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Published: 10 February 2009
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Three-day camp helps boost confidence

KUALA LUMPUR: Some were in tears. A few vomited. And there was pain and humiliation for some too.

But, at the end of the three-day motivation and training camp in Kuching on Sunday, national badminton chief coach Rexy Mainaky only has renewed respect for his doubles players.

For Rexy, the camp for the 16 men’s and women’s doubles player was a success.

He felt that the players had come out of it with more confidence and showed strong character in enduring hardship.

And that, he said, would take the players far as they try to establish themselves as reliable players for the country this year.

All his four elite players — Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong and Mohd Fairuzizuan Mohd Tazari-Mohd Zakry Abdul Latif — received the thumbs-up sign yesterday.

Rexy said Boon Heong had finally come out of his cocoon.

“He has been in the shadows of Koo. This time, he took the lead. He showed positive traits in his attitude,” said Rexy.

“In team activities, he would always choose Koo as his partner. He showed that he has complete trust and faith in Koo. And that is good for their partnership.

“Koo was the captain. He showed great confidence and did his best to lead the group. He joked and said that he understood the job of a coach better.

“There was so much of improvement in Zakry and Fairuzizuan too. Zakry showed that he had the self-belief that anything was possible while Fairuz gave total focus.”

Rexy highlighted a few activities planned by National Sports Institute (NSI) psychologist Frederick Tan that tested the true characters of the players.

“On the day they arrived, all the players had their faces painted in black. Then, they were sent to have meals at a shopping mall. ItRexy Mainaky was quite embarrassing but the players went through it,” said Rexy.

“Fred placed several packets of RM1.50 in several rubbish bins at the mall.

 

England seek Euro badminton title

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Published: 10 February 2009
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England will give experience to younger players, and aim to go one better and win badminton's European Team Championship in Liverpool this week.

The tournament brings Great Britain's stars together on home soil at the start of the 2012 Olympic cycle.

The new pairing of Nathan Robertson and Jenny Wallwork, 22, are set to feature at some point in the group stages.

"We've only just started out so we've got a lot to learn together on court," Robertson told the BBC.

We've only just started out so we've got a lot to learn together on court
Nathan Robertson on his new partnership with Jenny Wallwork

Current European mixed doubles champions Donna Kellogg and Anthony Clark spearhead the team, whose first match is against the Czech Republic on Tuesday.

National champion Rajiv Ouseph, 22, will take the men's singles spot in the first match.

Nineteen-year-old Chris Adcock joins veteran Robert Blair in the men's doubles, and Wallwork teams up with Leeds club-mate Gabby White, 18, in the women's doubles.

 

Age Won't Stop Chong Wei From Eyeing Olympic Gold

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Published: 09 February 2009
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KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 7 (Bernama) -- Though World number one Datuk Lee Chong Wei would be 30 and at the twilight of his career, he hopes to go out with a bang by winning the gold medal at the 2012 London Olympics.

Chong Wei who will be 30 when the London Olympics comes around, told reporters that though he would be busy playing a number of tournaments throughout the years to come, his preparations would remain focused on the London Olympics.

"From now to 2012, there could be better players coming through the mill but to me such competition will be good," he told reporters here today after receiving an award from the Olympic Council of Malaysia (OCM), in recognition of his silver medal feat at the Beijing Olympics, last year.
 

Mixed doubles on BAM's mind (pic)

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Published: 09 February 2009
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THE BA of Malaysia (BAM) has not been giving much emphasis on the mixed doubles but the event is now being viewed seriously as a possible medal-winning event for the 2012 London Olympics.

This is the reason why BAM didn't rush into naming the potential medallists to the Sports Ministry steering committee for the 2012 London Olympics and will only do so later next year.
NADZMI SALLEH
The mixed doubles squad was formed in 2007 by Rexy Mainaky and slow progress has prompted a reshuffle recently.

So far, Koo Kien Keat-Ng Hui Lin has been producing decent results and the new pairings such as Fairuzizuan Tazari-Wong Pei Tty, Razif Latif-Woon Khe Wei and Chan Peng Soon-Goh Liu Ying are likely to be involved in a qualification battle for the London Games.
 

US Calls Iranian Refusal to Admit Badminton Team Unfortunate (pic)

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Published: 09 February 2009
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The State Department is calling an Iranian decision not to provide visas to a U.S. women's badminton team an unfortunate situation that does not bode well for further people-to-people exchanges between the two countries. The development came amid an Obama administration review of U.S. Iran policy.

Officials here say the paperwork for the U.S. team's visit to Iran had been submitted on time, and the Iranian government's failure to issue visas for the American athletes and coaches is a setback for efforts to advance non-governmental U.S.-Iranian contacts.
US doubles Eva Lee (l) and Mesinee Mangkalakiri and Germany's Julianne Schenk and Kathrin Piotrowski in a 2008 match in Indonesia, (File)

The State Department said Monday the 12-member U.S. delegation was en route to Tehran at the invitation of the Iranian Badminton Federation to take part in an annual international competition.

The team had been scheduled to travel to Iran from Dubai, but is now returning home after the Iranian Foreign Ministry said the team could not participate because of a lack to time to process the visas.

Despite the absence of diplomatic relations between the two countries there have been several sports and cultural exchanges in recent years.

The badminton visit had attracted heavy attention because it was to have been the first under the Obama administration, which is reviewing U.S. policy toward Iran.

At a news briefing, State Department Acting Spokesman Robert Wood said it is hard to say what prompted Iranian authorities to renege on admitting the Americans, but that it is a very unfortunate situation amid hopes the troubled bilateral relationship can improve.

 

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