KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia’s head diving coach has lost his job after allegedly allowing a “toxic” culture to develop among his team that led to rape, violence and bullying, the government said.Yang Zhuliang, who has held the role since 2008 and is originally from China, will not have his contract renewed when it runs out at the end of December.Yang led Malaysia to unprecedented success, with the country winning their first Olympic diving silver medal in 2016 and clinching all 13 diving golds in the Southeast Asian Games in Kuala Lumpur in August.But allegations that another national coach, who was close to Yang, raped a young diver training for the next Olympics shocked the country and prompted sports officials to examine team management.Assistant coach Huang Qiang denied committing the rape when he was charged in court in October, and is due to stand trial.Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin said that while there were no allegations directed at Yang himself, a “toxic culture” had developed among the divers under his leadership.“The main reason why (Yang’s) contract as national diving head coach was not renewed was because of a culture and environment of fear among some of our divers,” Khairy said in a statement Friday.“This culture and environment had caused cases of rape, sexual harassment, violence, beatings, bullying and threats.”As well as ensuring Malaysia performed well, Khairy said it was his responsibility to protect team members: “No gold medal is worth more than the safety of national athletes.”But Yang, in his 50s, described the [Read More…]
KARACHI: Pakistan continued to pull off fantastic results as they defeated defending champions Malaysia in their last league outing of the Asian Men’s Netball Championship in Kuala Lumpur on Friday.The final score was 62-46.Having registered four straight victories Pakistan are at the summit with 16 points.Pakistan Netball Federation (PNF) said that the Green-shirts, who have already qualified for semi-finals, will face Singapore in the pre-final on Saturday (today). Click for detailed story
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In 10th Asia Cup Hockey Tournament in Bangladesh, two matches are being played on Monday.In the first match, Malaysia will take on Oman while South Korea faces China.Both India and Pakistan have managed to secure their place in the round-robin Super 4 stage of the tournament.Source: Radio Pakistan Click for detailed story
PESHAWAR: FATA Football Super League 2017, featuring three foreign players, will kick-off here at Qayyum Sports Complex on Friday, writes Alam Zeb Safi. Shahid Shinwari, chief organiser and FATA Olympic Association’s president, told ‘The News’ here on Tuesday that one player each from Indonesia, Malaysia and Afghanistan would be seen in action in the competitions. He added that these players would reach Peshawar on Wednesday (today). In the competitions as many as 12 outfits will vie for the top honour. Koza Hanipi Mochamad of Indonesia and Ahmad Nazim Bin Ahmad Nazrin of Malaysia will arrive in Islamabad, while the Afghan player, whose name Shahid did not disclose, will arrive directly in Peshawar. Pakistan’s current and former players, including Yasir Afridi, Mohammad Rasool, Mohammad Riaz, Mehmood Khan and Jadeed Pathan, will also be seen in action. “All the participating clubs are hiring the services of departmental players and we hope it will be a competitive event,” Shahid said. The 12 outfits have been bracketed in four groups. The Group A comprises Young Jamrud United, Khyber Eagles and Shinwari Football Club. Khyber Greens, Darra Eagles and Ghazi Ajab Khan form the Group B. Faqir EP North Waziristan Agency, Shams FC Landi Kotal and Al-Haaj Group have been bracketed in the Group C. Bajaur Stars, Malik Saad Falcons and Kurram Shaheen have been clubbed in the Group D. The leading two sides from each group will qualify for the quarter-finals, which will be held on October 19 to 20. The semi-finals will take [Read More…]
SUZUKA, Japan: Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel set the pace on Friday for the Japanese Grand Prix with a blistering drive in the morning’s free practice before rain caused havoc in the afternoon. Lewis Hamilton splashed gingerly to the fastest time of a soaking second session after an absorbing morning run-out. Delayed by 50 minutes as rain lashed down, the afternoon looked like being a complete washout as team engineers amused themselves by floating paper boats along a river of water gushing down the pit lane. When the cars did finally creep out, puddles made the going treacherous but Lewis steered his Mercedes to the quickest time of one minute, 48.719 seconds. Vettel topped the timesheets in a morning session which was temporarily disrupted after Carlos Sainz smashed his Toro Rosso into a wall. Vettel’s time of 1:29.166 was almost 20 seconds quicker than Hamilton’s wet run, the German edging out the Formula One championship leader and Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo. “The results were not the best the last couple of races but I think we are strong so we have all reason to be confident,” said Vettel, who finished fourth in Malaysia last weekend from the back of the grid. “I’m pretty sure on Sunday we will be able to show what we can do.”None of Hamilton’s title rivals posted times in the afternoon when Lance Stroll had a lucky escape after his Williams aquaplaned off coming into turn one, forcing the Canadian to take evasive action to avoid hitting a [Read More…]
Officials believe there was teasing between the school pupils and the suspects days before the fire that at least 23. Click for detailed story
KARACHI: Pakistani professional squash player Mansoor Zaman has qualified for the final of Asian Junior Squash championship, which is currently being held in Amman, Jordan.Mansoor defeated Alireza Shameli of Iran in the semi-final of the U19 category. He only took 34 minutes to take down his opponent to win the match 12-10, 11-6, and 11-8.Pakistan will now play Jordan – represented by Mohammad Al-Sarraj – in the championship final. Top-seeded Sarraj defeated Pakistan’s Abdul Malik in the tournament’s second semi-final.However, Pakistan’s Huzaifa Ibrahim and Asadullah were defeated in the semifinals of U13 and U15 categories, respectively.Ibrahim went down fighting against top seed Joachim Chuah Han Wen of Malaysia in the semi-final of the U13 category.Asadullah, on the other hand, lost to Muhammad Amir Amirul Bin Azhar – a top seed from Malaysia – in the U15 semi-final. Click for detailed story