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London Olympic: All depends on the draw (pic)

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Published: 20 July 2012
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OLYMPICS: Boon Heong-Kien Keat must hope to avoid being drawn in same group as favourites

KOO Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong can only hope that fate will be kind to them when the Olympic draw is done on Monday.

If they are drawn in the same group as title favourites Cai Yun-Fu Haifeng of China and South Korea's Chung Jae Sung-Lee Yong Dae, their hopes of reaching the semi-finals will be dimmed.Tan Kim Her believes the draw will be crucial for the top pair.

National men's doubles chief coach Tan Kim Her, in a telephone interview from the University of Bath, said Monday's draw will be crucial and he believes Kien Keat-Boon Heong's medal chances will be boosted if they can avoid the top two pairs.

 

Rashid: Chong Wei will prevail (pic)

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Published: 20 July 2012
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HIGH HOPES: Coach believes World No 2 has a chance despite injury woe

CHINA trio Lin Dan, Chen Long and Chen Jin will be oozing confidence while some of the darkhorses will be hoping to take advantage of Lee Chong Wei's injury when the Olympics gets underway on July 27. Lee Chong Wei

Nonetheless, national singles chief coach Rashid Sidek believes Chong Wei's chances of clinching a medal remain bright.

Rashid, in a telephone interview from Bath, said Chong Wei's current condition may make it tough for him to secure gold but he can return with a medal as long as he doesn't give up.

Chong Wei, who will be the top seed, needs to beat two of China's three shuttlersin order to win gold but there are other big names who could spoil his adventure.

 

London Olympic: All’s well for Chong Wei in Bath

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Published: 18 July 2012
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PETALING JAYA: Malaysia’s bid for an Olympic gold medal in London received a major boost with news that world No. 2 shuttler Lee Chong Wei is coping well since returning to full training.

Chong Wei suffered an untimely ankle injury during the Thomas Cup Finals in May but has made a speedy recovery and could very well be up for the challenge against China’s top guns – Lin Dan, Chen Long and Chen Jin.

“He has been making fantastic progress since the injury and all he’s trying to do now is to forget about the pain and focus on his game,” said BA of Malaysia (BAM) high performance director Datuk James Selvaraj in a telephone interview from Bath.

“He has been moving well and is slowly but surely regaining his confidence.

“Right now, the coaches are putting him through different strokes to simulate each and every possible opponent. They’re also trying to get his accuracy back on track and everything is coming along well.

 

London Olympic: Lee Chong Wei should take motivation from Boonsak Ponsana, says national coach Rashid Sidek

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Published: 18 July 2012
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Lee Chong Wei should take motivation from Boonsak Ponsana, says national coach Rashid Sidek

Malaysia’s Singles national coach Rashid Sidek said that Lee Chong Wei should take motivation from Thailand’s Boonsak Ponsana who suffered with an ankle injury last year and recuperated with his steely determination and emerged as the winner of last month’s Singapore Open Super Series 2012.

Ponsana had to quit playing competitive badminton for almost three months after getting an ankle injury in October 2012. He underwent a surgery and gradually got his fitness and rhythm back and proved that he is back on track by nailing Singapore Open title.

Rashid said that World Number Two Chong Wei has also been going through the similar situation as he suffered with an ankle injury two months ago and has almost recovered from it.

The coach is satisfied with the recovery process of Chong Wei as the shuttler is fit now and is working hard in training sessions at Bath, England.

However, Rashid wants Chong Wei to emulate Ponsana and put the bad memories behind to prove his worth at London Olympics.

 

James believes Chong Wei will not end up empty-handed in London Olympic (pic)

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Published: 13 July 2012
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KUALA LUMPUR: The biggest fear of every Malaysian must be that Lee Chong Wei will end his last Olympics empty-handed – denied by China’s badminton assassins Lin Dan, Chen Long and Chen Jin.

But BA of Malaysia (BAM) high performance director Datuk James Selvaraj strongly believes that is unlikely to happen. He described Chong Wei’s determination and resolve over the past month as quite unbelievable.

James is amazed at how fast world No. 2 Chong Wei has recovered from the ankle injury he picked up at the Thomas Cup Finals in Wuhan in May. He declared that the Malaysian ace was ready for the battle in London.London calling: (From left) Chan Peng Soon, Goh Liu Ying, Tee Jing Yi, Lee Chong Wei, Tan Boon Heong and Koo Kien Keat at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport before their flight to England Thursday.

“Physically, he has got himself back to where he was before the injury. All he needs now is a good measure of confidence to go with it,” said James before leaving with the Olympic shuttlers for England yesterday.

“Three weeks after the injury, he was running. He was back on court sooner than expected. It speaks volumes of his sheer determination to do well. I’m happy with the commitment shown by him and the others.”

 

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