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Friday, August 27, 2004


No Longer Waiting?

::Much as i would like to see ali eats his words and see "pigs fly", the wait for d'First Athens 2004 Medal is almost over with Elaine going out of the taekwondo competition in the first round. i never managed to get around to see her in action. She was defeated in the first round by a Guatamalan, Euda Carias They had ended their 3-round contest 4:4, but Elaine's opponent won as she was said to be the more 'aggressive' combatant when compared to Elaine during the round. The Guatamalan was beaten later on in the second round and failed to enter the final, because of this Elaine did not get to compete in the repechage for the bronze medal.

i, for one, cannot understand the entire taekwondo scoring system. Just imagine training for 4 years, fight in round one, get equal points and have your opponent win because of 'aggressiveness', why no 'penalty kicks' or extra time or their equivalent. Then having your chance to partake in the repechage being determined by whether your winning opponent progress further in the competition. The whole thing sucks or do i know nuts or am i senile?

Now there is only one Malaysian competitor left in Athens 2004, all hopes are now on Bryan Nickson Lomas. Bryan has the distinction of being the youngest, lightest and shortest of male competitors in Athens 2004. He also has the distinction of being the most interviewed competitor in the Malaysian camp. Will he be the Malaysian last action hero in Athens 2004? Will he get more 'distinctions', we wonder?

With the showing at Athens 2004 thus far, our Pak Lah has lamented :: "What has happened to our athletes"?. It is kind of funny, this coming from him. Does he not have the answer(s)? He can be forgiven, as he is not just also a denizen in our culture of mediocrity but also a fellow-leader-contributor to the culture. Lets not just blame the majority of our sportsmen and sportsladies, don't we all share some blame for allowing this culture to have crept upon us? All those involved in one way or another in our mediocritic sporting scene, ranging from the sportsmen and sportsladies, trainers, coaches, managers, sports newsreporters, sport councils, sport MINister etc. The Star reported saying :: PM : Athletes failed us. Is this really true? It could just have been the other way around :: PM: We failed the athletes" for the PM reportedly told our athletes to be better prepared in the future. Now apart from the athletes who are those tasked with the preparations of the athletes? Those reading the online version of this Star report would have noticed that we have a cyclist called "Ivy Josiah" who came out 5th in the keirin race! [The print versi had a blank space where 'Ivy' was.] Just a couple of days is all it takes to forget Josiah Ng.

Come what may, i will be rooting for our Bryan Nickson Lomas today, our Malaysian last action hero at Athens 2004.



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