Saturday, 26 May 2012
A PLAN to set up a tennis academy at theSutera Harbour Resort is in the works as the resort teams up with Sabah Tennis Association (STA) to promote the game in the state. The initiative is expected to start next monthfor a three-year period in collaboration with Pure Tennis, a tennis academy based in Singapore, said STA. “This programme will definitely give special impetus to tennis in Sabah,” the association added. “Details will be announced by Sutera Harbour at a later date, and STA is working closely with the resort on this matter.” Both parties have actually been working closely for several years and plans to embark on a more aggressive route is in order as the resorts’s general manager Bryan Werner comeson board. A very active sportsman and experienced sports organiser, Werner metwith Lawn Tennis Association of Malaysia (LTAM) president Tan Sri Abdul Razak Latiff at the resort in Kota Kinabalu recently. The STA, whicharranged the meeting, hopes to see more international tennis events held in the state. STA president Johnson Koh mapped out Sabah tennis to Abdul Razak and also briefed him on the Level One coaches course. He also emphasised on the need for moretournaments in Sabah. “During the meeting, a request was forwarded to LTAM to give one slot to Sabah to host one of the leg of the Tennis Futures in Kota Kinabalu. This will be jointly hosted by STA and Sutera Harbour. “Abdul Razak immediately agreed on the matter and will advise STA on the dates for the leg to be held next year,” said Koh. In the meantime, Sutera Harbour has also agreed to sponsor the 1Malaysia Datin Rosmah Mansor Team Tennis Invitational and the Asia Tennis Federation (ATF) Under-14 tournament on July 13-15 and Sept 23-27 respectively. - By Kristy Inus.
Mohamad Jamil Abdul Samah swept the men's singles and doubles titles at the 2012 Sandakan Closed Tennis Championships recently. The 25-year-old, formerly one of the top juniors in the state, was in uncompromising mood as he easily won the singles title without dropping a set throughout the event. A powerful display of precision tennis in the final saw him defeat Ryan Mauleon Guasis 6-4, 6-2 to claim the crown. Jamil claimed his second title when he partnered school teacher Iruwan Amboragang of SK Tanjung Batu, Sandakan, to victory over Gary Leong and Desmond Ang in the final. With Jamil's power game complemented effectively by Iruwan's sharp and deceptive volleying, the duo successfully fought their way to the title by a convincing 6-3, 6-1 win. Meanwhile, 46-year-old 'junior veteran' Chin Ming Boak also clinched twin victories in the men's veterans' category. Played in a round-robin format, he won all his matches to emerge the undisputed singles champion among the four contestants. Amir Bukhari Mohd Razali was second while former three-time Sabah champion Simon Wong was third. Ming Boak's success continued in the veterans' doubles when he and Peter Poon also won all their round-robin ties to be declared champions. Amir Bukhari Mohd Razali/Abd Halim Hj Hussin came in second. Five pairs took part in this event. At the prize-giving dinner, joint tournament sponsors SDTA President Taren Sunil Manoharan and Vice-President Koichi Murakami, presented the prizes and medals to the winners. - http://www.dailyexpress.com.my
Tuesday, 22 May 2012
Monday, 21 May 2012
TENNIS enthusiasts in Sandakan can look forward to better days after the government’s recent announcement to resurface four courts. Youth and Sports Minister Datuk Peter Pang En Yin revealed that RM128,000 has been approved for the project at the tennis centre owned by the Sandakan Municipal Council. Sabah Tennis Association president Johnson Koh said the minister made the surprise announcement during a friendly match between the association, its affiliate the Sandakan Tennis Association and the Sibu Recreation Club. Koh revealed the courts are under the care of the Sandakan Tennis Association and described the resurfacing project as a windfall for tennis enthusiasts in the east coast district. “The new courts will help further promote the sport in the district,” he said. Koh also said that the Sabah Tennis Association’s 26th Inter Affiliate championship this year will be held in Kota Kinabalu on May 25-27. “Kota Kinabalu will be the favourites to defend their title but there may be a few surprises from other districts,” he said of the tournament which will see six districts competing in four categories — men, women,juniors and veterans. By Roy Goh (NST)
KUALA LUMPUR, May 20, 2012– It has been quite some time since I last wrote this column. I must say this column is not only meant to share with our readers of LTAM’s plans but also to provide our side of the story, given the fact that we are seldom being granted the right of reply in the mainstream media. Our detractors seem to thrive on other people’s modesty and civility. I was wrong to think these “sick people” have repented. Recently there has been another spate of e-mails but from a different person purported to be from somebody by the name of BS Sidhu. I’m not too sure if these e-mails are from the same “sick people” working under disguise. Sad to say, the allegations and accusations are again unsubstantiated, disjointed and manipulated. Unfortunately, they warrant the attention of those who do not know about tennis activities and its development in the country. Nevertheless the allegations are indeed serious, written with malice and evil intention solely meant to deliver character assassination on me as President of LTAM. However, I am happy as he has boldly put his name and address and I presumed, he really meant what he alleged. Let me share something with our readers. Tennis is full of funny characters. There is one particular father who is known to harass and abuse officials, parents, coaches, his own kids and other kids resulting in him being banned by a State association. LTAM decided not to interfere. We remained above the fray and did not take any action against him as this may be interpreted as victimising his kids’ involvement in tennis. But this fellow has gone to great lengths to discredit LTAM and me. Should LTAM entertain a person like him who also has a couple of police reports against him? The sad thing these reports have racial insinuations. If go unabated will create problems within the tennis fraternity. If this fellow is the same individual who wrote and attached these allegations in his e-mails, then he has given me the opportunity to take action against him by bringing him into the ring. It is difficult to “box” with your opponent if he keeps on throwing stones and insults from outside the ring. We did call him through one of our Exco to engage with us by meeting the LTAM Exco on the 18 May recently but he declined. Again I have been forced to lodge a police report, similar to that I made against a retired Army Lieutenant Colonel. I hope this will give him the opportunity to substantiate his allegations against me and I can clear my name once and for all. I am pretty sure the allegations come from a group of individuals who hide behind the cloak of the Internet.I am not going to waste column inches and answer all these allegations on this Tie Break Corner. Why should I be shooting at an invisible target? Some may accuse me of a lot of things. For their information, I did not charge my expenses incurred on behalf of LTAM and the reason why I am able to source for funds and sponsorship to support LTAM all this while is due to the trust I have acquired. We, at LTAM work very hard to organize events like the WTA and ATP, to secure good sponsorships so that we can channel some money towards other LTAM development activities. For everybody’s information, I run a business with an annual turnover of RM100 million per year, with interests in power plant, sports and event management and oil and gas. I am not cheap to squander LTAM’s funds of few thousands. In fact my companies had no choice but to issue payments in advance to LTAM with substantial sums, during the early years of my presidency. Substantial sum were converted to sponsorship, because there is none or when there is sponsorship it did not come in on time, more often than not after the event. To make sure the event goes on I have to unwillingly advance my money first and all these are properly accounted for. Through these unidentifiable e-mails, letters and short messages they manipulated this situation and accused me of squandering LTAM’s money. If they are really serious with their allegations please reveal yourselves and not hide behind these poison e-mails, letters and short messages? I feel saddened that my sincerity in developing tennis has been put to question by people who themselves have done little as stakeholders to develop the game. On another issue, the Forum Board for LTAM office bearers which is used to discuss certain issues and matters before they are formally accepted at our monthly Exco meeting, are not the full thread produced in the poison e-mails and letters. The Forum Board was created as a platform for office bearers to express their opinion without fear or favour. It has helped us make timely decisions as we can only meet once a month due to the nature of the composition of the Office Bearers who are mainly outside the Klang Valley. Certain contents of the Forum Board have been leaked by an insider. Well! This is beyond my control as officials are nominated and elected by the State Affiliates who are members of LTAM. I have no control with regards to the competency and trustworthiness of these office bearers other than on a trial and error basis since September 2005. On one hand State Affiliates want to be represented so that they know the activities of LTAM first hand. On the other, such representation has been subjected to abuse all this while. Even though all matters are agreed by the majority at all times, the disgruntled minority unhappy with the decision is not professional enough to keep things within themselves. We have proof of who downloaded them as we maintain the Forum Board ourselves! Let it be known to everybody, I am here to make things right for tennis. The state of affairs of tennis before I took over in September 2005 was really in shambles. I am sorry if I make the minority unhappy and I am not wrong to state these poison e-mails, letters and short messages are the work of some previous office bearers of LTAM who were “kicked out” by the majority Council Members because of their, I quote in their own words in the poison e-mails and letters, “was infested with cronyism, nepotism, discrimination, conflict of interests, financial abuses, hindrance to tennis and player’s development, ineffective and incompetent tennis development, no integrity, no transparency, no credibility. LTAM brought to disrepute by their administration”. The Constitution states the Council sits only every year unless there is an Extraordinary General Meeting. The Agenda to be discussed are very clear as stated in the Constitution and we have been following it ever since. The day to day activities of LTAM are decided by the elected office bearers as dictated by the Constitution. If at the Council Meetings you have not been entertained that is beyond my power as I am guided by the majority. How come I am accused of manipulating the decisions at LTAM Council Meeting when the majority chose not to? May be the majority of the Council Members are fed up with cowards and so called “actors” who were given the opportunity to run LTAM before but are preaching from the pulpit, not actually practising what they preach! Except for 2007, why during the last BGM I won uncontested and interesting enough I don’t belong to any State Affiliates. This means if any Council Members do not nominate me, I cannot be President!!!It saddens me that some people choose to play blind and dumb to the things that we have done. I believe we are on the right track. Compare our packed Calendar of Events with those not during my time. Only time will tell as we can only play the role of facilitator to facilitate the development of our players. Let our detractors play “evil” politics behind the cloak of the internet! - www.ltam.org.my Rest assured it is not the nomination that matters most to me. I will not overstay my welcome if I am no longer able to secure sufficient sponsorships to support LTAM’s development activities even though I may get majority votes from Council to remain as President. It saddens me that some people choose to play blind and dumb to the things that we have done. I believe we are on the right track. Compare our packed Calendar of Events with those not during my time. Only time will tell as we can only play the role of facilitator to facilitate the development of our players. Let our detractors play “evil” politics behind the cloak of the internet!
Cambodia eventually earned Group III promotion following their success at the IV event in Qatar last month. We could be in for a titanic tie between Malaysia and Cambodia next year :) Final positions 1. UAE, Cambodia (both promoted) 3. Qatar, Turkmenistan 5. Saudi Arabia 6. Singapore 7. Jordan 8. Iraq 9. Myanmar 10. Bahrain Cambodia: Kenny Bun, Pannhara Mam, Samneang Long, Vetu Mam, Tep Rithivit (captain)
Wednesday, 16 May 2012
AUSTRALIA and China, the top two seeds, as well as India and Thailand qualified for the 2012 World Junior Tennis (WJT) Girls' Championship scheduled for Prostejov, Czech Republic later this year after each won their respective quarter-final matches at the Sarawak Lawn Tennis Association (SLTA) Centre in Kuching on May 11 Both Australia and China scored 2-0 wins over Japan and South Korea respectively, while fourth-seeded India edged Taiwan 2-1. Thailand, the sixth seeds, ousted New Zealand 2-0. Priscilla Hon got Australia's first point, easily beating Chihiro Muramatsu 6-3, 6-3, but Sara Tomic had a scare before prevailing 4-6, 7-6 (7-5), 6-3 against Momoko Kobori. China's Ren Jia-Qi was also made to sweat before winning 3-6, 7-5, 6-1 against Um Seong Young. Cao Si-Qi then sealed her team's spot in the last eight with a 6-2, 6-4 win over Bae Do Hee. India had a tougher tie against Taiwan when Himani Mor lost 6-3, 6-3 to Chang Chung-fang, before Pranjala Yadlapalli put the Indians on level terms with a 7-5, 6-2 win over Chien Pei-ju. Pranjala then partnered Vanshika Sawhney to beat Chun-fang and Pei-ju 6-3, 6-1 to ensure an Indian win. Thailand meanwhile continued their good run with Manita Bootsarakomvisit winning their first point beating Chanista Ampornachariya 6-1, 6-1 and Napharat Sawangkaew overcoming New Zealand's Rosie Cheng.
ALL eight seeded teams in the World Junior Tennis (WJT) Girls Championship Asia/Oceania Final Qualifiers moved into the last eight after each won their tie at the Sarawak Lawn Tennis Association (SLTA) Centre in Kuching on May 9 The top two seeds, Australia and China once again had trouble-free 3-0 triumphs against the Philippines and Sri Lanka respectively. Kimberly Birrell had an easy Group A match against the Philippines' Maia Bernadette Balce, winning 6-0, 6-1, before Priscilla Hon had an easier time, beating Maria Dominique Ong without losing a single game. Kimberly then partnered Sara Tomic to beat the pair of Maia and Erika Mae Manduriao 6-0, 6-1 in the doubles. Second seeds China also had an easy Group B tie against Sri Lanka, with their players also dropping just two games in the tie when Cao Si Qi overcame Nethmit Waduge 6-2, 6-0 in the second singles. The other two matches both ended 6-0, 6-0 when Li Yue-Nu beat Rukhsana Abdeen in the first singles and Li-Ren Jia-Si Qi winning against Waduge-Fathoum Issadeen in the doubles. Malaysia, in the meantime, lost for the second time in Group C, 3-0 against Japan, while India, the fourth seeds, trounced Hong Kong 3-0 and fifth seeds Korea won 3-0 against Singapore in Group D. In other matches yesterday, Thailand beat Kazakhstan 3-0 in another Group C match, Taiwan beat Indonesia 2-0 in Group B and New Zealand, seeded eighth, beat Uzbekistan 2-0 in Group A. By Winston Way
TOP seeds South Korea will face second seeds Japan in the final of the Asia-Oceania qualifying round of the world junior tennis boys championship at the Sarawak Lawn Tennis Association (SLTA) Centre in Kuching. The Koreans ousted fourth seeds Australia 3-0 while Japan trounced Taiwan with the same score in the semi-finals yesterday. Chung Yun Seong gained Korea's first point by defeating Australian Brian Tran 6-2, 6-3, while Lee Duck Hee outplayed Oliver Anderson 6-1, 6-4 before the pair of Duck Hee and Oh Chan Yeong thrashed Anderson-Tran 6-0, 6-3. Taiwan will play Australia for third placing today while China will battle Hong Kong for fifth position. Uzbekistan and Thailand will vie for seventh place. China edged Uzbekistan 2-1 whilst Hong Kong overcame Thailand 2-0. The Philippines defeated India 2-0 while Indonesia edged New Zealand 2-1 in the 9th-12th placing playoffs. In the playoffs for 13th-16th positions, Malaysia lost their fifth consecutive match, falling 2-1 to Kazakhstan. Malaysia will play Syria (who lost 2-0 to Iran) today to avoid finishing as wooden spoonists. All matches in the April 30-May 5 tournament were played and going to be played at the Sarawak Lawn Tennis Association (SLTA) Centre here. By Winston Way
TOP seeds Australia steamrolled Uzbekistan 3-0 in the World Junior Tennis (WJT) Girls Championship Asia/Oceania Final Qualifying Round at the Sarawak Lawn Tennis Association (SLTA) Centre in Kuching on May 8 The Aussies, top finishers in the Asia/Oceania zone in the previous WJT in Prostejov, Czech Republic last year, won their opening point through Kimberly Birrell who beat Valeriya Kolegova 6-2, 6-4, before Sara Tomic outplayed Valeriya Popova 6-2, 6-1. Sara and Priscilla Hon completed Australia's Group A tie triumph when they overcame Valeriya and Milisa Bekirova 6-1, 6-1. In Group B, second seeds China trounced Indonesia 3-0, their first point coming courtesy of Ren Jia-Qi who beat Arrum Damarsari, after which Cao Si-Qi got their second, blanking Rifanty Dwi Kahfiani 6-0, 6-0. Si-Qi then partnered Li Yue-Nu to edge Arrum-Rifanty Dwi 4-6, 6-1, 6-1 in the doubles. Japan, the third seeds, however, were made to sweat by Kazakhstan before gaining their first win in the tournament with a 2-1 victory in a Group C tie, while fourth-seeded India had an easy 3-0 win over Singapore in Group D. Hosts Malaysia fell 2-1 to Thailand in another Group C tie, with the first two matches ending in easy wins for the Thai girls. Manita Bootsaramvisit beat Nurin Nabilah Roslan 6-1, 6-0, while Napharat Sawangkaew routed Yus Syazlin Nabila Yusri 6-0, 6-0. Nurin and Yus Syazlin salvaged some pride for Malaysia when they beat Manita and Wijitbanjong Pakkaro 5-7, 6-3, 6-3. In other results yesterday, South Korea beat Hong Kong 3-0 in Group D, Taiwan slammed Sri Lanka 3-0 in Group B and New Zealand beat the Philippines 3-0 in Group A. In today's matches, Australia play the Philippines, China face Sri Lanka, Japan take on Malaysia, while India will be square off with Hong Kong. Also, Indonesia meet Taiwan, Uzbekistan play New Zealand, Kazakhstan face Thailand and Singapore meet Korea. The top four finishers proceed to play in the WJT finals, also to be played in Prostejov, on Aug 13-18.
Tuesday, 1 May 2012
KUCHING: Top two seeded teams South Korea and Japan scored easy opening victories as the final qualifying competition for the ITF World Junior Team Competition for Boys kicked off at Sarawak Lawn Tennis Association Tennis Centre yesterday. Chung Yun Seong led the way for top seeds South Korea as he thrashed New Zealand’s Alexender Calder 6-0, 6-1 in one hour and 40 minutes in the first singles in Group A. His teammate Lee Duck Hee had no problem beating Rawhiti Williams 6-2, 6-0 in the second singles while the pair of Chung Yun Seong and Oh Chan Yeong crashed Williams-Calder 6-1, 6-1 in the doubles for a 3-0 win. In the same group, Thailand sprung an upset as they beat eighth seeds India 2-1 for their first win. Nawakarn Khunjan tamed Alex Solanki 7-5, 6-4 in the first singles to hand the Thais the first point but Nikshep Ballerkere levelled the score 1-1 for India when he beat Art Faoart 6-3, 7-6(5) in the second singles. In the doubles and the deciding match, the Thai combination of Sirawit Daosaengsawangng and Nawakarn overcame Nikshep-Aryan Goveas 6-1, 6-4. South Korea will play Thailand today while New Zealand are up against India. In Group B, second seeds Japan who faced a weaker Iran, made easy meat of their opponents as Tomohiro Masabayashi blanked Arman Jalili Uromiyeh 6-0, 6-0 and Riki Oshima registered a similar score over Ashkan Shekarriz. In the doubles, Renta Tokuda and Tomohiro saw off the pair of Mohamad Kargaran Oroochi and Ashkan Shekarriz 6-0, 6-2 for a 3-0 win. Meanwhile, host Malaysia failed to secure their first win as they went down fighting 1-2 to sixth seeds Philippines in Group D. Alberto Lim Jr was simply too good for Talhah Rahizam, beating the latter 6-1, 6-2 in the first singles while Koay Hao Sheng kept the contention alive by beating Eric Olivarez Jr 6-1, 6-1 in the second singles. In the doubles, Koay and Khairil Anas Abd Rahim put up some opposition to lose the first set 6-4 but Olivarez and Jerome Romualdez closed out the Malaysians in the second set 6-2 to give Philippines three points. The other Group D match saw fourth seeds Australia edging Hong Kong 2-1. Malaysia is facing an even tougher match against the Australians in today’s match. Other teams who won their first matches were China and Taiwan who beat Syria and Kazakhstan 3-0 respectively while Uzbekistan took more than six hours to crack the Indonesian resistance and won 2-1.- www.theborneopost.com
KUCHING: Defending champions Sarawak emerged victorious in the recent Malaysia Schools Sports Council (MSSM) Boy’s Under-15 tennis championship after defeating Perlis in the final held in Ipoh, Perak. Sarawak’s top junior ace, Alvin Tan gave his team the lead by beating Asrul Ekshan from Perlis 5-7, 6-2, 6-3 while his teammate Kenneth Tan earlier on trounced Wan Ahmad 6-0, 6-0. The state’s double team lost 3-6, 1-6. The state team could have defended the overall title if not due to injuries to the top two U18 players in Jane Chang and Gerald Yao while a few other good players had also opted out due to studies commitment. According to Sarawak Schools Sports Council (MSSS) tennis technical chairman, Oliver Rengga Bantin the state players could have done better with the services of experienced players who are either injured or opted out due to their study commitments. He commended the Girl’s under 15 team members who performed well beyond expectations by entering the semi-finals despite been just promoted from the under 12 category. “I wish to record our appreciation to the players’ parents who have sacrificed so much for their kids…come rain or shine, they were there with us,” he said. In the Girl’s under 18 competition, Sarawak narrowly lost to Selangor and Federal Territory in their group matches. “The team was unfortunate not to have Jane Chang who was down with a shoulder injury and Adriana Chua who was participating in another tournament…if they had been available, we could have been up there at least in the finals,” Oliver said. He revealed that Sarawak’s two under 18 boys players, Gerald Yao and Izzul Aizuddin are also nursing their injuries.- http://www.theborneopost.com