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Maijol Appointed Team Manager For Sudirman Cup

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Published: 05 May 2009
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KOTA KINABALU, May 4 (Bernama) -- President of the Sabah Badminton Association (SBA) Senator Datuk Maijol Mahap has been appointed team manager of the Malaysian badminton team for the Sudirman Cup in Guangzhou from May 10-17.

Maijol would be assisted by Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) general manager Kenny Goh.

"I'm hopeful of a good result. Malaysia are drawn against Denmark, South Korea and Hong Kong and we have our best players available. We should at least reach the semifinal... that's our target. Anything beyond that is a bonus," he told Bernama, here today.

He said Sudirman Cup remains a prestigious championship as it is the world mixed team championship and Malaysia are ranked number four in the tournament.

"But rankings really doesn't mean much. It's the performance on that day that really matters and I believe we have a chance to win this time around," he said.

Maijol said Malaysia would bank on men's singles world number one Datuk Lee Chong Wei and men's doubles world number three, Koo Kien Keat/Tan Boon Heong and world number one women's doubles Wong Pei Tty/Chin Eei Hui to deliver the goods.

Other members of the team are Kuang Beng Hong, Mohd Fairuzizuan Mohd Tazari, Wong Mew Choo, Julia Wong Pei Xian, Ng Hui Lin, and three coaches - Datuk Misbun Sidek, his younger brother Rashid Sidek and Rexy Mainaky, he said.

Maijol said eight countries would participate in the tournament - Denmark, Indonesia, China, Malaysia, South Korea, England, Hong Kong and Japan (according to ranking).

 
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Indonesia Rides Youth Movement To Sudirman Cup

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Published: 05 May 2009
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As it sends its squad off to China, the Indonesian Badminton Association will put its faith in the promise of youth.

Indonesia’s team for the Sudirman Cup mixed team championship, which begins on Sunday in Guangzhou, China, is dominated by young shuttlers. Even so, the association expects the team to notch its third successive finals appearance.

Indonesia opens Group 1B play against Japan on Sunday, followed by matches against England the next day and tournament favorite China on May 14. The top two teams in each group advance. Denmark, Malaysia, South Korea and Hong Kong make up Group 1A.

 
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Top world badminton players coming in June

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Published: 05 May 2009
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The world’s top badminton players are set to invade the Philippines this coming June when the Philippine Open Gold Grand Prix Championships returns after a year’s break from the scene.

Philippine Badminton Association (PBA) chief and former First Lady Amelita “Ming” Ramos said the world’s bests due to visit the Philippines include top players from Malaysia, Indonesia, China, Korea, Vietnam, and England.

“This is a big event since players who will succeed here will get the needed points to qualify into the next Olympics,” said Ramos.

The Philippine Open, supported mainly by Bingo Bonanza, is a “Gold series” tournament which gives the highest Olympic “points,” second only to the bigger “Super Series”.

 
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Yong-dae, Jae-sung to renew partnership (pic)

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Published: 28 April 2009
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KUALA LUMPUR: The Sudirman Cup in Guangzhou from May 10-17 will see Lee Yong-dae renewing his partnership with Jung Jae-sung to strengthen South Korea’s challenge.Solid combination: South Korea’s Lee Yong-dae (right) and Jung Jae-sung are teaming up again to beef up their country’s cast at the Sudirman Cup.

And this will surely intensify the fight among the doubles players in the world mixed team event.

Since the absence of Jae-sung, who had to undergo military training back at home in February, Yong-dae had partnered Shin Baek-cheol and the duo did well to reach the All-England semi-finals and win the German Open title.

 
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Shabery: Let’s focus more on nutrition when it comes to elite athletes (pic)

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Published: 28 April 2009
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KUALA LUMPUR: Youth and Sports Minister Datuk Ahmad Shabery Cheek wants more emphasis to be placed on nutrition when it comes to preparing the nation’s elite athletes.Let’s talk sports: Youth and Sports Minister Datuk Ahmad Shabery Cheek meeting cyclist Azizul Hasni Awang (right), badminton coach Rashid Sidek (third from right) and former doubles star Jalani Sidek (second from right) at his office yesterday.

Shabery said that while the government had spent a lot of money on infrastructure and coaches, it had failed to stress on the importance of proper nutrition.

“It may be due to our culture that we crave for food like mee goreng, nasi lemak and roti canai. But if we are talking about doing well at the highest level, our athletes will have to change their dietary habits,” he said after visiting the National Sports Institute (NSI) to look at its facilities and support services yesterday.

 

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