Preliminary Draw For 2014

The draw has been carried out at Marina da Gloria in Rio de Janeiro on Saturday 30 July. The full draw below was copied from HERE. 

Intercontinental play-offs Asia – South America
North, Central America and the Caribbean – Oceania

African Zone Draw Group A: South Africa, Botswana, Central African Republic, Somalia or Ethiopia
Group B: Tunisia, Cape Verde Islands, Sierra Leone, Equatorial Guinea or Madagascar
Group C: Côte d’Ivoire, Morocco, Gambia, Chad or Tanzania
Group D: Ghana, Zambia, Sudan, Lesotho or Burundi
Group E: Burkina Faso, Gabon, Niger, Sao Tome e Principe or Congo
Group F: Nigeria, Malawi, Seychelles or Kenya, Djibouti or Namibia
Group G: Egypt, Guinea, Zimbabwe, Comoros or Mozambique
Group H: Algeria, Mali, Benin, Eritrea or Rwanda
Group I: Cameroon, Libya, Guinea-Bissau or Togo, Swaziland or Congo DR
Group J: Senegal, Uganda, Angola, Mauritius or Liberia

Asian Zone Draw Group A: China, Jordan, Iraq, Singapore
Group B: Korea Republic, Kuwait, UAE, Lebanon
Group C: Japan, Uzbekistan, Syria, Korea DPR
Group D: Australia, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Thailand
Group E: Iran, Qatar, Bahrain, Indonesia

North, Central America and the Caribbean Zone Draw (Round Two) Group A: El Salvador, Surinam, Cayman Islands, Dominican Republic
Group B: Trinidad and Tobago, Guyana, Barbados, Bermuda
Group C: Panama, Dominica, Nicaragua, Bahamas
Group D: Canada, St. Kitts and Nevis, Puerto Rico, St Lucia
Group E: Grenada, Guatemala, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Belize
Group F: Haiti, Antigua and Barbuda, Curacao, US Virgin Islands

North, Central America and the Caribbean Zone Draw (Round Three) Group A: USA, Jamaica, Winner of R2 Grp E, Winner of R2 Grp F
Group B: Mexico, Costa Rica, Winner of R2 Grp A, Winner of R2 Grp B
Group C: Honduras, Cuba, Winner of R2 Grp D, Winner of R2 Grp C

Oceanian Zone DrawGroup A: Vanuatu, New Caledonia, American Samoa/Cook Islands/Samoa or Tonga, Tahiti
Group B: Fiji, New Zealand, Solomon Islands, Papua New Guinea

European Zone Draw Group A: Croatia, Serbia, Belgium, Scotland, Macedonia, Wales
Group B: Italy, Denmark, Czech Republic, Bulgaria, Armenia, Malta.
Group C: Germany, Sweden, Republic of Ireland, Austria, Faroe Islands, Kazakhstan.
Group D: Netherlands, Turkey, Hungary, Romania, Estonia, Andorra.
Group E: Norway, Slovenia, Switzerland, Albania, Cyprus, Iceland.
Group F: Portugal, Russia, Israel, Northern Ireland, Azerbaijan, Luxembourg
Group G: Greece, Slovakia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Lithuania, Latvia, Lichtenstein
Group H: England, Montenegro, Ukraine, Poland, Moldova, San Marino
Group I: Spain, France, Belarus, Georgia, Finland

MSN Wajar Hidupkan Semula Tunas Cemerlang

Terlintas di hati saya untuk menulis posting ini apabila melihat seorang remaja memakai baju dengan perkataan Tunas Cemerlang terpampang di dadanya. Program yang memberikan bimbingan sukan kepada golongan berusia 13 hingga 15 tahun kini sudah tidak ujud lagi.

Bagi saya program tersebut telah berjaya melahirkan ramai atlet muda dengan bimbingan kemahiran yang betul pada peringkat asas. Antara atlet muda yang berjala dilahirkan melalui program ini dulu ialah seperti Nik Nor Azura, Abdul Malik Tobias, Siti Mariam, Teh Weng Chang, Kamarudizaman, Moh siew Wei dan sebagainya.

Program ini yang dihidupkan pada tahun 1989 oleh Bahagian Pembangunan yang diketuai oleh Pengarahnya Tn. Hj. Zaki Abdul Rahman tetapi telah ditematkan dengan pengujudan program baru Sukan Teras. Sukan Teras juga sekarang sudah digantikan dengan Sukan Prestasi Tinggi.

Semasa Sukan Teras diujudkan dahulu ramai kawan-kawan saya bertanya pendapat semasa hendak memohon untuk melibatkan diri sama ada sebagai pegawai atau jurulatih. Jawapan yang saya berikan ialah program tersebut ditubuhkan berasaskan politik. Dan saya rasa pendapat saya itu ada asasnya kerana ia ujud dan hilang bersama Menterinya.

Sukan Teras telah digantikan dengan Sukan Prestasi Tinggi dan diuruskan oleh Unit Sukan Prestasi Tinggi (USPTN) dengan USPTN terdapat di setiap negeri. Walaupun kita sering dengar keputusan memberansang dari segi prestasi semasa dalam pertandingan-pertandingan yang dianjurkan tetapi kita masih perlu satu ‘base’ yang lebih luas dan untuk mendapatkan ‘base’ yang luas sumbernya berada di sekolah.

Program Tunas Cemerlang melibatkan pelajar sekolah dalam lingkungan usia 13 tahun hingga 15 tahun dan kemudiannya diteruskan dengan program Tunas Cemerlang 2 bagi atlet-atlet terbaik yang meneruskan pelajaran di Tingkatan Empat dan Lima.

Saya rasa Program Tunas Cemerlang ini yang mendapat kerjasama Kementerian Pelajaran Malaysia melalui MSSM wajar dihidupkan semula bagi membolehkan USPT terus menerima atlet yang berkualiti untuk diketengahkan  melalui program mereka. Biarlah USPT benar-benar menguruskan atlet pelapis sementara Program Tunas Cemerlang sebagai gudang untuk membekalkan atlet berkualiti.

Tigers Stopped On Home Ground

 

Do not despair over spilt milk. The game is over for Malaysia after losing due to an aggregate of 6-4. Our World Cup Dream quashed by our own neighbour. The sign of walking out of the running was seen during the away match at Jalan Besar Stadium when our team was gunned 4 goals in the first half, something that should not have happen. 

One down and still there is another Olympic qualifier team in the running.

Eventhough the team lost, and hope of the fans who throng the National Stadium at Bukit Jalil shattered, but football in Malaysia still persist. The players had given their all out but we lost to a better team. Hats off to the players, coach and FAM.

I was at Bukit Jalil and witness the turnout. The stadium was filled to full capacity. There are still fans with ticlets queing at the gates when the stadium is already full. It was not a scene we use to see when Malaysia play any team in the past. The fever is there.

These are sights at Bukit Jalil in the evening before the match.

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See, even foreigners come in Malaysian colours to support the team.

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A group of Sikh supporters

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London 2012 Reveals The Medals

Bigger, wider, heavier — that could be the motto for the medals at the 2012 London Olympics

Source: HERE

Statistics

  • Measuring 85 millimeters (3.35 inches) in diameter and weighing 375-400 grams (13-14 ounces), London’s medals will be the largest ever awarded at a Summer Games.
  • They dwarf the 70 millimeter (2.76 inch) medals handed out in Beijing four years ago, but don’t quite outsize the prizes given at  the Vancouver Winter Games last year: those medals were 100 millimeters (3.94 inches) wide.
  • The front of the medals features Nike, the Greek goddess of victory.On the back is a complex image containing five symbolic elements, including an interpretation of the London 2012 logo and the River Thames. A distinctive grid represents radiating energy, while the background is concave to suggest an amphitheater.
  • 2,100 medals to be handed out at the London Games in 302 ceremonies.
  • The ore for the medals will be mined at two sites, one near Salt Lake City and the other in Mongolia.
  • The medals were designed by British artist David Watkins

Source: Times Live