Friday, April 23, 2010

ARRC blazing Sepang this weekend

ASIAN Road Racing Championship is back blazing the track this weekend. (Saturday (24rd Apr) and Sunday 25 Apr).
Popularly known as ARRC, the race will provide excitement, determination and scaring skills by riders from as far as Japan, Indonesia, Thailand and of course, Malaysia.
The first of the six rounds race will kicked-off in Sepang and local motor sports enthusiasts should not missed this exciting two wheels motor racing.
Local heros will be spearheaded by Ahmad Fuad Baharudin, Mohd. Zamri Baba, Azlan Shah Kamaruzaman and first timer, Hafizh Syahrin Abdullah.
Fuad, Zamri and Azlan, they already make waves at ARRC and will once again to produce their worth at the 600cc Supersports category.
Hafizh is making his debut in the 600c this season after stamping his mark in the Underbone 115cc the previous season.

I can't wait to see how he performed in the 600cc and I believed he had the guts to spring a surprised. It's really a new challenge for the young rider who displayed tremendous performance in the local race- Malaysian Cub Prix Championship.
I think, he had the confidence and that the reason why he dared to take the challenge to race in a bigger class.
It's going to be a stepping stone for him as I believe, he will be the next potential to step into the MotoGP after Mohd. Zulfahmi who will be racng full season in the MotoGP this year under AirAsia banner.
Other big names who will appeared in Sepang tomorrow and Sunday will be Thailand's Chalermpol Polamai and Decha Kraisat as well as riders from Indonesia and Japan.
Off the grids, the attraction will the 'umbrella girls' - a permanent agendas in the motor sports industry which the fans always looking forward to.
Well...as the race kicked-off, no one will be the favourites but regulars like Fuad, Decha could start as 'pelumba pilihan'.
For sure the race is going to be exciting and should not be missed out by motor sports fans.
The next round will be held in Autopolis, Japan (20-23 May) followed by Sentul, Jakarta (24-27 June), Madras, India (19-22 August), Zhuhai, China (28-31 October/5-7 November) and then in Qatar (26-28 November/11-13 November).
Well....set your date in Sepang this weekend to watch the excitement of the race powered by PETRONAS.


Pix info  (top) - Poses of ARRC babes
(bottom) - ARRC riders who will roar Sepang Circuit this weekend.

Monday, April 19, 2010

Tak ada kerja lain ke?

REALLY hate it bila dengar pemimpin sukan bergaduh. Mati sukan beb kalau asyik bergaduh saja.
Kalau nak memimpin persatuan sukan, harus bersedia untuk memajukan sukan. Bukan bercakaran antara satu sama lain. Ketepikan kepentingan diri. Kalau tak boleh, tinggalkan persatuan dan pergi buat hal sendiri.
Paling saya 'menyampah' ialah pergeseran antara pegawai Kesatuan Olahraga Amatur Malaysia (KOAM) dengan Majlis Sukan Negara. Karim Ibrahim (tim.presiden KOAM) punya hal, KOAM dilihat persatuan yang tidak profesional. Karim pula tak henti-henti mencari fasal. Ada saja yang tak kena. Itu salah, ini salah. Kalau hebat sangat, buktikan kehebatan itu untuk pembangunan sukan olahraga. Baru orang respect.Masalah trek pun nak diperbesar-besarkan. Zaman dulu, atlet negara berlari atas padang rumput saja. Mereka tak kecoh pun, tetapi tetap berjaya melangkah ke Sukan Olimpik.
Karim ni macam orang tak sedar diri (itu kata kawan saya baru-baru ini). Kalau dia buat bising kena pada tempatnya okay juga. Daripada dia buat bising tak tentu fasal, elok dia fikirkan program bagaimana mahu melahirkan atlet bertaraf dunia. Itu sepatutunya menjadi keutamaan dia.
I think, if MSN tak bantu KOAM dengan program pembangunan, saya rasa mati sukan olahraga kita.
Kadang-kadang tu kita perlu menghormati orang yang telah banyak membantu kita. Ini yang KOAM perlu sedar. Bergaduh tak membawa kebaikan, sebaliknya akan membunuh sukan itu sendiri. Dari dulu hingga sekarang, ada saja hal yang dicetuskan Karim, sejak zaman 'pemerintahan' Datuk Khalid Yunus lagi.
Sedarlah sikit. Atlet olahraga kita semakin kekurangan. Utamakan pembangunan daripada buat bising tak tentu fasal. Anak kawan saya yang berusia 12 tahun gelak bila terbaca dalam akhbar tentang kerenah Karim yang bergaduh dengan MSN. Dia kata: "Karim ni macam budak kecik. Pemimpin sukan sepatutnya fikir bagaimana untuk membangunkan sukan bukan bergaduh."

Tahniah Chan Peng Soon - Goh Liu Ying

TAHNIAH kepada beregu muda negara, Chan Peng Soon dan Goh Liu Ying.
Mereka membuktikan kehebatan selepas merangkul gelaran juara acara beregu campuran pada Kejohanan Badminton Terbuka Asia (ABC) di New Delhi, India semalam.
Dalam perlawanan akhir, beregu negara itu menewaskan pasangan Korea Selatan, Yoo Yeon Seong-Kim Min Jung 21-17, 20-22,  21-19.
Ini adalah kejayaan pertama buat beregu remaja itu yang sebelum ini belum pernah berjaya melangkah ke pusingan akhir pada mana-mana kejohanan utama.
Menteri Belia dan Sukan, Datuk Ahmad Shabery Cheek menyi fatkan kejayaan beregu campuran negara itu adalah di luar jangkaan.
Menurutnya, ia merupakan permulaan kepada kebangkitan skuad negara.
“Diharap kejayaan ini akan membuka lembaran baru kepada kemajuan besar bagi skuad badminton negara pada masa akan datang,” kata Ahmad Shabery.
Tahniah sekali lagi kepada Chan Peng Soon dan Goh Liu Ying!

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Road to MotoGP?

MALAYSIAN Cub Prix championship or popularly known as Cub Prix amongst local motorsports enthusiasts is back on the track. Actually, it has been in the Malaysian sports calendar for more than 10 years now. When it was first borned, it was organised in a small scale but it keep growing, building it's own reputation as the one and only motorbike racing event in the country. The objective to organise is very clear - to provide platform for 'Mat Rempit' a better and safer place to race.
From time to time, the event continued to gain popularity. Today, Cub Prix is a a different ball game.
It's a place to scout talents who will be exposed to a higher level motor racing - the MotoGP. That's the priority.
Result has been produced. (Tough a bit late) but Cub Prix riders has already started to hit headlines at the world scene.
This year, Mohd. Zulfahmi (pix bottom) already stepped into the world MotoGP. He is the product of Cub Prix and will be racing full season in MotoGP (125cc). I think more will stepped into the world scene next year as there's plenty of talents especially Hafizh who displayed great skills in the opening race in Alor Setar, Kedah last month.
With Zulfahmi already in the world race, i strongly believed that our local riders are as good as Valentino Rossi but....they must be given a regular place in the world event. There must be continuity and sponsors must be brave to invest, to ensure local riders appeared permanently at international level. Rossi started it from the bottom but he made regular appearance in MotoGP. The experiences he gained, enable him to dominate the race and of course became the world champion. I believe, if our local riders had those kind of chances, especially Zulfahmi, he would conquer the world in the next five years.
Sponsors do not have to worry actually, as there's plenty of talent around...and Cub Prix had it all.
If we want to see more riders stepped into the world race, my suggestion is to give Cub Prix organisers (Two Wheel Motor Racing) a bigger role in scouting talents.
Lets make our local race - Malaysian Cub Prix as center of excellence for motor racing, similar to the one introduced by Ministry of Youth and Sports - Road to London, a programme aimed to achieve gold at Olympic Games.
Why not make Cub Prix as 'Road to MotoGP'? I think Ministry of Sports need to give supports if they want to see more Malaysian stand tall at the world scene.
Today (17 April) the second round of the event will 'broom' all their way in Kluang. Excitement is on the card and local motor sports enthusiasts should not missed the chance to watch. Not only the riders, but the grid girls (pix top) will also the attraction of the race. I think, if the Sports Minister, Datuk Ahmad Shabery Cheek watched the race, he should have ideas on how to help develop the event become as one of the national sports agendas. Well Datuk, this event gathered thousand of youths and its a good venue to promote 1Malaysia as well as encouraging our youngsters to involve actively in a healthy activities. Cub Prix played their role to curve 'Mat Rempit', and this is also one of the agendas in KBS - to curve 'Merempit'. Shame to see we do not have riders in the world scene, afterall, we have a great racing track in the country - Sepang International Circuit. So, time to produce. As the saying goes, 'It's better late than never'.....

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

My special women gone forever....

HELLO all...saya tak update blog ini untuk beberapa ketika. I was away for almost two weeks. Back to my hometown in Sibu, Sarawak.  A very special women in my life - my mama passed away due to heart attack on 29 Mac 2010. Saya kehilangan wanita paling istimewa untuk selama-lamanya. Semoga rohnya ditempatkan dikalangan orang yang beriman. Alfatihah.
Pix (top) of my mum and dad taken after 10th years of their marriage. My dad passed away six years ago.

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