sharon Abdullah.Bottom right the mixed relay team Abel, Clarena and Rishitharan

In the Mixed Relay event, the champions were mother and son team Abel Chuah (cycling) and Clarena Khoo (running) with fellow running club member Rishitharan Acharia.

The event did not have a time limit which according to Geh was to take away the stress and allow the participants to take in the nature of the location which many of the participants agreed was a great strategy.

As for a follow up event Geh said that she would definitely have it in Ipoh again but the next event would have a longer distance and have a more challenging gradient. Now that is something to look forward to.


Malaysia Back Again

Hockey fans were at the edge of their seats for the first 8 minutes of the Malaysia – Japan game on the 4th day of the 9th Asia Cup. This happened when Japan, ranked 16, took a commanding 2-0 lead against the home team in just 8 minutes after the start of this crucial match.
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Fortunately, Malaysia woke up from their slumber in time to level the score before the end of the first half.
The second half saw the Malaysians working very hard to be on top. But things happened only in last 10 minutes of the game when Faisal Saari scored in the 60th minute followed by Azlan Misron, 6 minutes later.
Revington was concerned when Japan took the lead. “The team stood their ground and once they got a goal they would go on to score more goals, which they did.”
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Malaysian Hockey Confederation (MHC) President Tengku Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah, who was present for the first time, had reservations about the team’s performance. “We’ve to play better if we want to win the Asia Cup. We need to overcome our weaknesses and take chances.”
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The home team has qualified for the semi-final and is expected to play India on Friday, August 30.

Malaysia On Receiving End

After starting on a high note by trashing Chinese Taipei 10-2, the home team went down to Pakistan losing its second match 4-1.
The national team played a fine game but, unfortunately, the Pakistanis played better with speed and superior stick work.
Pakistan Team Manager Rasool Akhtar, at the post game interview, was happy that his team beat Malaysia. It was a psychological victory beating Malaysia on its own turf.
Revington was lost for words. “Pakistan played a good game with slick counter attacks and taking chances in the inside circle,” he quipped. “The players need to improve in these areas.”
Malaysia’s next game against Japan, said the South African coach is therefore crucial. “We’ve to put a better performance when meeting Japan on Tuesday, August 27.
The crowd on day two of the 9th Asia Cup was larger and so was the number of VVIPs. They included HRH Raja Dr Nazrin Shah, Perak Menteri  Besar Dato’ Seri Dr Zambry Abd Kadir and AHF Secretary General, Tan Sri P. Alagendra.

In Memory of Chua

On the first day of the 9th Asia Cup Men’s Hockey Tournament, after the national anthems of Malaysia and Chinese Taipei were played, a minute silence was observed in the stadium to honour the late Chua Boon Huat.
For the duration of the one minute, images of Chua were displayed on the stadium’s LED screen.
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Chua’s family members were present. They were seated in the VIP’s box and wore yellow shirts with Chua’s number 3 emblazoned at the back. Similarly, the entire Malaysian team wore blue shirts with Chua’s number 3 on their backs.