China’s junior player Zhang passes away in Indonesia

PETALING JAYA: It was a sad start to the week for the badminton fraternity as promising China shuttler Zhang Zhijie collapsed on the court during a mixed team match at the Asian Junior Championships in Yogyakarta and passed away on Sunday (June 30). Badminton Asia said in a statement released on Monday that the tragic incident...

Young southpaw Faiq dreams of emulating idols Lin Dan and Momota

PETALING JAYA: Junior shuttler Mohd Faiq Masawi is a rare breed as he is one of the few left handed Malaysians to play in the men’s singles. Former international Yong Hock Kin, who famously stunned home favourite Budi Santoso to capture the Indonesian Open crown in 1998, was also left handed. And so was Wong Choong Hann,...

Family’s love driving Zii Jia to be Malaysia’s first to win gold at Olympics

PETALING JAYA: Professional singles shuttler Lee Zii Jia wants to do what other Malaysian has not done - win a gold medal at the Olympic Games. And Zii Jia said his family's love is the driving factor behind his mission to end the wait for Olympics glory at the Paris Games in July. And to underline his...

Coach Nova applauds Liek Hou for another win but warns against overconfidence

PETALING JAYA: Shuttler Cheah Liek Hou will approach the Paris Paralympics in August with a spring in his step after capturing the Four Nations Para Badminton International title. Liek Hou was in his element as he beat Taiwan’s Fang Jen-yu 21-12, 21-19 in the men’s singles SU5 (upper body impairment) final in Glasgow yesterday. The 36-year-old underlined...

June Wei plans to plod on even without coach during tournaments

PETALING JAYA: Men's singles shuttler Cheam June Wei is not giving up on his career despite not having a coach to follow him to tournaments. The independent player currently trains two or three times a week under former international Ong Ewe Hock but the latter is unable to travel with him and guide him in competitions...

Two men arrested on suspicion of blackmailing Schumachers, reports Bild

BERLIN (Reuters) - German police have arrested two men on allegations of blackmailing the family of seven-time Formula One world champion Michael Schumacher, daily Bild reported on Thursday. The two men from the western German city of Wuppertal were arrested on Wednesday and had been seeking millions of euros, Bild reported. Public prosecutors in Wuppertal have opened...

Soccer-Serbia’s Jovic snatches late equaliser to salvage 1-1 draw with Slovenia

MUNICH, Germany (Reuters) -Serbia substitute Luka Jovic headed a last-gasp equaliser to cancel out Zan Karnicnik's opener and salvage a 1-1 draw with Slovenia in an absorbing Group C clash at Euro 2024 on Thursday. Both sides hit the woodwork and had periods where they dominated possession and created chances at the Munich Football Arena in...

Mbappe’s call to vote resonates with youth in his old neighbourhood

PARIS (Reuters) - In the Paris suburb where footballer Kylian Mbappe grew up, 22-year old Leana Aggoune said that she agrees with the French striker's call on young people to vote in the French parliamentary election this month. Many people here are children of immigrants, like the six-time Ligue 1 top goal scorer and national team...