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No end to woes for Koo-Tan

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Published: 14 June 2013
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KUALA LUMPUR: It never rains but it pours. That idiom is apt in describing the wretched run of national men’s doubles pair Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong of late.

The pair, who have been on a downward spiral since losing in the bronze medal playoff at the London Olympics last year, were sent packing in the second round of the Indonesia Open in Jakarta yesterday.

The third-seeded Kien Keat-Boon Heong went down to old timers Alven Yulianto-Markis Kido of Indonesia 21-23, 15-21 in 34 minutes – thus failing to get the breakthrough they yearned ahead of the World Championships in Guangzhou in August.

The Malaysians, however, were not the only seeded casualties yesterday.

Reigning All-England champions and seventh seeds Liu Xiaolong-Qiu Zihan of China also crashed out after retiring at 15-13 against England’s Chris Adcock-Andrew Ellis.


Bigger pool a must to realise dream

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 14 June 2013
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KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia may be one of the most successful countries in producing world junior badminton champions. Unfortunately, none has gone on to be a world champion.

Therein lies the problem – the transition from a junior champion to a full-fledged world champion.

China do not seem to have such a problem, though, with a big percentage of their juniors actually making the grade at senior level.

Sun Jun, Chen Gang, Bao Chunlai, Chen Jin, Chen Long, Wang Zhengming and Tian Houwei are all former world junior singles champions while Lin Dan is a former Asian junior champion himself.

Is it that our juniors are just not good enough to make the step up or is it that the coaches in the senior ranks aren’t good enough to tap these players’ potential?

The Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM), while aware of the problem, are struggling to find a solution. Many have tried but failed.


Indonesia’s badminton legend hangs up his racquet (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 14 June 2013
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KUALA LUMPUR: The world of badminton bade farewell to Taufik Hidayat (pic) yesterday after the hugely popular Indonesian shuttler crashed out of his home Open in Jakarta on Wednesday.

Badminton fans will be missing his outstanding courtcraft, controversial off-the-court antics and witty sarcasm.Olympic hero Taufik Hidayat bids an emotional farewell

The opening round defeat of one of the most colourful characters in world badminton – to India’s youngster B. Sai Praneeth – proved to be an anti-climax to his fans all over the world.

But Taufik can still stand tall as he calls it a day after a fabulous 15-year career that has seen him win all the major tournaments.

The baby-faced Taufik, known for his classy and superb backhand returns, won the 2004 Athens Olympic Games gold medal, the 2005 world title and back-to-back Asian Games gold in 2002 and 2006.


Coaching and training committee chairman of BAM - Ng Chin Chai, to make way (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 24 May 2013
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RESPONSIBLE: Accepts that he too has failed as CTC chairman

NG Chin Chai has  accepted that he  is also to blame for Malaysia's failure on the international stage in his capacity as the coaching and training committee (CTC) chairman and will relinquish the post   at the BA of Malaysia's (BAM) annual general meeting and elections in July.

Chin Chai  said it was only fair for the incoming president to name  a new chairman  rather than inheriting someone  from the current administration.

 However, Chin Chai will continue to be the BAM secretary if he is appointed again by the incoming president, who will replace Datuk Seri Nadzmi Salleh who will not be seeking reelection.Ng Chin Chai

"I would like to apologise to all  Malaysians on behalf of BAM and the players. We have failed to achieve several targets on the international stage over the last three years and I am partly responsible for Malaysia's failure," said Chin Chai.

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BAM secretary: It all depends on Kien Keat and Boon Heong now

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 24 May 2013
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MALAYSIA’S top men’s doubles shuttlers Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong will have to take a long and hard look at themselves following their miserable outing in the Sudirman Cup.

Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) Coaching and Training committee chairman Ng Chin Chai said that he had spent an hour with the players and coaches in the dressing room after Kien Keat-Boon Heong’s loss to Lee Sheng-mu-Tsai Chia-hsin in the Group C tie against Taiwan on Sunday.

Chin Chai said that there were several factors which contributed to their defeat but “I told them it all depends on them now”.

An immediate change in attitude should see them get back on track for the World Championships in Guangzhou in August.




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