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How long more, BAM?

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Published: 08 May 2013
Written by Hits: 539

THE BA of Malaysia's (BAM) tolerance level has no bounds when it comes to men's doubles Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong and their embarrassing defeat in the Malaysia Open grand prix gold is not going to affect their future in any way.

BAM had already thrown a lifeline to Kien Keat-Boon Heong last September by giving them until the World Championships in Guangzhou on Aug 5-11 to prove their worth and also gave them a rather unusual target -- at least a place in the final -- despite recommendations from the coaching and training committee that they be split.

It was the BAM executive council which decided to give them a lengthy extension although there were plans to combine Boon Heong with Goh V Shem, while Kien Keat was to be paired with either Lim Khim Wah or another player.

BAM's apprehension in making that move now has it ruing as Kien Keat-Boon Heong have reached a point of no return.

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Shuttler PV Sindhu wins Malaysia Open Grand Prix (pic)

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Published: 08 May 2013
Written by Hits: 615

KUALA LUMPUR: PV Sindhu reaffirmed her status as the rising star of Indian badminton as she lifted her maiden Grand Prix Gold title in Malaysia after getting the better of Juan Gu of Singapore in a gruelling final on Saturday.Sindhu won 21-17, 17-21, 21-19 in one hour and 11 minutes at the Juara Indoor Stadium.

The top-seeded Indian took an hour and 11 minutes to prevail over her fifth seeded opponent, 21-17 17-21 21-19.


V Shem-Khim Wah Won Malaysia Open Grand Prix Gold (pic)

Category: Badminton News
Published: 08 May 2013
Written by Hits: 720

MEN'S doubles Goh V Shem-Lim Khim Wah inflicted more damage to the battered pride of Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong by shocking the World No 3 to win the Malaysia Open grand prix gold title at Juara Stadium yesterday.

V Shem-Khim Wah registered a comprehensive 22-20, 21-15 victory to claim their first international title in 39 minutes.

The effort also stripped Kien Keat-Boon Heong of the only title in their grasp in the last 12 months and left them to ponder their career which has hit rock bottom.Lim Khim Wah (left) and Goh V Shem beat Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong 22-20, 21-15 to win the Malaysia Open grand prix gold title yesterday.

Kien Keat-Boon Heong still have an escape clause despite their lacklustre performance as the BA of Malaysia (BAM) has set a final target in the World Championships in Guangzhou in August.

As for V Shem-Khim Wah, the title was a timely boost after poor form forced the coaches to split them last year and only recombined again five months ago where they earned qualification for the World Championships.

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Li Mao’s new challenge (pic)

Category: Badminton News
Published: 01 May 2013
Written by Hits: 1257

GRASSROOTS: Wants to produce quality players at club level

LI Mao, after travelling around the globe in a bid to produce players who can match the all-conquering China shuttlers, will take on the  new challenge of producing players at club level and turn them into international shuttlers.
Li Mao, whose last involvement as a national coach was with Indonesia until the London Olympics, was also initially linked with a return to Malaysia as  national singles coach for a second time but the BA of Malaysia (BAM) shelved the idea based on  feedback from coaches.Former Malaysia National Coach --- Li Mao
He was the national singles coach and helped in Datuk Lee Chong Wei’s progress, beginning in 2005 but quit in early 2007 to join his former employers South Korea.
Li Mao joined New Vision Badminton Academy, run by former internationals Yeoh Kay Bin and K. Yogendran in late December, and the academy was relaunched as the Kawasaki Badminton Club in Kuala Lumpur recently.

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Perfect boost for Hafiz as he returns to action (pic)

Category: Badminton News
Published: 01 May 2013
Written by Hits: 851

SHAH ALAM: Former All-England champion Mohd Hafiz Hashim received the perfect boost ahead of his return to the courts after a six-month injury lay-off.

The 31-year-old, who will compete in the Malaysian Open Grand Prix Gold at Stadium Juara in Bukit Kiara today, was revealed as the ambassador for badminton equipment giants Protech yesterday. He signed a two-year sponsorship deal.New ambassador: Mohd Hafiz Hashim (left) shaking hands with Protech managing director Ronnie Chong (right) as the national doubles chief coach Tan Kim Her looks on during the sponsorship signing ceremony at Kota Kemuning, Shah Alam, Monday.

Hafiz, who underwent an ankle tendon surgery in November, will be playing in the singles as well as the doubles with Mohamad Razif Abdul Latif.

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