Thursday, July 30, 2009

Sasaran Malaysia!

Semalam (KBS) dan (MSN) meletakkan sasaran antara 30 dan 35 pingat emas untuk sukan Sea di Vientiane 2009.

Sasaran ini mungkin realistik kerana kebanyakan sukan penyumbang emas di Korat tidak dipertandingkan di Vinetiane, antaranya...sukan bola keranjang, bowling, ekuestrian, gimnastik (artistik/gimrama), hoki, lawn bowl, pelayaran, polo, skuasy, terjun, trialtlon dan lumba basikal, yang menjadi lubuk emas bagi kontinjen Malaysia.

Manakala sasaran tidak realistik saya adalah sebanyak 87 pingat emas untuk pasukan Malaysia mencapai rekod pungutan pingat emas yang ke 1000 dalam temasya sukan Sea. Untuk rekod sehingga kini Malaysia telah berjaya merangkul sebanyak 913 pingat emas dari temasya pertama SEAP games di Bangkok hingga ke temasya yang lalu di Korat.

Sememangnya sasaran berikut adalah tidak realistik... berdasarkan situasi semasa... mungkin kita boleh sasarkan pingat emas yang ke 1000 itu di temasya sukan Sea yang akan datang di Bandung 2011. Malaysia Boleh!

"Menteri Belia dan Sukan mahu jagoan negara terpilih nanti beraksi dengan komitmen tinggi memburu pingat emas walaupun difahamkan edisi kali ini menggugurkan banyak acara yang sebelum ini menjadi lubuk emas buat kontinjen negara."
Berita Harian - 18 Jun 2009

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

ASTRO ARENA - soon to be launched!

Mr. Bob Kemp, of Astro presented a paper on the soon to be launched, new local sports initiative on the Family Package of ASTRO under the name of ASTRO ARENA. In his briefing, he stated that ASTRO ARENA would be 4 channels in one, broadcasting mainly in Bahasa Malaysia and aimed primarily to viewers aged 10-40 and to deliver 700 hours of live, local sport a year with an extra 2000 hours replays to allow more people to watch local sport. There would also be an average of 56 hours a week of Malaysians playing sport at International levels. He said that subject to contract negotiations, in the next 18 months, Astro Arena would be showing young Malaysians competing in the SEA Games, the Commonwealth and Asian Games and the Youth Olympics in Singapore.

Mr. Bob Kemp added that Astro Arena would build and operate Malaysia’s first and only 7 day a week local sports newsroom offering up to 5 live bulletins a day with some extra weekend and late night replays. The Bulletins would have a roundup of international sport and longer form of highlights and interviews when warranted. The latest results would eventually be visible across the bottom of the screen on the ‘Arena Sports Ticker’

He said that the schedule would feature appointment viewing at 8:30 most nights with extended previews, reviews, highlights and discussion programming to build the interest in Malaysian local sporting heroes. Viewers would be encouraged to ‘Get into the Game’ with an extensive ‘Sport for All’ initiative developed with the OCM and the Ministry of Youth and Sports, using some of Malaysia’s best athletes.

He stated that OCM and Astro have signed the MOU prior to entering into a Strategic Alliance as the backbone to the Channel’s success. Astro wished to cover as many major regional, national and state level events as was possible. Astro obviously could not cover everything but if the National Sports Associations (NSAs) were to schedule more than one match or tournament at the same time, some could be recorded for delayed telecast.

Mr. Bob Kemp stated that Astro would support the NSAs’ existing naming right and ground sponsors by offering them attractive on-air packages as a first option to be involved in the Channel. Astro Arena would be looking for several ‘foundation sponsors’ to help launch the Channel. Before Astro committed to any broadcast Astro would sign a Licensing Agreement with the NSAs that would include an offer to assist with any International exploitation of the NSAs’ events for mutual benefit. Other events would be covered as news items and some as extended highlights in Astro’s magazine support programming but only if Astro knew about the events.

Mr. Bob Kemp stated that he had already started investigating a new calendar database that would allow every NSA to input their events or provide details for the OCM to input, which would avoid too many clashes between major events across the calendar. Eventually, Astro hoped the calendar would be available via the internet down to a state level for the individual fan to see what is on in their area.

Astro has an on-line and mobile presence – that would include news, chat, blogs, commentator columns, results and user generated content from local and international sport. There would be ‘click thru’ visibility to the NSAs’ web sites and Astro would eventually build a community on-line presence that the NSAs could use if they do not support a website now. So the commitment is not just to a Channel but to a whole community of local sports fans across Malaysia.

Once Astro and OCM had determined a Launch Date, there would be a signing ceremony and press announcement about Astro Arena, which would be by the end of the year. Astro’s commitment is very big, such as the need to build new studios, a newsroom, engage the best talent and crew and purchase 2 new OB trucks to cover all the sport.

Mr. Bob Kemp stressed that sports events Calendar would be imperative to the success of the Channel. This was where NSAs’ help was required to keep the OCM continually updated on the NSAs’ events and timetable. Astro would be looking for results, news and feedback. A local sports channel is nothing without content and the NSAs have to provide all the content.

To support the NSAs and to build Astro Arena into the best local sports outlet in Malaysia, a number of marketing, promotional and stadium events would be conducted each year. Astro would work with the NSAs to develop new properties that could be jointly promoted. Astro would employ some Arena Ambassadors – key national sporting heroes - to help launch the Channel and send the Arena Angels Cheerleaders to add jest and excitement to selected events.

Mr. Bob Kemp concluded his talk by saying that Astro Arena would support the NSAs if the NSAs were to support Astro Arena, so as to jointly celebrate Malaysian sport to make the Malaysian team the viewers ‘home team’.

YAM Tunku Imran ibni Almarhum Tuanku Ja’afar, thanked Mr. Bob Kemp for his briefing and appealed to the NSAs to make use of the opportunities of Astro Arena, to promote and develop their sports and at the same time increase the revenue potential of their sports. He stressed the importance of early planning and preparation of their events calendar so as to allow Astro Arena sufficient time to plan their life-broadcast programme. He stated that Astro Arena would benefit the efficient and hardworking NSAs more, and it was therefore important for all NSAs to become more efficient and plan and organise more exciting and attractive competitions.

OCM Weekly Highlights July 2, 2009

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Manchester United vs Malaysian Tigers

Manchester United football club is returning to Asia this summer for a pre-season tour. The Red Devils have recently lifted their third consecutive Premier League title. Manchester United last played here in 2001, and this will mark their third trip to Kuala Lumpur.

Manchester United's 1st team will be playing the Malaysian Selection at the Bukit Jalil National Stadium in Kuala Lumpur on Saturday, 18 July 2009 and kick off is at 5.30pm.

Malaysian was delighted with the national team's performance in the 3-2 defeat to United at the National Stadium.

Manchester United a 2-0 win over Malaysia in the second friendly match at the National Stadium in Bukit Jalil yesterday.

Official Tour Promoter for Manchester United Asia Tour 2009 Organised by FAM (Football Association Malaysia)


Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Congratulations! Dato' Sani

I just would like to congratulate Y.Bhg. Dato’ Abdullah Sani Karim, President of Asian Squash Federation and Squash Racquets Association of Malaysia as well as Vice President of the Olympic Council of Malaysia, on being conferred the Darjah Yang Mulia Pangkuan Negri (DMPN), on the occasion of the 71st Birthday of Tuan Yang Terutama Tun Dato’ Seri Utama (Dr.) Haji Abdul Rahman bin Haji Abbas, the Governor of the State of Pulau Pinang on 12th July 2008. The above award carries the title “Dato’”.

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

AYG 2009 - In Memories...

Congratulations to the Organising Committee of the Singapore 1st Asian Youth Games and the Singapore National Olympic Council for the great success in organsing the 1st Asian Youth Games in Singapore, from 29th June to 7th July 2009.

Due to travel restrictions as a result of the H1N1, Malaysia was restricted to participating in only 2 sports, Football and Sailing. The Football team unfortunately, did not qualify for the second round and so returned to Malaysia before the 1st Asian Youth Games started. The 2 sailing athletes, Muhamad Amirul Shafig Md. Jais and Khairunneeta Mohd Afendy, who were in Singapore for the pre-Games training, remained in Singapore to participate in the Byte CII Sailing events for boys and for girls under 14 years.
Muhamad Amirul Shafig Md. Jais won a bronze medal in the Boys’ Byte CII event, while Khairunneeta Mohd Afendy finished in 4th position in the Byte CII girls’ event.

Malaysia was to have sent a contingent of 109 athletes and officials headed by chef de mission Marina Chin for the AYG until the directive from the Education Ministry which barred students and teachers from participating in overseas sports competition because of the Influenza A(H1N1) outbreak...but two members from the sailing team who were already in Singapore continued to compete.

The inaugural Asian Youth Games (AYG) was officially opened by Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on Monday evening

Malaysia were brought crashing down to earth as they bowed out of the 1st Asian Youth Games 2009 football competition, losing 2-1 to Thailand at Victoria Junior College, Singapore on the 24th of June. Malaysian coach Mohd Khalid Shahdan kept faith with the same starting eleven who had displayed great tenacity to shock D.P.R. of Korea 1-0 in their opening match.

Malaysian Muhamad Amirul SHAFIQ fought hard and initially led the race, however he made a mistake on the course and headed for the wrong mark after the second upwind, handing first position to Singapore and taking second for himself. This was enough to secure him his bronze medal.

Malaysia's Muhamad Amirul Shafiq has a good hold on bronze. Congratulations

The successful conclusion of the sailing event certainly bodes well for next year, when the Youth Olympic Games will be held at the same venue.

Latif Zainal (in red) LO for CDM Malaysia, Phan Wai Mun - Head of all
Sports Lo for Malaysia, Rosnani Mohd Hussein - LO Sailing
Thanks to all Liasion officers that was with the Malaysian Team.

Congratulations Singapore!

Monday, July 6, 2009

Malaysian First Medal of the Asian Youth Games - Congtratulations...

MALAYSIA got its first medal of the Asian Youth Games on Monday after sailor Muhamad Amirul Shafiq clinched the bronze in the Byte CII event.The 14-year-old scored a second place finish at the National Sailing Centre in the final race of the regatta.

Muhamad Amirul Shafiq clinched the bronze medals.

Team Malaysia's

M. Jegathesan , the Olympic Council of Malaysia's deputy president, very proud of them.