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Out-of-sorts Koo-Tan face another tough time in Odense

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 04 October 2012
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KUALA LUMPUR: The erratic Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong are in for another tough ride after being drawn to meet the new South Korean combination of Ko Sung-hyun-Lee Yong-dae in the first round of the Denmark Open, which starts from Oct 16-21 in Odense.

The national pair, ranked sixth in the world, have failed to impress since being given a second chance by the BA of Malaysia (BAM) last month.

Kien Keat-Boon Heong, who have until the World Championships next year to prove themselves, were disappointing in the Japan Open, their first tournament since the London Olympics.

Although they did well to make the final, they lost tamely to Korean youngsters Kim Ki-jung-Kim Sa-rang.

But national doubles coach Tan Kim Her believes that Sung-hyun-Yong-dae are beatable, “provided Kien Keat-Boon Heong drop their defensive mentality”.

“This new Korean combination is just as dangerous,” said Kim Her.

 

Joo-bong set to return as director of coaching

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 04 October 2012
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KUALA LUMPUR: South Korean Park Joo-bong is set to make a comeback to Malaysia in January as the director of coaching, rather than a project manager, with the BA of Malaysia (BAM).

After a meeting between BAM’s top brass and National Sports Council (NSC) director-general Datuk Seri Zolkples Embong, it appears that Joo-bong will be on the first flight to Malaysia come January.

But BAM president Datuk Seri Mohd Nadzmi Salleh stopped short of revealing the name of the candidate they are looking to hire, although there were enough hints to confirm that Joo-bong is their man.

Joo-bong, who is contracted to the Japan BA as head coach until next March, had earlier revealed his interest to take up a position with the BAM.

He also became the frontrunner for the position after several local candidates failed to win any favours during the last BAM exco meeting, headed by Nadzmi.

 

Looking good for the final (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 03 October 2012
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DENMARK OPEN: Chen Long stands in Chong Wei's route to the title

 

LEE Chong Wei looks good to reach the final of the Denmark Open in Odense on Oct 16-21 but men's doubles Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong face a first round exit.

Kien Keat-Boon Heong don't look like they can make it past South Korean new but dangerous combination of Koh Sung Hyun-Lee Yong Dae.

Chong Wei will open his campaign against former world junior champion Viktor Axeslen of Denmark and is expected to meet Boonsak Ponsana of Thailand in the second round.Lee Chong Wei has a fairly easy path to the final of the Denmark Open.

Sho Sasaki of Japan is likely to be his quarter-final opponent and Chong Wei should meet third seed Chen Jin of China in the last four.

 

Wei Feng wants Gold (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 03 October 2012
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PETALING JAYA: National singles shuttler Chong Wei Feng has been playing with an extra spring in his step lately.

His rise to No. 27 in the world rankings has made him the national No. 2 and boosted his confidence ahead of the Taiwan Open GP Gold, which starts in Taipei today.

The 25-year-old Wei Feng is one of the most improved shutlers this year and has been playing with an air of confidence since coming through the qualifiers to make the second round of the All-England in March, before losing to world No. 2 Lin Dan.Dangerman: Chong Wei Feng is confident of a good show in Taiwan.

He has also achieved several creditable results of late, notably making the quarter-finals of the Japan Open last month and the Singapore Open in June.

Wei Feng’s performance in Japan is certainly laudable as he recovered from a terrible start to produce a stunning finish in beating home favourite Kenichi Tago in the first round.

 

Joo Bong on verge of joining BAM

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 03 October 2012
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THE BA of Malaysia (BAM) is in the final stages of hiring Korean doubles legend Park Joo Bong.

BAM will hold a meeting with National Sports Council (NSC) before an expected appointment of Joo Bong as the director of coaching.

BAM officials have held discussions with NSC director general Datuk Zolkples Embong who was supportive of the move.

Zolkples will meet with BAM president Datuk Seri Nadzmi Salleh soon, and this will be followed by an official offer to former Olympic champion Joo Bong.

 

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