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There’s no 'I' in team for badminton squad

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Published: 07 January 2014
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KUALA LUMPUR: National singles coach Rashid Sidek wants to have a team-building camp to prepare the national shuttlers for this year’s three major team events.

The three team events are the Thomas-Uber Cup Finals in New Delhi from May 18-25, Commonwealth Games in Glasgow from July 21-Aug 4 and Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea, from Sept 28-Oct 5.

At the Commonwealth Games, there are medals for the mixed team event while the men and women will contest in their respective team events in the Asiad.

Rashid said he had made a proposal to the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) management.

“If all goes well, the camp should take off next month. This is a year full of team events and we want to get a head start. Once we get the green light, we will decide on the venue,” added Rashid.

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Doubles pair wary of chill factor in Korea (pic)

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Published: 07 January 2014
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KUALA LUMPUR: National men’s doubles champion Tan Wee Kiong-Hoon Thien How will be fighting on two fronts when they start their campaign in the Korean Open on Wednesday.

On Saturday, the duo and compatriots Lim Khim Wah-Goh V Shem left for Seoul for the season opener of the Badminton World Federation’s (BWF) Super Series.

The 24-year-old Wee Kiong said their opening round match would be “treacherous”.

“The weather in Seoul is below 13°C. It is really cold. On top of that, we have a tricky opening match against an upcoming pair from China (Kang Jun-Liu Cheng). We cannot take them lightly.

“We have to balance our act. We have to adapt to the cold condition and also stay on guard against the Chinese pair,” said Wee Kiong.

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Badminton bids for inclusion in 2020 Paralympics

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Published: 03 January 2014
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Kuala Lumpur: The Badminton World Federation (BWF) has submitted a letter to International Paralympic Committee (IPC) to have para-badminton considered for inclusion in the 2020 Tokyo Paralympics, becoming the first international federation to do so.
 
BWF had also bid for the 2016 Rio Paralympics but was unsuccessful as canoeing and triathlon got their nod.
 
“Our preparations are well underway for this application process and since our letter of intent was ready, we felt this was the appropriate time to present it to the IPC,” BWF president Poul-Erik Høyer said in a statement.
 
The IPC governing board in November will decide which sports will be showcased in Tokyo.
 
“The BWF has been working hard on developing para-badminton and building its player base since 2010 and this has included enhancing the classification system and the rules governing para-badminton,” added the BWF president.
 

Liu Ying to seek alternative medicine for knee injury (pic)

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Published: 03 January 2014
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KUALA LUMPUR: A desperate Goh Liu Ying went to Kelantan at the behest of Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) president Tan Sri Tengku Mahaleel Tengku Ariff to seek help from a traditional healer to recover from a right knee injury.

For the 24-year-old Liu Ying, the traditional method is another option to consider before she makes a decision whether to go under the knife.

A surgery could put her out of action for about four to eight months and jeopardise her mixed doubles partnership with Chan Peng Soon. There are a number of major tournaments this year – the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow from July 21-Aug 4, World Championships in Copenhagen from Aug 25-31 and Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea, from Sept 28-Oct 5.

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National back-up shuttlers in danger of being booted out (pic)

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Published: 03 January 2014
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KUALA LUMPUR: Some of the back-up shuttlers are in danger of being booted out of the national badminton team.
 
The Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) will be conducting an open selection trials at the Juara Stadium in Bukit Kiara from Jan 20-24 and all the states have been asked to send their best players to challenge the back-up shuttlers.
 
Talent search programme chief David Wee said the trials would be closely monitored by the national coaches.
 
“We are trying out this open selection trials for the first time. It is a transparent way of selecting the players for the national team and we hope that the best will get in. If a state player can beat the national back-up player, he or she will be invited to join the national team and the back-up player will be dropped,” said David.
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