OCM Weekly Highlights
22nd February 2009
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KL – CIMB Open Squash Championships 2009 – 2nd to 4th March 2009 at National Squash Centre, Bukit Jalil, 5th to 7th March 2009 at Berjaya Times Square.
Kriket Melaya Antara Negeri – Perisai Raja-Raja 2009 – 4th to 8th March 2009 at Bayuemas Oval, Jalan Pendamar, Klang.
IIHF Challenge Cup of Asia 2009 – 13th to 22nd March 2009 at Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.
9th Junior Men’s Hockey World Cup 2009 – 7th to 21st June 2009, Johor Bahru and Singapore.
18th OCM Board Meeting
The 18th OCM Board Meeting was held on 17th February 2009. The Board decided that in view of the global economy down-turn this year, OCM will provide an “one-off” grant for 2009 to each of the national sports associations affiliated to OCM. The amount would be RM6,000/= to each of the Ordinary members of OCM and RM4,000/= to each of the Associate members of OCM. The grant will be used for the payment of affiliation fees to OCM and all monies owing to OCM. The grant should also be used by the NSAs to pay the affiliation fees to their respective International Federations (IF), to subsidize the cost of attending the General Assemblies of the IFs of the NSAs, or for any purpose for the development of their athletes, sports or associations. After the NSAs have utilized their grants, they need to do submit receipts of payments made from the grants to OCM for the internal auditing by OCM.
The Board have received the final draft of the ICM Sports Development Trust Fund Deed and approved the establishment of the OCM Sports Development Trust Fund by the end of March 2009. It also approved the organization of a 5 days comprehensive training on the Zeus Team Management System in Kuala Lumpur, from 20th to 24th April 2009.
12th National Olympic Academy Session for Young Leaders 2009
The 12th National Olympic Academy Session for Young Leaders was held from 17th to 21st February 2009 at Wisma OCM, Kuala Lumpur. The Official Opening Ceremony of the 12th National Academy Session for Young Leaders was by YAM Tunku Tan Sri Imran ibni Tuanku Ja’afar, President of OCM and IOC Member in Malaysia on 17th February 2009 at the OCM Hall of Fame and Sports Museum, Wisma OCM, Kuala Lumpur. The Closing Ceremony was by Dato’ Sieh Kok Chi on 21st February 2009.
A total of 47 participants comprising 23 from overseas and 23 Malaysians, participated in the Session. The best Malaysian male and female participants of the Session were Mr. Prem Kumar Subbanna from the Malaysia Karate Federation and Ms. Thoh Chai Ling from the Malaysia Basketball Association. They will be the representatives of the Olympic Council of Malaysia at the 49th International Session for Young Participants of the International Olympic Academy to be held at Olympia, Greece, from 10th to 24th June 2009.
2nd Commonwealth Junior Fencing Championship 2009
Congratulations to the Malaysian Fencing Federation for the successful organization of the 2nd Commonwealth Junior Fencing at Penang from 5th to 21st February 2009. In addition to the excellent organization of the Championship, the Malaysian fencers achieved their best results at the Commonwealth Junior Fencing Championship by winning 2 gold medals, 2 silver medals and one bronze medal.
Joshua Ko I-Jie, won the gold medal in the Men’s Epee Individual final defeating England’s Miles Gandolfi, a second gold medal in the Men’s Epee Team final, where he, Mohammad Roslan and Azroul Fazly defeated the English Epee Team, the defending champion, with a score of 45-40.
In the Men’s Sabre Team final, Malaysia’s Looi Chun Yip, Yu Peng Kean and Nurul Ariezzat Nazreen lost to the English trio of Samuel Brightman, Maiyuran Ratneswaran and Alexander Crutchett 45-25.
Advanced Sports Management Course (ASMC) 2009 – Towards Quality Management of Olympic Sport Organisations
The First Session of Module 1 & 2 of ASMC 2009 will commence on the 26th February 2009 (Thursday) and end on Sunday 1st March 2009, at the Conference Room, Ground Floor, Wisma OCM, Kuala Lumpur
The response was so good that the Committee selected 32 participants out of 43 applicants instead of 25. All the successful applicants and unsuccessful ones have been informed via emails. The daily schedule is from 9.00 am to 5.00 p.m. The time table for the first day is as follows:
0800 - 0900 Registration
0900 - 0930 Welcome address and opening ceremony
0930 - 1000 Briefing (programme & schedule)
1000 - 1030 Coffee break (coffee corner )
1030 - 1300 Ice breaking session & group dynamics
1300 - 1400 Lunch break
1400 - 1600 Ice breaking session & group dynamics (continued)
1600 - 1700 Introduction to ASMC 2009, course ethos and course requirements
2009 IIHF Challenge Cup of Asia – Press Release by MIHF
The Malaysia Ice Hockey Federation (MIHF) held its media conference on 21st February 2009 at the Fig & Olive Restaurant, Sunway Pyramid. Y.Bhg. Dato’ Lee Hwa Beng, President of MIHF stated that the purpose of the media conference was to inform the media of the participation of the Malaysian Ice Hockey team in the 2nd IIHF Challenge Cup of Asia 2009 and to introduce the members of the team and some sponsors of the MIHF. The media release is as shown below.
The “2009 IIHF Challenge Cup of Asia,” (CCOA) tournament to be held in Abu Dhabi, UAE from 13 – 22 March is sanctioned by the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF). The governing body of international hockey has been instrumental in helping to develop ice hockey in non-winter countries. Their continuous support has ensured the growth of ice hockey in Asia. This is the second tournament of this calibre for non-winter countries in the Asian region. The countries participating in this year’s tournament are Malaysia, UAE, Hong Kong, India, Singapore, Thailand, Macau and Mongolia.
The Malaysian men’s national ice hockey team took part in the inaugural 2008 IIHF Challenge Cup of Asia in Hong Kong. The national team took home the silver medal, with wins against Hong Kong, Singapore and Macau, a tie with Thailand and a loss against Chinese-Taipei. Malaysian player Loke Ban Kin was voted the tournament’s Most Valuable Player and also the best player of the Malaysian team.
Malaysia had the privilege to play in the Asian Winter Games in Changchun, China, in 2007 whereby the team adjusted to a higher level of play and fared better than expected. The 2009 IIHF Challenge Cup of Asia tournament will be part of the preparation for the next Asian Winter Games in Almaty, Kazakhstan in 2011. With careful planning and a well-rounded training schedule, the Malaysian team will be better equipped to face the challenges of the upcoming 2011 Asian Winter Games.
Ice Hockey is a thriving new sport in Malaysia with significant opportunities for growth amongst youths and adults. Many current local ice hockey players got their start when Malaysia hosted the World Ice Hockey 5’s in 2001, 2002, 2005 and 2006. The matches attracted the attention of the younger generation, and some have since progressed to be solid ice hockey players.
Besides promoting a healthy lifestyle, ice hockey tournaments such as this also will ensure the sport’s growth and continued publicity. On top of that, players also will be able to keep up with the competitive level of the sport around the region.
Institut Sukan Negara (ISN), Dexion Asia, SportsPlanet, Dargon-i, Canton-i, Mammoth Expire Holdings and Sunway Pyramid have all stepped up to help the team achieve their goal. Etihad Airways being the official airline and Star Metro the media sponsor will play an integral part in aiding the national team. With the corporate support, the players are able to channel their focus on their training. It also fuels the players’ motivation as they strive to meet the challenge. We are encouraged that these companies have set the tone for corporate social responsibility and hope our partnerships will open doors to more endeavours. For more information, please contact Susan Loh (Secretary) at +6012-329 5678
4th National Handball League 2009 – Press release by MHF
The 4th National Handball League will start next on 22nd March 2009 and will end on 17th May 2009, after competitions over 5 alternate Sundays. 10 men’s teams and 10 women’s team have been invited to take part. All games will be played in OCM Indoor Hall from 9.00am to 4.00pm each day. Handball club teams from Terengganu, Negeri Sembilan, Selangor, Kuala Lumpur, Putrajaya, Johor, Perak, Kelantan, Melaka and Perlis including an expat team have shown interests to participate in this year’s league. Singapore Youth Olympic team turned down the MHF’s invitation as they are in the midst of selection for their national team, but they agree to have an annual game with the Malaysia team after the MAHL in August.
With the successful organization of the last three leagues since 2006, MHF has identified many talented handball players to compete at international level if MSN can approve our training program for both men and women teams and for more international participations.
In conjunction to the league, Asia Handball Federation (AHF) is offering Malaysia to conduct a referee course during the league. Some participants may come from Asia and South East Asia countries. This is an honour for Malaysia to promote this Olympic sport to all Asian Handball member Countries. The main sponsors of the 4th National Handball League are MILO and MOLTEN.
Virtual Olympic Congress
The deadline for the submission of contributions to the Virtual Olympic Congress has been extended to 28th February 2009. If you have not yet made your contribution to the Virtual Olympic Congress please do so immediately by registering at http://www. 2009 congress. olympic.org/en/Pages/default. aspx