• Why BAM Doesn't Want to Select Club Player?

    KUALA LUMPUR: Badminton clubs are still not recognised as a reliable feeder of talents for the national body.

    At least, this is the understanding of Looi Badminton Academy’s managing director Datuk Jack Koh, following the Badminton Association of Malaysia’s (BAM) failure to invite his club’s budding players for a recent selection trial to pick the best juniors to represent the country in the World Junior Championships in Alor Setar from April 7-18.

    Jack had asked that five of his players, including reigning Uganda International boys’ doubles champion Yeoh Seng Zoe-Chong Chun Quan, be allowed to take part in the selection trial but his request was not entertained.

    Jack said that his club was disappointed with the decision.

    “I met BAM’s management two months ago and the assurance was given that club players would be given a chance to take part in selection trials but unfortunately, my recent request was rejected,” said Jack.

  • Clock's ticking for duo

    URGENT: Daren, Wei Feng must start delivering or make way

    LIEW Daren and Chong Wei Feng can still become quality internationals if they can perform consistently as national singles coach Tey Seu Bock feels it will take another three years for the current batch of junior shuttlers to make a breakthrough.

    However, Daren and Wei Feng must produce improved results by the end of the year to convince the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) they can still be depended on until the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro as both are already 27.

    The chasing pack comprises Chong Yee Han and Tan Kian Meng, both 21, while three 19-year-old shuttlers -- Soo Teck Zhi, Soong Joo Ven and Lim Chi Wing -- are also being groomed to fill the vacuum which will be created should Lee Chong Wei retire at the end of the year.

  • Morten Frost asking for too much

    THE BA of Malaysia's (BAM) attempt to hire Morten Frost Hansen as the national director of coaching has been unsuccessful as the Dane's asking price is too steep.

    According to sources, Frost had demanded a monthly salary of close to RM100,000, which was twice the amount he received when working in a similar position at BAM between 1997 and 2000.

    The newly formed Capabilities, Skills and Research (CSR) committee, at a meeting on Thursday, felt it was simply not possible to employ Frost.

  • 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.

  • Ng sisters want back into BAM (pic)

    KUALA LUMPUR: Former internationals Ng Hui Lin and Ng Hui Ern are keen to rejoin the national badminton team after completing their tertiary studies in June.

    The return of this women’s doubles pair should be well received by Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) as it will strengthen Malaysia’s depth in the women’s team event for the Asian Games in Incheon in September. Ng Hui Lin (left) and Ng Hui Ern in action during the World Championships in China last year.

    Since leaving the national team to pursue degrees in Economics at the University of Loughborough in Britain in 2011, sisters Hui Lin and Hui Ern have done well to strike a balance between studies and badminton.

    The duo are in the final year of their studies and have somehow done well to maintain a good world ranking.

    The are now 23rd in the world – just seven spots behind Myanmar SEA Games gold medallist Woon Khe Wei-Vivian Hoo and four ahead of Amelia Anscelly-Soong Fie Cho.

  • Kok Siang just can’t get a lucky break (pic)

    KUALA LUMPUR: Doubles shuttler Teo Kok Siang is one of the most talented players with the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM). Unfortunately, a series of bad luck has halted his progress over the last three years.

    It may have impeded his progress but it certainly hasn’t dampened his enthusiasm nor desire to dream big.Physiotherapist Sandra Fiedler (right) helping Teo Kok Siang with some light workout session at Stadium Juara on Friday.

    Yesterday, Kok Siang, with a scar on his forehead and an ugly mark on his right hand, was a picture of steely determination as he underwent rehabilitation following a car crash on the eve of the Chinese New Year that left him with multiple fractures on his right hand as well as injuries to his head, which needed more than 20 stitches.

  • Zulfadli eyeing Thomas Cup ticket (pic)

    KUALA LUMPUR: Independent singles shuttler Zulfadli Zulkiffli has his international assignments all planned out for the next two months.

    And he is on a wing and a prayer that it will not clash with Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM)’s selection trial for the Thomas Cup Finals in May in New Delhi.After enjoying a good run at the India Open Grand Prix Gold last month, Zulfadli Zulkiffli hopes to keep his momentum going in the Austria International Challenge from Feb 19-22.

    Zulfadli, who is currently sponsored by Red Bull, will be taking part in the Austria International Challenge from Feb 19-22 in Vienna, All-England (March 4-9), Swiss Open (March 12-17) and the Malaysian Open Grand Prix Gold (March 25-30) in Johor Baru.

    BAM have yet to fix a date although they had announced earlier that they would hold an open trial to give independent shuttlers a shot at making the cut for the world team event.

  • Beware! Big Brother’s watching (pic)

    KUALA LUMPUR: The movement of the national coaches and players at Stadium Juara in Bukit Kiara is being closely monitored.

    Since Feb 4, the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) have installed a thumbprint attendance system that requires coaches and players to clock in and out every day as they enter and leave the national training centre. National shuttlers Chong Wei Feng (left) and Ho Yen Mei using the thumb print access system before entering Stadium Juara for training.

    The move is to monitor the attendance of the coaches and players as the management does not want them to go AWOL (Absent Without Official Leave) during training or to turn up late for their practice sessions.

  • 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.

  • Coach Kim Her calm about contract talks (pic)

    KUALA LUMPUR: National coach Tan Kim Her will know his role in the national team soon.

    Kim Her’s two-year contract ends this month but the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) have yet to bind him with a new contract.

    Asked about his status, former doubles chief coach Kim Her said: “I will leave it to BAM to deal with the matter. For now, I will just continue with my job as the coach.”Tan Kim Her (right) seen here with national doubles coach Pang Cheh Chang during the 2012 Thomas Cup championship in China, will know his fate soon as his contract with BAM expires this month.

  • Not a single singles player left in India Open (pic)

    KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysian men’s singles shuttlers ran out of luck in Lucknow and none made it to the semi-finals of the India Open Grand Prix.

    On Friday, independent shuttler Zulfadli Zulkifli and Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) shuttler Iskandar Zulkarnain Zainuddin crashed out to their Indian opponents in the quarter-finals. Zulfadli Zulkifli who beat top seed P. Kashyap a day ago and went down 19-21, 14-21 to H.S. Prannoy in Friday's quarter-final match at the India Open.

    Zulfadli failed to reproduce the form that saw him beat top seed P. Kashyap a day ago and went down 19-21, 14-21 to H.S. Prannoy in 47 minutes.

  • Finding Chong Wei’s successor is now BAM’s main mission (pic)

    PETALING JAYA: Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) president Tengku Tan Sri Mahaleel Tengku Ariff admits that the challenge is for them to produce an heir to world No. 1 Lee Chong Wei.

    But the outspoken president points out that BAM will not neglect the likes of Chong Wei Feng and Liew Daren while focusing on the younger batch of players coming through the ranks.A group shot of sponsorship ceremony between BAM, represented by its president Tengku Tan Sri Mahaleel Tengku Ariff (second right) and XOX, repersented by its managing director, Datuk Eddie Chai (second left), and attended by recently crowned Malaysian Open singles and doubles champions, Lee Chong Wei (centre) and Lim Khim Wah (left)-Goh V Shem in Bukit Kiara on Monday.

    Both Wei Feng and Daren were disappointing at the recent Malaysian Open, crashing out in the first round.

    “It is BAM’s challenge to improve the quality of the backup squad and to produce world beaters in the future. We will definitely be working hard with the coaches to raise that standard,” said Tengku Mahaleel.

  • 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.

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