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Indonesia’s badminton legend hangs up his racquet (pic)

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Published: 14 June 2013
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KUALA LUMPUR: The world of badminton bade farewell to Taufik Hidayat (pic) yesterday after the hugely popular Indonesian shuttler crashed out of his home Open in Jakarta on Wednesday.

Badminton fans will be missing his outstanding courtcraft, controversial off-the-court antics and witty sarcasm.Olympic hero Taufik Hidayat bids an emotional farewell

The opening round defeat of one of the most colourful characters in world badminton – to India’s youngster B. Sai Praneeth – proved to be an anti-climax to his fans all over the world.

But Taufik can still stand tall as he calls it a day after a fabulous 15-year career that has seen him win all the major tournaments.

The baby-faced Taufik, known for his classy and superb backhand returns, won the 2004 Athens Olympic Games gold medal, the 2005 world title and back-to-back Asian Games gold in 2002 and 2006.

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Coaching and training committee chairman of BAM - Ng Chin Chai, to make way (pic)

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Published: 24 May 2013
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RESPONSIBLE: Accepts that he too has failed as CTC chairman

NG Chin Chai has  accepted that he  is also to blame for Malaysia's failure on the international stage in his capacity as the coaching and training committee (CTC) chairman and will relinquish the post   at the BA of Malaysia's (BAM) annual general meeting and elections in July.

Chin Chai  said it was only fair for the incoming president to name  a new chairman  rather than inheriting someone  from the current administration.

 However, Chin Chai will continue to be the BAM secretary if he is appointed again by the incoming president, who will replace Datuk Seri Nadzmi Salleh who will not be seeking reelection.Ng Chin Chai

"I would like to apologise to all  Malaysians on behalf of BAM and the players. We have failed to achieve several targets on the international stage over the last three years and I am partly responsible for Malaysia's failure," said Chin Chai.

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BAM secretary: It all depends on Kien Keat and Boon Heong now

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Published: 24 May 2013
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MALAYSIA’S top men’s doubles shuttlers Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong will have to take a long and hard look at themselves following their miserable outing in the Sudirman Cup.

Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) Coaching and Training committee chairman Ng Chin Chai said that he had spent an hour with the players and coaches in the dressing room after Kien Keat-Boon Heong’s loss to Lee Sheng-mu-Tsai Chia-hsin in the Group C tie against Taiwan on Sunday.

Chin Chai said that there were several factors which contributed to their defeat but “I told them it all depends on them now”.

An immediate change in attitude should see them get back on track for the World Championships in Guangzhou in August.

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Chong Wei urges team-mates to put Cup exit behind

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Published: 24 May 2013
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WORLD No. 1 Lee Chong Wei has urged his team-mates to move on after their disappointing outing in the Sudirman Cup.

Malaysia failed to make the quarter-finals after losing to Taiwan and German in the Group C ties.

“Everyone is down but we tried. I think our women’s doubles players (Woon Khe Wei-Vivian Hoo) fought hard against the Germans. We did not qualify for the quarter-finals. We have to accept this defeat,” said Chong Wei.

“It’s not that we lacked mental strength. I’m the most senior in the team and we have a relatively young side.”

Chong Wei, however, agreed with Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) Coaching and Training committee chairman Ng Chin Chai that discipline in the national team needed to be tightened.

“I agree with all that’s been said by Chin Chai. We need to improve the discipline of the players in the national team. It’s time to move forward,” said Chong Wei.

 

BAM must stop rewarding mediocrity or be doomed (pic)

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Published: 24 May 2013
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MERITOCRACY is a dying word in Malaysian sports. And it will be dead and buried as long as mediocrity is tolerated.

For how else can one describe the situation with Malaysia’s top men’s doubles pair of Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong.

Is there hope for the duo – or Malaysian badminton, in general.A big disappointment: Malaysia’s Koo Kien Keat (left) and Tan Boon Heong in action against Taiwanese pair Lee Sheng-mu and Tsai Chia-hsin during their match at the Putra Stadium on Sunday.

Based on their performances in the Sudirman Cup, Kien Keat-Boong Heong are definitely living on borrowed time.

Their uninspiring performance against Taiwan’s unheralded pair of Lee Sheng-mu-Tsai Chia-hsin clearly sums up their slow and steady fall from grace.

Technically, the duo still have three months to salvage whatever pride there is left and restore the fans’ faith and interest in them.

To do that, the pair will need to work their socks off in the next 90 days and finish their career on a high at the World Championships in August in Guangzhou.

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