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China's Supremacy Can Hamper M'sian Gold Quest At 2012 Olympics: Razif

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Published: 29 May 2009
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PETALING JAYA, May 29 (Bernama) -- Former national doubles ace Razif Sidek feels the huge gap between China and Malaysia may turn out to be a major hurdle for our shuttlers to win gold medals at the 2012 London Olympics.

"In my opinion, when we compare our physical, tactical and management system with China, there is a vast difference. In fact, China are in a class of their own.

"Something is not right or there is something that we do not know because since former doubles specialist Li Yongbo took over as the Chinese head coach 15 years ago, they have been at the peak ever since," he told reporters here Friday.

He added that the gap was evident during Malaysia's 0-3 loss to China in the semi-finals of the Sudirman Cup held in Guangzhou two weeks ago.

"We need to learn how China remains a power for the past 15 years. Why not appoint former world class Chinese players as coaches here so as to help reduce the disparity," he said.

Razif, winner of a bronze medal in the men's doubles of the 1992 Barcelona Olympics with his brother Jalani was also part of the Malaysian team that won the Thomas Cup in 1992.

He added that during that period, Malaysia had three Chinese coaches who had a good knowledge of how the Chinese players were preparing and helped our players with such information.

"I don't think we can match that era now and to do that we need the expertise of Chinese coaches or ex-players," he said.

Razif said he was not questioning the credibility or integrity of the current coaches in the country or even from Indonesia but Malaysia must look at a training system for the future, one that can help improve and sustain for 10 to 15 years.

China are now a superpower in badminton, simply too strong for the others, because they have many world class players, both in the men and women events, compared with other countries, he said.

 

Chong Wei, Beng Hong, Roslin And Kwong Beng In Last Four

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Published: 29 May 2009
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KUANTAN, May 27 (Bernama) -- World Number One Datuk Lee Chong Wei will be challenged by Kuan Beng Hong while Mohd Roslin Hashim will face Chang Kwong Beng in the men's singles semifinals of the Pahang Open badminton championship at the Pahang Indoor Stadium here tomorrow.

Chong Wei easily despatched Tan Chun Seang 21-9, 21-14 in 25 minutes in today's quarterfinals.

Beng Hong, who is seeded third, took some 40 minutes to overcome Mohd Arif Abdul Latif in 21-15, 14-21 and 21-17 before booking his date with Chong Wei, the top seed.

In the two other quarterfinals, Mohd Roslin Hashim defeated Syed Akbar Shah S. Mustakim 21-11, 21-19 in 30 minutes while Kwong Beng took out Liew Daren 21-17, 21-16 in 45 minutes.

In the women's singles, Stephanie Shalini Sukumaran, who qualified for the semis on a bye, will meet Sannathasah Saniru. Sannathasah had tamed Ng Sin Zou 12-21, 21-16, 21-13 in her quarterfinal.

Joining them in the last four are Tee Jing Yi who defeated Yeow Mei Xi 21-11, 21-9 and Lydia Cheah Li Ya. Lydia defeated Ooi Swee Wenn 21-14, 21-14 to make the cut.

In the men's doubles, the crack pair of Koo Kien Kiat-Tan Boon Heong were taken to three sets by Mak Hee Chun-Tan Wee Kiong before securing a 15-21, 21-10, 22-20 victory en route to the semis.

Another crack pair, Choong Tan Fook-Lee Wan Wah, however, defeated their opponents Khoo Chung Chiat-Ong Soon Hock in straight sets of 22-20, 21-13.

In the other two quarterfinals, Chan Chong Ming-Chew Choon Eng defeated Mohd Lutfi Zaim-Teo Kok Siang 16-21, 21-16, 21-15 while Mohd Fairuzizuan Mohd Tazari-Mohd Zakry Ab Latif also took three sets to overcome Lim Khim Wah-Ong Jian Guo (21-14, 18-21, 21-17).

 
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Chan’s maiden final, Fairuzizuan-Zakry also in contention for first Open title (pic)

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Published: 29 May 2009
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KUANTAN: Youngster Chan Kwong Beng (pic) and the experienced men’s doubles pair of Mohd Fairuzizuan Mohd Tazari-Mohd Zakry Abdul Latif scored a first in the Pahang Open yesterday.

Kwong Beng, who used to be the whipping boy in the national training squad, stunned former international Mohd Roslin Hashim to set up a meeting with top seed Lee Chong Wei in today’s men’s singles final at the Pahang Sports Complex Indoor Stadium.

Yesterday, the 21-year-old showed great determination to beat Roslin 24-22, 21-19 in a 50-minute semi-final battle to reach his first final in a local Open tournament.

Kwong Beng trains under Misbun Sidek and has clearly benefited from sparring with Chong Wei and Roslin.

 
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Chong Wei looks unstoppable in final

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Published: 29 May 2009
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LEE Chong Wei is set to bag his third Pahang Open title when he takes on Chan Kwong Beng in the men singles final today in Kuantan.

The world number one was in total control as he used his jumping smash to good effect in demolishing Kuan Beng Hong 21-8, 21-8 in the semi-final yesterday.

 

"It was an easy outing here and for me most of my matches were like warming-up sessions.

 

"But I expect some challenge from Kwong Beng in the final as he managed to beat Roslin Hashim who is a very experienced player.

 

"I am here to prepare for the Singapore Open next month."

 

It took Chong Wei 27 minutes to seal the match against Beng Hong and the latter could only depend on collecting points from mistakes by Chong Wei.

 

 

Giant-killer Liew's turn to fall (pic)

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Published: 29 May 2009
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LEE Chong Wei cruised into the semi-finals of the Pahang Open but Liew Daren, conqueror of Hafiz Hashim, was sent packing by national back-up player Chan Kwong Beng in Kuantan yesterday.

Chong Wei, the overwhelming favourite, secured a comfortable 21-9, 21-14 win over national teammate Tan Chun Seang in just 25 minutes to secure his semi-final berth.Lee Chong Wei cruised into the Pahang Open semi-finals after beating Tan Chun Seang 21-9, 21-14 yesterday.


He will next meet third seed Kuan Beng Hong, who beat elite back-up player Arif Latif 21-15, 14-21, 21-17 in 40 minutes.


The unpredictable form of Liew Daren continued as he lost 21-16, 21-17 to Kwong Beng just a day after a fine win over Hafiz.


Kwong Beng will meet veteran Roslin Hashim, who overcame back-up player Syed Akbar Syed Mustakim 21-11, 21-19, in the last four today.


In the women's singles, second seed Lydia Cheah advanced to the semi-finals after beating Ooi Swee Wenn 21-14, 21-14 and will next play national junior Tee Jing Yi.


 

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