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Teck Zhi and Joo Ven relish healthy rivalry in youth tourney (pic)

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Published: 10 September 2013
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KUALA LUMPUR: With a healthy rivalry going on between reigning Asian junior champion Soo Teck Zhi and Soong Joo Ven, Malaysia can expect a quality showing in the Maybank International Youth Under-19 badminton championships at Stadium Juara in Bukit Kiara on Tuesday.

Teck Zhi and Joo Ven are seeded first and second in the boys’ singles in the tournament, which has attracted the best players from China, South Korea and Indonesia. Soo Teck Zhi is seeded first in the Maybank International Youth Under-19 badminton championships boys’ singles event.

All the players are using the tournament as part of their preparations for the World Junior Championships in Bangkok from Oct 23-Nov 3.

In July, the 18-year-old Teck Zhi stepped out of the shadows of top junior Joo Ven at the Asian Junior Championships in Sabah to show that Malaysia have more than one singles player to challenge for honours.

Joo Ven said the healthy rivalry among the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) players would push them to raise their standard.

“Teck Zhi and I are competitive in nature and this only motivates us to do well in the international arena. Both of us have the same goal – to win honours for the country,” said Joo Ven.

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BAM to have open, transparent national selection

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Published: 10 September 2013
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KUALA LUMPUR: States, clubs and independent players are set to get a fair chance of making the national team under the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM)’s new management structure.

On Saturday, BAM president Tengku Tan Sri Mahaleel Tengku Ariff said that the national body would be open and transparent with the selection of national players under their umbrella and would give everyone an equal chance.

This step is expected to rid any notion that the national body practises favouritism.

“Non-BAM players can challenge national players during our new ranking tournaments. They could come from professional club Kuala Lumpur Racquet Club (KLRC) or even Machang Badminton Club in Kelantan but if they do better than any of the national players, they will be roped into the national team. National shuttlers who perform poorly will be dropped and they must prove themselves again to get in,” said Tengku Mahaleel.

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Razif, Soon Kit impressed

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Published: 10 September 2013
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RAZIF Sidek and Cheah Soon Kit are impressed with the BA of Malaysia (BAM) and are willing to devote their time to helping talent management group (TMG) director Tan Aik Mong make Malaysia a world badminton power again.

    Razif has been included in the assessment team of former internationals to assist Aik Mong evaluate the performance of coaches and players. They are  likely to have a meeting today.

    BAM president Tengku Mahaleel Tengku Ariff, after announcing the new five-year plan during the council meeting on Saturday, also mentioned that Soon Kit is another former international that  should be in the assessment team while Lee Chong Wei is the only current national player  included.

    Razif said  although the talent management group consists of the entire programme from the national senior squad right down to grassroots development at state level, it is a good idea that it comes under the supervision of one person.

    "The changes are positive and I believe there is hope if everyone can work towards the goal of nurturing Malaysia into a world class badminton nation again," said Razif.

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'Dinosaur' to introduce technology to badminton (pic)

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Published: 10 September 2013
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KUALA LUMPUR: Old-timer Tan Aik Mong is ready to give Malaysian badminton a facelift by managing players and coaches using a “hip and happening” approach.

On Saturday, the 63-year-old Aik Mong, a computer whiz, said that he was looking forward to assuming the heavy responsibility as director of Badminton Association of Malaysia’s Talent Management Group (TMG) on a full-time basis.

For a start, he is set to computerise all the coaching and training methods. The coaches’ reports, match analyses and videos will be documented, recorded and made accessible to the states. Tan Aik Mong: 'Even if I leave, we will have a proper documented system which my successor will be able to use for the betterment of the game.'

“We will develop four systems. Computerisation is my expertise ... I have been at it for 40 years,” said Aik Mong, who has a vast knowledge in information technology and had served as a systems analyst and computer manager in two major companies.

“The ISN (National Sports Institute) has done well to capture many videos of our players in action against their opponents. I will dedicate all my coaches to the ISN to analyse and come up with strategies to win and we will document it,” he said.

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Daren a relieved man after meeting Mahaleel and Aik Mong (pic)

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Published: 10 September 2013
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KUALA LUMPUR: National men’s singles shuttler Liew Daren’s fear of his future in the national team is all gone after two meetings in two days with the new management.

On Monday, Daren and all the national players met up with Badminton Association of Malaysia’s (BAM) Talent Management Group (TMG) director Tan Aik Mong at Stadium Juara in Bukit Kiara.

On Saturday, they had a closed door meeting with BAM’s president Tengku Tan Sri Mahaleel Tengku Ariff. National men’s singles shuttler Liew Daren’s fear of his future in the national team is all gone after meeting Talent Management Group director Tan Aik Mong.

The 26-year-old Daren said they were now quite clear with their roles and responsibilities in the national team and hoped to be given some time to get used to the changes.

“We raised a number of grouses in the meeting with the president. We are happy as we were given assurances that they would be looked into. It was also good that the president took his time to meet up with us,” said Daren.

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