• Men's doubles the weakest link for Malaysia Thomas Cup team

    KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia badminton has traditionally been known to produce and to nurture top men's doubles. Started with Tan Aik Huang/Yew Cheng Hoe in the 60's, Ng Boon Bee/Punch Gunalan in the 70's, Razif Sidek/Jalani Sidek in the 80's, Cheah Soon-Kit/Soo Beng Kiang, Cheah Soon-Kit/Yap Kim Hock, Datuk Punch Gunalan holding the Thomas Cup aloft. Next to him are Razif Sidek and Foo Kok Keong. Year 1992 was the last time Malaysia won the Thomas Cup.

    Datuk Punch Gunalan holding the Thomas Cup aloft. Next to him are Razif Sidek and Foo Kok Keong. Year 1992 was the last time Malaysia won the Thomas Cup.
    Lee Wan Wah/Chong Tan Fook in the 90's, and Chew Chong Eng/Chan Chong Ming, Koo Kien Keat/ Tan Boon Heong in the 2000's. Although some of these pairs may not always be the dominant power in the badminton world, but, men's doubles has always been huge factor to secure points for Malaysia's Thomas Cup team.

  • Could Morten Frost be returning to Malaysia? (pic)

    KUALA LUMPUR: When Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin took the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) leadership to task two days ago, many thought it would spark major changes in the national body.

    There were changes, but nothing drastic or radical.

    Probably, the one good talking point that came out of the two-hour council meeting on Saturday was a decision to appoint an expert to handle the coaching and training committee, which will now be known as the Capabilities, Skills and Research (CSR) committee. Ex-national coaching director Morten Frost of Denmark (right), seen here giving pointers to compatriot and ex-Danish No.1 women's singles player Tine Baum during the 2011 Malaysian Open, could be one of the candidates to helm the Badminton Association of Malaysia's new Capabilities, Skills and Research (CSR) committee.

    Ex-national coaching director Morten Frost of Denmark (right), seen here giving pointers to compatriot and ex-Danish No.1 women's singles player Tine Baum during the 2011 Malaysian Open, could be one of the candidates to helm the Badminton Association of Malaysia's new Capabilities, Skills and Research (CSR) committee.

    The role of this expert could be similar to that of national coaching director and one name that keeps popping up as a possible candidate is that of Denmark’s Morten Frost.

    The other decision taken was to relieve BAM president Tengku Tan Sri Mahaleel Tengku Ariff of his additional roles.

  • Razif’s assessor role in doubt with no black and white (pic)

    KUALA LUMPUR: Former international Razif Sidek will not act as an assessor for the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) unless he is given an official letter of appointment.

    As of Monday, Razif still had not received any official appointment letter from BAM’s president Tengku Tan Sri Mahaleel Tengku Ariff although he had requested for it several times.

    Last year, Razif was brought in as an assessor in September and given several roles. He was to assess the national players and coaches, and he was even sent as team manager to the Denmark Open in Odense in October.

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