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Rexy calls the shots as Indonesian badminton supremo (pic)

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Published: 17 May 2013
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FORMER Olympic gold medallist Rexy Mainaky is loving every minute of his high-profile job as Indonesia’s high performance director.

Rexy left Malaysia last year after serving for seven years. But not before pushing for the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) to name a chief coach or a high performance director to chart the country’s badminton fortunes.

It did not work out for him in Malaysia but at least Rexy is glad that he’s got the chance to do it the right way for Indonesia.Dynamic duo: Ricky Subagja (left) and Rexy Mainaky posing for the camera during the BWF press conference yesterday.

As the new supremo, Rexy is ready to revive the flagging fortunes of Indonesian badminton.

The ever jovial and friendly Rexy officially started work last month – almost a year after leaving the BAM in February last year and trying his luck with the Philippines for a while.

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Malaysia cry foul over Lin Dan wildcard (pic)

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Published: 10 May 2013
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Malaysia's singles coach has suggested a conspiracy after badminton chiefs handed four-time Chinese winner Lin Dan a wildcard for this year's world championships, a report said on Friday.

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia's singles coach has suggested a conspiracy after badminton chiefs handed four-time Chinese winner Lin Dan a wildcard for this year's world championships, a report said on Friday.Lin Dan hits a return against Tuan Duc Do during their men's singles first round match at the Badminton Asia Championships in Taipei.

Tey Seu Bock told the New Straits Times that the wildcard entry for the double Olympic champion -- which could affect the chances of Malaysia's world number one Lee Chong Wei -- gave China an unfair advantage.

"I don't understand the reason behind BWF's decision to give Lin Dan a wildcard despite China having three players in the men's singles. I cannot help thinking that people want China to win the title," he said.

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How long more, BAM?

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Published: 08 May 2013
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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
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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)

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Published: 08 May 2013
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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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