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Business as usual at BAM (pic)

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Published: 01 October 2013
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PETALING JAYA: World No. 1 Lee Chong Wei was clearly in a good mood with the return of Rashid Sidek as the national men’s singles coach.

Rashid, the 1996 Olympic bronze medallist tendered his resignation on Sept 19 as he was uncomfortable with the structural changes in the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM)’s coaching stable.Coaches Rashid Sidek (right) and Tey Seu Bock keeping an eye on Lee Chong Wei and other players at the Juara Stadium.

The following week saw BAM president Tengku Tan Sri Mahaleel Tengku Ariff reverting to the old coaching and training structure and scrapping the changes made by Tan Aik Mong, who has since stepped down as the Talent Management Group (TMG) director. On Monday, Rashid submitted a letter to the BAM stating his intention to return as coach of the men’s singles team.

BAM welcomed him back and Rashid was back at the Juara Stadium on Tuesday for his “first day” of work.

No one was happier to see him than Chong Wei, who turns 31 on Oct 21.

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Rashid back in BAM fold

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Published: 01 October 2013
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RASHID Sidek retracted his resignation letter yesterday and will resume his responsibilities as the national singles coach today.

Rashid handed his letter to BA of Malaysia (BAM) general manager Kenny Goh and said he was asked to resume his job immediately.

He had tendered his resignation on Sept 19 after his rocky relationship with talent management group (TMG) director Tan Aik Mong.

Aik Mong's decision to restructure the national team didn't get the support of the coaches and he, too, resigned last Tuesday after BAM president Tengku Mahaleel Tengku Ariff decided to revert to the old set-up to defuse the tension.

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Chong Wei to get tips from The Thing (pic)

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Published: 27 September 2013
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BUKIT JALIL: World No. 1 Lee Chong Wei is excited to pick up some pointers from China’s maestro Tang Hsien-hu at the China League which starts this weekend.

The famed Hsien-hu, also known as The Thing, is the coach of Guangdong Century City Badminton Club which Chong Wei is joining.

Hsien-hu, who coached Indonesia in the late 80s and can converse in Bahasa Indonesia, is also influential to China’s five-time world champion Lin Dan. He is credited with being the man behind Lin Dan’s success at winning the gold medal for the first time at the Beijing Olympic Games in 2008.Cai Yun-Fu Haifeng are in the same team as Lee Chong Wei in the China league.

Chong Wei, who leaves for China on Friday, said he has crossed paths with Hsien-hu many times during his career but this will be the most exciting encounter.

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Soon Huat to go for surgery (pic)

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Published: 27 September 2013
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KUALA LUMPUR: Badminton will have to take a back seat for top back-up men singles shuttler Goh Soon Huat for a while.

On Thursday, the 19-year-old Soon Huat fainted while trailing against Reksy Aureza Megananda of Indonesia 18-21, 9-15 in the second round of the Indonesian Open Grand Prix Gold at Yogyakarta.

The reigning Malaysian Open Grand Prix Gold runner-up was rushed to the hospital and on Friday, he returned home for further treatment.

He is suffering from an illness and is expected to go for an operation as soon as possible. Due to his unstable condition, he has been withdrawn from the Kuala Lumpur Open from Oct 2-6. Goh Soon Huat will be out of the badminton scene for the duration as he resolves his health issues.

In fact, Hendrawan wants Soon Huat to take a long break and recover from his illness before he makes a comeback.

“I have not trained him for the last 10 days due to the changes in BAM’s (Badminton Association of Malaysia) coaching set-up. I was not sure of his condition before he left for the Indonesian Open GP Gold. He did not complain of anything,” said Hendrawan.

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Coaches given free rein for training and schedule (pic)

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Published: 27 September 2013
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KUALA LUMPUR: Former international Razif Sidek knows how to win the hearts of the national badminton coaches.

On Friday, Razif, who was the captain when Malaysia won the 1992 Thomas Cup, announced that power and authority has been given to the national coaches in the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) set-up.

With power, though, the coaches will have to be accountable for every decision they make. Razif Sidek: 'At the end of the day, the coaches will have to call the shots and justify their decisions. They will be accountable for the decisions they make.'

Razif, who is the BAM’s head of assessors unit, said that the coaches have been given free rein to draft their training programme and tournament schedule, which will project their plans on a quarterly basis.

Their main goal is to prepare a solid team for next year’s major tournaments - Thomas Cup Finals, World Championships, Commonwealth Games and Asian Games.

Razif said that his team would monitor and assess their coaches’ plans. Currently, the only other member of the unit is former doubles chief coach Tan Kim Her.

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