A complete lockdown and strict standard operating procedures (SOPs) did not stop the team at UiTM Shah Alam from completing their mission of producing a fresh take on a traditional design for the Malaysian contingent’s attire that was donned during the opening ceremony of the Tokyo Olympics yesterday.
It has been an extraordinary start to Tokyo 2020, with little attention paid towards the Summer Games, compared to previous editions. A podium finish by the national athletes in Japan will surely put a smile on the faces of Malaysians – albeit temporarily.
The Tokyo Olympics officially began yesterday. Following our national athletes’ exploits can help ease our lockdown blues and hopefully, one of them can come back with the elusive gold medal.
The years of sacrifice, blood, sweat and tears would all come to nought if an athlete does not start at the Olympics. Merely showing up at the showpiece event, or even coming on as a substitute, is not enough to be bestowed the ultimate recognition of being an Olympian, writes Devinder Singh.
Penang-born and raised Khoo Hooi Hye was in Paris for the 1924 Olympics as a member of a four-man delegation – all tennis players – representing China. That may make him the first Malayan to appear at the Summer Games, three decades before the country sent a contingent to Melbourne in 1956.
Kamarul Akhir has been part of major multi-sports events but says the Tokyo 2020 Olympics will be challenging due to the travel restrictions brought on by Covid-19.
Youth and Sports Minister Datuk Seri Reezal Merican Naina Merican hopes Malaysians will give 100 per cent support to national athletes competing at Tokyo Olympics after announcing a three-medal target for them. Also in our news highlights today, Malaysia records 10,972 new Covid-19 cases and new SOPs for fully vaccinated individuals will be revealed after Hari Raya Aidil Adha.
Azizulhasni Awang will unveil the final version of the WXR Vorteq bicycle at the Tokyo Olympics later this month, saying he is in the best shape of his life as he aims for the elusive gold medal.
National athletes bound for Tokyo get a taste of ‘the new normal’ as they prepare for the Summer Games, which is already shaping up to be a ‘different’ iteration of the world’s greatest sporting event.
Coaches must be given priority to accompany athletes to major competitions, especially for something as big as the Olympics.
Diving star Cheong Jun Hoong qualifies for the Olympics in the women’s individual 10m platform event. Also in our news round-up, the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission will not investigate claims of political interference in the police while Disney+ will be available in Malaysia soon.
National diver Pandelela Rinong Pamg and nine teammates are in Tokyo for the World Cup, the final qualifying tournament for the Tokyo Olympics. It is the first overseas competition for the team since the July 2019 World Championships.
Athletes make sacrifices and bring honour to the country but they end up playing second fiddle to officials who are put on a pedestal and rewarded with perks, even free health screening.