2011 promises to be another great year in sports…

23 01 2011

WHAT A WEEKEND of sporting inaction for me… I was practically glued to the Live TV all Saturday night watching my fave English Premier League team Liverpool beat Wolverhampton Wanderers 3 – 0 and followed by a huge victory at Old Trafford when Manchester United demolished Birmingham City 5 – 0! 🙂

So the Red Devils are way ahead in this season’s Barclay’s Premier League Championship title race, being the only unbeatable team. Liverpool is without question out of the BPL title bid by a long shot but the Reds may just be the team to defeat the Red Devils in their return match at Anfield. They have lost to Manchester United twice already this season playing away at Old Trafford (Premier League and FA Cup 3rd Round matches respectively) so it will be the sweetest of revenge for Liverpool if they could win their next home game against their arch-rivals! 😉

Around the same time I was watching the Liverpool vs Wolves game, my other favorite sports icon, the world’s Numero Uno tennis ace, Rafael Nadal also won his earlier round of the Australian Open in Melbourne, playing against local Aussie player, Tomic. I am rooting for Rafa to win back this year’s Aussie Open which he had won in 2009.

Apart from the defending title holder, Roger Federer, I think Rafa has also to worry about newer and younger up and coming players like Ukrainian Alexandr Dolgopolov who has upset the 4th-seeded Robin Soderling from Sweden.

Closer to home in Malaysia on Sunday evening, the Malaysian badminton hero Datuk Lee Chong Wei stamped his superiority over the Indonesian champ, Taufik Hidayat, to record his 7th Malaysian Open championship. Both players are now in Seoul to play in the Korean Open in their bid to become this year’s badminton World Super Series top champion. But at the rate 29-year-old Chong Wei is playing, he looks unstoppable! His stamina and confidence in the court seem just incredible, having been coached and mentored by a former world badminton champ also from Malaysia, Datuk Misbun Sidek. 😉

Asian football is also showing signs of positive improvement with the hosting of this year’s Asian Football Championship in Qatar. Both Australia and South Korea, who qualified themselves in last year’s South Africa World Cup finals, will face Uzbekistan and Japan (another World Cup 2010 qualifier) respectively in the AFC Cup semifinals on Tuesday, 25 January 2011. The host team Qatar lost their match in the earlier round of the tournament but they will be an Asian team to watch in the future since Qatar will host the 2022 World Cup finals! 🙂

With the 2012 London Olympics getting set and ready full steam ahead right now, the world of sports still remain as the only peaceful means of bridging whatever differences and diplomatic difficulties amongst the community of nations.

The most amazing thing in this global age of highly-sophisticated advancement in information communication technology, almost everyone can simply watch live sporting events staged anywhere from wherever they are in all corners of the earth. It is a small world, after all! And the classic Disney song says it the best, fun way ever… 😛

Peace. Love. Kindness




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