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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)

Category: Badminton News
Published: 20 September 2013
Written by Hits: 766

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)

Category: Badminton News
Published: 20 September 2013
Written by Hits: 599

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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Chong Wei last Malaysian standing in Japan Open (pic)

Category: Badminton News
Published: 19 September 2013
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KUALA LUMPUR: World No 1 and defending champion Lee Chong Wei did not allow the resignation of his coach Rashid Sidek affect his game as he marched into the men’s singles quarter-finals of the Japan Open in Tokyo on Thursday.

Top-seeded Chong Wei took only 34 minutes to tame Anand Pawar of India with a 21-12, 21-16 win to set up a match against qualifier Jun Takemura. Jun Takemura returning a shot to Hu Yun of Hong Kong, as he went on to win 21-18, 21-17.

The unheralded Takemura caused a stir in the tournament when he dumped eighth seed Hu Yun of Hong Kong 21-18, 21-17.

On Thursday, the Indian shuttlers continued to show their prowess when three of them – H.S. Prannoy, Ajay Jayaram and K. Srikanth marched into the last eight. Prannoy pulled off the biggest upset of the day when he sent Denmark’s Jan O Jorgensen packing with a 21-14, 13-21, 21-17 win.

If Chong Wei wins, he will meet the winner of the match between Ajay and World Championships bronze medallist Nguyen Tien Minh of Vietnam for a place in the semi-finals.

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Rashid quits national team (pic)

Category: Badminton News
Published: 19 September 2013
Written by Hits: 621

KUALA LUMPUR: National singles coach Rashid Sidek dropped a huge bombshell on Thursday by quitting the national team citing that he could no longer work under the new management.

On Thursday, Rashid handed his resignation letter to Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) general manager Kenny Goh to end his 10-year service with the national team.Rashid Sidek, seen her with Lee Chong Wei (right), has decided to quit the BAM training programme.

Rashid said he had had enough as he could not work under BAM's new president Tengku Tan Sri Mahaleel Tengku Ariff and the Talent Management Group director Tan Aik Mong.

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