SkyscraperCity banner
1 - 20 of 41 Posts

·
Registered
Joined
·
101,310 Posts
Discussion Starter · #1 · (Edited)
First Islamic Games Open in Saudi Arabia
By Associated Press
April 8, 2005, 12:38 PM CDT





The First Islamic Solidarity Games - 2005



RIYADH, Saudi Arabia -- The first Islamic Games began in the holy city of Mecca on Friday with an Olympic-style tournament aimed at showing Muslim sports prowess and featuring 6,000 athletes, none of them women. The conservative kingdom bars women from practicing sports, even in schools.

The 55-nation tournament is dubbed the Islamic Olympic Games and hosted by the Saudi cities of Mecca, Medina, Jiddah and Taif.


Prince Abdel Majid Bin Abdel Aziz, the prince of Mecca, opened the games Friday in a ceremony in which more than 2,600 students participated at King Abdul Aziz Stadium. Competition begins Saturday and the tournament ends April 20.

Saudi officials say the games are the second-largest sports gathering after the Olympics. The athletes will take part in an array of sports, with the mentally and physically challenged competing in special events.

The games were announced after a meeting of Muslim sports federations officials in Riyadh in 2001. The next games are in Iran in 2009 and Syria in 2013.

Saudi Arabia, a regional sports power, competed in soccer's World Cup in 2002, 1998 and 1994. The kingdom also hosted the FIFA World Youth Championship in 1989.

Copyright © 2005, The Associated Press
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
101,310 Posts
Discussion Starter · #2 ·
First Islamic Solidarity Games starts in Saudi Arabia
4/7/2005 7:50:00 AM GMT





Source: PakTribune.com

Between 5,000 and 6,000 athletes from 55 Islamic States will participate in 11-day games to open at a spectacular inaugural ceremony Friday at a 38,000 capacity stadium in Makkah, Saudi Arabia – which houses the Kaaba where millions of Muslims converge during the annual Haj pilgrimage, with the aim of projecting a more positive image of Islam to the world. Organizers hope the events will give a new image of life in Saudi Arabia, the birthplace of Islam, than what is being presented in the Western media.

"We hope the games will show the truth of Islam, which is that it is a religion of peace," said games director Saleh bin Nasser.

The games will take place in the Saudi cities of Mecca, Medina, Jeddah and Taif.

"Mecca and Medina were chosen from the start because of their significance to Islam," Nasser said. "We then had to expand to Jeddah and Taif because we needed more room."

The groundbreaking multi-event meet has the potential to become one of the most important fixtures in the world of sports, said Abdul Khaliq Khan, Acting Secretary-General of Pakistan Olympic Association and member of the organizing committee of the games.

"Many international athletes are participating in the games in which athletes from African Muslim countries have an upper hand," said Abdul Khaliq.

Abdul Khaliq, moreover, praised the Saudi Youth Welfare Presidency and its officials for their efforts to make the event a big success.

According to Abdul Khaliq, a 140-strong Pakistani contingent including 96 athletes will participate in 10 events including basketball, volleyball, tennis, table tennis, swimming, athletics, karate, taekwondo, football and handball.

Saudi Arabian Airlines is providing 50 free return tickets to each participating country, in an attempt to strengthen the Muslim unity and encouraging Muslim youth to put in their competitive best.

The second Islamic Solidarity Games will be held in 2009 in Iran under the auspices of the Organization of Islamic Conference.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
101,310 Posts
Discussion Starter · #3 ·
First Islamic Games Send Message of Peace






King Abdul Aziz stadium in Makkah hosts the opening ceremony.




RIYADH, April, 8 2005 (IslamOnline.net & News Agencies) – Entitled “Islam is peace”, the first pan-Islamic Games was to kick off later Friday, April 8, in Saudi Arabia with the participation of some 6,500 athletes from all over the Islamic world.

The Islamic Solidarity Games, to start at 6 p.m. Saudi local time at the 38,000 capacity King Abdul Aziz Stadium, are aimed at projecting a more positive image of Islam to the world and highlighting the merciful Islamic tenets.

“We hope the games will show the truth of Islam, which is that it is a religion of peace,” Games director Saleh bin Nasser has told Reuters by telephone from the Red Sea city of Jeddah.

Preparations were already completed in some 56 sporting facilities in four Saudi cities; Makkah, Taif, Madinah and Jeddah, to host the Islamic competitions, with the athletes being housed in 18 hotels for their duration, according to the London-based Al-Hayat newspaper Friday, April 8.

“Makkah and Madinah were chosen from the start because of their significance to Islam,” Nasser said.

“We then had to expand to Jeddah and Taif because we needed more room. No new facilities were built for the games, with the athletes being housed in 18 hotels for their duration.”


Free Entrance





A file photo of the Islamic Solidarity Games higher committee meetings in Jeddah



Entrance will be free for the spectators to attend the Islamic contests, despite low expectations on heavy popular attendance in the competitions due to the Saudi strict visa requirements, Reuters said.

“But there are still many nationalities living inside Saudi Arabia who will be there to support athletes from their home countries,” Nasser said.

Saudi Sports Unions have sought some 48 million rials ($13 million) to provide necessary equipments for the event, to make it on the level of world events.

The Islamic competitions include athletics, swimming, diving, water ball, swordplay, tennis, table tennis, weightlifting, indoor football for the mentally-handicapped, basketball, volleyball, handball, taekwondo, karate, and horsemanship.

The decision to hold the Games in Saudi Arabia in 2005 was taken by the Organization of Islamic Conference (OIC) during its meeting in Bamako, Mali, in June 2001, under the title “Islamic Solidarity Games”.

Some 53 Muslim countries have already agreed to participate in the games with only Albania, Togo and Uzbekistan to be absent from the event.

The next Islamic Solidarity Games are scheduled for Iran in 2009.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
101,310 Posts
Discussion Starter · #4 ·
Islamic Games provide another platform for unity of Muslim Ummah
Makkah will host the opening ceremony and Medina the closing ceremony, for which Saudi Arabia has invited the heads of almost all the Islamic states By Waris Ali






At last the Organisation of Islamic Conference (OIC) has responded to the urgency of strengthening the liaison among the Muslim countries and the Ummah by hosting a mega sports event after the manner of Olympic Games. The Islamic Solidarity Sports Federation (ISSF), established during the third Islamic Summit held in Makkah in January 1981, has announced to conduct the first-ever Islamic Games in Saudi Arabia from April 8 to 20, 2005.

A reception party was held on February 15, 2004 at the Riyadh-based King Fahd Cultural Centre, in the presence of Prince Sultan bin Fahd bin Abdul Aziz, the General President of Youth Welfare, to mark the countdown to the Solidarity Games, where Prince Sultan signed 57 invitation cards addressed to National Olympic Committees of the Muslim countries to attend the tournament.

The holy city of Makkah will host the opening ceremony of the event while the closing ceremony will have the blessing of being the guest of the second holiest city of Medina. Meanwhile, Makkah will also play host to the sports events in football, taekwondo and handball while karate, basketball, weightlifting, football will be the disciplines to be hosted by Medina. The sports of volleyball and swimming will be held in Jeddah while Taif will hold the disciplines in track and field, table tennis and tennis.

The Games are aimed at strengthening ties among the youth in the Islamic countries. Some 1,200 Saudi volunteers are expected to join in the organisation of this mega event. The 2009 Islamic Games will be hosted by Iran, and the 2013 Games by Syria. The 2005 tournament, which is also being called Muslim Olympics, is the biggest international sports event after the Olympic Games.

These are the first Islamic Solidarity Games, but not the first games confined to Islamic nations. In 1980 Turkey hosted the first Islamic Games in Izmir, contested by Algeria, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Libya, Malaysia, Morocco, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Turkey and the Turkish Federated State of Cyprus. The event, however, could not be staged again, although the Islamic Women's Games were held in 1993, 1997 and 2001.

A total of 407 athletes in eight different sports took part in the first edition of the Games from such countries as Azerbaijan, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Maldives, Malaysia, Syria and Iran. IOC representative Mary Alison Glen Haig supervised the games and ensured the smooth running of the competitions. Athletes from Kyrgyzstan, Iran and Azerbaijan achieved the first, second and third places.


The objectives of the games include promotion of Islamic identity in sports, inculcating the principles of non-discrimination as to religion, race or class, in conformity with the precepts of Islam, the reinforcement of the bonds of unity and brotherhood among Muslim youth, cooperation with all the international and continent sports bodies, promotion of the Olympic sports movement in the Muslim world and making the Muslim youth aware of OIC.

Pakistan has made elaborate preparations for acquiring prominence at the Islamic Solidarity Games by sending about 108 players along with 36 officials which would take part in 10 disciplines -- six individual and four team events. The individual sports included athletics, karate, swimming, table tennis, taekwondo and tennis while football, handball and volleyball would be contested as team events.

The Pakistan football team has been drawn in the tough qualifying rounds of the first World Islamic Solidarity Games in which sixteen teams from the Muslim countries will fight for the title. Pakistan, which occupy 176th position in the world football ranking, has been placed with Morocco, Kuwait and Malaysia that are some of the best teams in the world occupying the rankings 34th, 55th and 114th in the same group.

The Islamic Games is expected to emerge as one of the biggest sports events in the Muslim history that will be participated by more than 8,000 athletes from 57 member countries of the Organisation of Islamic Countries (OIC).

Meanwhile, the Pakistan Sports Board, in coordination with respective federations, has completed selection of the Pakistan contingent for swimming for participation in the Islamic Games and sent the names of players to the organising committee in Jeddah. Earlier, 25 swimmers, including 20 of the swimmers from Pakistan Army, made a splash in the PSB pool, Pakistan Sports Complex, during the two-day trials for selection of the swimming squad for the Islamic Solidarity Games.

Eight players and three officials have been meanwhile selected to represent Pakistan in the karate competitions of the Islamic Games. The squad was announced after the trials held at Pakistan Sports Complex. Pakistan will be one of the 32 countries that will field their players in the karate competitions of the Islamic Games.

A five-member selection committee of Pakistan Volleyball Federation headed by its chairman Chaudhry Mohammad Yaqub finalised the 16-strong squad, including four officials that will represent the country in the volleyball competitions at the games.

The organising committee headed by His Royal Highness Prince Sultan bin Fahd has extended free hospitality for 20 days to all 57 participating countries. POA would alone now save US$120,000 that it would have to spend on its contingent. A two-day meeting of ISSF's Organising Committee also decided to give free air tickets to African countries to ensure their maximum participation in the games. On special request of African countries it was also decided that five air tickets for two sports disciplines with one team official would be provided by the organising committee in order to increase interest of the participating countries and help them cope with their financial problems.

The organising committee of the Islamic Solidarity Games has invited President Pervez Musharraf to attend the first-ever Islamic Games' opening ceremony that will be held in the holy city of Makkah on April 8. The Saudi government has invited the heads of almost all the Islamic states for the Games' opening and closing ceremonies.

Meanwhile, Pakistan Olympic Association President Lt-Gen Arif Hasan disclosed during a press conference that Pakistan might bid for hosting the second Islamic Solidarity Games for men and he will discuss the matter at the meeting of the executive committee of the sports bodies of the Islamic countries that will be held in Saudi Arabia on March 31.

He told the newsmen that a high-level committee was being formed to analyse the possibility of holding Islamic Countries Solidarity Games in Pakistan before discussing it with Syed Shahid Ali (the IOC representative in Pakistan). Following in the footsteps of Saudi Arabia in selecting the cities, Pakistan also has the infrastructure in Islamabad, Lahore and Peshawar and other facilities could be built in these cities. Travelling among these cities will not be a problem because the construction of the Peshawar-Islamabad Motorway will be completed by the time while the Lahore-Islamabad sector already exists.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
101,310 Posts
Discussion Starter · #5 ·
Pakistan contingent for Islamic Games to be selected in few days
Pakistan Times Sports Desk






ISLAMABAD: The selection of Pakistan's main contingent for Islamic Solidarity Games to be held in Saudi Arabia in April will be finalised within the next few days.

"February 20 (Sunday) is originally the last date for selection but we hope to complete the process in a few days from thence", the Director General of Pakistan Sports Board, Brig. Arif Mehmud Siddiqui said in an interview on Saturday.

Pakistan will compete in 11 disciplines in the Islamic Solidarity Games to be staged in four Saudi Arabian cities--Makkah Mukarramah, Madina Munawwara, Jeddah and Taif--from April 8 to 20.

Siddiqui said the training camps in eight disciplines were being run at Pakistan Sports Complex. These were in the sports of athletics, swimming, table tennis, weightlifting, taekwondo, handball, football and volleyball.

The basketball camp was in progress at Army Gymnasium in Rawalpindi, the karate squad was on training trip to Iran while the tennis players were training in Lahore for the March 4-6 Davis Cup tie in the Punjab metropolis against Thailand, after which they would continue preparations for the Islamic Games.

The representatives of 52 Muslim countries scheduled to participate in the Islamic Games recently toured the venues in Saudi Arabia and expressed satisfaction with arrangements.

"We found the arrangements and infrastructure facilities in excellent shape", said Director Army Sports, Brig. Salim Nawaz Malik, who represented Pakistan during the inspection tour to Saudi Arabia.

"The delegates from 52 participating countries were given comprehensive briefings by Saudi Arabian Minister for Sports and Youth Affairs, Prince Naif, and Games Director, Dr. Saleh Nasser", said Brig. Salim who will be the deputy chef d'mission of Pakistan contingent during the Islamic Games.

He visited Saudi Arabia on behalf of Pakistan's chef d' mission designate senator Zafar Iqbal Chaudhary who couldn't undertake the tour due to pressing engagements at home.

According to the Pakistan Olympic Association (POA) Associate Secretary, Col. (r) Muhammad Yahya, the last date for sending final entries for this multi-sports event is March 8, a month before the opening ceremony is scheduled to take place at Makkah Mukkarmah.

Besides holding opening and closing ceremonies, the holy city of Makkah Mukkarmah will also stage the events of handball, athletics, taekwondo and football final.

Madina Munawwara--the other Islamic holy city--will be the venue of competitions in football, basketball, weightlifting and karate, the port city of Jeddah will hold the events of football, volleyball, swimming, diving and water polo, football 5-a-side (for intellectually disabled) and goal ball (sight disability) while the hill town of Taif will be the scene of events in football, fencing, table tennis and tennis.

Pakistan Sports Board has also acquired the services of foreign coaches in four disciplines to train the respective players for the Islamic Solidarity Games.

The foreign coaches are: Feng Li of China (volleyball), Tarek Lotfi of Egypt (handball), Ahmad Safi of Iran (karate) and master Kim Eui Won and master Kwon Min Seo of South Korea (taekwondo). Meanwhile, the preliminary round groupings have also been finalised in the four team sports to figure during the maiden Islamic Games.

Pakistan has been placed in Group D of the basketball preliminary round, alongwith Tajikistan, Algeria, Tunisia, Libya, Tunisia and Chad. The Group A of basketball preliminary round brings together Syria, Jordan, Sudan, Uganda and Kirgiziya, Group B is made up of Iran, Morocco, Mali, Cameroon, Maldives and Palestine while Group C consists of Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Azerbaijan, Somalia and Yemen.

In football, Pakistan take their place in preliminary round Group D with Morocco, Kuwait and Malaysia while the following were the remaining three groups:-Iran, Oman, Sudan and Tajikistan (Group A), Cameroon, Mali, Syria and Yemen (Group B) and Saudi Arabia, Algeria, Palestine and Chad (Group C).

The handball event places Pakistan in Pool A with Saudi Arabia, Morocco, Lebanon and Sudan. The other Pools:--Egypt, Bahrain, Jordan, Palestine and Iraq (Pool B), Tunisia, Cameroon, Azerbaijan and Uganda (Pool C) and Algeria, Senegal, Syria and Chad (Pool D).

The Pool B has been allotted to Pakistan in volleyball, alongside such strong teams as Iran, Palestine, Iraq and Kazikhstan. The nations of Egypt, Lebanon, Tajikistan, Yemen and Azerbaijan will be together in Pool A. Morocco, Turkmenistan, Chad, Uganda and Cameroon will be in Pool C while Jordan, Algeria, Syria, Sudan and Saudi Arabia will form Pool D.●
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
101,310 Posts
Discussion Starter · #6 ·
Karate squad for Islamic Games



ISLAMABAD, March 6: Eight players and three officials were selected on Sunday to represent Pakistan in the karate competitions of the first-ever Islamic Solidarity Games to be held in Saudi Arabia on April 8-20.

The squad was announced after trials held at Pakistan Sports Complex.

As many as 32 countries are likely to feature in the karate competitions of first-ever Islamic Solidarity Games to be held in four cities of Saudi Arabia.

Besides karate, Pakistan will also participate in athletics, swimming, taekwondo, basketball, football, handball, volleyball, tennis and table tennis.

Squad: Ghulam Ali, Farman Ahmed, Khalid Noor, Shaukat Ali, Sodagar Masih, Abdul Raziq, Humayun Mustafa, Agha Muhammad, Muhammad Jahangir (manager), Ahmed Safi (coach), Zahoor Ahmed (assistant coach).-APP
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
101,310 Posts
Discussion Starter · #7 ·
8-20 Apr 2005. Saudi Arabia hosts first Muslim Olympics






MECCA-MEDINA-JEDDAH-TA’IF. 8-20 Apr 2005. Some of the early issues concerning participants and invitations have been resolved, and the first Islamic Solidarity Games will open in April in four Saudi Arabian cities. Fifty-seven Muslim nations have been invited to the event, also referred to as the Muslim Olympics, and as many as 10,000 athletes may participate. The Games aim to raise the level of awareness of the Islamic world's sporting abilities.

A minor dispute over geography, which threatened to keep Iran out of the event, has been resolved. Saudi Arabian organizers of the Games had issued maps of the region that referred to the waterway between Saudi Arabia and Iran the "Arabian Gulf." Iran objected, insisting on the "Persian Gulf" for the label or they would not participate in the Games.

The Islamic Solidarity Sports Federation, a section of the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC), is organizing the 2005 event and looking ahead.The 2009 Islamic Games will be in Iran, and the 2013 Games in Syria.

The 2005 event is the first Islamic Solidarity Games, but not the first Games confined to Islamic nations. In 1980 Turkey hosted the first, and Musllim games for women have been annual events since 1993.


Mecca will host the opening and closing ceremonies, as well as the Handball, Athletics, Taekwondo and Football finals.Medina will host Football, Basketball, Weightlifting and Karate competitions. Jeddah will host Volleyball, Swimming,
Diving and Water Polo, Football 5-a- side, and Goal Ball for disabled athletes. Football, Fencing, Table Tennis and Lawn Tennis events will take place in Ta'if. Jan/05
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
101,310 Posts
Discussion Starter · #8 ·
The First Islamic Games Officially Open
April 09, 2005 11:14 AM





From Zulhilmi Supaat

MECCA, April 9 (Bernama) -- The first Islamic Solidarity Games took centre stage with a grand opening ceremony at the King Abdul Aziz Sports City Stadium, here, Friday night.

Mecca governor Prince Abdul Majeed opened the 13-day meet dedicated to the Muslim countries.

The ceremony started at 8pm local time (1am M'sian time) with a recitation of verses from the Quran and a parade led by host Saudi Arabia with its national flag, followed by the flags of the Organisation of the Islamic Conference (OIC) and the Islamic Solidarity Sports Federation (ISSF).

The traditional march past of teams, a simultaneous fireworks display at stadiums in Mecca, Medina, Taif and Jeddah, and a presentation by 3,000 schoolchildren and 60 teachers showcasing the rich Mecca traditions were highlights of the ceremony.


The 120 members of the Malaysian contingent, including 80 athletes led by chef-de-mission Tan Sri Zain Hashim and the Jalur Gemilang bearer, footballer Muhamad Kaironnisam Sahabudin Hussain, proudly marched through the Mecca main stadium cheered by the 25,000-strong crowd.

Clad in songkok, yellow batik shirts and grey trousers, they were the 47th team to enter the stadium.

A total of 7,000 male athletes from 57 member countries of the ISSF will contest in 13 sports at venues spread all over the four cities of Jeddah, Mecca, Medina and Taif.

The late Prince Faisal Ibn Fahd was the one who mooted the idea 30 years ago to organise the Islamic Solidarity Games as a way of gathering the Muslim youth on the soil of the two holy mosques.

Saudi Arabia's seriousness to win the inaugural games was reflected in the Saudi Riyal 7 million (RM8.4 million) that they had allocated for the local sports federations to prepare their athletes.

-- BERNAMA
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
101,310 Posts
Discussion Starter · #9 ·
54 Muslim countries to compete in Islamic Games
06-04-2005





JEDDAH (Saudi Arabia), Pakistan Times: Nearly 7000 athletes of 54 Muslim countries are talking part in the first Islamic Solidarity Games getting under way with the opening ceremony set for Makkah on April-8.

The host country is fielding the biggest contingent of around 167 while Republic of Guinea with 2-men is the thinnest of squads. They are sending only two athletes for the competition.

Iran is considered as favourites in sports like football, karate, weightlifting, handball and they have fielded 131-member contingent.

Surprisingly, Turkey have decided to field a small squad of 40 in the Games and they would compete in swimming, fencing, karate, table tennis, taekwondo and tennis.

The war-torn Afghanistan are sending 24-men for the competition and will be competing in athletics, taekwondo and karate.

The Russian States are coming in a big way in the competition. Azerbaijan is to field 97-member squad, Kazakhstan a 50-member with Turkmenistan (40) and Tajikistan (68) also participating in majority of disciplines. Bangladesh has just fielded 12 members squad in four disciplines.

Pakistan are participating in 10 of the 15 disciplines and is fielding the second biggest 140-member contingent in the Games
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
101,310 Posts
Discussion Starter · #10 ·
Puvaneswaran Bags M'sia's First Gold
April 10, 2005 23:38 PM






From Zulhilmi Supaat

JEDDAH, April 10 (Bernama) -- The Jalur Gemilang was raised on the second day of the inaugural Islamic Solidarity Games in Saudi Arabia when R. Puvaneswaran clinched Malaysia's first gold medal in the karate event.

The Busan Asian Games 2001 double gold medallist grabbed the gold when he beat Sagin Dikov of Kazakhstan 3-2 in the final of 55kg event held at the Club of Uhod Hall in Medina, about 420km from here, Sunday.


In the first-round, the 31-year-old Malaysian thrashed his opponent from Chad by 4-0 to enter the quarter-finals when he was tied 3-3 against an Iranian.

In the sudden-death, Puvaneswaran won the fight and had to face the hosts' exponent when both of them were tied at 2-2.

The Malaysian won in the sudden-death and marched to the final to battle against Dikov.

Puvaneswaran said he was quite shaky in the quarter-final and semi-final as he was tied at the same points with his opponents.

"But when I beat the Saudi exponent for the final, I gain my confidence and tried my best not to end with a tie again with the Kazakhstan exponents.

"Dikov really is a tough opponent as he is physically big but I managed to beat him," he told Bernama when contacted from Jeddah.

Puvaneswaran, who also won a gold in the 1999 Brunei SEA Games, 2001 Kuala Lumpur SEA Games and a silver in the 2003 Vietnam SEA Games, said he had never met his opponents before and was in the dark about their strength.

"The West Asian exponents are really tough exponents. I think I'll meet them again in the Doha Asian Games next year.

"But right now, I want to concentrate on the Asian Championships which will be held in Macau next month," he added.

-- BERNAMA
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
101,310 Posts
Discussion Starter · #11 ·
Yeoh Grabs M'sia Second Gold
April 10, 2005 23:39 PM
From Zulhilmi Supaat






PROUD WINNERS… National divers Yeoh Ken Nee and Khairul Safwan Mansur (right) proudly displaying their medals after winning three-metre springboard event during Islamic Solidarity Games at the General Presidency of Youth Welfare Sports in Jeddah. Pix: Shahrizan Jeffri Aziz




JEDDAH (Saudi Arabia), April 10 (Bernama) -- National diver, Yeoh Ken Nee after a long break from international competition, won comfortably Malaysia's second gold on the second day of the inaugural Islamic Solidarity Games held in Saudi Arabia Sunday.

The 20 year-old, who made a come-back after resting for nearly two years to concentrate on his studies, accumulated 418.30 points over two days of competition to top the three-metre springboard event.

Compatriot, Khairul Safwan Mansur secured the silver with 373.86 points while Kazakstan diver, Yegor Ulizko settled for bronze with 368.70 pts. The diving events were held at the General Presidency of Youth Welfare Sports Hall here.

Yeoh went back to training last February, said he had never met his foreign opponents before but was told that the Kazakstan divers always took part in the diving circuits in Europe.

"It was quite an easy win for me. I take it as a part of my training for the Manila SEA Games this November and the Doha Asian Games next year," he told Malaysian reporters here.

Earlier Sunday, Malaysia grabbed its first gold through R. Puvaneswaran in 55kg karate event.

-- BERNAMA
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
101,310 Posts
Discussion Starter · #12 ·
M'sia Banking On Mohd Sharrulhaizy For Medals In Athletics
April 11, 2005 18:52 PM






From Zulhilmi Supaat

JEDDAH (Saudi Arabia), April 11 (Bernama) -- National walker Mohd Sharrulhaizy Abd Rahman is Malaysia's best bet to snatch a medal in the athletic events which start Tuesday at the King Abdul Aziz Sporting City, Mecca, 72km from here.

Team manager Karim Ibrahim said apart from Mohd Sharrulhaizy, hurdler Mohd Robani Hassan was also a medal potential in athletics where the Malaysians would face a tough challenge from opponents especially from West Asia and Africa.

"The majority of athletes competing in the games are world class athletes who are a few rungs above our level.

"But our athletes will give their best, at least to better their personal best time and to beat the qualifying time for the Philippine SEA Games in November," he told Bernama when contacted from here, today.

Karim said Mohd Sharrulhaizy was expected to face the Olympic and African walkers from Algeria and Tunisia.

He said Mohd Sharrulhaizy's personal best time in the 20km walk was one hour, 29.11 minutes while both of his opponents' personal best were under one hour 23 minutes.

"The walker from Algeria, Anouk Moussa, is the Athens Olympic walker. Mohd Sharrulhaizy has lost twice to him, the last being in the German Championship, last year.

"It's really tough for Mohd Sharrulhaizy but he is excited about the challenge to gauge his performance, at least to beat the qualifying time for the SEA Games this November," he said.

Karim said the other national athletes, the majority of whom are under the Gemilang 2006 project in preparation for the Doha Asian Games next year, were inexperienced in competing at the international level.

Eighteen Malaysian athletes are competing in athletics in the inaugural Islamic Solidarity Games in Saudi Arabia.

-- BERNAMA
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
101,310 Posts
Discussion Starter · #13 ·
M'sia Sending Young Fencing Squad To Solidarity Games
April 03, 2005 22:21 PM






KUALA LUMPUR, April 3 (Bernama) -- A 12- member young fencing squad will carry Malaysia's challenge to the inaugural Islamic Solidarity Games in Saudi Arabia on April 8-20.

National fencing coach Mohd Rizal Ashraf Rosli said the athletes, aged between 18 and 20, was formed after scouting for talents since 2000.

"Most of our senior athletes have retired due to injuries and other reasons. That's why we have absorbed junior athletes to the elite squad to represent the country at the games," he told Bernama Sunday.

The young athletes are Azizi Zainal Abidin, Hasnul Hadi Shawal Bakhtiar, Mohd Azlan Muhammad Azmi and Mohd Noor Iskandar Tauran for the foil event; Husnul Ariq Bakri, Mohamad Firdaus Jamaluddin, Muhamad Rafiudin Ramlan and Muhammad Radhi Hasim (sabre); and Hanafi Md Said, Niyewzuan Amar Iszuan Cheng, S.R. Ruberchandran and Sabri Nullah (epee).

Mohd Rizal said no targets were set for the squad but Malaysia hoped to get good placings at the games.

"We did not take part in many competitions overseas and seldom faced athletes from West Asia. So, we do not know our capabilities against West Asian athletes. I hope this is the best chance to gauge our position ahead of the 2006 Asian Games in Doha," Mohd Rizal said.

He said athletes from Iran, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and Tunisia were expected to give a strong challenge to the Malaysian squad at the games.

He said all 12 athletes were on top form without any nagging injuries, and hoped the cold weather in Taif would not be an obstacle to the Malaysians.

Fencing will be held at the King Fahd Sporting City in Taif, about 780km from Riyadh, where the temperature is expected to be at 23 degree Celsius.

Malaysia are sending a 81-member contingent to the games to participate in eight of the 16 events competed. The events are aquatics, diving, fencing, football, athletics, karate, taekwando and weightlifting.

Some 3,700 male athletes, including non-Muslims, from 57 Islamic nations will take part in the games staged at four venues - Mecca, Jeddah, Taif and Medina.

-- BERNAMA
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
101,310 Posts
Discussion Starter · #14 ·
Malaysia All Set For First Islamic Games
April 07, 2005 22:27 PM






From Zulhilmi Supaat

JEDDAH, April 7 (Bernama) -- The Malaysian contingent is ready to face the stiff challenge from unknown opponents in the First Islamic Solidarity Games which will start Friday in Saudi Arabia.

The 13-day games from April 8 to 20 will for the first time gather 4,000 athletes from 57 member countries of the Islamic Solidarity Sports Federation to compete in 16 events in four vanues -- Mecca, Medina, Taif and Jeddah.

The events are hand-ball, athletics, taekwondo, football, basketball, weightlifting, karate, volleyball, swimming, diving, water polo, fencing, table-tennis, tennis and two events for the disabled athletes, five-a-side football and goal ball.

Mecca, besides hosting the athletic and taekwondo events, will also be the opening and closing vaneus for the Games while Medina will host basketball, weightlifting and karate.

Volleyball, swimming, diving, water-polo, five-a-side football and goal ball will be played in Jeddah while fencing, table-tennis and football in Taif.

Malaysia will take part in eight sports -- athletics, swimming, diving, fencing, football, weightlifting, taekwondo and karate.

The national contingent, comprising 84 athletes, 15 coaches, 32 officers of the medical and technical teams, is lead by chef-de-mission Tan Sri Zain Hashim.

Not much is known about the other countries' abilities as many of the participating countries come from the African continent.

However, in certain sports such in combat events (karate and taekwondo), participants from Egypt, Iran, Turkey and Kazakhstan are known for their pshysical toughness and sharpness in skill.

For weightlifting, Malaysian lifters must really build-up their muscles in facing the two-time Olympic gold medallist from Iran, Husin Rizazadeh.

For football, Malaysia, in Group D together with Morocco, Kuwait and Pakistan, face a daunting task as their opponents' standings in the FIFA world rankings are much higher.

Malaysia now stand at number 114, Pakistan 177, Morocco 34 and Kuwait 54.

On paper, the only team that Malaysia will have a chance of beating is Pakistan while Morocco and Kuwait surely are tough teams.

However, Kuwait's withdrawal from football events gives a chance for Malaysia to advance to the semifinals if they can hold Morocco to a draw and thrash Pakistan with a bigger goal margin.

The few events that Malaysia are expected to excel in are probably swimming and diving as none of the participating countries can boast of having world class swimmers.

For athletic and fencing, some of the Arab and African countries are known for their world-class athletes.

But since this is the inaugural Games, not much information on the teams and athletes are revealed to the media.

Without a target set by the National Sports Council, Malaysian participants in the Games are part of the Gemilang 2006 project, a programme to develop and prepare Malaysian athletes for the Doha Asian Games in 2006.

-- BERNAMA
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
101,310 Posts
Discussion Starter · #15 ·
Malaysia Assured Of Gold In Diving
April 08, 2005 21:53 PM




From Zulhilmi Supaat

JEDDAH, April 8 (Bernama) -- Malaysia are virtually assured of a gold medal in diving as their young diver Bryan Nickson Lomas will be challenged by three unknown divers in the 10m platform events in the First Islamic Solidarity Games which started Friday.

Diving team manager Zainal Othman said Bryan, 15, the youngest of 26 Malaysian athletes at the Athens Olympic Games last August, will compete with the divers from Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Kazakhstan.

"Bryan will surely grab the gold for Malaysia. He is an experienced athlete, since having competed in the Athens games. The other divers are not up to his standard," Zainal told Malaysian reporters here.

At the Athens games, Bryan failed to enter the semifinal of the 10m platform event by clinching 19th place among the 33 divers. The Form 3 student of the Bukit Jalil Sports School was also the gold medallist in the World Junior Diving Championship in Brazil last year.

The Sarawakian will also compete in the World Championship in Montreal, Canada, in August and in the Philippines SEA Games in November.

Zainal said that besides Bryan, two other Malaysian divers -- Yeoh Ken Nee and Khairul Safwan Mansur -- also stand a chance to win gold, in the 3m springboard events.

"Yeoh was the gold medallist in the 3m springboard event at the 1999 Brunei SEA Games and grabbed a bronze, together with Azim Bahari, in the synchronised swimming event at the Busan Asian Games in 2002.

"So, he is experienced enough compared to the other participants. In fact, the divers from Arabian and African countries did not shine in the diving events," he added.

The Malaysian diving team consists of five athletes. The other divers are Ang Tean Hin and Yang Zhuliang.

The diving events are scheduled for April 9 to 13 at the Sports Hall in the General Presidency of Youth Welfare, here.

-- BERNAMA
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
101,310 Posts
Discussion Starter · #16 ·
Gold And Silver In Three-metre Spring Board Diving Practically In The Bag
April 09, 2005 23:34 PM




JEDDAH, April 9 (Bernama) -- Barring any unforeseen circumstances the gold and silver medals for the three-metre spring board diving event at the inaugural Islamic Solidarity Games in Saudi Arabia is practically Malaysia's.

In the semifinals held at the General Presidency Sports Hall here, veteran diver Yeoh Ken Nee and youngster Khairul Safwan beat their opponents by huge margins.

Only nine divers took part in the event. Yeoh and Khairul are expected to battle it out for the gold in the final Sunday.

Rivals Ghaem Mirabian from Iran and Eldar Zhumbayev from Kazakhsatn who are also in the running are not likely to pose much of a challenge.

Diving team manager, Zainal Othman told reporters that he is confident that the gold and silver will be Malaysia's when the event ends tomorrow.

--BERNAMA
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,636 Posts
Nazery posting one article would get the message out better then posting ten similiar article. A person would just scroll down, see the thread to be to long, and ignore it all togther.
 

·
Banned
Joined
·
259 Posts
yes could you please edit that, its very long and annoying, i dont know what are you trying to do by posting ten similar articles?
 
1 - 20 of 41 Posts
Top