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Pickings Slim for Indonesian Badminton at Season Opener

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 12 January 2010
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When the Korea Open Super Series begins today in Seoul, the number of former Indonesians will nearly match those who still play for Indonesia.

With national team shuttlers sitting out the $300,000 season opener, Indonesia only has three players representing it — Hendra Aprida Gunawan, Alvent Yulianto Chandra and Flandy Limpele.

The Indonesian Badminton Association kept its shuttlers out of the Korea Open, citing a lack of preparation time after the Southeast Asian Games in December. The extra training was part of the association’s plan to stop Indonesia’s decline after a year in which it won just five Super Series titles.

Its decision to hold off until the Malaysia Open left the burden of reviving the country’s fortunes on the shoulders of professional shuttlers such as Hendra and Alvent.

 

Chief coach Rexy in the dark about Kim Her’s return (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 07 January 2010
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KUALA LUMPUR: National doubles chief coach Rexy Mainaky harboured hopes to start afresh with the men’s shuttlers after a good holiday with his family in Indonesia.

But now he has been presented with a “big headache”.In a quandary: Rexy Mainaky was not consulted by the BAM in the hiring of Tan Kim Her (right) as a coach.

Rexy, who resumed work yesterday, certainly seemed slighted after he was kept in the dark over the appointment of Tan Kim Her as the latest member of the doubles coaching set-up.

He does not know how the former national doubles shuttler would fit into his plans.

But the Indonesian has no choice but to look again at the work delegation of his coaching team when the Badminton Association of Malaysia’s (BAM) coaching and training committee meet.

The BAM hired Kim Her last week and he is expected to report for work next month.

 

BAM need a strategist in set-up

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 07 January 2010
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KUALA LUMPUR: It seems that a strategist is sorely missing in the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) set-up.

National singles chief coach Rashid Sidek asked for a coach last year to assist Hendrawan but the BAM were silent on it.

Instead, they hired Tan Kim Her even though there was no request for a doubles coach or a pressing need for one in the doubles department.

Rashid said that he had requested for a coach to assist Hendrawan as the Indonesian had a big group of players under his charge.

“My hands are also tied with administrative work and meetings. I try to assist the other coaches the best way I can,” said Rashid.

 

England badminton looks to Super Series for early signs of form (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 06 January 2010
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Team England has endured a winter of sweeping changes and retirement denials but the squad’s singles and doubles players will set off this weekend for back-to-back Super Series openers in Korea and Malaysia in buoyant mood.

Last month, England lost Donna Kellogg, the doubles specialist, and Jill Pittard, the national women’s singles champion, to retirement. Nathan Robertson also scoffed at suggestions that he was about to step off court while men’s doubles pair Chris Adcock and Robert Blair denied splitting up and will play together for one more year. Nathan Robertson and Jenny Wallwork view 2010 as key year

 

Vietnamese badminton player fails to enter top ten (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 05 January 2010
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With 50, 310 points, Vietnamese top badminton player Nguyen Tien Minh still remains his 11th position in the latest rankings of the Badminton World Federation (BWF) after an unsuccessful December.

Minh dropped out of the world top ten just days before the opening of the 25th Southeast Asian Games (SEA Games) in Laos early last month. Number 2-seeded Minh failed to enter the semi-finals at SEA Games 25, undermining his efforts to keep his ranking.

The leading world badminton player is still Lee Chong Wei, from Malaysia. However, Minh will have a chance to improve his ranking when he attends the Korea Open championship in the Republic of Korea slated for January 12.

 
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