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Hafiz Can Go But Misbun Saga Drags On

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Published: 25 January 2011
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KUALA LUMPUR Jan 23  -- Muhammad Hafiz Hashim will be released by Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) but the saga of coach Datuk Misbun Sidek drags on.

BAM president Datuk Seri Mohd Nadzmi Salleh said Hafiz who has a contract until next year will have his contract terminated on Feb 1.

The BAM supreme council which met at Stadium Putra Bukit Jalil today also gave Nadzmi the mandate to find a solution to Misbun's problem.

Nadzmi said that he would be talking to Misbun about his resignation letter after Proton Malaysian Open has concluded.

Misbun resigned as national singles coach on Dec 31 last year but BAM asked him to reconsider and continue to train top single player Datuk Lee Chong Wei.

 

Freezing conditions but our shuttlers are not complaining

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Published: 25 January 2011
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PETALING JAYA: A winter storm welcomed the Malaysian team when they arrived in Seoul yesterday for the South Korea Open.

The Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) general manager, Kenny Goh, who accompanied the team, said yesterday that the temperature was -5°C.

“It dips to -10°C at night. The locals are saying that it is one of the coldest winters for them. But our team have settled down here,” he said in a telephone interview.

“The players had a chance to play in the stadium today. They had a good warm-up session for about two hours. They are keeping themselves warm here.”

The Open, which is the second leg of the BWF World Super Series, starts today with the qualifying tournament and Malaysia’s Mohd Zakry Abdul Latif-Hoon Thien How and Chan Chong Ming-Lee Wan Wah will open their campaigns against Singaporeans Terry Yeo Zhao Jiang-Liu Yi and China’s Hong Wei-Shen Ye respectively.

 
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Heat’s on Lee in cold Seoul (pic)

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Published: 25 January 2011
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PETALING JAYA: It’s freezing cold in Seoul but world No 1 Lee Chong Wei will be out to keep up a hot run at the US$1.2mil South Korea Open beginning tomorrow.

With the biggest-ever prize money at stake in the history of world badminton, Chong Wei is prepared to deal with the weather, the absence of his coach Misbun Sidek, a very tough draw and tremendous pressure to become the first Malaysian to win three back-to-back titles in a month.Best friends: Malaysia’s Lee Chong Wei and Taufik Hidayat of Indonesia showing off their medals and mock cheques at the Malaysia Open on Sunday.

Chong Wei has bagged the 2010 Super Series Masters Finals (Jan 9) and Malaysia Open (Jan 23) titles to give early warning of another season of dominance in the BWF World Super Series.

He is breaking all kinds of barriers and based on his strong determination, more is expected to come from him as he seeks to become the first Malaysian to become the world and Olympic champion.

 

Chong Wei checks into semis but showdown with Chinese star is off (pic)

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Published: 25 January 2011
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TOP singles stars Lee Chong Wei and Taufik Hidayat were all smiles after checking into the semi-finals of the Proton Malaysia Open in great styles but the no show antics of Lin Dan have left them befuddled.

Yesterday, top seed and six-time home Open champion Chong Wei had to fend off a strong challenge from a gutsy Nguyen Tien Minh of Vietnam before regaining his momentum to troop home a 21-15, 21-16 winner.

But the passionate home Malaysia’s Lee Chong Wei shaking hands with Vietnam’s Nguyen Tien Minh after beating him 21-15, 21-16 in the men’s singles quarter-finals.fans’ hopes to see a semi-final clash between Chong Wei and Lin Dan will not materialise.

The three-time world champion conceded a walkover to Chen Long of China yesterday due to a back injury.

The tournament referee Jane Wheatley of Australia confirmed that a medical test conducted by a Malaysian doctor yesterday certified that Lin Dan was not fit to play.

“Lin Dan was getting ready for today’s play during a morning training session but he suffered a recurrence of an old injury on his left abdominal area,” she said.

“He was advised to forgo the match and take proper rest. It is a pity he will miss the match.”

 

Chong Wei Retains Malaysia Open Title For Seventh Successive Year

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Published: 25 January 2011
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KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 23 -- National singles shuttler Datuk Lee Chong Wei retained the Proton Malaysia Open Badminton Super Series title for the seventh successive year after beating Taufik Hidayat from Indonesia 21-8, 21-17.

Chong Wei took only 37 minutes to turn the table against Taufik, much to the delight of Malaysian fans at the Putra Stadium, Bukit Jalil here Sunday night.

In the first game, Chong Wei forced Taufik into errors with net play to lead comfortably before clinching the game.

However, in the second game, Taufik, who was trailing 8-18 at one stage managed to claw back into the game and bridged the gap at 17-18 before Chong Wei had the better of him.

 

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