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Lee Chong Wei reaches Japan Open semis

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Published: 20 September 2013
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Malaysia's world number-one Lee Chong Wei brushed aside Jun Takemura of Japan 21-10, 21-11 to reach the semi-finals of the Japan Open badminton tournament in Tokyo Friday.

The 30-year-old top seed, going for a record fourth Japan Open men's singles title, needed a little more than 30 minutes to book a semi-final clash with Nguyen Tien Minh on Saturday.

The fifth-seeded Vietnamese whipped Japan's Kento Momota 21-18, 21-13 in another quarter-final.

China's Gao Huan struggled in beating Indian H.S. Prannoy 21-11, 20-22, 21-13 to set up the other semi-final clash with Japan's seventh seeded Kenichi Tago.

Tago crushed India's K. Srikanth 21-18, 21-9.

In the women's quarter-finals of the $200,000 tournament, the eighth leg of the 12-round World Superseries, fourth-seeded Wang Yihan breezed past fellow Chinese and fifth-seed Wang Shixian 21-17, 21-15.

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BAM question Rashid's loyalty (pic)

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Published: 20 September 2013
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KUALA LUMPUR: The Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) took a swipe at national singles coach Rashid Sidek by discrediting him and his loyalty as a coach despite his 10-years of tireless service to the nation.

On Friday, president Tengku Tan Sri Mahaleel Tengku Ariff said that the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games bronze medallist and three-time national champion’s decision to leave the national team was not a big loss to BAM.Tengku Tan Sri Mahaleel Tengku Ariff: 'If Rashid goes away, is it a loss for us? It is not a loss. We have a lot of coaches. If the coaches do not agree with our system, then, what can we do.'

And to add salt to injury, Rashid may be referred to the rules and discipline committee over an alleged breach of contract on a separate and unrelated matter altogether.

The BAM is now questioning and investigating Rashid on his one-year contract as a coach with the Delhi Smashers in the recently-concluded Indian Badminton League (IBL).

On Thursday, Rashid had tendered his resignation saying he could no longer stand being undermined as a coach in BAM’s new coaching set-up under the charge of Talent Management Group (TMG) director Tan Aik Mong.

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Tengku Mahaleel to meet privately with players (pic)

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Published: 20 September 2013
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KUALA LUMPUR: Openness, transparency and frankness.

This will be expected from the national shuttlers when Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) president Tengku Tan Sri Mahaleel Tengku Ariff meets up with them during a special meeting with the players after chairing the council meeting Saturday.

A directive has been given to all national players led by world No. 1 Lee Chong Wei to turn up in Subang where the council meeting will be held. The invitation is only for the players and not their coaches. President Tengku Tan Sri Mahaleel Tengku Ariff wants the players to be the first ones to know all the changes in BAM.

It is learnt that Tengku Mahaleel wants the players to be the first ones to know all the changes in BAM and he wants them to be receptive and also open with what they want from the national body.

There has been uneasiness among the players - especially with the directive by the president to halt coaches from sending players for international tournaments.

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Aik Mong sticking to his guns (pic)

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Published: 20 September 2013
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KUALA LUMPUR: The Badminton Association of Malaysia’s (BAM) Talent Management Group director Tan Aik Mong is not going to change the way he does things to please any one.

On Friday, Aik Mong said that he would stick to his methods in a bid to turn around Malaysian badminton and bring back the glory days as envisioned by the association’s president Tengku Tan Sri Mahaleel Tengku Ariff.

Aik Mong’s way of communicating to the coaches has not gone down well with many in the set-up and even led to Rashid Sidek’s resignation on Thursday. The former national singles chief coach said that he did not like the way all of them were undermined as coaches and lost the joy of coaching. Tan Aik Mong: 'I am here to do my job ... that’s all. I cannot help it if others find that I am not so obliging or I am not that soft. They cannot expect me to be soft. I cannot help being the way I am.'

On Friday, in response to the reasons cited by Rashid for his resignation, the 63-year-old Aik Mong said that he was not at an age where he could change the way he speaks or his straightforward demeanour when dealing with others.

“Whenever there are changes, no one likes it. They always interpret things from the way you speak. It is difficult for me to make changes by talking or treating them the way they want me to,” said Aik Mong.

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Chong Wei not happy with Rashid's decision (pic)

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Published: 20 September 2013
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KUALA LUMPUR: World No. 1 singles shuttler Lee Chong Wei is a sad man.

Three years ago, his mentor and coach Misbun Sidek quit the national team.

Thursday, another of his favourite coaches – Rashid Sidek – made the shocking decision to leave the national team because he was unhappy with the changes in the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) under the leadership of Tengku Tan Sri Mahaleel Tengku Ariff.

The 30-year-old Chong Wei has asked BAM’s management to review their plans so that coaches will not leave in a huff.Misbun (left) and Rashid Sidek in a file photo taken two years ago. In the past three years, both the Sidek brothers have left the BAM.

“I am really sad and my heart aches. This is shocking. One after another (of the coaches) are leaving me and all because of problems with the management,” said Chong Wei when contacted in Tokyo on Thursday.

“Rashid is a dedicated coach and has served BAM for a long time. He has produced results and I’ve learnt a lot from him. Other players like Chong Wei Feng and Liew Daren also showed progress under him.

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