• Glasgow 2014: Malaysia's roster still loaded without Lee Chong Wei

    Glasgow: Team Malaysia will be an overwhelming favorite to repeat its 2010 success in New Delhi and continue its reign as Commonwealth Games champion in badminton mixed team event despite the absence of Lee Chong Wei and Koo Kien Keat.Are you able to recognize the Malaysian players without seeing their faces?

    Are you able to recognize the Malaysian players without seeing their faces?

  • Koo Kien Keat to Miss Australian Open

    Bangkok: In the hope to rejuvenate his career, Koo Kien Keat left the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) on March to join the Granular professional badminton club in Bangkok, Thailand. Since then, he only played in New Zealand Open, where he partnered with Ng Hui Lin in mixed doubles and Pakkawat Vilailak in men's doubles.The future doesn't look promising for Koo Kien Keat if he continues to stay in Granular

    The future doesn't look promising for Koo Kien Keat if he continues to stay in Granular

    On Monday, his professional career was hindered by his own club again when the Granular's chairman Jane Piyatat decided to withdraw his players from Australian Badminton Open, which will be held from June 24 to 29, and the Yonex US Open Badminton Championship that runs from July 8 to 13.

  • Koo Kien Keat joins Tan Boon Heong for World Championships

    Kuala Lumpur: On Monday, the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) has confirmed that they will field Koo Kien Keat with Tan Boon Heong in the World Championships, Copenhagen from Aug 25-31.Koo Kien Keat needs to ramp up his self-discipline and lose a lot of weight in order to restart his career!

    Koo Kien Keat needs to ramp up his self-discipline and lose a lot of weight in order to restart his career!


    According to Badminton World Federation (BWF), each country can send a maximum of three pairs of men's doubles if they are ranked within the top 24. Koo Kien Keat and Tan Boon Heong are currently ranked number 24th, which allowed them to qualify for the world meet on merit.
  • Chan Peng Soon concerns about lack of chemistry

    Kuala Lumpur: Mixed doubles specialist Chan Peng Soon said it is hard to produce good results if he and his partner, Lai Pei Jing don't have the right chemistry to get it done.Hope Chan Peng Soon and Lai Pei Jing can develop their chemistry rather quickly.

    Hope Chan Peng Soon and Lai Pei Jing can develop their chemistry rather quickly.

    BAM decided to pair 21-year-old Pei Jing with Peng Soon in Commonwealth Games squad after his longtime partner Goh Liu Ying underwent surgery on her knees last month. Koo Kien Keat- Chin Eei Hui defeated Nathan Robertson and Jenny Wallwork of England 22-20, 21-12 to win the mixed doubles gold in the 2010 New Delhi Commonwelath Games.

  • Tan Boon Heong shows leadership qualities in training camp

    PETALING JAYA: The 26 year-old Tan Boon Heong, who was once the world No. 1 with Koo Kien Keat (who had quit the national team early this year), has played an integral role in keeping men's doubles in Malaysia Thomas Cup team to play their game at its highest possible level.Tan Boon Heong has been very motivational and inspirational to his teammates.

    Tan Boon Heong has been very motivational and inspirational to his teammates.

    Other doubles players in the team are Hoon Thien How, Lim Khim Wah, Goh V Shem, Tan Wee Kiong and Chan Peng Soon. Coaches are trying to pair Boon Heong with any of them, to try to trick their opponents if necessary.

  • Koo Kien Keat could be the X-factor for Malaysia's Thomas Cup team

    KUALA LUMPUR: The Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) may bring back Koo Kien Keat to beef up one of the weakest Thomas Cup squad in Malaysia's badminton history.Koo Kean Keat needs to be in shape to play good badminton

    Koo Kean Keat needs to be in shape to play good badminton


    Lee Chong Wei proposed to BAM on Friday that Koo Kien Keat could allow the coaches more flexibility to try different line-ups.

  • Thrilling Day for Malaysian at Quarter Finals of New Zealand Badminton Open

    After a relatively smooth run through the first 2 rounds of the tournament, the New Zealand is finally live up to its hype with some exciting matches in the quarter-finals and semi-finals, yes, two matches in one day.“That was a great game, all congratulations to Tan Chun Seang, today he was very motivated – which also spurred me on,” said Bhat. “Those crucial points in the first game and then the lead in the third game was the key for me. He always knew that with my age I could crack at any time with my fitness, it is all about hanging in there and somehow giving your best and that is what I did." said Arvind Bhat

    “That was a great game, all congratulations to Tan Chun Seang, today he was very motivated – which also spurred me on,” said Bhat. “Those crucial points in the first game and then the lead in the third game was the key for me. He always knew that with my age I could crack at any time with my fitness, it is all about hanging in there and somehow giving your best and that is what I did." said Arvind Bhat

  • New Zealand Badminton Open: Koo Kien Keat win one, lose one

    Auckland: In the second round of New Zealand Badminton Open mixed doubles, the brother-sister top seed Oliver and Susannah Leydon-Davis from New Zealand were knocked out of the mixed doubles event by Malaysia’s Koo Kien Keat and Ng Hui Lin.Oliver and Susannah Leydon-Davis are the top mixed doubles from New Zealand

    Oliver and Susannah Leydon-Davis are the top mixed doubles from New Zealand
  • Koo Kien Keat off to good start at New Zealand Badminton Open

    The SkyCity New Zealand Badminton Open 2014 is taking place in New Zealand at North Shore Events Centre, Auckland on Tuesday.04-16-2014-badminton-news-koo-kien-keat

    04-16-2014-badminton-news-koo-kien-keat

    Many well-known and world class players will take part in the event such as former world number 1 doubles player Koo Kien Keat (Malaysia) teaming up with compatriot Ng Hui Lin in mixed doubles and with Thai player Vilailak Pakkawat as 5th seeds in the men’s doubles.

  • Congratulations to Koo Kien Keat - dad to a cute little baby (pic)

    Koo Kien Keat and his wife is cherishing the moment for becoming mom and dad for such a handsome baby boy! The baby was born last Sunday, "I can't tell you how excited I am to see the baby, we named him Dayson. It's a new responsibility for me, but I love it!"Koo Kien Keat's wife Audrey Tan Su Ven is holding their newborn son Dayson.

    Koo Kien Keat is simultaneously holds both player and coach duties at theGranular, Thailand. He is helping helping Bodin (Issara of Thailand) to coach their junior club players.

  • A New Journey Begins for Tan Boon Heong (pic)

    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.

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

    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.

  • Koo Kien Keat joins Thailand's badminton club (pic)

    KUALA LUMPUR: Koo Kien Keat, the once men's doubles aces of Malaysia’s top men’s doubles players, joins Granula - a professional badminton club in Bangkik, Thailand.Koo Kean Keat looks happy after meeting BAM on Friday. He joins Thai badminton club Granular but will play for BAM if Malaysia needs his service.

     

    Koo Kien Keat hope his move could rejuvenate his career in the doubles department, and he has started training with other players from the club such as Bodin Isara. Bodin is the Thai's doubles player who was involved in a fight with his former partner Maneepong Jongjit at the Canada Open in July 2013.Bodin is currently serving a two-year suspension handed out by the Badminton World Federation (BWF).

     

  • Koo Kien Keat: I'll be Back (pic)

    KUALA LUMPUR: National men’s doubles shuttler Koo Kien Keat will report for training at Stadium Juara in Bukit Kiara this week.

    The 29-year-old Kien Keat failed to turn up since training resumed after the Chinese New Year break on Feb 4. But he had informed the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) of his intention to go for an eye treatment. He went for the treatment last Monday. Koo Kien Keat (left) said he will be back in training either on Tuesday or Wednesday.

    Earlier, there were speculations that Kien Keat was not interested to play badminton any more.

  • Tan Yee Khan: Time to let Koo Kien Keat go (pic)

    KUALA LUMPUR: Former badminton great Datuk Tan Yee Khan feels that it’s time to let men’s doubles shuttler Koo Kien Keat go.

    Kien Keat and Tan Boon Heong’s future as a pair is under scrutiny following their first round defeat in the Malaysian Open in January.

    The Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) have put them in cold storage until a decision is made whether to keep them as a pair or split them up. The other options are to let them turn professionals or use them as sparring partners. Koo Kien Keat (front) and doubles partner Tan Boon Heong seen here in a Filepic after they lost a match in the Sudirman mixed team championship last year.

    Since the national team resumed training after the Chinese New Year, only Boon Heong has been back in action. Kien Keat turned up for just a day to inform the BAM management that he would be on leave after deciding to go for an eye treatment, which he underwent last Monday.

  • More misery for Kien Keat-Boon Heong (pic)

    KUALA LUMPUR: Have national men’s doubles shuttler Koo Kien Keat and Tan Boon Heong lost their motivation to play?

    All indicators point that way if their string of misfortunes are anything to go by.

    On Thursday, Kien Keat suffered another blow in his bid to revive his flagging career. He had to request for time off from the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) after the recurrence of an eye infection.Kien Keat now requires a laser surgery for his eye infection.

    It now requires immediate laser treatment, which he hopes to get done on Monday.

    This means, Kien Keat will miss a scheduled physical test, which is being planned by the National Sports Institute (NSI) next week.

  • BAM accept Kien Keat's resignation (pic)

    PETALING JAYA: Doubles shuttler Koo Kien Keat has the blessings of the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) to leave the fold.

    The 28-year-old Kien Keat had experienced poor form with partner Tan Boon Heong and submitted his resignation on Feb 21.

    And on Friday, BAM deputy president Datuk Norza Zakaria, who was given the mandate to chair the decision, acknowledged that Kien Keat’s resignation had been accepted.Koo Kien Keat waving goodbye to members of the media before leaving the Badminton Association of Malaysia's office. The BAM say they will welcome him back with open arms should he choose to return to contribute in any form.

    Despite coming under heavy criticism over the past few months, Kien Keat leaves the national team with no hard feelings and promises a return in the near future.

    “I’m not leaving BAM because I have issues with anyone or because of any feeling of dissatisfaction with any party in the association,” said Kien Keat, who won the Asian Games gold medal in 2006, All-England in 2007, and made the World Championships final in 2010 with Boon Heong.

  • Adios Kien Keat-Boon Heong (pic)

    KUALA LUMPUR: It’s curtains down for Malaysia’s top pair Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong.

    On Saturday, the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) council decided to stop the under-performing duo, who have been together for seven years, from going for any more tournaments.

    A decision will be made later to either split or drop them from the national set-up.Happier times: The pairing of Koo Kean Keat-Tan Boon Heong, seen here at the 2010 Thomas Cup Finals in Kuala Lumpur, will finally come to an end when the Badminton Association of Malaysia decide to either split or drop them from the national team after seven years due to poor form in the past few years.

    BAM are disappointed with the world No. 6 ranked Kien Keat-Boon Heong’s performances in the ongoing Maybank Malaysian Open at the Putra Stadium.

    On Wednesday, the 2010 Malaysian Open winners crashed out in the opening round to China’s Chai Biao-Hong Wei – extending their agonising four-year Super Series title drought.

  • Support our local shuttlers: Chong Wei (pic)

    BUKIT JALIL: Let's be real, it will be tough for world No. 1 Lee Chong Wei to win his 10th home title in the Maybank Malaysian Open when the action starts Wednesday with the first round at Putra Stadium in Bukit Jalil.

    He is getting older. His younger opponents are getting bolder and stronger. And he is starting to feel the burden of responsibility on his tired shoulders.Vittinghus Hans-Kristian of Denmark meets Lee Chong Wei in the opening round of the Malaysian Open on Wednesday.

    But the 31-year-old intends to let the magic of playing at home do the talking once again this week.

    His nine-month-old baby boy Kingston will be cheering his “papa” on every day from the stands. His devoted wife Wong Mew Choo, family and friends will be there. And thousands of his loyal and patriotic fans will be rooting for him.

  • Dad-to-be Kien Keat hoping for a fresh start (pic)

    KUALA LUMPUR: Fatherhood will be the motivation for national doubles shuttler Koo Kien Keat to turn around his flagging career this year.

    The 28-year-old, who married Audrey Tan last year, is set to become a proud father. His wife is due in April.

    And with the baby on its way, Kien Keat is looking very positive to restore his fortunes in badminton with his loyal partner Tan Boon Heong.

    “I am quite excited to become a father. It means more changes and responsibility but I am looking forward to the juggling act (of striking a balance between family and badminton),” said Kien Keat after a training session on Monday.

    “I hope to make my child and family proud by doing well in badminton. I have to admit that there have not been much good results for me of late and I hope to get back to the top,” he said.

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