Jun 13, 2006

local sports news

The Star: Do we still care about local sports news?

Below is the full (and unedited) version of my blog in The Star.

Everyday, foreign sports news monopolize our sports section.

We are fed with golf and motorsports results as well as many pages of World Cup updates. Even the less popular French Open takes up a page or two although tennis is not Malaysians favourite sports.

We read about the injuries and recoveries of football stars like Cisse and Ronney and yet we don't really bother when Hafiz defeated Indonesian player, Simon Santoso, to keep Malaysia in the hunt for the men's singles crown at the Singapore Open.

Does this mean we no longer care about local sports news?

Back in the 80s and 90s, we strongly supported our badminton and football teams. We even loved to watch Sukma and never failed to catch up with the SEA games. From Zainal Abidin Hassan, M. Kumaresan and Misbun Sidek to Jeffery Ong, you name them and all of us have great respect for them.

We had our gloriest moment in the previous decades and I just hope that we did not retire after the Commonwealth Games in 1998. Or did we?
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