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Mentors harbour hopes Chong Wei will finally realise his dreams (pic)

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Published: 02 August 2013
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KUALA LUMPUR: One has seen world No. 1 Lee Chong Wei’s badminton career turn from rags to riches. The other has kept the megastar at the top level.

Yesterday, two of Chong Wei’s closest mentors – former coach Datuk Misbun Sidek and current coach Tey Seu Bock – revealed how much it would mean to them to see Chong Wei realise his dream of becoming the country’s first champion at the World Championships in Guangzhou from Aug 5-11.

Misbun, who had played several roles – as a father, friend and coach – in Chong Wei’s life before walking out of the national team in January 2011, hopes that his former charge will finally get it right. Former coach Datuk Misbun Sidek and current coach Tey Seu Bock revealed how much it would mean to them to see Chong Wei realise his dream of becoming the country’s first champion at the World Championships in Guangzhou from Aug 5-11.

“I have stopped being his coach for almost three years but I hear that he has never stopped working hard. His hard work will bear fruit, eventually,” said Misbun.

 

James in hot demand

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Published: 02 August 2013
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KUALA LUMPUR: Former badminton international Datuk James Selvaraj is certainly a hot property right now.
 
Following his long years of service as a player, coach, administrator and corporate figure, James has been appointed as the new board member of the National Sports Council (NSC) and he started his job by attending his first meeting on Tuesday.

NSC’s director general Datuk Seri Zolkples Embong said that the former Thomas Cupper was appointed by Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin. He came in as a replacement for Malaysian Netball Association president Datuk Suraya Yaacob who opted out. 

“It is a good move. With his experience as an athlete and a corporate figure, we hope that he can contribute ideas to help us in developing sports,” said Zolkples. 

 

BAM boss: Koo and Tan must prove their worth

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Published: 02 August 2013
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KUALA LUMPUR: The Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) will not tolerate a lack of discipline from players any more. And coaches will also be held responsible if they do not expose or correct their players’ behaviours.

Yesterday, BAM’s outgoing president Datuk Seri Nadzmi Mohd Salleh said that they were ready to drop any players, including seniors Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong, from the World Championships squad if they found evidence of indiscipline.

National men doubles pair Kien Keat and Boon Heong had not been performing well in recent times and the reason for their drop in form centres around a lack of discipline and indifferent lifestyles.

The duo and three other pairs – Hoon Thien How-Tan Wee Kiong, Lim Khim Wah-Goh V Shem and Mohd Fairuzizuan Mohd Tazari-Mohd Zakry Abdul Latif – will be competing in the world championships in Guangzhou in August.

Kien Keat-Boon Heong are currently in Jakarta and will begin their campaign in the Indonesia Open with a first round match against Indonesians Yonathan Surytama Dasuki-Hendra Gunawan in the first round today.

 

Indian Badminton League names U-19 players for franchises

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The Indian Badminton League (IBL) Friday named five of the six Under-19 promising players for its franchises.

According to IBL rules, each franchisee must include one promising India Under-19 shuttler in addition to those bought at the auction. The players were chosen by each franchisee from their respective catchment area.

The following is the list of the players: Harsheel Dani (Mumbai Masters), Utkarsh Arora (Delhi Smashers), Revathi Devasthale (Pune Pistons), C Rahul Yadav (Hyderabad Hotshots), Daniel Farid (Banga Beats).

The sixth franchisee, Awadhe Warriors, is in the process of finalising the young player and the name will be announced shortly.

The $1 million IBL will be held August 14-31.

 
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Coming to India now?: London Olympic medallist back in IBL contention (pic)

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Published: 02 August 2013
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33-year-old Mathias Boe, who had vowed never to play in India after he went unsold in the players' auction, is now eligible to replace Awadhe Warriors Maneepong Jongjit.

New Delhi:  Change of rules and reduction of base prices seem to have become a norm for the Indian Badminton League (IBL) as the base price of London Olympics silver medallist Mathias Boe was reduced to incorporate him as a replacement player in the Aug 14-31 tourney.

The 33-year-old Dane, who had vowed never to play in India after he went unsold in the players' auction, is now eligible to replace Awadhe Warriors Maneepong Jongjit. The Thai was suspended for three months by the Badminton Association of Thailand for an on-court brawl with compatriot Bodin Issara in Canada.33-year-old Mathias Boe, who had vowed never to play in India after he went unsold in the players' auction, is now eligible to replace Awadhe Warriors Maneepong Jongjit.

The IBL organisers have informed the teams that Boe has asked them to halve his base price to $25,000 and is now up for grabs.

"We got a letter from the organisers that Mathias Boe's base price has been reduced from $50,000 to $25,000," a team source told IANS on Friday.

"The mail mentioned that a new rule has been introduced by which unsold players can reduce their base price to be eligible as a replacement player. It will be subject to the clearance of the IBL governing council," the source added.

A top official in the Badminton Association of India (BAI) told IANS that Boe is available as a replacement player.

"Boe wanted to play in the IBL and after negotiations with the organisers he agreed to reduce his base price," the BAI source told IANS.

 

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