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March 24, 2007
Sports writers' contest to put spotlight on football

The Malaysia team line up prior to the Round 2 Men's Group E match between Oman and Malaysia at the 15th Asian Games Doha 2006 at Al-Arabi Football Stadium on November 29, 2006 in Doha, Qatar. (Photo by Martin Rose/Getty Images)

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, March 24, 2007 – The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) has launched a Sports Writers Contest in Malaysia.

The monthly contest will feature Malaysian sports writing in relation to the AFC Asian Cup.

AFC General Secretary Dato Paul Mony Samuel, FAM General secretary Dato Seri Dr. Ibrahim Saad and the SAM Vice President, Ibrahim Bakar Atan attended a press conference in the Football Association of Malaysia Headquarters yesterday to kick the contest off.

Dato Paul Mony Samuel said “This is the time to develop closer ties between media and the AFC Asian Cup 2007 which will be held in Malaysia for the first time.

“Malaysia will host the tough-looking Group C which includes China, Iran and Uzbekistan who are big Asian teams. That is why it is not only a tournament for Malaysian football, it is about the whole of Asia,” he added.

Sports Writers Association of Malaysia Vice President, Ibrahim Abu Bakar invited all media to enter the contest and assured the judging panel would evaluate entries in a fair and transparent way.

FAM General Secretary, Dato Seri Dr. Ibrahim Saad, who is also a high ranking member of the local organizing committee of the AFC Asian Cup 2007 in Malaysia said that while FAM faces the huge task of co-hosting the Asian Cup and preparing Malaysia’s national team, the country’s media must raise the profile of Malaysian football.

“The media have an important role as a member of the Malaysian football family. We have two important plans which should be carried out simultaneously and very precisely - organizing the most prestigious AFC Asian Cup 2007 and preparing our national team to participate after 27 years of not being involved in Asia’s biggest tournament.”

The AFC Asian Cup 2007 will be held in Malaysia as one of the four co-hosts from July 7 to 29.

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