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Malaysian’s future in the balance after losing in qualifier

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Published: 12 September 2012
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KUALA LUMPUR: Chan Kwong Beng, one of Malaysia’s longest serving back-up shuttlers, crashed out of the China Masters as the host nation showed that they have plenty in the tank for the future – with four of their fresh faces marching into the main draw in Changzhou.

The 24-year-old Kwong Beng, who has come through the Badminton Association of Malaysia’s (BAM) development programme since he was in Form 1, lost 14-21, 14-21 to China’s Chen Yuekun in the second round of the qualifying tournament yesterday.

Yuekun will be joined by compatriots Zhou Wenlong, Qiao Bin and Gao Huan in the first round of the main draw today and the youngsters’ domination just goes to show that China have enough in reserves to make their presence felt as the new Olympic cycle unfolds ahead of the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Games.

The China Masters is the first major tournament after the last month’s London Olympic Games.

The defeat has put Kwong Beng’s future in the national team in the balance.

His defeat is not surprising as Kwong Beng had earlier requested for a switch of coaches. He wanted BAM to let him leave Rashid Sidek and to train under Hendrawan in a bid to revive his badminton career.

 

Kejian’s return raises standard of youngsters

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 11 September 2012
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KUALA LUMPUR: The return of China’s Zhou Kejian as the boys’ singles badminton coach at Bukit Jalil Sports School (BJSS) has seen a sharp rise in the standard of youngsters Soong Joo Ven and Soo Teck Zhi.

Today, the duo will get the chance to show their potential when they compete in the inaugural Malaysia International Youth Under-19 tournament at Stadium Juara in Bukit Kiara.

Kejian was BJSS coach from 1992-2006 before leaving for Macau. The 62-year-old was re-hired one-and-a-half years ago to strengthen BAM’s junior programme at the school.

 

Seu Bock thinks Chong Wei will live up to his billing in 2012 Japan Open – Badminton News (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 11 September 2012
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Badminton ace Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia is all set to resume his activities on the court in the Japan Open and national Singles coach Tey Seu Bock believes that the maestro will employ all of his brilliance and experience to raise country’s flag in this Super Series.

World Number two shuttler will be swinging his arms being the top seeded contender as Lin Dan is not going to grace the event with his presence.Lee Chong Wei has a big chance of winning the Japan Open

The other prominent contenders will be World Number three Chinese shuttler Chen Long, the veteran Dane Peter Gade and Kenichi Tago of Japan.

However, Seu Bock is positive that Chong Wei will cruise to victory without any trouble as he has been preparing under the worst conditions.

The badminton guru also added that the top Malaysian shuttler is in high spirits to claim the Japan Open title after losing a gold medal in 2012 London Games.

 

Get it right BAM; Solutions needed for a better future in the game (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 11 September 2012
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FACTA, non verba. It means “deeds, not words” in Latin. Action, not speeches.

That is what will be on Ng Chin Chai’s mind as he chairs the Coaching and Training Committee (CNT) meeting at Stadium Juara in Bukit Kiara today as the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) conduct a review and seek ans­wers and solutions to a better future for Malaysian badminton.

“I prefer not to talk. Better for me to do more, and talk less,” said Chin Chai when contacted yesterday.

His gruff statement is understandable.Loud and clear: Malaysia need a visionary man, like Li Yongbo (left) of China, to take charge and chart Malaysia’s fortunes in world badminton

The BAM have been under fire from many quarters and the heat is on Chin Chai to come out with an effective and workable plan for Malaysian badminton.

Since world No. 2 Lee Chong Wei’s agonising loss to China’s Lin Dan in the final of the Olympic Games in London last month, thus prolonging Malaysia’s wait for a gold medal, there have been strong reactions.

 

Shanrong wants to go back to school

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 06 September 2012
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CHI SHANRONG has made a request to the BA of Malaysia (BAM) to re-designate him as a Bukit Jalil Sports School (BJSS) coach following speculations he resigned as the national women's singles coach last week.

Shanrong, formerly the BJSS girls' singles coach, was promoted to the senior position by BAM 18 months ago after Wong Tat Meng's resignation.

However, the women's singles struggled to make any progress under his reign and BAM has been looking for a successor with Tat Meng expected back.

BAM general manager Kenny Goh said Shanrong only requested for a short break.

"I have not received any letter from him but he did request for a break. Shanrong has also inquired whether it is possible for him to return to BJSS," said Kenny yesterday.

"Shanrong has not resigned and his request to join BJSS will be decided during the coaching and training committee (CTC) meeting on Saturday."

 

Shanrong's wish to return to BJSS may not be easy to grant as there are sufficient coaches in the junior set-up and there is also a possibility that he could remain with the senior team as Tat Meng's assistant.

There could also be a few other changes as Cheah Soon Kit could return as men's doubles coach. Soon Kit is also being mentioned as a possible candidate to be made the national chief coach if BAM doesn't seek the services of South Korean Park Joo Bong.


 
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