Sport in Malaysia

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Life in Malaysia

Sport in Malaysia includes football, badminton, bowling, squash and field hockey.[1] Golf is another sport which is growing in popularity after many courses were built.[1] Malaysia has hosted several major sports events including the Commonwealth Games in 1998.[2]

Sport is a major activity in local universities, which often run an annual sports event.[3] In September 2010, Malaysian sports officials announced an agreement with some of Scotland's top sports organisations to develop partnerships to use Scottish expertise to create a successful sports industry in Malaysia. The Malaysian government designated 2011 as the 'Year of Sports Industry', and the Sports Minister outlined its scope and importance, which includes exploring the viability of hosting major international sporting events.[4]

Badminton[edit]

The Malaysia national badminton team has won 3 silver medals and 2 bronze medals in badminton in the Olympic Games since the sport was first introduced to the Olympics in 1992. In 1992 Razif Sidek and Jalani Sidek won the bronze medal in men's doubles. In 1996 Rashid Sidek won the bronze medal in men's singles and Cheah Soon Kit and Yap Kim Hock won the silver medal in men's doubles. Lee Chong Wei won two silver medal in men's singles each in 2008 and 2012.

Lee Chong Wei is ranked world number 1 in men's singles, Hoon Thien How and Tan Wee Kiong are ranked world number 7 in men's doubles and Chan Peng Soon and Goh Liu Ying are ranked world number 11 in mixed doubles in the BWF World Ranking (as of 29 May 2014).[5] The Malaysia national badminton team is ranked world number 7 in the BWF World Team Ranking (as of 3 April 2014).[6]

Malaysia has won the Thomas Cup, the world men's team trophy, five times since it was first contested in 1949 and has been runnerup nine times as of 2014. Malaysia also holds its own annual international badminton tournament, the Malaysia Open, now part of the Badminton World Federation's Super Series of top world class events.

Lawn bowls[edit]

Hizlee Rais is ranked world number three in the World Bowls Singles Ranking List (as of 20 April 2013).[7]

Cycling[edit]

Malaysia hosts two international road cycling tours: the annual Tour de Langkawi and Jelajah Malaysia. Both races are part of the UCI Asia Tour. The Tour de Langkawi is the biggest cycling event in Asia and it is the one of five two hors-category (2.HC) classified races in Asia. The Jelajah Malaysia is the oldest bicycle race in Malaysia, touring around Malaysia.

Track cycling is a growing sport in Malaysia. Malaysia has several velodromes such as Cheras Velodrome and Velodrome Rakyat. Extreme cycling, such as mountain biking and urban freestyle BMX is also popular among youth in main cities in Malaysia. Riding bicycles is considered a mode of transportation as well as a recreational and leisure sport.

Azizulhasni Awang, Josiah Ng, Mohd Rizal Tisin, Fatehah Mustapa and Jupha Somnet are among the top track cyclists in Malaysia. Loh Sea Keong won the general classification and Asian rider classification at the 2013 Jelajah Malaysia. Mohamed Harrif Salleh and Mohamed Zamri Salleh won the points classification and mountain classification respectively at the 2013 Jelajah Malaysia.

Diving[edit]

Pandelela Rinong took a bronze medal in 10-metre platform event at the 2012 Summer Olympics. She became the first female Malaysian athlete to win a medal at the Olympics, as well as the first to win an Olympic medal in any sport other than Badminton. Bryan Nickson Lomas, Yeoh Ken Nee, Leong Mun Yee, Cheong Jun Hoong and Traisy Vivien Tukiet are among the top divers in Malaysia.

Extreme sports[edit]

Abdil Mahzan was the leader of 2012 World Cup Points final standings.[8] Abdil Mahzan earned the title of IGSA World Cup Series Champion in the street luge event.[9] His personal best maximum speed is 131 km/h, achieved at the 2011 IGSA World Championship in Teutonia, Brazil.

Football[edit]

Main article: Football in Malaysia

The Malaysia national football team (nicknamed Harimau Malaya) represents Malaysia at an international level. The national team capture the country's first major international football title when they became the champion of 2010 AFF Suzuki Cup. The Malaysia national under-23 football team won a gold medal in 2009 and 2011 Southeast Asian Games. The Malaysia national team has qualified for the Asian Cup in 1976, 1980 and 2007 AFC Asian Cup, however unable to move through next stage. In the FIFA World Rankings, Malaysia's highest standing was in the first release of the figures, in August 1993, at 75th. It is ranked 145th in the world and 23rd in Asia (as of 8 May 2014).[10] The Malaysia women's national football team is ranked 83rd in the world and 19th in Asia in the FIFA Women's World Rankings (as of 28 March 2014).[11]

The Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) is the governing body for football in Malaysia. The home stadium of Malaysia national football team is the Bukit Jalil National Stadium. Malaysia Super League, Malaysia Premier League and Malaysia FAM League is a professional football league in Malaysia. Some of the major teams include: Kelantan FA, Terengganu FA, Selangor FA, Pahang FA, Kedah FA, Perak FA and Negeri Sembilan FA. Kelantan FA as the 2011 Malaysia Super League champions and Terengganu FA as the 2011 Malaysia FA Cup winner qualify to enter the 2012 AFC Cup. However Kelantan FA managed to advance to the quarterfinal while Terengganu FA advanced to the round of 16.

Hockey[edit]

The Malaysia national field hockey team is Malaysia's representative in field hockey tournaments around the world. In the usual course of things, the team is made up of the best field hockey players in Malaysia. The governing body for the sports is the Malaysian Hockey Confederation. The Malaysia Hockey League (MHL) is a top league competition for field hockey clubs in the Malaysian hockey league system.

At the present time, the men's hockey team is ranked 13th in the world and 4th in Asia in the FIH World Rankings (as of 29 January 2014).[12] The team won a silver medal in 2010 Asian Games. The Malaysia women's national field hockey team is ranked 21st in the world and 5th in Asia in the FIH World Rankings (as of 9 December 2013).[12]

Marathon[edit]

Malaysia host some international marathon event such as the Kuala Lumpur Marathon, Borneo International Marathon and Penang Bridge International Marathon.

Martial arts[edit]

The indigenous martial arts or silat are practised competitively through sparring and solo demonstrations. The local form of kickboxing, tomoi, is practised mainly in the northern states. A wide variety of Chinese and Indian martial arts are also popular. As most Malaysian Indians are of Tamil origin, the Tamil art of silambam is particularly prominent.

Motorsport[edit]

Starting grid of the Sepang International Circuit.

Malaysian Grand Prix (Formula One), A1 Grand Prix and Malaysian motorcycle Grand Prix are held at the Sepang International Circuit.

Malaysian Grand Prix was first included in the Formula One World Championship in 1999. Since then, it has been held annually at the Sepang International Circuit in Sepang, Malaysia.

A1 Team Malaysia was the Malaysian A1 Grand Prix team. Alex Yoong and Fairuz Fauzy are among the top race car drivers in Malaysia.

Malaysian motorcycle Grand Prix is part of the Grand Prix motorcycle racing season. Zulfahmi Khairuddin is the top Malaysian motorcycle racer.

Netball[edit]

Main article: Netball in Malaysia

The Malaysia national netball team represents Malaysia in international competition. Malaysian Netball Association is the governing body for netball in Malaysia. The team is ranked 21st in the world and 2nd in Asia in the INF World Rankings (as of 2 April 2014).[13]

Rugby union[edit]

The Malaysia national rugby union team represents Malaysia in international rugby union. The governing body is the Malaysian Rugby Union. The team is ranked 71st in the world and 11th in Asia in the IRB World Rankings (as of 26 May 2014).[14] Malaysia have yet to make their debut at the Rugby World Cup, but have attempted to qualify since the South African World Cup in 1995. MRU Super League is the top flight of rugby union league in Malaysia.

Sepaktakraw[edit]

Sepaktakraw in Malaysia is governed by Persatuan Sepaktakraw Malaysia (PSM). The men's team is ranked world number two in the ISTAF World Ranking (as of 17 March 2014).[15] The women's team is ranked world number three in the ISTAF World Ranking (as of 17 March 2014).[16]

Squash[edit]

Squash in Malaysia is governed by the Squash Racquets Association of Malaysia (SRAM). The Kuala Lumpur Open and Malaysian Open are annual squash tournaments held in Malaysia. The Malaysia national men's squash team has reached the quarterfinal stage at the World Team Squash Championships six times. The men's team has won the Asian Squash Team Championships three times. The Malaysia national women's squash team has won the bronze medal at the World Team Squash Championships four times. The women's team has won the Asian Squash Team Championships seven times.

Nicol David is a seven-time world champion and ranked world number 1 in woman squash since 2006.[17] Her compatriots Low Wee Wern and Delia Arnold are ranked world number 8 and 40, respectively in the WSA World Rankings (as of May 2014).[17] Male squash players Ong Beng Hee and Mohd Nafiizwan Adnan are ranked world number 34 and 36, respectively in the PSA World Rankings (as of May 2014).[18]

Competitions[edit]

Si Tumas, the official mascot of the 2001 Southeast Asian Games

Malaysia participates in international sporting event such as the Olympic Games, the Asian Games, the Commonwealth Games and the Southeast Asian Games. Malaysia has hosted the 1998 Commonwealth Games and came in fourth place in the medal tally. Malaysia also has hosted Southeast Asian Games five times and has become the overall champion in the gold medal tally in the 2001 Southeast Asian Games. Malaysian athletes have won a total of six Olympic medals, in badminton and diving.[19]

Sukma Games[edit]

Main article: Sukma Games

The Sukma games are an annual event in Malaysia. The event was first held in 1986, and until 2010 was held every two years. Terengganu become the sport powerhouse in Malaysia sport industry followed by Selangor, Pahang, Sarawak and Wilayah Persekutuan based on the medal tally of 2012 Sukma Games.

Olympics and Paralympics[edit]

Malaysia first participated at the 1964 Summer Olympics, and has sent athletes to compete in every Summer Olympic Games since then, except the 1980 Summer Olympics, which it boycotted. Malaysia has never participated in the Winter Olympic Games. Olympic Council of Malaysia is the National Olympic Committee for Malaysia. Malaysian athletes have won a total of six medals at the Summer Olympic Games. Five medals have been won in badminton and one medal has been won in diving.

Malaysia made its Paralympic Games debut at the 1972 Summer Paralympics. The country was then absent for three consecutive editions of the Summer Paralympics, before making its return at the 1988 Summer Paralympics. Malaysia has participated in every subsequent edition of the Summer Paralympics, but has never entered the Winter Paralympics. Malaysian Paralympic Council is the National Paralympic Committee for Malaysia. Malaysian athletes have won a total of seven medals at the Paralympic Games: two silver and five bronze.

Hosted sporting events[edit]

Media[edit]

On 28 July 1984, TV3 became the first commercial channel in collaboration with RTM bringing Malaysians the live coverage of the Los Angeles Olympics. It was also done in 1988 Summer Olympics and 1992 Summer Olympics.

On 25 March 2010, Astro Arena, the country's first local sports channel went on air. Astro Arena (Channel 801) a 24-hours local sports channel will be delivered predominantly in Malay and available to all Astro customers under its Family Pack. Astro Arena is featuring live local sports, a comprehensive 7-day a week coverage of local and international sports news, informative magazine and information programming and interactive viewer involvement.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ Dudley, Rueben (20 September 2010). "19th Commonwealth Games: Doing Malaysia proud". Petaling Jaya, Selangor: The Malay Mail. Retrieved 29 September 2010. [dead link]
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  7. ^ "World Bowls Singles Ranking List Top 16". World Bowls Ltd. Retrieved 20 April 2013. 
  8. ^ "2012 World Cup Points – Final Standings". IGSA. Retrieved 30 December 2012. 
  9. ^ "IGSA World Cup Series Champions". IGSA. Retrieved 30 December 2007. 
  10. ^ "The FIFA/Cola-Cola World Ranking – FIFA.com". FIFA. Retrieved 29 May 2014. 
  11. ^ "The FIFA Women's World Ranking – FIFA.com". FIFA. Retrieved 29 May 2014. 
  12. ^ a b "World Ranking – International Hockey Federation". International Hockey Federation. Retrieved 29 May 2014. 
  13. ^ "INF World Rankings". International Netball Federation. Retrieved 29 May 2014. 
  14. ^ "International Rugby Board – World Rankings: Full world rankings". International Rugby Board. Retrieved 29 May 2014. 
  15. ^ "ISTAF World Ranking – Men's Ranking". International Sepaktakraw Federation. Retrieved 29 May 2014. 
  16. ^ "ISTAF World Ranking – Women's Ranking". International Sepaktakraw Federation. Retrieved 29 May 2014. 
  17. ^ a b "WSA World Rankings". Women's Squash Association. Retrieved 29 May 2014. 
  18. ^ "Dunlop PSA World Rankings". Professional Squash Association. Retrieved 29 May 2014. 
  19. ^ "Previous Olympic Games Medal Tally", Olympic Council of Malaysia

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