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Published: 22 May 2013
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SUDIRMAN CUP: Germany send Malaysia packing

MALAYSIA'S humiliation in the Sudirman Cup was complete when they were bundled out 3-2 in the group stage by Germany  at Putra Stadium yesterday.

Malaysia rested the bungling Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong and were aptly rewarded when Goh V Shem-Lim Khim Wah defeated Ingo Kidervater-Johannes Schoettler 21-18, 21-18 but it was not enough to stop the rot.Woon Khe Wei (front) and Vivian Hoo lost 21-16, 16-21, 21-18 to Germany’s Birgit Michels-Johanna Goliszewski at Putra Stadium, Bukit Jalil yesterday.

The signs of misery were evident in the first match when under-firing mixed doubles Chan Peng Soon-Goh Liu Ying were shocked 21-17, 18-21, 21-17 by Micheal Fuchs-Birgit Michels in 68 minutes.

The ever reliable Lee Chong Wei helped Malaysia draw level by beating Dieter Domke 21-12, 21-14 in 34 minutes while V Shem-Khim Wah's efforts helped Malaysia take a 2-1 lead.

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Kien Keat-Boon Heong safe for now

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Published: 22 May 2013
Written by Hits: 739

THE playing future of men's doubles Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong is safe at least until the World Championships but appropriate action will be taken against them if they fail to achieve the target of reaching the final set by the BA of Malaysia (BAM).

BAM secretary Ng Chin Chai, who is also the coaching and training committee (CTC) chairman, said Kien Keat-Boon Heong will still play in the World Championships in Guangzhou in August but also confirmed that emphasis will be given to backup-pairs Goh V Shem-Lim Khim Wah and Tan Wee Kiong-Hoon Thien How in the build-up to the major event.

Kien Keat-Boon Heong's performance has hit rock bottom and their latest failure came when they lost to scratch pair Lee Sheng Mu-Tsai Chia Hsin which saw Malaysia suffer a shock 3-2 defeat to Taiwan on Sunday.

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BAM: There will be no more sweeping under the carpet

Category: Badminton News
Published: 22 May 2013
Written by Hits: 672

THE Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) are aware of the disciplinary problems in the national team – and have already taken actions to tighten up their act.

The BAM had, in fact, decided at their last Coaching and Training (CNT) committee meeting to prevent players from visiting gaming houses or casinos during training or competitions.

The panel will also closely monitor the players’ attendance in training and, most importantly, nip any disciplinary problems in the bud. In other words, no more sweeping things under the carpet.

On Monday, former international Razif Sidek had blamed top men’s doubles pair Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong’s significant drop in form over the years to the national body not being strict enough in enforcing action against disciplinary problems.

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It’s the last $traw thanks to the BWF

Category: Badminton News
Published: 22 May 2013
Written by Hits: 671

THE Sudirman Cup will probably be the last major event that Malaysia will host – and it’s got nothing to do with the poor fan turnout.

It’s just that the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) are unhappy with the Badminton World Federation’s (BWF) new ruling that limits the national body from making some extra money through commercial rights.

The BWF have, since the Thomas Cup Finals in Wuhan last year, come out with a new contract for all hosts of major events whereby the world body take 80% of the profit from the commercial rights.

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Dane loves to unwind with her Modern Family

Category: Badminton News
Published: 22 May 2013
Written by Hits: 645

WE all indulge in a little guilty pleasure now and again.

It could be anything from randomly belting out cheesy love songs to watching Dirty Dancing on DVD – or even digging into our favourite ice-cream straight out of the tub!

But for Danish women’s and mixed doubles player Christinna Pedersen (pic) it’s watching the hit American TV series Modern Family.

“Travelling to different cities all year round can get a little bit monotonous at times ... so, it’s nice to be able to unwind in front of the TV,” said Pedersen.

“I like to watch movies and TV shows – my favourite now is Modern Family.”

The premise of the show, currently in its fifth season, revolves around Jay Pritchett as the patriarch of a “modern family” made up of his wife much younger wife Gloria (Sofia Vergara), stepson Manny (Rico Rodriguez) and new baby Fulgencio as well as his two other children from his previous marriage – Claire and Mitchell, played by Julie Bowen and Jesse Tyler Ferguson – and their respective families.

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