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The Malaysian Insider :: Sports

Posted: 26 Apr 2011 09:22 PM PDT

The Malaysian Insider :: Sports


El Clasico part three has Barca on rare back foot

Posted: 26 Apr 2011 08:51 PM PDT

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Indian court sends ex-games chief into police custody

Posted: 26 Apr 2011 08:40 PM PDT

NEW DELHI, April 27 — An Indian court ordered the former chief organiser of the Delhi Commonwealth Games into police custody yesterday, as police stepped up a crackdown on businesses and government officials in a string of corruption cases to hit the emerging global giant.

Federal police on Monday arrested Suresh Kalmadi, a senior lawmaker who has been suspended from the ruling Congress party, charged with cheating in tenders for timing equipment worth millions of dollars in the October sporting event. Police will hold him for eight days from yesterday.

The case is one of several high-profile corruption scandals to strain the Congress party-led government and spark protests in the Indian capital against what is seen as a culture of near impunity for the country's elite.

In a separate case, a court deferred a decision on whether to grant bail to five executives charged with manipulating the sale of telecoms licences in collusion with senior officials in the ruling coalition.

New Delhi may have been deprived up to US$39 billion (RM116.82 billion) in lost revenue due to the flawed awarding of second-generation mobile telecom licences, a state auditor has said.

Kalmadi, who has become a pantomime villain in the Indian media, had a sandal thrown at him as he made his way to a court yesterday. He has denied any wrongdoing and his lawyer called the arrest "illegal".

"The accused person entered into a criminal conspiracy to cheat the government of India in the manner of awarding contracts for timings, scoring and results system to be acquired for the CWG, Delhi 2010," V.K. Sharma, a federal police lawyer for the prosecution, told the court on Tuesday.

The US$6 billion event was billed as India's answer to the 2008 Beijing Olympics, but descended into rows over leaking stadiums, filthy athletes' rooms and corruption scandals.

Kalmadi's aides formed a tight phalanx around the lawmaker from the western city of Pune as he walked out of the court and the judge sat down to write the order. A female aide shouted to him: "God is with us". Rows of police armed with batons roped a path for Kalmadi to come in and out of the courtroom.

Months of relentless headlines about corruption scandals and a vocal political opposition have roiled the government, rattled investors and put the brakes on ambitious economic reforms in Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's second term.

The Congress party suspended Suresh Kalmadi on Monday after he was charged with favouring a Swiss firm to provide 1.4 billion rupees (RM93.26 million) worth of timing equipment to the Games.

Kalmadi, who was booed at the Games' opening ceremony in front of a global TV audience in October, had his constituency office in Pune vandalised by a gang of angry youths on Monday night.

On Tuesday, onlookers shouted a mix of support and abuse as Kalmadi emerged from the court.

TELECOMS CASE

In an adjacent courtroom, former Telecoms Minister Andimuthu Raja was seen slumped over a table as a case over the sale of telecoms licences and spectrum continued on Tuesday.

Raja, along with executives from telecoms firms and the daughter of the leader of a regional party that is a key government ally, have been charged in the telecoms licence case.

In another courtroom, a Delhi high court judge deferred a hearing on the bail applications of senior officials from Reliance Anil Dhirubhai Ambani (ADA) Group and the Indian joint ventures of Norway's Telenor and the UAE's Etisalat until Friday at the earliest.

Their bail plea was rejected by a lower court last week after federal police said the executives could abscond or try to influence witnesses. They will be held in jail pending the trial or until they are granted bail. All those on trial in the telecoms case deny wrongdoing.

Federal police on Monday added more names to their charge sheet in the telecoms case, including the lawmaker daughter of the chief minister of Tamil Nadu state. She was accused of taking bribes routed via a TV channel owned by her family.

The case could potentially threaten Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's ruling coalition and provoke a popular backlash in ongoing state elections, including in Tamil Nadu, where Congress is allied to the ruling Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) party.

The DMK threatened to pull ministers from the coalition if members of the chief minister's family were charged, according to media reports.

The DMK will meet in the state capital, Chennai, on Wednesday to discuss their coalition with the Congress party, a spokesman for the party told the NDTV news channel.

The DMK had also threatened to withdraw from the government in March in a row over seat-sharing arrangements in the Tamil Nadu election, for which results are out on May 13.

However, analysts question whether the DMK would act on such a threat, given that it needs Congress's clout in the state as much as Congress needs the DMK's 18 seats to maintain its federal majority. Congress could also look to other smaller parties to prop up its coalition. — Reuters 

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Republika Online

Posted: 26 Apr 2011 07:42 PM PDT

Republika Online


McEnroe Disumpah Serapah lewat Jejaring Sosial

Posted: 26 Apr 2011 06:37 AM PDT

REPUBLIKA.CO.ID,NEW YORK - Salah satu nama paling dihormati di tenis Amerika Serikat, Patrick McEnroe, mendapat sumpah serapah dari seorang petenis muda AS. McEnroe mendesak sang petenis muda, Donald Young, untuk segera meminta maaf.

Lewat jejaring sosial Twitter, Young mulai melontarkan sumpah serapahnya seusai dirinya kalah dalam partai final untuk memperebutkan tiket wild card Prancis Terbuka. Dia menyerang McEnroe dengan bersumpah serapah lewat twitter. ''USTA sialan. Mereka penuh dengan kebohongan. Mereka telah mengacaukan diriku selama bertahun-tahun. Cukup,'' tulis Young.

Sumpah serapah Young jelas ditujukan kepada McEnroe yang menjabat kepala program pengembangan pemain USTA. Sehari setelah 'serangan' Young tersebut, McEnroe menggelar jumpa pers untuk mendesak Young meminta maaf.

''Saya tersinggung atas nama orang-orang dalam timku yang sudah bekerja keras,'' kata McEnroe. ''Saya pikir Donald harus meminta maaf atas apa yang telah dikatakannya.''

Lewat jejaring sosial, Young secara pribadi sudah mengakui kesalahannya. ''Tweet itu bukan karakterku sesungguhnya. Saya tidak pernah seperti itu sebelumnya. Tapi, saya lelah. Aku minta maaf atas kata-kata kasarku,'' tulis Young yang kini telah menutup akun Twitter-nya.

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Soderling: Saya Bisa Kalahkan Nadal Lagi

Posted: 26 Apr 2011 06:04 AM PDT

REPUBLIKA.CO.ID,ESTORIL - Robin Soderling, dua kali finalis Prancis Terbuka, memiliki keyakinan tinggi bahwa dirinya mampu mengalahkan Rafael Nadal lagi. Soderling bertekad menumbangkan Nadal di turnamen tanah liat Prancis Terbuka yang menjadi turnamen favorit Nadal.

''Dia pemain hebat terutama saat bermain di lapangan tanah liat,'' kata petenis nomor lima dunia asal Swedia tersebut. ''Tapi, apalah itu? Nadal memang terbaik di tanah liat, tapi saya dapat mengalahkannya. Anda hanya perlu menampilkan permainan terbaikmu sambil berharap sejumlah keberuntungan.''

Soderling mulai terkenal sejak mengalahkan Nadal di putaran keempat Prancis Terbuka 2009. Bahkan, dia saat itu berhasil melenggang hingga ke partai puncak. Tapi sayang, Soderling akhirnya harus menyerah dari Roger Federer.

Sejak kemenangan atas Nadal tersebut, Soderling selalu masuk jajaran petenis lima besar dunia. Dia tahun lalu kembali bertemu Nadal di partai final Prancis Terbuka. Tapi, Soderling kembali gagal meraih juara.

Soderling mengawali debut tanah liatnya musim ini dengan tampil di turnamen Barcelona pada pekan lalu. Namun sayang, Soderling terhenti di putaran kedua setelah kalah dari Ivan Dodig (Croatia) yang berhasil melaju hingga babak empat besar.

Meskipun demikian, Soderling masih punya waktu untuk mempersiapkan diri menyambut Prancis Terbuka pada 22 Mei mendatang. Dia berharap kondisinya sudah benar-benar pulih sehingga bisa mewujudkan ambisinya menumbangkan raja tanah liat, Rafael Nadal, untuk kedua kalinya.

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Sports

Posted: 26 Apr 2011 03:31 PM PDT

Sports


Fan power

Posted: 25 Apr 2011 10:48 PM PDT

Ramos wants Bernabeu faithful to play big role in sinking Barca

Tuesday, April 26th, 2011 13:37:00

Football

OLE! Ramos demonstrates his skills with a bullfighter's cape after Real won the Copa del Rey

MADRID: Rightback Sergio Ramos told Real Madrid fans to "score the first goal" in their firstleg semifinal against Barcelona at Santiago Bernabeu on Thursday (2.45am).

Real go into the clash in buoyant mood after beating Barca 1-0 in the Copa del Rey final last week before a much-changed side enjoyed a 6-3 thrashing of Valencia in the Primera Division on Saturday.

But Ramos warned the Champions League tie would be another matter and urged Real fans to create a big atmosphere at the Bernabeu.

"It's the fans who have to score the first goal for us. Every visiting side at the Bernabeu have to be wary of the atmosphere. They must really be aware of what it means to play at a stadium like ours," he said.

Despite the massive win over Valencia, Real remain eight points behind Barca in the Primera Liga table and this means the Champions League is their more realistic chance of another trophy this season as manager Jose Mourinho bids to guide a third club to European football's biggest prize.

Ramos said the way the team performed in Valencia despite Mourinho making nine changes with Thursday's match in mind shows the unity in the squad as they focus on their goals.

"It is more united than ever. We are all extremely excited about the times we are living. The Champions League is a very important competition and it is at stake for us. Now is when we must show everyone how excited we are."

But Ramos is making no bold predictions of victory, admitting instead to a genuine excitement about the fixture.

"Both Barca and Real have great players and no one knows what will happen," he said.

"We all know of the responsibility we have and what it takes to defend these crests. We will have to give our all to win."

Meanwhile, midfielder Kaka believes Real have the most important resource of them all ahead of the clash with Barca — manager Mourinho.

Kaka hails the Portuguese and feels he could make all the difference on Thursday.

"I'm happy. I feel good. Mourinho has been 10 (out of 10), he has been very good to me. He has been helping me a lot. He is using me well and I am available to lend a hand," he told the Brazilian Press.

Kaka is no stranger to Champions League success having played in two finals with his former team AC Milan.

He lost in 2005 but two years later he won the competition with the Italian giants, and once again faces another important discourse in the battle for Europe.

"It was a big week. My birthday, two goals, the birth of my daughter. The season finale is still very good. We have won a title (Copa del Rey) and now we measure ourselves against Barca twice in the Champions League.

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Attack on Iniesta's mind

Posted: 25 Apr 2011 10:43 PM PDT

Tuesday, April 26th, 2011 13:36:00

BARCELONA: Midfield ace Andres Iniesta is ready to take the offensive for Barcelona in their first-leg semifinal clash against bitter rivals Real Madrid at Santiago Bernabeu on Thursday as he eyes taking a big step towards the Wembley final.

"I don't dream of scoring legendary goals, but I dream of being at Wembley," said Iniesta.

"I don't care about scoring goals or not being able to play, as long as we get to the final. Now our only thoughts are these. The team are not thinking of anything else."

The 26-year-old World Cup winner with Spain, believes his side have options and advantages which could mount to obtaining a coup against newly-crowned Copa del Rey winners.

"We'll win because we do not do anything else. We should not look at Real but only ourselves," he said.

"We have to counter their strengths. There are many circumstances and it will depend on how the game goes. We must remember that there are 180 minutes to play for.

"We will play with a positive mindset and with the knowledge that we are not far from the final."

Barca central defender Gerard Pique says the Copa del Rey loss to Real Madrid last week does not mark the end of a cycle for the Spanish champions.

"Losing the cup final against Real was very hard for us as we disappointed a lot of fans. However, losing is part of the game and you have to accept that these things happen," Pique told El Pais.

"This is by no means the end of a cycle though. We might have lost the Copa final, but we're still sitting in pole position to win Primera Liga. And we'll take on Real again in the semifinals of the Champions League. It's competitions like this that really mark a cycle.

"I really like playing at the Bernabeu. I can't explain why, but I really enjoy a hostile crowd. There are players out there who fail to cope with jeers from the crowd, but it only motivates me.

"Winning at Real is a unique feeling," he said.

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ANTARA - Olahraga

Posted: 26 Apr 2011 01:20 PM PDT

ANTARA - Olahraga


George Toisutta Tetap Mencalonkan Diri

Posted: 26 Apr 2011 09:47 AM PDT

[unable to retrieve full-text content]Kepala Staf Angkatan Darat Jenderal TNI George Toisutta tetap akan mencalonkan diri sebagai Ketua Umum Persatuan Sepakbola Seluruh Indonesia.

Bontang FC Waspadai Trio Pemain Persija

Posted: 26 Apr 2011 08:51 AM PDT

[unable to retrieve full-text content]Tim Bontang FC optimistis mencuri poin dengan mewaspadai trio pemain Persija Jakarta, pada lanjutan kompetisi Djarum Indonesia Super League (ISL) 2010-2011, yang akan digelar, di Stadion Manahan Solo, Jateng, Rabu (27/4).

The Star Online: Sports

Posted: 26 Apr 2011 01:03 PM PDT

The Star Online: Sports


Figure skating worlds starting after month delay

Posted: 26 Apr 2011 05:22 AM PDT

MOSCOW (AP): Figure skating's top athletes take to the ice for the world championships a month later than they'd expected and in a different country.

The championships' hasty relocation to Moscow from Tokyo after Japan's catastrophic earthquake has been a challenge to every skater's training schedule. But for some, it's also brought an additional jolt of motivation.

"I feel like, OK, I can do it and I have to do something for the people who are living ... in Japan," says Miki Ando, a top contender for women's gold. "So many people can't have a normal life any more, and so many people died, or they don't know where they are still, so I feel like I couldn't be like normal. But after so many people were telling me and so many people were sending (messages) to me 'go forward' ... they push me to feel better to skate." After two days of qualification rounds, the championships open Wednesday at the Megasport Arena with the men's short program.

"I don't want to think about what happened in Japan. But to show everything I can do here is the best thing I can do for everybody," said defending men's champion Daisuke Takahashi of Japan. "I'd like to give joy and hope to the people with my skating."

The championships originally were to have started March 21 in Tokyo, and the ensuing uncertainty and rescheduling left most skaters wobbling with doubt and anxiety about how to train.

"When we knew about Tokyo and Russia I was very tired, and it was very difficult to come back on the ice again to get ready for the world championship," said Brian Joubert of France, a bronze medalist at the last two worlds.

But most appear to have adjusted. "I think we're all in the same boat, on the same playing field," said Canada's Patrick Chan, the reigning silver medalist. "It feels like a world championship, like it always does."

Japanese fans seeking consolation through the beauty and power of skating will have much to watch in this championships. Mao Asada is defending her title and Ando, the 2007 world champion, aims for another gold.

Ando recently has appeared to be resurgent, defeating Asada in the Four Continents and in the Japanese national championships.

Both, meanwhile, face the challenge of South Korea's Kim Yu-na, the Olympic gold medalist; the worlds is Kim's first competition of this season.

American Alissa Czisny, who won this season's Grand Prix Final, is also in the mix, along with countrywoman Rachel Flatt and three-time European champion Carolina Kostner.

Takahashi is joined by two other strong Japanese in the men's competition, Nobunari Oda and Takahiko Kozuka, who took silver and bronze respectively at the Grand Prix Final. The U.S. entries are national champion Ryan Bradley, Ross Miner and Richard Dornbush.

The pairs competition features defending champions Pang Qing and Tong Jian of China, challenged by world silver medalist Aliona Savchenko and Robin Szolkowy of Germany.

In ice dancing, Americans Meryl Davis and Charlie White, the reigning silver medalists, are in strong position to take the country's first-ever world gold in the discipline. They face Olympic and world champions Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir of Canada, but Virtue has been troubled since surgery last fall and the couple withdrew in the Four Continents, their only competition of the season.

Russia, a longtime figure skating power, offers a comparatively underwhelming field for these championships. Its top medal contenders are Yuko Kavaguti and Alexander Smirnov, the defending world bronze pair.

Home-country fans also will be closely watching several young skaters who hold promise for Russian glory when the country hosts the 2014 Olympics: Artur Gachinski, whose technique is often likened to Evgeni Plushenko's, and Ksenia Makarova and Alena Leonova.

But if Russia's medal prospects are a bit dim this year, the country effectively has already won a gold for its swift organization of the championships, putting it all together in 31 days.

"I think its unbelievable that any country, any federation in four weeks can turn everything around so quickly; have hotels available with volunteers, a beautiful stadium, it's really unbelievable," said Alan Seabrook, chairman of Britain's National Ice Skating Association.

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Westwood first No 1 to play in South Korea

Posted: 26 Apr 2011 05:19 AM PDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP): Lee Westwood hopes to put on a show in the Ballantine's Championship this week as the first No. 1-ranked golfer to play in South Korea.

Westwood reclaimed the top ranking from Martin Kaymer when he won the Indonesian Masters by three strokes in Jakarta on Sunday, his 38th birthday. Fellow Englishman Luke Donald could have overtaken Westwood hours later at the Heritage, but lost the U.S. PGA Tour event in a playoff.

"It's nice to get back to No. 1. I played well last week and my confidence is high," Westwood said on Tuesday.

"I've great expectations of myself and I hope to do well and win this championship on Sunday afternoon. I'm very much looking forward to the tournament and hopefully I'll give the galleries plenty to cheer about in the coming days."

Westwood shot 68-66-66-69 on Royale Jakarta for his seventh win in Asia, and was keen to pull off consecutive wins.

"The world rankings are all about consistency and playing well week-in and week-out, which I tend to do," he said. "The secret to being world No. 1 is having the consistency, and all parts of your game have to be good to do that."

The Ballantine's, co-sanctioned by the Asian and European Tours and the Korean PGA, has moved from Jeju Island to Blackstone Golf Club in Icheon, outside Seoul but will feature its strongest field yet.

Local hopes for a first Korean winner are carried mainly by Y.E. Yang, the 2009 U.S. PGA champion.

"My message to my Korean fans is this: I don't play that often in Korea," said Yang, who hails from Jeju.

"I come maybe every six months, in spring and autumn, and I think the best way to reward them is a win. I always try to do my best whenever I compete and I'll do the same again this week."

Also entered are Ernie Els, Ian Poulter, Miguel Angel Jimenez, 2009 winner Thongchai Jaidee, and highly rated Korean Noh Seung-yul, 19, who finished fourth in 2010 and went on to become the youngest winner of the Asian Tour's Order of Merit.

Els has finished in the top 10 in the past two Ballantine's.

"They get a number of really good players, so if you can win, you've beaten a really good field," Els said. "I would love to win, especially on a new course."

The defending champion was Marcus Fraser of Australia.

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KOMPASbola

Posted: 26 Apr 2011 11:48 AM PDT

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Persipura Dihajar Chonburi 4-1

Posted: 26 Apr 2011 01:57 PM PDT

BANGKOK, KOMPAS.com - Persipura Jayapura tak bisa berbuat banyak kala bertandang ke kandang Chonburi FC dalam lanjutan penyisihan Piala AFC Grup H, Selasa (26/4/2011). "Tim Mutiara Hitam" ini dipaksa menyerah 1-4.

Persipura memang masih bisa berengger di peringkat pertama klasemen sementara Grup H dengan nilai 7. Namun, posisi itu sudah terancam Chonburi yang juga memiliki nilai sama.

Tidak seperti kala tampil di kandang saat menghajar Chonburi 3-0, Persipura bermain kurang gereget. Chonburi pun dengan mudah menguasai permainan, bahkan sudah bisa unggul 3-0 pada babak pertama lewat gol Suree Sukha, Pipob On-Mo, dan Therdsak Chaiman.

Persipura semakin kesulitan di babak kedua, setelah defender Ortizan Solossa terkena kartu merah. Chonburi pun makin leluasa menekan dan Pipob kembali mencetak gol, membawa timnya unggul 4-0.

Persipura sempat mengagetkan Chonburi. Pada menit ke-75, Bio Paulin membobol gawang Chonburi, memanfaatkan tendangan penjuru. Namun, itu hanya sebuah gol hiburan dan tim asuhan Jacksen Tiago ini dipaksa menyerah 1-4.

Klasemen Piala AFC Grup H 1. Persipura 4 2 1 1 9-6 7 2. Chonburi 4 2 1 1 11-8 7 3. South China 4 1 2 1 5-7 5 4. East Bengal 4 0 2 2 8-12 2

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Sriwijaya Ditekuk Song Lam 0-4

Posted: 26 Apr 2011 01:30 PM PDT

VINH, KOMPAS.com - Sriwijaya FC alami kekalahan pertama di Piala AFC. Bertandang ke kandang Song Lam Nghe An (Vietnam), "Laskar Wong Kito" bertekuk lutut 0-4, Selasa (26/4/2011).

Posisi Sriwijaya di puncak klasemen Grup F pun terancam. Meski tetap memimpin klasemen dengan nilai 7, namun Song Lam Nghe An kini menempel di urutan kedua dengan nilai 6. Nilai yang sama juga dimiliki TSW Pegasus yang kini tergeser ke urutan ketiga.

Jika TSW Pegasus mampu mengalahkan VB Maladewa, maka Sriwijaya pun harus turun ke urutan kedua. Pertandingan Pegasus lawan VC Maladewa akan digelar malam ini.

Tim asuhan Ivan Kolev ini memang tak tampil seperti biasanya. Mereka kesulitan mengembangkan permainan. Sempat alot, pertahanan Sriwijaya bobol pada menit ke-22 oleh gol Ngale Jiemon Thierry yang memanfaatkan bola rebound hasil tepisan Ferry Rotinsulu.

Hanya berselang 9 menit kemudian, Sriqwijaya kembali kebobolan. Sekali lagi, Jiemon Thierry mampu memanfaatkan bola rebound untuk membawa timnya unggul 2-0.

Sriwijaya gagal bangkit di babak kedua. Pada menit ke-57, gawang Ferry malah kembali kebobolan oleh gol Andre Diego lewat aksi individu. Ini semakin membuat Sriwijaya kesulitan.

Akhirnya, Sriwijaya harus mengakui kekalahan 0-4, setelah Song Lam menambah gol pada menit ke-61 oleh gol Kavin Bryan. Sriwijaya sebenarnya berusaha memperkecil kekalahan, tapi selalu gagal. Apalagi, di akhir pertandingan, mereka kehilangan Oktovianus Maniani yang terkena kartu merah.

Klasemen Piala AFC Grup F
1. Sriwijaya FC 4 2 1 1 6-7 7
2. Song Lam Nghe An 4 2 0 2 9-6 6
3. TSW Pegasus 3 2 0 1 8-6 6
4. VB Mladewa 3 0 1 2 5-9 1

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Posted: 26 Apr 2011 11:35 AM PDT

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Kelompok 78: Agum Lebih Baik Mundur daripada Dimundurkan

Posted: 26 Apr 2011 10:24 AM PDT

Rabu, 27/04/2011 00:24 WIB

Kelompok 78: Agum Lebih Baik Mundur daripada Dimundurkan
Meylan Fredy Ismawan - detiksport


Jakarta - Kinerja Ketua Komite Normalisasi (KN), Agum Gumelar, disorot oleh pemilik suara yang tergabung dalam Kelompok 78. Kalau memang sudah tidak mampu melaksanakan tugasnya, Agum diminta mundur saja.

Kelompok 78 menilai Agum memimpin KN dengan gaya otoriter. Padahal, dalam KN, harusnya Agum mengambil keputusan berdasarkan persetujuan bersama dengan anggota lainnya.

"Pak Agum ini tidak mementingkan kepentingan persepakbolaan. Saya melihat Pak Agum lebih mementingkan kepentingannya. Dia model kepemimpinan otoriter. Kita minta (rapat) pleno, kalau lima anggota KN nggak setuju (dengan Agum) disuruh keluar. Ini gimana. Harusnya kan aklamasi, kalau tak tercapai maka voting," ujar anggota Kelompok 78, Wisnu Wardhana, saat dihubungi detikSport lewat sambungan telepon, Selasa (26/4/2011) malam.

"Ini badan kolegial, harus mengambil keputusan bersama, jangan diambil satu-dua orang. Komite itu keputusannya nggak bisa satu-dua orang, tapi keputusan bersama. Nggak boleh otoriter," imbuhnya.

Selain soal gaya kepemimpinan Agum, Wisnu juga menyoroti ketidakmampuan Agum mengakomodir dan memperjuangkan kepentingan para pemilik suara.

"Sama sekali tidak mengakomodir. Padahal, kepentingan pemegang suara selalu berpegang pada statuta FIFA, PSSI, electoral code. Keputusan tertinggi di kongres. Kalau pemegang suara sudah diabaikan oleh Pak Agum, dia pakai aturan mana," lanjut Wisnu.

"Menurut saya belum memperjuangkan. Perjuangan mesti ada hasilnya, dikit-dikit lah. Tapi kok malah tambah masalah baru. Kongres 14 April dianggap meeting, komite pemilihan ndak diakui, komite banding malah diakui. Gimana itu," tanyanya.

Wisnu pun menyimpulkan bahwa Agum sudah tak mampu lagi memimpin Komite Normalisasi. Dia menilai mantan ketua umum PSSI itu tak mampu melaksanakan amanah yang diberikan oleh FIFA dengan baik.

"Pak Agum tak mampu memimpin Komite Normalisasi. Tak kredibel dan tidak kapabel. Tak mampu melaksanakan amanah FIFA. Amanah penyelenggaraan kongres kan harusnya sesuai undang-undang. Kalau orang pintar kan mengakomodir pemegang hak suara," bebernya.

Agar masalah tak makin rumit, Wisnu menyarankan Agum mundur saja dari Komite Normalisasi. Hal ini lebih baik daripada Agum dimundurkan.

"Kita tidak hanya mendesak mundur. Jadi kalau merasa sudah tidak mampu, lebih baik mundur, daripada dimundurkan. Jangan kemudian mengorbankan PSSI, sehingga kongres nggak sukses. Jangan mengorbankan Komite Normalisasi," tutur Wisnu.

"Kalau merasa tidak mampu, ya lebih baik mengundurkan diri. Kalau tak mampu menyukseskan kongres, ya mundur," pungkas dia.

( mfi / krs )

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Musim Stankovic Terancam Usai

Posted: 26 Apr 2011 09:27 AM PDT

Selasa, 26/04/2011 23:27 WIB

Musim Stankovic Terancam Usai
Mohammad Resha Pratama - detiksport


Milan - Hasrat Inter Milan untuk setidaknya menjaga asa merebut scudetto serta merebut titel Coppa Italia mendapat hambatan, setelah Dejan Stankonvic harus menepi karena cedera.

Stankovic tertarik pahanya saat Inter mengalahkan Lazio dengan skor 2-1 akhir pekan lalu. Gelandang 32 tahun itu hanya bermain selama 52 menit sebelum digantikan McDonald Mariga.

Cedera yang sama ini sempat mendera Stankovic akhir tahun lalu yang membuatnya absen panjang.

"Dia menderita cedera tingkat dua pada paha kirinya. Gelandang itu sudah menjalani sesi pertama fisioterapis," pernyataan Inter di situs resminya.

Jenis cedera ini biasanya memakan waktu penyembuhan minimal selama tiga minggu. Maka ia harus melewatkan empat partai sisa Il Biscione di Seri A yakni melawan Cesena, Fiorentina, Napoli dan Catania. Serta satu laga semifinal Coppa Italia kontra AS Roma.

Kehilangan Stankovic tentu saja kerugian bagi Inter mengingat ia adalah pilar di lini tengah. Musim ini ia diganggu cedera dan tampil sebanyak 34 kali serta menyumbang delapan gol.

( mrp / mfi )

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Kosmo Online - Sukan

Posted: 26 Apr 2011 11:27 AM PDT

Kosmo Online - Sukan


Iniesta terbayang aksi final di Wembley

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Iniesta terbayang aksi final di Wembley

Iniesta terbayang aksi final di Wembley


INIESTA (kiri) yakin Barcelona mampu menewaskan Real awal pagi esok.


MADRID - Perancang Barcelona, Andres Iniesta mengakui dia sudah mula memasang impian untuk beraksi pada final Liga Juara-Juara di Stadium Wembley.

Iniesta menyuarakan keinginan itu menjelang aksi separuh akhir pertama menentang musuh tradisi, Real Madrid di Stadium Santiago Bernabeu awal pagi esok.

"Saya hanya impikan untuk beraksi di Wembely. Kami perlu menewaskan Real Madrid (pada aksi pertama) dan menjaringkan beberapa banyak gol. Kemudian pada aksi kedua, penyokong kami akan membantu kami mara ke Wembely," kata Iniesta.

"Kami harus berjuang sehingga ke akhir. Ia akan menjadi satu pencapaian paling manis sekiranya berjaya memenangi dua lagi kejuaraan," katanya mengenai peluang merangkul gelaran Liga Sepanyol dan potensi menjulang trofi Liga Juara-Juara seperti tahun 1992, 2006 dan 2009.

Barcelona yang beraksi dengan corak permainan pantas dianggap sebagai pasukan pilihan apabila berdepan skuad kendalian Jose Mourinho itu.

Begitupun Iniesta mengakui pasukan itu tidak boleh memandang rendah keupayaan Real yang mengalahkan mereka pada final Piala Raja-Raja hasil tandukan Cristiano Ronaldo pada masa tambahan.

"Kami perlu memberi tumpuan pada rentak permainan kami, cuba menguasai bola, bertahan dengan baik dan menjaringkan beberapa gol sekiranya mahu memiliki kelebihan.

"Setiap perlawanan adalah berbeza, begitu juga dengan pertemuan ini dan juga aksi kedua nanti," kata Iniesta mengenai rekod pertemuan pasukan itu. - AFP

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Kelantan benam ego Selangor

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Kelantan benam ego Selangor

Oleh KHAIRI MOHAMAD
khairi.mohamad@kosmo.com.my


NORSHAHRUL (kiri) dicabar pertahanan Selangor pada aksi Liga Super di Stadium Sultan Muhammed IV, Kota Bharu malam tadi. Kelantan menang 1-0.


PENGGEMPUR berbisa, Norshahrul Idlan Talaha dijulang sebagai wira apabila meledak gol ketika membantu Kelantan membenam pendahulu Liga Super, Selangor 1-0 malam tadi.

Gol menerusi tandukannya seawal minit keempat pada aksi di Stadium Sultan Muhammed IV, Kota Bharu itu sudah cukup untuk Kelantan kembali bangkit menyaingi takhta liga.

Sebaik wisel permulaan dibunyikan, Kelantan terus melakukan asakan untuk mendapatkan gol awal dan Norshahrul yang tidak dikawal berjaya menanduk masuk bola menewaskan Saiful Amar Sudar di gawang Selangor.

Segala-galanya berpunca daripada lontaran ke dalam oleh pertahanan Kelantan, Daudsu Jamaluddin yang ditanduk ke belakang oleh ketua pasukan, Badri Radzi sebelum Norshahrul mudah merobek gawang Selangor untuk gol tunggal perlawanan.

Peluang Selangor hadir pada minit ke-23 menerusi pemain pertahanan, Nasriq Baharom yang menanduk bola hasil sepakan percuma Amri Yahyah, namun sedikit melepasi palang gol.

Selang enam minit kemudian, Norshahrul sekali lagi mencemaskan benteng Selangor apabila rembatannya gagal ditangkap kemas oleh Saiful Amar tetapi bola tersebut bergolek keluar.

Babak kedua perlawanan menyaksikan Selangor bermula garang menerusi rembatan Amri dari penjuru kanan gawang Kelantan yang mengelirukan Khairul Fahmi Che Mat, namun ia sekadar singgah di tiang gol.

Pemain sayap lincah Kelantan, Nurul Azwan Roya turut berpeluang mencatat nama sebagai penjaring, namun rembatannya selepas menerima umpanan Norshahrul dihalang pertahanan Selangor.

Penghujung babak perlawanan, penyerang Selangor, Fadzli Saari mampu mengubah keputusan perlawanan, namun rembatan kencangnya sedikit tersasar.

Kelantan yang 'dibantu' hampir 25,000 penyokong mendapat suntikan semangat dengan kehadiran Sultan Kelantan, Sultan Muhammad V yang mencemar duli menyaksikan perlawanan tersebut.

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Beng Hee buka langkah kanan

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Beng Hee buka langkah kanan

Beng Hee buka langkah kanan

JAGUH negara, Ong Beng Hee membuka langkah kanan untuk memburu kejuaraan kelima pada Kejohanan Skuasy Individu Asia ke-16 apabila menewaskan pemain muda Korea Selatan, Nyeon Ho Lee pada pusingan kedua di Pusat Skuasy Antarabangsa Nicol David (NDISC), Pulau Pinang semalam.

Selain Beng Hee, pemain lelaki negara yang lain - Mohd. Nafiizwan Adnan, Ivan Yuen Chee Wern, Elvinn Keo Jinn Chung, Choong Kam Hing, Kamran Khan dan Muhd. Asyraf Azan turut mara.

Selepas gagal meraih sebarang gelaran pada dua kejohanan terakhir sebelum ini, Beng Hee yang menduduki ranking ke-27 dunia, hanya mengambil masa 35 minit untuk mengatasi lawannya dengan 11-5, 11-4, 11-9.

Beng Hee akan berdepan dengan Kamran pada pusingan ketiga hari ini.

"Adalah baik untuk melepasi perlawanan pembukaan," kata Beng Hee, 31, yang menjuarai kejohanan yang sama pada 2000, 2002, 2004 dan 2006.

Nafiizwan, 25, pemain No. 3 negara, tidak menghadapi masalah untuk mengatasi pemain Hong Kong, Wong Hon Fung 13-11, 11-2, 11-6 dalam masa 30 minit untuk bertemu pemain Pakistan, Waqas Mehboob.

Terdahulu, Waqas turut layak ke pusingan ketiga dengan menundukkan Lee Seung Taek dari Korea Selatan 11-7, 11-6, 11-8 dalam masa 28 minit.

Dalam kategori wanita, pemain negara, Low Wee Wern melepasi pusingan pertama dengan menewaskan pemain Jepun, Chinatsu Matsui 11-7, 11-5, 11-3.

"Walaupun pernah mengatasiya dalam beberapa pertemuan sebelum ini namun saingan hari ini agak getir," kata Wee Wern, yang menduduki ranking ke-13 dunia.

Wee Wern akan menentang rakan senegaranya, Zulhijjah Azan pada pusingan kedua.

Zulhijjah menempah tiket ke pusingan kedua apabila menumpaskan pemain China, Gu Jinyue 11-5, 13-11, 11-9 dalam masa 25 minit.

Sementara itu, ratu skuasy negara, Datuk Nicol Ann David akan memulakan kempen mempertahankan gelaran dengan menentang pemain Singapura, Jerryca Teo pada pusingan kedua hari ini.

Nicol, selaku pilihan utama kejohanan dan pemain No. 1 dunia, menerima bye pada pusingan pembukaan.

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NST Online: Sports

Posted: 26 Apr 2011 09:31 AM PDT

NST Online: Sports


Sportcheck: Safee lights up Pelita

Posted: 25 Apr 2011 05:26 PM PDT

2011/04/26
Ajitpal Singh
ajitpalsingh@nst.com.my


  Tune Talk’s chief executive officer   Jason Lo (left) watches  Safee Sali balancing the ball after being appointed ambassador of Tune Talk  in Kuala Lumpur yesterday. — Picture by  Fariz Iswadi Ismail.

Tune Talk's chief executive officer Jason Lo (left) watches Safee Sali balancing the ball after being appointed ambassador of Tune Talk in Kuala Lumpur yesterday. — Picture by Fariz Iswadi Ismail.

NATIONAL striker Safee Sali is making waves with Pelita Jaya in the Indonesian Super League.

Safee, who signed a one-year contract with Pelita, has scored five goals in eight appearances so far for his new club.

The 27-year-old now enjoys iconic status in Indonesian football after his exploits with Pelita.


"I am so famous that football fans in Indonesia want a piece of me. I can't even walk down the street without someone recognising me," said Safee, after being appointed ambassador of Tune Talk, in Kuala Lumpur yesterday.

"I'm recognised wherever I go. Fans come up to me wanting autographs and pictures. It's difficult sometimes but I like the attention."

Safee, whose contract with Pelita is until next February, said his current stint in Indonesia has helped him improve his playing skills.


"The Indonesian Super League is tough because it has so many good foreign players. Even the local players are great, and I've become a better player.

"The league is more competitive than the M-League. Although I've scored five goals so far, I am not too happy with my performance. I want to contribute more for my club in the remaining six matches before the season ends in June," said Safee, who was instrumental in Malaysia winning the AFF Cup last December.

Safee, however, is now in a fix as Pelita are not keen to release the striker for international duty on June 3.


The FA of Malaysia has unofficially included Safee for the friendly against Hong Kong in preparation for the World Cup Asia Zone Qualifiers.

Pelita have a crucial tie against Persija two days after the international friendly.

"I am aware of it but I am leaving it to FAM to negotiate my release. Right now, I have not received anything official from national coach K. Rajagobal," he said.

"But I also understand Pelita's predicament as they need my services for the important match."

Safee also hinted he may return to don Selangor colours in the Malaysia Cup after the completion of the Indonesian Super League in June.

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Badminton: Contrasting paths for trio

Posted: 25 Apr 2011 05:23 PM PDT

2011/04/26
K.M. Boopathy
boopathy@nst.com.my


Chong Wei is not expected to face problems advancing in the absence of fierce rival Lin Dan.

Chong Wei is not expected to face problems advancing in the absence of fierce rival Lin Dan.

LEE Chong Wei and men's doubles Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong have a common goal -- to win the India Open which begins in New Delhi today -- but they are likely to take contrasting paths to achieve their goals.

Chong Wei is not expected to face problems advancing in the absence of fierce rival Lin Dan of China which should make the Malaysian's task easier.

The World No 1 has an easy opener against the host nation's Ajay Jayram before an expected encounter with old foe Lee Hyun Il of South Korea.


Hyun Il, although past his prime, could still provide some resistance but in all probability does not have what it takes to pull off an upset.

Chong Wei should also overcome the hard-working Kenichi Tago of Japan in an expected last eight clash.

Boonsak Ponsana is expected to be Chong Wei's semi-final opponent but the Thai is not in the same class as the World No 1.


Peter Gade Christensen of Denmark and Indonesia's Taufik Hidayat should battle it out to earn the right to meet Chong Wei in the final. Neither is expected to trouble the two-time All England champion in the title match.

Kien Keat-Boon Heong are the only pair from the world's top five competing in India but going by their recent inconsistent form, even lesser known pairs can trouble the World No 3.

Kien Keat-Boon Heong, who have a first-round bye, should beat Attri Manu-Jishnu Sanyal of India in the second round but a quarter-final showdown against Yoshiteru Hirobe-Kenta Kazuno of Japan or South Koreans Cho Gun Woo-Kwon Yi Goo could prove tricky.


If they survive, they then come up against the in-form Hirokatsu Hashimoto-Noriyasu Hirata in the last four.

The Japanese pair upset Olympic champions Markis Kido-Hendra Setiawan of Indonesia in the Badminton Asian Championships in Chengdu last week, and this match could determine Kien Keat-Boon Heong's chances of securing the title.

Indonesian second seeds Muhammad Ahsan-Bona Septano could turn out be a banana skin for Kien Keat-Boon Heong in the final but the Malaysians cannot afford to slip up if they wish to end their 15-month title drought in Open tournaments.

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Sindikasi sport.okezone.com

Posted: 26 Apr 2011 03:09 AM PDT

Sindikasi sport.okezone.com


Bautista Ingin Balapan di Estoril

Posted: 26 Apr 2011 02:54 AM PDT

VERWOOD - Balapan MotoGP Portugal akan bergulir kembali di Grand Prix Portugal. Alvaro Bautista mengaku sudah tidak sabar untuk balapan di Estoril, 1 Mei mendatang
 
Kaki kiri pembalap Suzuki itu patah setelah terjatuh dalam sesi latihan pembuka di Qatar. Posisi Bautista digantikan oleh John Hopkins dalam balapan di Grand Prix Spanyol, pada awal bulan ini. Namun, setelah menjalani tiga operasi tulang paha, mantan juara kelas 125cc optimis bisa kembali ke lintasan.
 
"Saya sudah berlatih keras untuk bisa kembali di Estoril dan saya optimistis bisa ambil bagian dalam lomba itu. Saya tahu akan sangat sulit, namun setelah saya bisa mengendarai motor membuat kesembuhan dan kebugaran saya semakin cepat," kata Bautista.
 
"Saya sudah melewati fase rehabilitasi dan mulai menyiapkan fisik. Saya melakukan banyak hal seperti berenang, bermain sepeda dan program fitnes lain untuk membangun kekuatan fisik, upaya saya bisa balapan lagi," lanjut pembalap asal Spanyol dilansir Autosports, Selasa (25/4/2011).
 
"Memang akan sangat berat, namun saya benar-benar fokus untuk kembali menunggangi GSV-R di Portugal. Hanya itu yang ada dipikiran saya untuk sementara ini dan itu adalah target saya. Setelah itu, kita lihat apa yang akan dan saya akan mengambil langkah setiap waktu," tandasnya.
 
Jika Bautista dinyatakan belum cukup fit untuk turun balapan di Estoril, maka tidak seperti balapan di Spanyol, kali ini Suzuki menyiapkan nama pembalap ujicoba Nobuatsu Aoki, untuk tampil pada even itu.

(hmr)

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Pertempuran Sengit di Estoril

Posted: 26 Apr 2011 02:21 AM PDT

SETELAH libur selama sebulan, kalender MotoGP kembali digelar di Grande Premio de Portugal, akhir pekan ini. Banyak hal yang dinanti pada MotoGP seri ketiga di Sirkuit Estoril.
 
Akibat pembatalan balapan di Motegi karena bencana gempa bumi dan tsunami, kompetisi MotoGP mengalami break hingga empat pekan. Kini, semua pembalap siap kembali unjuk gigi di balapan yang akan digelar untuk ke-14 kalinya di Portugal.
 
Persaingan sengit jelas akan kembali terhampar di Estoril. Jorge Lorenzo, sang juara bertahan, berambisi menambah poin demi mengukuhkan posisinya di puncak klasemen.
 
Setelah meraih kemenangan perdana musim ini di Jerez, Lorenzo memuncaki klasemen pembalap dengan nilai 45, disusul pembalap Repsol Honda Dani Pedrosa di urutan dua dengan selisih sembilan poin.
 
Balapan di Spanyol sempat pekan lalu memang cukup mencuri perhatian banyak pihak. Casey Stoner, yang mengamankan pole position, justru tak bisa melanjutkan balapan setelah terjadi insiden penyenggolan dengan Valentino Rossi. Lain dengan Ctoner yang retired, The Doctor justru mampu finis di urutan lima. Sementara Pedrosa, yang ketika itu masih berjibaku dengan cedera tangan kiri, akhirnya mengamankan urutan dua dan kemudian disusul Nicky Hayden.
 
Kebolehan Rossi di Jerez ketika itu boleh jadi sebagai sinyal bahwa dirinya belum habis. Hingga balapan seri kedua, The Doctor memang tertinggal dari rekan setimnya di Ducati, Hayden. Rossi menempati urutan lima klasemen, memperoleh 20 poin, tertinggal tiga angka dari Hayden yang satu tingkat di atasnya.
 
Ambisi legendaris asal Italia memperbaiki posisi di klasemen akan terhampar di Estoril. Menunggangi Desmosedici GP11, Rossi memang belum menemukan penampilan terbaiknya. Tapi, pembalap 32 tahun tak akan tinggal diam. Menyabet podium pertama musim ini merupakan harga mati saat tampil di Jerez.
 
Namun, The Doctor harus menghadapi hadangan Lorenzo. Dua pembalap beda generasi ini memang sudah bertarung sengit di lintasan sejak masih sama-sama berada di bawah bendera Yamaha. Perseteruan kian panas ketika Rossi akhirnya memilih tantangan baru bersama Ducati.
 
Trek Estoril sendiri sangat akrab dengan Lorenzo selama tiga tahun terakhir. Pembalap asal Spanyol sukses menyempurnakan pole position menjadi podium tertinggi tiga musim beruntun. Catatan ini jelas menjadi pelecut motivasi tersendiri bagi Lorenzo untuk memperpanjang rekor impresifnya.
 
Sementara itu, meski sempat mendominasi pada periode 2002-2004, Rossi terakhir kali juara di Estoril pada 2007 silam. Rossi tentu ingin mengakhiri hasil minor di Estoril yang didapatnya selama empat tahun belakangan.
 
Selain Lorenzo dan Rossi, pertarungan sengit juga akan disuguhkan Pedrosa dan Stoner. Pascacedera tangan kiri, Pedrosa berniat memperbaiki penampilannya. Pembalap 25 tahun sebenarnya tampil cukup menjanjikan di dua seri pembuka, namun dia kerap mengeluhkan rasa sakit akibat kecelakaan yang dialaminya tahun lalu. Jika dalam kondisi prima, Pedrosa bisa menjadi rival berat bagi Lorenzo mau pun Rossi.
 
Belum lagi Stoner yang pastinya bertekad menyabet podium kembali demi membayar kegagalan di Jerez. Terlebih, pria asal Australia ini tak pernah menaklukkan Estoril selama berkarier di kelas MotoGP.
 
Sejak terjun ke kasta tertinggi, catatan terbaik Stoner di Estoril adalah ketika keluar sebagai runner up pada 2009 silam. Rasa penasaran juara dunia 2007 bakal terhampar pada Minggu (1/5/2011).
 
Selain empat pembalap papan atas: Lorenzo, Pedrosa, Rossi, dan Stoner, pembalap-pembalap lainnya tentu tak bisa diremehkan. Ben Spies (Yamaha), Andrea Dovizioso (Honda), serta duet Honda Gresini Marco Simoncelli dan Hiroshi Aoyama juga bisa menjadi ancaman.
 
Simoncelli dan Spies berniat membalas kegagalan finis di Jerez demi mendongkrak posisi di klasemen. Selain itu, merebut poin di Estoril juga akan menjaga status mereka sebagai pembalap masa depan di MotoGP. Sementara Aoyama lebih mulus. Pria asal Jepang bahkan finis di peringkat empat di GP Spanyol, setelah sebelumnya mengepak poin enam (finis urutan 10) di Qatar.
Dan, jangan lupa juga aksi Hayden yang bisa kembali membuat kejutan.

(wei)

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Posted: 26 Apr 2011 01:20 AM PDT

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Harian Metro: Arena

Posted: 26 Apr 2011 01:10 AM PDT

Harian Metro: Arena


Misbun membisu

Posted: 25 Apr 2011 12:06 PM PDT

TINGGAL dua hari lagi sebelum Mesyuarat Exco Persatuan Badminton Malaysia (BAM) membincangkan mengenai masa depan jurulatih, Datuk Misbun Sidek, namun legenda badminton itu masih tetap membisu.

BAM sebelum ini mengambil pendirian menanti keputusan Misbun sama ada bersetuju atau tidak dengan kontrak g ditawarkan badan induk badminton negara itu.


Begitupun, Presiden BAM, Datuk Seri Nadzmi Mohd Salleh, Sabtu lalu meminta agar Misbun menerima tawaran didakwa ikhlas daripada persatuan.

Misbun yang hadir pada Malam Anugerah Sukan sempena ulang tahun pertama Astro Arena kelmarin enggan memberi ulasan sama ada beliau akan menerima atau tidak tawaran BAM itu.


"Tiada apa nak dicakap. Maaf, tiada apa," kata Misbun sambil berjalan laju, keluar meninggalkan dewan Hotel JW Marriott, Bukit Bintang ketika disapa wartawan.


Malam yang menghimpunkan bintang dan legenda sukan tanah air itu juga memperlihatkan betapa Misbun tidak lagi mesra dengan anak didiknya Datuk Lee Chong Wei apabila kedua-duanya tidak bertegur sapa, apa lagi bersalaman.

Malah, Chong Wei yang lebih awal meninggalkan majlis, mengelilingi mejanya bersalaman dengan atlet lain, tapi tidak dengan Misbun yang duduk di sebelah mejanya.


Mungkinkah Misbun tidak senang dengan Chong Wei yang tidak lagi membuat kenyataan mempertahankan bekas jurulatihnya itu, ataupun ada perkara lain yang berlaku antara mereka.

Selain Misbun dan Chong Wei, Nadzmi yang turut hadir di majlis itu mengesahkan Misbun tidak menghubunginya untuk membuat pengesahan untuk menerima tawaran BAM itu.


"Tidak, beliau tidak memberi apa-apa reaksi. Tak apalah, kita tunggu saja mesyuarat Exco nanti. Saya yakin dia akan menerimanya," kata Nadzmi.


Dalam perkembangan lain, Nadzmi mengesahkan Maybank sudah bersetuju untuk menjadi rakan penaja.


"Sebenarnya Majlis Perjanjian Persefahaman (MoU) berlangsung bulan ini, tapi saya tiada tarikh sesuai kerana terlalu sibuk. Jadi kami akan cuba dapatkan tarikh baru, mungkin bulan depan," kata Nadzmi.


Maybank dikatakan menaja BAM sebanyak RM5 juta untuk tempoh lima tahun.


Setiausaha Kehormat BAM, Ng Chin Chai mengesahkan tajaan Maybank akan bermula di Kejohanan Dunia yang berlangsung di Birmingham Ogos depan.


"Di Kejohanan Dunia nanti, Maybank akan mula menjadi penaja kami. Logo syarikat perbankan itu akan tertera di dada pemain bersama logo Proton yang menjadi rakan penaja kita buat sekian lama," kata Chin Chai.

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Intai kilauan emas

Posted: 25 Apr 2011 12:00 PM PDT

USAHA mengatasi pencapaian enam pingat emas, enam perak dan empat gangsa pada Sukan Sea Laos menjadi tekad terbaru Kesatuan Olahraga Amatur Malaysia (KOAM) menjelang aksi temasya dwitahunan itu yang bakal berlangsung di Indonesia, November ini.

Perkara itu dinyatakan Presiden Datuk Seri Shahidan Kassim selepas menghadiri mesyuarat jawatankuasa kerja bersama persatuan induk olahraga kebangsaan itu dan Majlis Sukan Negara (MSN) yang sebelum ini tertangguh beberapa kali.


"Sasaran sebenar masih belum ditetapkan namun atlet kami akan cuba memberikan aksi terbaik bagi membaiki pencapaian dua tahun lalu. Sehingga kini enam atlet sudah melayakkan diri dan oleh kerana pelbagai kejohanan masih dan bakal berjalan, kami menjangkakan lebih ramai akan melepasi tahap kelayakan ditetapkan," katanya.

Namun, tugas itu dilihat sedikit sukar apabila KOAM dijangka kehilangan dua pemenang pingat emas Sukan Sea 2009 iaitu Mohd Zafril Zuslaini (400 meter lelaki) yang mengumumkan persaraannya baru-baru ini serta Lee Hup Wei (lompat tinggi lelaki) yang berehat panjang selepas menjalani pembedahan.


Harapan emas itu dijangka terus disandarkan kepada beberapa atlet senior yang sudah melayakkan diri seperti Noraseela Khalid, Teoh Boon Lim, Tan Song Hwa dan Roslinda Samsu (gambar) bagi mengulangi pencapaian dua tahun lalu.


Pada mesyuarat itu juga, 28 atlet dipilih berada dalam program elit persatuan itu serta mengekalkan semua 12 jurulatih sekali gus membolehkan kesemuanya mendapat elaun seperti sebelum ini, bermula minggu depan, termasuk elaun bagi bulan Mac.

"Atlet perlu dijaga dengan sempurna kerana mereka aset negara dan sukar bagi kami mencari atlet yang benar-benar mampu bersaing di peringkat antarabangsa seperti masa dulu.


"Saya fikir, tidak perlu kami tunggu terlalu lama (berbulan-bulan) untuk membolehkan mereka mendapat elaun dan saya mengharapkan sesetengah atlet cemerlang mendapat elaun lebih tinggi daripada sekarang," katanya. Selain itu, selepas hasrat menghantar atlet ke Ranau tertangguh akibat ketiadaan kemudahan asas mencukupi selain beberapa masalah lain, KOAM turut mencadangkan sejumlah atletnya menjalani latihan dan pertandingan di sekitar Eropah seperti Bulgaria, Jerman, Ireland dan Slovakia.

Namun, Ketua Pengarah MSN, Datuk Zolkples Embong ketika memberikan reaksi balasnya berkata, penghantaran ke luar negara itu akan dibincangkan lebih lanjut dalam masa terdekat.


"Kami masih bersikap terbuka berhubung cadangan latihan di Ranau itu. Jika tempat itu memenuhi kriteria ditetapkan seperti mendapat sijil layak untuk diduduki (CF) dan trek bersesuaian, kami tidak mempunyai masalah," katanya.

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