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Bad day for Malaysians at Indonesian Open (pic)

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Published: 27 September 2013
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KUALA LUMPUR: It was a double blow for Malaysia’s second echelon of men’s singles shuttlers in the Indonesian Open Grand Prix Gold in Yogyakarta Thursday.

None of them made the cut for the third round. It was a day to forget for Goh Soon Huat, the country’s top back-up shuttler.

Soon Huat, the Malaysian Open GP Gold winner, was forced to concede a walkover to Reksy Aureza Megananda after suffering an injury. He was then trailing 18-21, 9-15.

It was also a bad day for Iskandar Zulkarnain Zainuddin, Loh Wei Sheng and independent shuttler Mohd Arif Abdul Latif. Malaysian Open GP Gold winner Goh Soon Huat conceded a walkover to Reksy Aureza Megananda after trailing 18-21, 9-15 in the second round.

Iskandar and Wei Sheng cleared their second round matches in convincing fashion but they were a class below the Indonesians in the next round round.

Iskandar was beaten 13-21, 12-21 by second seed Sony Dwi Kuncoro, the 2007 World Championships runners-up, in just 32 minutes. The former No. 1 Indonesian shuttler is coming back from a back injury and out to prove to coaching director Rexy Mainaky that he still deserves a place in the national team.

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It's all over for Malaysia at Indonesian Open (pic)

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Published: 27 September 2013
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KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia’s challenge in the Indonesian Open Grand Prix Gold at Yogyakarta came to an end when mixed doubles pair Ong Jian Guo-Lim Yin Loo went down fighting in the quarter-finals on Friday.

Jian Guo-Yin Loo, the world No. 37 and currently the third ranked pair in the country, fought gallantly for one hour and 14 minutes before losing 21-18, 19-21, 19-21 to Indonesians Edi Subaktiar-Gloria Emanuelle. file photo of Ong Jian Guo-Lim Yin Loo. The mixed doubles pair went down fighting in the Indonesian Open Grand Prix Gold quarter-finals on Sept 27, 2013. They lost 21-18, 19-21, 19-21 to Indonesians Edi Subaktiar-Gloria Emanuelle.

With their narrow defeat Friday, Malaysia’s interest in the tournament is over.

In the absence of Malaysia in the men’s singles event, Indonesia’s top four men singles players – Sony Dwi Kuncoro, Simon Santoso, Dionysius Hayom Rumbaka and Tommy Sugiarto – lived up to their billings to check into the semi-finals.

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Third ranked pair Khim Wah and V Shem’s situation remains unclear (pic)

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Published: 25 September 2013
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PETALING JAYA: Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong may have retained their status as a pair, but the situation regarding Lim Khim Wah-Goh V Shem is still a little unclear.

Khim Wah-V Shem are the third ranked pair in Malaysia at No. 15 in the world and are only behind Kien Keat-Boon Heong (No. 4) and Hoon Thien How-Tan Wee Kiong (No. 12).

But since their second round knockout at the World Championships last month to Thien How-Wee Kiong, things seemed to have fallen apart for Khim Wah-V Shem.Goh V Shem (right) returns a shot to Ko Sung-hyun and Lee Yong-dae of South Korea as his partner Lim Khim Wah looks on during a men’s doubles semi-final match at the Badminton Asia Championships in Taipei on April 20.

They were overlooked for the recent Japan Open and have also been left out of the squad for the Denmark and French Opens next month, bringing about speculation regarding their future as a pair.

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BAM move quickly to resolve issue of Aik Mong’s resignation (pic)

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Published: 25 September 2013
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PETALING JAYA: The Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) have moved quickly to resolve the issue of Tan Aik Mong’s resignation as the Talent Management Group (TMG) director.

In a short and abrupt press conference at the Juara Stadium on Wednesday, BAM president Tengku Tan Sri Mahaleel Tengku Ariff announced that “the case is now closed”.Tan Aik Mong (left) was brought in by Tengku Tan Sri Mahaleel Tengku Ariff on a voluntary basis on Sept 7 to implement changes and revive Malaysia’s badminton fortunes.

The 63-year-old Aik Mong was brought in by Tengku Mahaleel on a voluntary basis on Sept 7 to implement changes and revive Malaysia’s badminton fortunes.

But his methods and ideas were deemed too drastic and caused dissension among the coaches and players. Aik Mong subsequently resigned from his position on Tuesday after BAM reverted all his changes to their original structure.

“We have received Aik Mong’s resignation. We have accepted it and the case is now closed,” said Tengku Mahaleel.

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Rashid considers BAM return (pic)

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Published: 24 September 2013
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PETALING JAYA: Coach Rashid Sidek is all set to make a quick comeback to the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) set-up.

The former Thomas Cup champion tendered his resignation as national singles coach on Sept 19, citing the uncomfortable working environment in BAM.

The situation turned even worse when BAM president Tengku Tan Sri Mahaleel Tengku Ariff claimed that Rashid had breached his contract by signing another contract with Delhi Smashers, an Indian Badminton League (IBL). It is learnt the BAM might take legal action against Rashid.Rashid Sidek (left) having a word with Lee Chong Wei at the World Championships in Guangzhou.

But Tengku Mahaleel has since softened his stance after a six-hour meeting with the other national coaches on Monday. He also announced the launching of Project Win-Win. Under the programme, there is now only one national team with all the coaches back in their original positions.

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