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Shanrong wants to go back to school

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 06 September 2012
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CHI SHANRONG has made a request to the BA of Malaysia (BAM) to re-designate him as a Bukit Jalil Sports School (BJSS) coach following speculations he resigned as the national women's singles coach last week.

Shanrong, formerly the BJSS girls' singles coach, was promoted to the senior position by BAM 18 months ago after Wong Tat Meng's resignation.

However, the women's singles struggled to make any progress under his reign and BAM has been looking for a successor with Tat Meng expected back.

BAM general manager Kenny Goh said Shanrong only requested for a short break.

"I have not received any letter from him but he did request for a break. Shanrong has also inquired whether it is possible for him to return to BJSS," said Kenny yesterday.

"Shanrong has not resigned and his request to join BJSS will be decided during the coaching and training committee (CTC) meeting on Saturday."


Shanrong's wish to return to BJSS may not be easy to grant as there are sufficient coaches in the junior set-up and there is also a possibility that he could remain with the senior team as Tat Meng's assistant.

There could also be a few other changes as Cheah Soon Kit could return as men's doubles coach. Soon Kit is also being mentioned as a possible candidate to be made the national chief coach if BAM doesn't seek the services of South Korean Park Joo Bong.

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Chong Wei's title?

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 06 September 2012
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THE draw suggests it could be a triumphant return for Lee Chong Wei in the Japan Open after a deserving break from the London Olympics but coaches are not expecting fireworks from the World No 2 during the Sept 18-23 tournament.

Chong Wei, in the absence of China's two-time Olympic champion Lin Dan, is the top seed and is tipped to meet Olympic bronze medallist Chen Long, the second seed, in the final.

The challenge also looks thin as Chong Wei will meet Wong Wing Ki of Hong Kong in the first round, Nguyen Tien Minh of Vietnam or China's Wang Zhengming in the second, and another of China's players Du Pengyu in the last eight.

A semi-final against either Kenichi Tago of Japan or Danish veteran Peter Gade Christensen will not pose any threat, so Chong Wei will be the favourite against Chen Long whom he destroyed in the semi-finals of the London Games last month.


Razif: 2016 should be the target (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 04 September 2012
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FOCUS: Winning gold in Rio de Janeiro first priority

THE BA of Malaysia's (BAM) 12-year blueprint may look good  on paper but former international Razif Sidek believes  the association's focus should be on a  comprehensive four-year programme to earn Malaysia gold in the 2016 Olympics.Razif:  Winning gold in Rio de Janeiro first priority

BAM has not made a decision on a chief coach for the national team, has delayed discussing Malaysia's London Olympics shortcomings for almost a month and has also not given any clear indication to the coaches or players on what could be the drastic changes in store, leading Razif to wonder what kind of formula the parent body can offer for a 12-year-period that involves three Olympic cycles.


Quit threat!

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 04 September 2012
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DECISION: Koo-Tan could leave national team for local club

  KOO Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong could resign from the national team if the BA of Malaysia (BAM) decides to split them.

   Their future will be deliberated by BAM's coaching and training committee (C&T) on Saturday.

   It is learnt that BAM wants to split Kien Keat and Boon Heong following a series of average results despite the pair showing slight progress of late.

   Doubles coach Pang Cheh Chang, who coaches Kien Keat-Boon Heong, wants the World No 7 to remain as a pair as others in the national team have stagnated.


Kwong Beng holds the key to reviving his career (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 31 August 2012
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KUALA LUMPUR: National chief coach Rashid Sidek has advised back-up shuttler Chan Kwong Beng to help himself first if he harbours hopes of reviving his flagging badminton career.

Rashid said that he did not stop Kwong Beng from turning to Hendrawan for help but “I told him that the change must start from himself”.

“I also advised him to be more committed in training,” said Rashid.A coach contributes 20% to the rise of a player, the other 80% is all down to the players’ hard work, sacrifices and commitment. - RASHID SIDEK

On Wednesday, the 24-year-old Kwong Beng said that his progress had stagnated over the last two years under Rashid and he wanted to train under Hendrawan in a bid to re-ignite his career.

Besides Kwong Beng, Rashid had also focused more on Liew Daren and Chong Wei Feng during training.

All three have also been sparring daily with world No. 2 Lee Chong Wei at the national centre.




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