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Sailing Squad First To Leave For Tokyo Olympics



SEPANG, July 8 — The national sailing squad became the first of the Malaysian contingent to leave for Japan for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games which will be held from July 23 until Aug 8.

Four athletes and three coaches left for Tokyo from the KL International Airport (KLIA) via Malaysia Airlines Flight MH070 at 9.50 am today and are expected to arrive at Narita International Airport at 6.05 pm.

The four are Khairulnizam Mohd Afendy who will compete in the men’s laser event, Nur Shazrin Mohd Latif (women’s laser), Nuraisyah Jamil and Juni Karimah Noor Jamali (both in the women’s International 470 ) in  Tokyo 2020.

The squad was given a send-off by National Sports Council (NSC) director-general Datuk Ahmad Shapawi Ismail, Malaysian Sailing Association president Datuk Kamaruzzaman Abu Kassim and Malaysia Airlines Berhad chief operating officer Ahmed Luqman Mohd Azmid. .

When met by reporters, Ahmad Shapawi said that although the sailing competition is scheduled to take place from July 25 until Aug 4, the national squad left early to make logistics preparations, for training and to familiarise themselves with the weather as well as the environment at the venue.

“We wish them a safe journey. We have reminded them to stay safe, especially on the way so that there is no violation of any of the protocols that we have set such as avoiding physical contact with people.

“Upon reaching Tokyo, they must go through a screening test and isolation for three days. Then, they enter a “bubble” and have to undergo a saliva test every day, we will abide by all the rules set by the organisers,” he said.

For this Olympic Games, Malaysia will be represented by 30 athletes competing in 27 events comprising 10 types of sports.

They are Khairul Anuar Mohamad, Syaqiera Mashayikh (archery), Lee Hup Wei, Azreen Nabila Alias (athletics), Mohd Azizulhasni Awang, Muhammad Shah Firdaus Sahrom (track cycling), Lee Zii Jia, Soniia Cheah, Aaron Chia, Soh Wooi Yik, Chow Mei Kuan, Lee Meng Yean, Chan Peng Soon and Goh Liu Ying (badminton).

Apart from that, Pandelela Rinong, Cheong Jun Hoong, Leong Mun Yee, Nur Dhabitah Sabri, Ng Yan Yee (diving), Gavin Green, Kelly Tan (golf), Farah Ann Abdul Hadi, Jeremiah Loo Phay Xing (gymnastics), Suryani Mohamed Taibi (shooting), Welson Sim and Phee Jinq En (swimming) are also representing the country for the Games.

The second and third batch of athletes are expected to leave for Tokyo on July 17 and 25, respectively.

Sources: BERNAMA


Aaron-Wooi Yik Stun Indonesian Pair To Advance To Last Four



TOKYO, July 29  — National top men’s doubles pair Aaron Chia-Soh Wooi Yik advanced to the semi-finals in spectacular fashion as they stunned Indonesian top seeds Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo-Marcus Fernaldi Gideon at the Tokyo Olympics, here, today.

Ninth-seeded Aaron-Wooi Yik switched on the attack mode to dispatch the Indonesians 21-14, 21-17 in just 33 minutes at the Musashino Forest Sport Plaza here.

This is Aaron-Wooi Yik’s first-ever win over the Indonesians in eight meetings since their first encounter in the 2018 Malaysia Open.

Sources: BERNAMA

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District Race Malaysia By AIA Vitality, The World’s Greatest Exploration Race Attracted More Than 11,000 Runners



Maintaining one’s health during this challenging time has not been easy, especially in the past six months where various movement control orders were put in place due to the rising number of COVID-19 cases. It is undeniable that the COVID-19 pandemic has put a hold on many things, with mass participation events being one of them.

Adapting to the various challenges caused by the pandemic, District Race Malaysia by AIA Vitality rose to the occasion and made a return as an augmented reality event by providing a digitally engaging and fun urban exploration experience. This year’s event was made even more attractive as participation was free and made available nationwide. This gave equal opportunities for runners across Malaysia to participate in the event.

District Race Malaysia by AIA Vitality was launched on 1 March 2021, providing users with a fun way to lead an active life to stay happy and healthy during these trying times. The 4-month long event became an instant hit with avid casual runners in Malaysia; including non-runners who just enjoyed casual walks. The event has managed to exceed its initial target of 10,000 sign-ups, with over 11,000 participants registered on the District app, all vying for the opportunity to take home the grand prize, the brand new Proton X50.

One of the contributing factors to the overwhelming response was the flexibility of participation – making it easy for runners to choose the when, where and how of their participation. The District app was enhanced to be even more user-friendly – by simply stepping out of the house, switching on the app, pressing start and navigating their journey towards checkpoints to earn points. With no set route or distance and checkpoints made available everywhere, explorers were able to create their own strategy and choose how they wanted to explore. Whether by walking or running, everyone got to participate at their own pace.

Participants were also able to link their GPS supported wearable devices to the District app and earn points for any walking or running activities. The points collected on the wearable were then credited towards the overall leaderboard. The prizes up for grabs via lucky draw included over 40 items such as Garmin watches and adidas gear, as well as a brand-new Proton X50, which undoubtedly was the main attraction.

Josh Tendler, Head of Marketing, District Technologies said, “The COVID-19 pandemic has affected many planned events worldwide, and mass participation events especially are not excused. The event cancellation is definitely felt by runners everywhere. That is why we decided to do a digital race for this year. What the digital event lacks in the physical interactions, it makes up for in flexibility. Participants get to choose how and when to do the race at their convenience, while collecting points, being healthy, and unlocking Augmented Reality selfie filters. In my opinion, one of the silver linings of the pandemic is we now found new ways to connect with our loved ones, others around the community, either by staying active together or just enjoy their companion through virtual interactions and reaching collective goals together. We would like to thank AIA for helping to make District Race’s vision in providing an engaging and fun urban exploration experience a reality as well as their support for the second year in a row.”

Heng Zee Wang, Chief Marketing Officer, AIA Bhd. said, “I would like to congratulate the winners and the participants of District Race Malaysia by AIA Vitality for their amazing achievements despite the current circumstances. We hope that this event has inspired Malaysians from all walks of life to maintain an active and healthy lifestyle during these challenging times. We would like to express our appreciation to District Technologies for successfully executing a digital event that benefitted many Malaysians and we look forward to supporting many more exciting initiatives like this as part of our efforts to help people achieve Healthier, Longer, Better Lives.”

Chong Zee Min emerged as the lucky winner to bring home the most coveted prize; the all-new and free Proton X50. Participants received 1 entry to the lucky draw for every activity of over 2,000+ points in the District app.

Chong was surprised when she learned of the news. “The event itself inspired me most as it turns exercising into a fun and unique experience while exploring many different and interesting areas of my city that I would have otherwise missed out. I am thrilled have won the grand prize, a brand new Proton X50. Such an unexpected sweet surprise! This is a massive bonus coupled with a sense of achievement. I am truly delighted!” said Chong, 31, from Penang.

Amongst the other prizes presented were Garmin watches and adidas merchandise to the Top 3 Overall Male and Female Champions, as well as merchandise packs to the Biggest Team Overall.

For Overall Male, the first place was taken by Jimmy Lim, taking home the Garmin Fenix Watch, followed by Chew Soon Yong in second place and Yew Hoe Liew in third place, winning them the RM 1,000 and RM 500 adidas vouchers respectively.

For Overall Female, the Garmin Fenix Watch was won by first placed Lynn Ooi, followed by Ooi Ai Lyn in second place and Teoh Seow Sian in third place, also taking home the RM 1,000 and RM 500 adidas vouchers respectively.

The Biggest Overall Team, AIA District Family, with a total of 40 members, took home free merchandise packs for each member.

District Race Malaysia by AIA Vitality also hosted a series of campaigns throughout the 4-month long event to give runners more reasons to participate. In conjunction with Ramadan this year, the Get Fit For Charity campaign was conducted, rallying runners across Malaysia to come together in solidarity for the National Cancer Society Malaysia (NCSM). The challenge was to collectively hit the goal of 5,000,000 points, with AIA committing to donate RM1 for every 100 points scored during the campaign period. While the challenge was set for 12 April – 16 May 2021, the target was met well ahead of time, hitting the overall goal by 4 May 2021. Thanks to the collective efforts of the runners, the charity engagement was an overwhelming success with RM 50,000.00 raised and donated to NCSM.

Besides collecting points for the charity, the Top Average Team Score Challenge was also conducted to incentivize runners to keep their points rolling. Team Sonic took home RM10,000.00 cash after accumulating an average of 289,000+ points per team member.

In June 2021, the Social Media Contest went live, asking users to post a photo, video or story to their Facebook or Instagram taking part in District Race Malaysia by AIA Vitality, along with proof of an activity of at least 2,000 points. The lucky winners were chosen based on their creativity and walked away with prizes such as Garmin watches, adidas vouchers, and Garmin merchandise packs.

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Finals To Be Held At Tokyo Olympic Games On Thursday, July 29



TOKYO, July 29  — Following are the finals to be held at the Tokyo Olympic Games on Thursday, July 29 (all local time):

Men’s pair, 9:18
Women’s pair, 9:30
Lightweight men’s double sculls, 9:50
Lightweight women’s double sculls, 10:10

Men’s 800m freestyle, 10:30
Men’s 200m breaststroke, 10:44
Women’s 200m butterfly, 11:28
Men’s 100m freestyle, 11:37
Women’s 4X200m freestyle relay, 12:31

Women’s trap, 14:30
Men’s trap, 15:30

Canoe slalom:
Women’s canoe, 15:55

Women’s 78kg, 17:00
Men’s 100kg, 19:45

Artistic gymnastics:
Women’s all-around, 19:50

Women’s foil team, 19:55

Table tennis:
Women’s singles (time to be decided)

Sources: BERNAMA

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