Court Soccer from Kuala Lumpur emerged champion at the inaugural MBI-Kronos Futsal Fiesta held at the Indera Mulia Stadium, Ipoh recently. The KL-ites beat Perak’s Marlin A in a penalty shoot-out after tying 1-1 at the end of the final match. The winning team was awarded the Datuk Bandar Challenge Trophy, a trophy replica, medals and RM5,000 in cash. Runner-up Marlin A took home the runner-up trophy, a replica, medals and cash worth RM3,000. The best-player award went to Mohd Ridzuan of Court Soccer while Zaidi Zainal of Marlin A was adjudged the top scorer of the championship. Mayor Dato’ Roshidi Hashim gave away the prizes. In his closing remarks, Roshidi emphasised the importance of sports in shaping a healthy nation. “Youths need to indulge in healthy pursuits so as to keep them away from unhealthy activities.”
The Ipoh International Run has gained much popularity, and judging from this year’s response, this annual running event is here to stay. A total of 13,969 participants including 196 foreigners, the majority being Thais, Kenyans and Singaporeans (in that order), gathered in front of Stadium Indera Mulia, Ipoh on the morning of Sunday, July 3 to test their endurance.
Ipoh International Run 2011 is divided into 11 age divisions ranging from the Men’s and Women’s Open categories to the Boys’ and Girls’ junior categories. The distance also varies from the signature 21 km for the open categories to 5 km for the juniors. The number was the highest ever recorded since the run started 16 years ago. “The presence of Dato’ Michelle Yeoh could be the motivating factor,” said a bemused Dato’ Roshidi Hashim to reporters. Last year the run attracted 12,500 entries. Menteri Besar, Dato’ Seri DiRaja Zambry Abd Kadir, flagged off the runners and participated in the VIP category along with mayor Roshidi and a host of other VIPs.
As expected the Kenyans took top spots in both the Men’s and Women’s Open categories. Lilan Kennedy Kiproo completed the 21-km Half-Marathon in 1 hour 01 minute and 35 seconds to win the Men’s Open title. Esther Wambui Karimi ran the same distance in 1 hour 10 minutes and 26 seconds to claim the Women’s title. Lian Bee Hoon was the best Malaysian finisher in the Women’s Open Category. She ran the 21-km course in 1 hour 42 minutes and 50 seconds and was placed tenth.
There were prizes for schools with the most number of participants. Sam Tet, Ipoh with 869 entries, won a landscape project package worth RM10,000 courtesy of City Council. Second placed Sekolah Raja Perempuan Ipoh with 660 entries won a similar package worth RM5,000 while third placed Sekolah Pasir Puteh with 541 entries, a RM3,000 deal.
In conjunction with Ipoh City Day, Ipoh City Council organised the Ipoh City Veteran 9 A-side Football Carnival at Ipoh Padang recently. The carnival, into its seventh year and held over a two-day period, attracted 28 teams from around the country. Majlis Sukan Jajahan Tanah Merah, Majlis Perbandaran Kota Baru, SMZ Engineering Melaka and Kiara Batik Kelantan advanced to the semi-finals, but MPKB and SMZ were knocked out by the two Kelantanese teams. Heavy rain did not deter a large crowd consisting of the mayor and state officials from watching the intense match between the two teams in the final. Decked in their orange jerseys, Kiara Batik was on the offensive right from the start. They scored a goal in mid-game to clinch the winning point. The team received RM5000 cash, a hamper, medals and the championship trophy. Muhd Azhar and Abdul Rashid Mohd of Kiara Batik were named best player and goalkeeper, respectively.
The much anticipated Century Ride Malaysia 2011 was officially launched during a colourful yet simple ceremony at Tower Regency, Ipoh recently. The organising committee, led by the President of Kelab Roadrunners Ipoh, Chong Him Shoong and his team, were present to receive cash donations and gifts from sponsors.
The Perak government was the biggest sponsor with a donation of RM20,000. Other donors who were also co-sponsors include Ipoh City Council, Le Velo, My Gopeng Resort, Garmin, Milo, Energizer and 100 Plus. More than a thousand riders are expected to partake in this cycling extravaganza. Foreign participation will cap the 500 margin with Singaporeans making the largest number. The event is slated on Sunday, July 17 commencing at 7 am at Dataran Ipoh. An entry fee of RM100 is charged for registration before July 1 and RM150 after that. For details on the event please access www.centuryridemalaysia.blogspot.com or drop by Levelo Bike Shop at No 3, Leboh Cecil Rea, Canning Garden (beside New
Perak ended the the 53rd Malaysian School Sports Council (MSSM) Track and Field Championships on May 24 in third place with a medal tally of 9 gold, 10 silver and 16 bronze for a total of 35 medals.
The winner was Sarawak with 21 gold, 7 silver and 15 bronze. The runnerup was Sabah with 9 gold, 12 silver and 11 bronze.
The championship which took place at Stadium Perak from May 20-24 saw over 2,000 participants from 15 states which included the Federal Territories of Kuala Lumpur and Labuan.
A total of 90 events were contested which had been divided accordingly by male and female categories for ages under 18, 15 and 12 years.
Perak which had targeted for 26 gold only managed 9 gold medals. However, Perak State Education Director Dato’ Mohd Rauhi bin Mohd Isa “was satisfied” with the score explaining that “we always aim high but our total medal tally of 35 meant that we won at 35 of the 90 events. This is only the beginning.”
Perak’s darling of the event undoubtedly was athlete Nor Hazwani binti Abdul Harris who was voted the best female athlete award for the Championship. She bagged 2 gold medals, the 200 metre event and the 80 metre hurdles where she set a new record time of 12.87 seconds.
Nor Hazwani,11, studies at SK Tg Piandang Kerian. This is her second time participating in the championship, the first was at MSSM Johor 2010. Her ambition is to join the Police force.
The best male athlete went to Kedah’s Ku Amir Syazwan bin Ku Sharif for his record-breaking run in the 400-metre sprint.
The championship was officially closed by Deputy Education Minister Datuk IR Wee Ka Siong who likened the championship to being a “factory” for producing athletes and noted that 7 new records had been achieved during the 5-day event.
The venue for the next MSSM Championship will be held in Perlis next year.
The Ipoh City Hockey Association (ICHA) held their annual veterans hockey tournament on the sidelines of the 20th Sultan Azlan Shah Tournament in May.
Their 9-a-Side hockey event was held on the morning of the last day of the Sultan Azlan Shah tournament and played on pitch 2 of the stadium. Four teams, Kelab Sukan 30-50 Ipoh, Royal Selangor Club, Prince of Wales Xokei Club and Soleros KL, participated in the event.
According to ICHA President V. Mohan, the event was held each year for the veterans to come together to have a game and a get-together. There are no prizes for the winners. The veterans have been doing this in Ipoh for over 15 years.
Noted among the veterans was Datuk Poon Fook Loke and A. Francis, both part of the national team that participated at the Hockey World Cup 1975 at Kuala Lumour where Malaysia went down 3-2 to West Germany in the 3rd and 4th placing. play off. It was the best position Malaysia had ever reached.
Some foreign veterans that participated were Avtar Singh for England and Tim “Budgie’ Myers from Australia, both media correspondents covering the Sultan Azlan Shah Tournament.
Perak has long been associated with sports, as the state has produced many sporting personalities who had gained not only national but international recognition. Names such as Josephine Mary, Samson Vallabouy, T. Sivakumar, Oon Yee Chan, Rohayati Omar and Narendran still ring bells as they were in the forefront of the athletics scene in the 70s right to the 90s. Associations such as the Panthers Sports Club, YMCA, Jets Sports Club, Kilat Club, and a horde of other lesser known clubs, were the sources of these athletes.
The club that produced the most number of athletes for the country was Panthers Sports Club. The sporting luminaries mentioned above were products of the club. At the 1987 SEA Games the 4x400m women relay quartet won gold for the country. All four runners were members of Panthers Club. That was one of the many crowning achievements of the club.
With the passage of time it has witnessed a reduction in prominence and role due to several reasons. The most pressing being the current emphasis on sports by schools and parents. This has indirectly affected the development of sports in the country and in the process curtailed the progress of sports clubs. The lack of incentives is a great de-motivating factor.
In spite of these hindrances, hopes are still alive as a number of former greats have pooled their resources to revive the Panthers Sports Club and bring back its former glory.
Leading the pack is national coach K. Jayabalan, the country’s foremost sprinter in the late 60s and 70s. He has for company A. Kandiah, M. Jothi, Rathna Pandian, Kunala and many others who were prominent sportsmen in their own rights.
The club is committed to the development of athletic talents from grass-roots to national level. It helps trainees to pursue academic excellence and to seek employment in the public and private sectors. The club too trains technical officials and coaches who are a proven asset to the Malaysian Amateur Athletic Union. One of the most outstanding athletes Jayabalan has produced so far is Yuvaraaj, a SEA Games 400-metre runner who is attempting to qualify for the 2012 London Olympics in the same discipline.
Panthers Sports Club opens its doors to all youths who are keen on improving their athletic ability beyond the norm. The club seeks financial aid from well wishers who subscribe to its ideals. For details on admission and contributions, please call Honorary Treasurer, L. Amalanthan at 012-5350878.