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Talent from MSSM championships must be nurtured soonest

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 24 March 2009
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LEE Chong Wei and Nicol David, rightly, were crowned as the 2008 National Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year last night.

It was easy for the selection panel to reach its decision for the two were Malaysia's standout performers in 2008.

However, questions have been asked about what the future will be after the two hang up their racquets.

Chong Wei, no thanks to the rest of the singles players and inconsistent doubles, is Malaysia's sole flag bearer in badminton while Nicol is on her own.

But the future, Timesport's reporters found out during last week's Malaysian Schools Sports Council (MSSM) meets, can be rosy provided immediate action is taken.
The badminton championships in Kangar saw a talented bunch in the Under-12 and this, provided the BA of Malaysia and its affiliates swing into action quickly, will assure a brighter future.
 

Favourite Zulfadli books place in the final (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 24 March 2009
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KANGAR: The national schools (MSSM) badminton championships’ red-hot favourite Zulfadli Zulkifli survived a scare yesterday before booking his place in the final of the boys’ Under-18 singles competition.

The 16-year-old Selangor shuttler, the second seed in the championships held at the Wawasan Hall here, was stretched to three games before prevailing 21-23, 21-10, 21-18 against Kuala Lumpur’s Tew Gee Chong.

Zulfadli, who is chasing his first Under-18 title to add to his previous MSSM singles triumphs in the Under-12 and Under-15 categories, blamed the lighting conditions at the court for his sluggish display.

“It was the first time all week that I was required to play on Court A and I was unprepared for the lighting conditions there. When I was playing on the left side, the ceiling lights were blurring my vision every time I looked up,” he said.

“My opponent was also on song and made life difficult for me. I need to improve on my performance and handle the court conditions better in the final tomorrow.”

 
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India Open --- I like being a crowd-puller: Taufik Hidayat

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 24 March 2009
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HYDERABAD: Former Olympic and World champion Taufik Hidayat arrived in Hyderabad to take part in the India Open Grand Prix Gold Tournament
. In a f
reewheeling chat, the Indonesian, who is the most popular player in the world, discussed about the game, his swashbuckling style and his reputation of being the crowd puller.

On the reasons for accepting to come here

I like this country. I had played at Jaipur a few years back. But the reason why I am here is my sponsor Yonex. They asked me to compete in this tournament and I don’t have a reason to say no.

On his image...

Yeah I get angry. Don’t you get angry when someone insults you? It’s just the same. When people insult me I don’t like to keep quiet. That’s my way and I don’t think that’s wrong.

On being the most popular player in the world...

I always like being a crowd puller. Fortunately, all through my career I enjoyed that image. I think my attitude of being the same person on and off the court helped me to become popular.

On his chances at the Open

I think my chances are good. But we can never be sure. We have some very good players and the Indians will be dangerous opponents at home. The tall one (Anup Sridhar) who defeated me earlier, Chetan (Anand) and Aravind Bhat play well.
 
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Chong Wei Still Has A Long Way To Go, Says Ismail Sabri

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 18 March 2009
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KUALA LUMPUR, March 16 (Bernama) -- National badminton ace Datuk Lee Chong Wei still has a long way to go if he wants to bring back Malaysia's first Olympic gold medal at the London Games in 2012, said Youth and Sports Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob.

He said the World Number One men's singles player must raise his game even higher and be consistent to ensure the dream (Olympic gold) could be achieved.

"Nevertheless, personally I am very proud with his victory over his arch nemesis Lin Dan of China in the Swiss Open final yesterday," he told reporters here Monday.

"After Chong Wei lost to Lin Dan in the final in the All-England (March 8), I contacted him and advised him to give full concentration and not be nervous," Ismail Sabri said.

In yesterday's final, Chong Wei defeated Lin Dan in straight sets of 21-16, 21-16 in 52 minutes. It was his fourth win against the Chinese badminton supremo in 14 encounters.

His feat was also emulated by the national crack men's doubles pair of Koo Kien Keat and Tan Boon Heong who defeated Denmark's Mathias Boe and Carsten Mogensen 21-14, 21-18 in the final.

"Kien Keat and Boon Heong have shown they can bounce back and be a formidable combination again although before this I had suggested to national doubles coach Rexy Mainaky to split them," said Ismail Sabri.
 
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Boon Heong the lucky one as team-mates’ luggage go missing

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 18 March 2009
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SEPANG: Doubles player Tan Boon Heong can consider himself lucky as he was the only one who returned home with his luggage by his side last night.

The rest of the nine-member strong badminton team reached home without their luggage, which went missing while on transit in Singapore.

Having ended their 17-month Super Series drought by reclaiming the Swiss Open title on Sunday, Boon Heong is hoping Lady Luck will shine on him and his partner Koo Kien Keat as they look towards the world championships in Hyderabad from Aug 10-16.

The Malaysian second seeds set aside their disappointing quarter-final exit at the preceding All-England by sending Danes Mathias Boe-Carsten Mogensen packing 21-14, 21-18 in the Swiss Open final.