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Razif keen to take up ‘hot seat’ in BAM

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Published: 02 December 2011
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KUALA LUMPUR: Former doubles ace Razif Sidek is one of the big names to have applied for the position of Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) high performance director.

Razif delivered the application form to BAM yesterday — six days after the association advertised the vacancy in local newspapers.

Asked why he was interested in the post, Razif, who won the country’s first Olympic medal - a bronze at the 1992 Barcelona Games with brother Jalani said: “I hope to bring glory for the nation in the Olympic Games. Let us see how it goes.”

Razif’s good friend Datuk James Selvaraj currently holds the post on a part-time basis. The BAM exco had decided that they wanted a full-time director to chart the course of Malaysian badminton.

James will have to apply for the job if he wishes to continue on a full-time basis. Looks like the battle for the ‘hot seat’ has begun.

 

Macau Open GP Gold: Simon Santoso beats Wong Wing Ki to enter into Men’s Singles quarter-final (pic)

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Published: 02 December 2011
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Indonesia’s elite shuttler, Simon Santoso continues his impressive form as he has secured a quarter-final berth after beating Wong Wing Ki in the Men’s Singles round-of-16 in the 2011 Macau Open GP Gold, on Thursday, December 1, in Macau.Macau Open GP Gold: Simon Santoso beats Wong Wing Ki to enter into Men’s Singles quarter-final

Santoso, who has occupied the number eight position in the Men’s Singles world rankings, worked really hard to beat the spirited Hong Kong shuttler and emerged as the winner in three games. He consumed 69 minutes to get rid of the stubborn Wing Ki and advanced into the quarter-final.

The opening game was close as both men played aggressive badminton. However, Santoso remained successful in taking the ending points and won the game with a close margin. In the second set, the match remained close as both shuttlers progressed in the game without taking a considerable lead.

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Macau Open Grand Prix: Lee Hyun Il tames Hsueh Yi Hsuan in the Men’s Singles round-of-16 (pic)

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Published: 02 December 2011
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Korea’s veteran Lee Hyun Il has penetrated into Men’s Singles quarter-final as he has tamed Chinese Taipei’s Hsueh Yi Hsuan in the Men’s Singles round-of-16 match of the 2011 Macau Open Grand Prix, in Macau, on Thursday, December 1.

The experienced Lee Hyun, who is currently placed at number 15 in the Men’s Singles rankings, put up superb show against the World Number 34, Yi Hsuan in a straight-set contest. He played with wonderful precision and finished up the game in just 35 minutes without facing strong resistance from his challenger.Macau Open Grand Prix: Lee Hyun Il tames Hsueh Yi Hsuan in the Men’s Singles round-of-16

The Korean played with incredible perfection in the first game and won it with a wonderful margin. In the second game, the Taipei shuttler put up strong resistance but not enough to get rid of Lee Hyun, who finished the second game with a decent score.

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World No 1 pulls out due to fatigue (pic)

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Published: 29 November 2011
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LEE Chong Wei, stung by two consecutive defeats to nemesis Lin Dan of China in as many weeks, withdrew from the Macau Open yesterday.   

The Malaysian World No 1, who lost to Lin Dan in the semi-finals of the Hong Kong and China Opens over the fortnight, is mentally and physically exhausted.Lee Chong Wei

   BA of Malaysia (BAM) secretary Ng Chin Chai, who is also the chairman of the coaching and training conmittee, said Chong Wei didn't want to risk injury by competing in Macau.

   "Chong Wei said he was lethargic after the Hong Kong and China Opens and decided to withdraw from the Macau Open," said Chin Chai yesterday.

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Lin Dan and Chong Wei set to clash in Super Series Masters Finals

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Published: 27 November 2011
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PETALING JAYA: The year may be coming to an end but Lin Dan is not yet done with Lee Chong Wei. He aims to heap more misery on the Malaysian World No. 1 at the season ending Super Series Masters Finals in Liuzhou, China, from Dec 14-18.

In Lin Dan’s absence, Chong Wei has won the Masters Finals for the past three years. But that fine record is in jeopardy as four-time world champion Lin Dan will finally be making his first appearance in the Masters Finals.

The World No. 2 won the China Open yesterday to confirm his place as the number three qualifier after the completion of the 12-leg Super Series.

Only the top eight qualifiers get to compete in the season finale which offers a total purse of US$500,000.

Lin Dan skipped the first two editions, in 2008 and 2009, because the tournament did not offer world ranking points and he did not see the need to make his presence felt. The Badminton World Federation (BWF) amended their rules last year and offered ranking points.

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