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Thumbs up for local flavour

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Published: 17 February 2014
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HIRING OF LOCAL COACHES: Ex-internationals applaud faith shown by BAM

FORMER internationals Kwan Yoke Meng and Yap Kim Hock welcomed the BA of Malaysia's (BAM) move to give local coaches the chance to plot the course of the national team after the attempt to hire Morten Frost Hansen as the director of coaching has fallen short.

BAM has no choice but to shift attention to local candidates after Frost had apparently asked for a monthly salary of RM100,000, and the association is set to initiate a move to bring Misbun Sidek back as the supremo of the national team.

Yoke Meng, who served as the national singles coach in the 1990s, supported the move to give local coaches the opportunity but he also felt that it would be good to get a person who can can manage the team while the coaches should be solely allowed to focus on improving the performance of the players.

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Ultimatum to Liu Ying (pic)

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Published: 17 February 2014
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SURGERY: Coach wants her to decide soon or risk missing Commonwealth Games

GOH Liu Ying's goal  is to win the mixed doubles gold in the Commonwealth Games with Chan Peng Soon but first she has to prove she is fit enough to compete in the event in Glasgow in July.

The injuries to both her knees are serious but she is not keen to go for surgery, and this has forced mixed doubles coach Jeremy Gan to pair off Peng Soon with Lai Pei Jing with the Commonwealth Games in mind.Mixed doubles player Goh Liu Ying has continued competing while regularly attending physiotherapy.  Read more: Ultimatum to Liu Ying

Peng Soon-Pei Jing will compete in the German Open on Feb 25-March 2 and the All England on March 4-9 and Jeremy wants the pair to also compete in the Malaysia Open grand prix gold on March 25-30, the India Open and the Singapore Open in April.

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Misbun's good enough: Sports Minister (pic)

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Published: 17 February 2014
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KUALA LUMPUR: Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin has given the thumbs-up on a proposal for former national coach Misbun Sidek to become the Badminton Association of Malaysia’s (BAM) national coaching director.

On Sunday, world No. 1 Lee Chong Wei had suggested that Misbun, his former coach, be named for the job based on his experience.Misbun Sidek (left) seen here coaching his son, Misbun Ramdan at the 2014 Malaysian Open last month.

On Monday, Khairy said it was time for the BAM to find someone as a coaching director to strengthen the coaching and training set-up.

“Misbun is a great coach and he has proven that by producing good players, including Chong Wei. It is a good proposal but I will leave it to the BAM to find the ideal candidate,” said Khairy.

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Lee Chong Wei: Hire Misbun (pic)

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Published: 17 February 2014
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KUALA LUMPUR: World No. 1 Lee Chong Wei has recommended his former coach Datuk Misbun Sidek to be the head coach for the national training centre.

The 31-year-old Chong Wei gave this opinion when he attended the Corporate Skills and Research (CSR) meeting chaired by acting chairman Tan Sri Tengku Mahaleel Tengku Ariff last week – before he left for China to play in an exhibition match with five-time world champion Lin Dan of China. The student and his mentor. This filepic shows Lee Chong Wei and long-time coach Misbun Sidek together at the Malaysian Open tournament in 2011 before Misbun left the BAM.

Chong Wei, when contacted after the exhibition match, said that the national team needed a supremo to manage the players and coaches – similar to how other countries are running their programmes.

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Koo Kien Keat: I'll be Back (pic)

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Published: 17 February 2014
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KUALA LUMPUR: National men’s doubles shuttler Koo Kien Keat will report for training at Stadium Juara in Bukit Kiara this week.

The 29-year-old Kien Keat failed to turn up since training resumed after the Chinese New Year break on Feb 4. But he had informed the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) of his intention to go for an eye treatment. He went for the treatment last Monday. Koo Kien Keat (left) said he will be back in training either on Tuesday or Wednesday.

Earlier, there were speculations that Kien Keat was not interested to play badminton any more.

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