Iraq Olympic Committee Kidnapped

This news was posted on Yahoo News on July 15 2006

BAGHDAD, Iraq – Gunmen kidnapped Iraq Olympic committe chief Iraq‘s Olympic committee and more than a dozen employees Saturday after storming a sports conference in Baghdad, police said. The kidnappers wore camouflage Iraqi police uniforms and security guards outside the meeting said they did not interfere because they thought the gunmen were legitimate law enforcement, police said.

Ahmed al-Hijiya, president of the committee, was taken in the assault, which came a day after the coach of Iraq’s national wrestling team was killed by kidnappers, said police Lt. Thaer Mahmoud.

Others taken Saturday included the deputy head of the Olympic committee, Ammar Jabbar al-Saadi; the chairman of the Taekwondo Federation, Jamal Abdul-Karim; and the chief of the Boxing Federation Union, Bashar Mustafa.

Two guards were killed, one while trying to flee the building.

Interior Minister Jawad al-Bolani told reporters that the kidnapping was carried out by “gangs” and not security forces.

There were conflicting reports on the number of people taken but Maj. Gen. Adnan Thabet, commander of the ministry’s special forces, told The Associated Press that al-Hijiya and 20 others were kidnapped.

The Sunni coach of Iraq’s national wrestling team, Mohammed Karim Abid Sahib, was seized with one of his wrestlers Thursday as they left a sports center to buy sweets in the northern neighborhood of Kazimiyah, where the team was preparing for a tournament.

The coach was shot to death while trying to escape later in the day. The wrestler escaped, according to police and wrestling officials.

The team pulled out of the tournament in the United Arab Emirates.

In other violence, Iraqi soldiers and gunmen clashed in Baghdad, leaving at least three people dead and 11 wounded, police said.

Seven people were injured in a mortar attack near Haifa Street in downtown Baghdad, blocks from the Green Zone, which houses U.S. and British embassies and the Iraqi government.

Similar clashes broke out blocks away, injuring four and killing two civilians. U.S. troops sealed off the area after the attacks, said Iraqi Army Maj. Salman Abdul-Wahid.

The area along Haifa Street has seen heavy violence in recent weeks, which prompted Iraqi leaders.

Iraq’s parliament voted Saturday to extend a nearly two-year state of emergency in Baghdad for another 30 days. The violence along Haifa Street prompted the last extension.

President Jalal Talabani called for establishment of a national front to prevent a sectarian civil war.

Associated Press writer Bassem Mroue contributed to this report.

Pembangunan Sukan Tanpa Ideologi Politik

Berita ini terdapat dalam Harakahdaily Bil 1315 20 Jamadilakhir – 5 Rejab 1427 /16-31 Julai 2006. Saya ingin berkongsi dengan pembaca kerana berita macam ni tidak ada dalamakhbar arus perdana.

KOTA BHARU: Kerajan negeri sentiasa memberi kerjasama kepada mana-mana pihak bagi membangunkan bidang sukan di negeri ini tanpa mengambil kira ideologi politik.

Pengerusi Jawatankuasa Pembangunan Wanita, Belia dan Sukan, Abdul Fatah
Mahmood berkata, adalah menjadi matlamat kerajaan negeri tidak menjadikan halangan politik bagi pembangunan sukan di Kelantan.

“Kerajaan negeri sedia memberi kerjasama dengan mana-mana pihak untuk memaju da membangunkan lgi bidang sukan di negeri ini,” katanya di majlis Penghargaan Atlet Sukma Kelantan 2006, di sebuah hotel di sini baru-baru ini.

Pada majlis berkenaan, pemenang pingat diberi insentif sebanyak RM1,000, pingat perak RM500 dan gangsa RM250.

A Training Centre in England

The hotest topic after the recently concluded World Cup is probably the government’s plan to set up a training centre in Hertfordshire, UK. The project iniated by the Minister of Youth and Sports, YB. Datuk Azalina Othman Said sparkes a debate among Malaysian. From what I read majority is against the idea. Well, to spend RM 490 million on a training centre in foreign land can be view of wasting the tax payers money. We can ask how many Malaysia athletes can benefit from that project. How many Malaysian coaches can learn from foreign coaches based at the centre. If the returns is not worth the spending then I think better scrap the idea. Just imagine how many more sports facilities can be build with that RM40m and if the facility can’t produce wiorld champions at least the people who pay tax and vote for the present government benefit from it.

As someone who works in the sports industry , and being a former coach, I see that training oversea can be beneficial to our athletes since they are more exposed to high class competetitions. Our tops class athletes have no good sparring partner in the country and hence need more exposure. To be a winner is to adapt to a competitors level of skill. To spar with the best partner who is way below his level of skills and experience will do no good to an athlete.

I think the government will look at the proposed idea again and build that facilities at home or use the available facilities (said to be world class), bring foreign coaches and expertise (if needed), bring high class sparring partner (promoting sport tourism). More people can learn this way.

The Beginning

This is my first post for this blog. I create this blog to share my views about sport and its related activities. My view might not be right but thats what I see. Sport is one of the most talked about topic wherever in the world and especially when there is some world class sporting activities in goin on. Just like the world cup has changed Malaysian’s soccer fans lifestyle temporarily. Sport has been part of humans needs and desire. Its an activity to relief stress, promoting a healthy lifestyles, becoming glamoruous etc., etc., etc.,

Thog blog might either be in English or Bahasa Malaysia depending my emotions during the time of writing.

Please be aware that this is just my view and how I see it from my perspective.