The Olympic Council of Malaysia wishes 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’”.
1st Asian Youth Games 2009
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.
ACC Women’s Twenty20 Championship 2009
The ACC Women’s Twenty20 Championship 2009, was held in Malaysia from 3rd to 11th July 2009 at Kinara, Bayumas and Selangor Turf Club (STC) grounds.
At the end of the tournament, Hong Kong won the first ACC Women's Twenty20 Championship title with a four-run win over Thailand at the Kinrara Oval in Puchong in the final held on 11th July 2009. Pre-tournament favourite Nepal settled for third place when they bowled China out for just 30 runs in 10.2 overs to win by 73 runs.
Singapore finished in 5th place, with Malaysia in 6th place, UAE in 7th place, Iran in 8th place, Bhutan in 9th place, Oman in 10th place, Qatar in 11th place and Kuwait in 12th place.
19th National Junior and Cadet Karate Championships2009
The 19th National Junior and Cadet Karate Championships 2009 was successfully organized by the Putrajaya Karate Association at the Putrajaya Sports Council Complex from 10th to 12th July 2009. A new age group for boys and girls of age 12 and 13 years was introduced for the fist time, at the above Championships.
A total of 18 teams from the states and styles comprising 395 athletes, boys 237 and girls 158, participated in the Championships. The participants were divided into the following 4 age groups: children 12 & 13 years, cadets 14 & 15 years, juniors 16 & 17 years and Under 21 years for 18 to 21 years.
Sports Toto – DBKL – OCM Community Tree Planting Project
In line with the fall to go green and to environment-friendly, Sports Toto, a sponsor of the Olympic Council of Malaysia (OCM), together with the City Hall of Kuala Lumpur (DBKL) and OCM are jointly organizing a tree-planting campaign in several areas in Kuala Lumpur.
The first of the campaign will be launched on 19th July 2009 at 8.00 a.m. at Football field, Jalan Wirawati 5, Taman Maluri, Kuala Lumpur. Before the tree planting begins, there will be a talk on greening tips for our living quarters, beginners clinics by national athletes, Jassercise for all and some games with prizes to be won. All are welcomed to participate.
Sports Calendar 2010
The Astro Arena TV Sports Channel is proposed to be launched sometime towards the end of 2009. In order to ensure the success of Astro Arena, all National Sports Associations are requested to submit their 2010 Calendar of their sports competitions and championships to OCM by 15th July 2009. The Sports Calendar and its importance to Astro Arena, will be discussed at the 9th OCM Annual Events Seminar to be held on 25th July 2009 at Wisma OCM, immediately after the 153rd OCM Council Meeting.
2009 McDonald’s Olympic Day Run
The 2009 McDonald’s Olympic Day Run was successfully organized at Dataran Merdeka (Independent Square) of Kuala Lumpur on 12th July 2009 from 7.30 a.m. This is the third occasion the Run was held in Kuala Lumpur, having been held once each in Johor Bahru (2005), Kuantan (2005) and Penang (2007).
The Run was held under the following 10 categories:
· Men’s and Women’s Open 18 years old and above – 7Km
· Men’s and Women’s Veteran 40 years old and above – 7km
· Men’s and Women’s Junior 13 – 17 years old – 7km
· Primary School Boys and School Girls 10 – 12 years old – 3km
· Primary School Boys and School Girls 7 – 9 years old – 3km
Over 4,500 runners participated in the 2009 McDonald’s Olympic Day Run, under perfect weather for running. The Run was flagged off by Y.B. Dato’ M. Savaranan, Deputy Minister of Federal Territory, ably supported by Ms. Sarah Cassanova, Managing Director of McDonalds Malaysia and Y.Bhg. Datuk Dr. M. Jegathesan, Deputy President of OCM.
Kenyan runners dominated the Men’s Open event, winning all the first 5 places while in the Women’s Open event, the Kenyan ladies won the first 4 places, with Yuan Yu Fang of Malaysia in 5th position. In the 3 km. Primary School Boys event for 12 years old, a team from Ulu Kinta, running under the name of VAT 69, won all the first 5 places. In addition, VAT 69 Team also won the first 3 places in the 3 km. Primary School Boys event for 9 years old and also won a 3rd placing in the Junior event for Boys 13 to 17 years.
Other sponsors of the 2009 McDonald’s Olympic Day Run were Coca Cola, Milo, Bata, Berjaya Times Square, Bio-essen, Celebrity Fitness, Ginvera, Menara Kuala Lumpur, Nestle Professional, Olympic Sports Hotel, Petronas, Putrajaya Shangri La, Ribena, Sheraton Subang, Syahirah, The Club at The Saujana.