Gold Coast 2018 ended with Malaysia still couldn’t break into top 10 in final medal tally.


The 21st Commonwealth Games, Gold Coast 2018 concluded today after 11 days of competition involving athletes from 71 participating countries and territories. I watched the highlight of the closing ceremony and it was a very underwhelming way to brought the successful games to an end. Although as expected, there is no particularly striking moment in the closing ceremony due to the relevant budget cut to hosting sporting events recently (hence inevitable decrease in scale and quality of ceremonies…and there is even no allocation for grand performance), but the show felt like the organizer wanted to just end it once and for all. It’s like a show made for no one to care for with lack of star power, poor fireworks, etc. By the way, the next edition of the games will be held on Birmingham, England in 2022 (4 years from now).

In Gold Coast 2018, the host nation, Australia topped the final medal tally as expected (due to it being a strong powerhouse in sports and also having home advantage) with 80 gold medals, 59 silver medals and 59 bronze medals (total of 198 medals). It is a huge win to Australia as England which came in second place only has 45 gold medals, 45 silver medals and 46 bronze medals (total of 136 medals). India is in third place finish with 26 gold medals, 20 silver medals and 20 bronze medals (total of 66 medals). Canada is in fourth place while New Zealand is in fifth.

Where is Malaysia? Malaysia is at 12th place with 7 gold medals, 5 silver medals and 12 bronze medals (total of 24 medals). This is a fairly good result for Malaysia as the country usually delivered around this figure in every Commonwealth Games. We have also achieved our target set earlier aiming for 6 gold medals. Well, I think the country set a pretty low target. We should at least aim for 10 gold medals. The country also failed to break into top 10 countries in the final medal tally. What’s the point of winning 145 gold medals in the 2017 SEA Games in KL but not doing well in larger-scale sporting event like the Olympics, Asian Games, or even this Commonwealth Games? Anyway, I do believe our athletes have already tried their best and I wish congratulation to the Malaysian medalists. The point is that our sporting performance still has a long way to go.

Malaysia started off really well in this games by clinching two gold medals in the first two days of the games from weightlifting events. However, we suffered a drought in multiple days after that as the country under-performed in other events like cycling, swimming, diving, squash and also badminton of which I would like to discuss here. It’s still a good news that we managed to win 2 gold medals in badminton but I’m actually expecting 5. Lee Chong Wei rise to the occasion in men single after losing to the same Indian player in the mixed team event while Vivian Hoo and Chow Mei Kuan shown to us that they are unbeatable this time in women doubles.

Chan Peng Soon and Goh Liu Ying only managed to secure a bronze in mixed double to my disappointment. Goh V Shem and Tan Wee Kiong also only managed to get a bronze in men doubles to my disbelief. We also lost to India in the final of team event surprisingly. I have to admit that India do improve a lot in this particular sport but I’m still strong to my opinion that we are a level above them. This result shows that we have been declining in badminton. If we managed to get additional 3 gold medals, we can actually reach the 10-gold milestone. Last time, we are the only country that can give a good fight to Indonesia and China in badminton. Then, South Korea overpowered us. Next, Japan also went over us. Soon, India, England or even Thailand will deliver better than us in this sport too. We are on the downhill especially when now, we still couldn’t able to find talent to take over Lee Chong Wei and other aging athletes in badminton.

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Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games ended with Norway leading the medal tally.


The 23rd Winter Olympic Games, Pyeongchang 2018 concluded yesterday with a spectacular closing ceremony. This winter games did not receive much media exposure and hence I find it difficult to find any website to watch the ceremony last evening. In the end, I only managed to watch highlights of the closing ceremony from one or two news.

Norway led the medal tally with 14 gold, 14 silver and 11 bronze for a total of 39 medals. Norway, which came in second place at Sochi 2014 emerged as the overall champion in this latest edition of the games. Germany came in second with 14 gold, 10 silver and 7 bronze while Canada made it to third place finish with 11 gold, 8 silver and 10 bronze. The host nation, South Korea had 7th place finish with 5 gold, 8 silver and 4 bronze. This winter games are usually dominated by European and Western countries as winter sports are more common and popular over there than in Asia. With a bit of home advantage, South Korea emerged as the top Asian nation in this games.

This is the first Winter Games for Malaysia. I am not expecting any medal finish since my country is very new to this. There are only two athletes representing Malaysia and I can see they have placed their effort in it although they lost in the end. Malaysia do not have winter season and so it’s much harder for us to take part in winter sport. Anyway, I’m still looking forward to more participation by the Malaysians in winter sports in near future.

I have noticed one sport that looks weird to me. I have never seen it before. After a bit of research, the sport I mentioned is called ‘curling’. Curling is a sport in which players slide stones on a sheet of ice towards a target area which is segmented into four concentric circles. The curler can induce a curved path by causing the stone to slowly turn as it slides, and the path of the rock may be further influenced by two sweepers with brooms who accompany it as it slides down the sheet, using the brooms to alter the state of the ice in front of the stone. The action of the brooms is the one that made me laugh a little. It’s really the strangest Olympic sport I have ever seen and this is the first time I’m seeing it from Pyeongchang 2018 although this sport has been contested in the previous games before.

So now, this Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games has ended. The next edition will be in Beijing for 2022 Winter Olympic Games. Beijing, China will be the first city in history to have hosted both Summer Olympic Games (in 2008) and Winter Olympic Games (in 2022, 4 years from now).

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Malaysia’s badminton in Glasgow 2014


For badminton, Malaysia always perform well in Commonwealth Games as the country is seen as the strongest in this particular sport compared to the other Commonwealth nations. Other strong countries in this sport like China, Indonesia, South Korea, Japan or Denmark are not here. Hence, there shouldn’t be any tough challenge for our Malaysian badminton players to excel in Glasgow 2014.

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Unfortunately, even before the start of the games, our World. No.1 player, Lee Chong Wei decided to drop out of the games due to injury he had earlier. If he is here, I’m like 100% confident that he will win the men single match for us. He had also won in two previous editions of the Commonwealth Games (Melbourne 2006 and New Delhi 2010). So, now it’s up to our other players, Liew Daren and Chong Wei Feng to help deliver a gold in men single. But in the end, disappointingly, both didn’t even get to appear in the final as they were defeated in earlier rounds. What a shocking exit.

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The whole Malaysian badminton team had won the first gold medal of the sport in Glasgow 2014, for the team event. England came in second while Singapore is in third place. None of our team performed good enough to at least obtain any medal for men single and women single categories. We also lost out in mixed doubles. Luckily, we still had hope for men doubles and women doubles as Malaysia will appear in the final of these two categories. This is the reason I’m getting back to my TV on this Sunday’s night; to watch their matches live from Glasgow, Scotland, the host of this 20th Commonwealth Games.

Before the final took place, Malaysia now only had 4 gold medals in overall medal tally. Our women doubles pair, Vivian Hoo and Woon Khe Wei defeated the Indian pair in two straight games to win another gold medal for our country. They made us proud. At first, I didn’t have high expectation on them. This is my first time seeing this pair playing. But they delivered quite a good performance accompanied with multiple mistakes by the Indian pair. Congratulations to them.

Next was the men doubles match. Our representatives, Tan Wee Kiong and Goh V Shem defeated the Singaporean pair in three games. It was like they were against Indonesians, and not Singaporeans as both the opponents are actually Indonesian citizens. I wonder how Singapore can grab them and ask them to perform under their country’s name. Well, these badminton matches were not to the top quality (expected since many other strong countries are not here) but I’m still happy that Malaysia won three golds out of six in badminton of Glasgow 2014. If we think further positive, Malaysia still cemented its position as the strongest Commonwealth nation in badminton.

So, the final tally for Malaysia now stands at 6 golds, 7 silvers and 6 bronzes. We are still one lack from the target of 7 gold medals set earlier. And the worst news is that we performed quite poorly this time compared to the previous Commonwealth Games. In New Delhi 2010, we obtained 12 gold medals. Now, we only had 6. Reduced to half. Quite disappointing. Malaysia now only stands at 12th position in the overall medal tally, even behind Singapore at 11th with 8 golds. Not even in top 10 of which we usually do. Hoping that Malaysia would do better in future games. We can…because of this spirit from the iconic slogan; ‘Malaysia Boleh’!

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