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BAM stands firm on dropping the pair of Tan Bin and Gan Teik: Badminton News (pic)

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Published: 17 May 2011
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BAM stands firm on dropping the pair of Tan Bin and Gan Teik: Badminton News

The Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) stands firm on its decision to drop the Men’s Doubles pair of Tan Bin Shen and Gan Teik Chai from the Malaysian squad for the mega event of 2011 World Badminton Championship, starting from August 8, at London.

BAM stands firm on dropping the pair of Tan Bin Shen and Gan Teik Chai

The duo, Tan Bin and Gan Teik are currently ranked at 16th position in Men’s Doubles world ranking. They qualified for the mega event on merit and they are the second seeds in Malaysia. On the place of the 16th seeds, BAM has decided to send the World Number 27 pair of Hoon Thien How and Mohd Zakry Abdul Latif, in the World Championship along with the top seeds, Tan Boon Heong and Koo Kien Keat.

The decision of BAM received a severe reaction from Tan Bin and Gan Teik. On which BAM's Secretary, Ng Chin Chai, said that the decision was not made to discredit the pair.

“We made this decision without having any malice, prejudice or bias. But we agree that we sat on the matter too long and the last-minute decisions surprised everyone,” Ng Chin said.

He further added, “The world ranking is not a true reflection of a player’s ability. It cannot be used as a criteria to select our best players.”

He further said that the governing body will make the guidelines clear for the selection criteria of Players for the international events.

He said, “But this incident will expedite our efforts to have clearer guidelines on selection of non-BAM players for international events. We have discussed this with the state secretaries but now we will ensure that they are clearly spelt out.”

The decision has been taken after a long discussion that took two weeks. All important officials along with coaches have unanimously decided to send the duo, Thien How and Mohd Zakry, instead of the pair, Tan Bin and Gan Teik, for the mega event. Ng Chai said that BAM takes steps which are in the best interest of the country. The selection of a lower ranked pair has been made on their consistent performance for the last six months.

 
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Chong Wei an excellent role model

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Published: 15 March 2011
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WHAT a match it was. On Sunday night Lee Chong Wei won a classic battle against his nemesis Chinese ace Lin Dan in straight sets.

In beating Lin Dan and two other world-class Chinese players enroute to his second All-England badminton crown, Chong Wei displayed nerves of steel and most importantly, patience, calm and strong determination even when not having his regular coach and mentor Misbun Sidek around.

Many doubted his ability to defend his crown, but the manner in which he disposed of all his opponents from Day One only goes to show Chong Wei had a burning desire to silence his critics.

He will now be the feared one in international tournaments. Lin Dan and other players will now find him a tough opponent.

Many of our budding and aspiring youngsters wanting to don national colours can do well to learn from his steely determination, positive attitude, strong self-belief and humility.

There’s only so much that BAM and/or the coaching committee can do. Players on their part should learn from their mistakes, make huge sacrifices, follow the training programme strictly, have confidence in themselves and dream “winning and success”.

Also, it was nice to see so many Malaysian supporters in the Arena continuously chanting “Malaysia Boleh” urging on and motivating Chong Wei.

He is indeed an excellent role model.

 
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Sweet victory for Chong Wei

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Published: 15 March 2011
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WITH this sweet victory over arch rival Lin Dan of China in the All-England Badminton Championship in Birmingham, Datuk Lee Chong Wei has done the nation proud by being the first player to successfully defend the title.

His 21-17, 21-17 victory over Lin Dan has boosted his image, confidence and chances of doing well in the World Badminton Championship to be held in London in August.

Throughout the championship, Chong Wei was in excellent condition to play the best badminton of his life.

This was the rivals’ 25th encounter and Chong Wei’s 7th victory. But it was his most important and meaningful win over the Chinese ace. This will put Lin Dan under pressure the next time they meet.

From what we have seen, Chong Wei managed to put up a flawless display against all his opponents and played with confidence and maturity especially in the final. The way he matched Lin Dan in all aspects of the game deserves our respect and praise. His consistency and high level of performance really made the difference this time.

With his great mindset and positive attitude, plus the will and hunger to win, we are all confident that Chong Wei will bring more glory to the nation in the World Badminton Championship and land Malaysia’s first gold medal in the 2012 Olympic Games in London.

 
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PM Presents PNB Shares To Lee

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Published: 15 March 2011
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World number one badminton player Datuk Lee Chong Wei received Permodalan Nasional Berhad shares worth RM100,000 from the government for his successful defence of the All-England title on Monday.

Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak presented the share certificate to Lee, who arrived from London at 6.45am, at a breakfast at Seri Perdana, the Prime Minister's official residence on Tuesday.

His wife, Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor, who is patron of the Badminton Association of Malaysia, gave Lee a watch as a personal present.

Lee beat his nemesis Lin Dan of China 21-17, 21-17 in 52 minutes in the singles final at the Birmingham Indoor Arena in England.

Najib, in his speech, said that he had been confident that Lee would beat Lin Dan because the Malaysian was more focused and sure of himself than he was in their Olympics final meeting.

 

Wang Shixian triumphes at All England Badminton (pic)

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Published: 15 March 2011
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BIRMINGHAM, March 13  -- The women's singles world No. 1 Wang Shixian from China defeated Japanese Eriko Hirose in straight sets, clinching her first title at All England Open Badminton Championships here on Sunday.China's Wang Shixian poses with her trophy after winning the women's singles final match against Japan's Eriko Hirose in 2011's All England Open Badminton Championship at the National Indoor Arena in Birmingham, Britain, March 13, 2011. Wang won 2-0 to claim the title.

Wang, 21, started the opening game well by leading 17-12, but her tough opponent Hirose then took five points in a row. "I felt a little bit nervous after the tie in 17-17," said Wang, who climbed to the top of the world standings this year. "But then I tried my best to stay calm, then the match went well."

The Asian Games champion Wang edged Hirose 24-22 in the first game before took the second 21-18. ["It's a tough match," said Wang who sent off teammate Wang Xin in the semifinals on Saturday. "She has been a strong rival for long and is in good shape this time. I feel great to take the victory."China's Wang Shixian celebrates after winning the women's singles final match against Japan's Eriko Hirose in 2011's All England Open Badminton Championship at the National Indoor Arena in Birmingham, Britain, March 13, 2011. Wang won 2-0 to claim the title.

Wang was ousted form last year's All England in the first round.

 

 
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