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A New Journey Begins for Tan Boon Heong (pic)

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Published: 25 March 2014
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KUALA LUMPUR: Men's doubles ace Tan Boon Heong still has a lot of fight left in him. With all the ups and downs of the rollercoaster career with Koo Kien Keat, the 26-year-old shuttler will start his new partnership with Ow Yao Han.

The pair will play their first game at Malaysian Open Grand Prix Gold, which starts on Wednesday at Pasir Gudang. They have been registered for two Superseries events – the Indian Open (April 1-6) and Singapore Open (April 8-13).Ow Yao Han picked as Tan Boon Heong's new comrade

Tan Boon Heong and Kien Keat had been criticized for their lackluster performance on the international stage for the last three years and BAM had considered split them up earlier.

Datuk Norza Zakaria (BAM deputy president) said on Monday that Boon Heong is still under scrutiny and that he should try to perform at his best, and not take his place in the national team for granted.

Norza would like Boon Heong would be to emulate former men’s doubles world champions Hendra Setiawan-Markis Kido of Indonesia where they were broke apart due to their poor performance after 2008 Beijing Olympic. Since then, Hendra has done well to guide his younger partner Mohd Ahsan to the world title last year and they are now the world No. 1.

 
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Soon Huat Took the Final Spot in Malaysia's Thomas Cup squad (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 25 March 2014
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KUALA LUMPUR: Goh Soon Huat - the back-up shuttler from Malaysia will be part of the Malaysia Thomas cup team after beating

Tan Chun Seang (former BAM player) 21-14, 21-13 in the three-day selections trials at the Juara Stadium in Bukit Kiara on Friday. Goh Soon Huat finished top in Thomas Cup Trial

Misbun Ramdan Misbun and former world junior champion Zulfadli Zulkiffli pulled out of the trials due to personal health reasons.

During the trial, Soon Huat showed his fighting spirit and steely determination, and he is likely to be join the Thomas Cup team as the fourth men’s singles player.

 
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Bankier and Blair determined to defend French badminton title (pic)

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Published: 25 March 2014
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Milngavie’s Imogen Bankier and badminton mixed doubles partner Robert Blair are all set to defend their French International title in Orleans this weekend.

The Scottish top seeded pair are looking to build on their recent Yonex German Open triumph and maintain their winning form in the lead up to this year’s Commonwealth Games.Milngavie’s Imogen Bankier and badminton mixed doubles partner Robert Blair are all set to defend their French International title in Orleans this weekend.

 
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World-class field on show for NZ Open (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 25 March 2014
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Two former world No1 badminton players are in the field for next month's New Zealand Open at North Shore Events Centre.

Throw in a former world No3 and the quality of the field will be just about the best seen in the country.Korea's Lee Hyun-il was fourth at the London Olympics in 2012.

Korea's Lee Hyun-Il was the game's top-ranked male player midway through the 2000s. He was beaten in the semifinals at the 2008 Olympics and lost the bronze medal playoff in London two years ago.

Indonesian Simon Santoso got as high as No3 on the ranking list. The 29-year-old has a string of international titles to his name.

 
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Misbun rejected Malaysia’s offer to become badminton supremo (pic)

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Published: 21 March 2014
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KUALA LUMPUR:  Datuk Misbun Sidek turned down The Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM)’s offer to be the Chief Director for its national team due to personal reasons. Misbun Sidek says no to BAM
BAM was forced to switch to Plan B, which they appointed Rashid Sidek, as the singles chief coach on Thursday and will name the chief for doubles soon. BAM president Tan Sri Tengku Mahaleel Tengku Ariff said they have not yet decided if Kim Hock will be their pick to head the doubles department.   “We will now go back to our Plan B and appoint two chief coaches – one in the singles and one in the doubles.”

 
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