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Playing it safe this time (pic)

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Published: 04 February 2013
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EXTRA CAREFUL: Kim Her makes early plans to pick only the best for World Championships

TAN Kim Her, who received  much  flak for the failure of the back-up pairs to qualify for the 2011 World Championships, has made early plans to ensure three national men's  pairs make the cut on merit for the major event this year.Professionals Gan Teik Chai-Tan Bin Shen were left disappointed when the BA of Malaysia (BAM) opted for Zakry Latif-Hoon Thien How, who were ranked lower, to join Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong for the tournament in London.

The incident put the national team in bad light and Kim Her, in particular, was under pressure as none of his back-up pairs managed to make it to the top 24 to earn automatic qualification.Goh V Shem (right) and Lim Khim Wah resumed their partnership in January after a six-month split.

Kim Her, the chief doubles coach, does not want this to happen again. Kien Keat-Boon Heong, ranked World No 2, will have Thien How-Tan Wee Kiong, ranked World No 10, for company at the World Championships in Guangzhou on Aug 4-11.

 

Daren upsets Chong Wei

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 04 February 2013
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LIEW Daren’s stunning win over senior compatriot Lee Chong Wei helped Malaysia Tigers to secure a 3-2 victory over Musica Champion to keep their semi-final target on track in the Djarum Superliga Indonesia in Surabaya yesterday.

 

    Daren notched a 23-21, 21-14 win, his maiden success, over Chong Wei to give the Tigers a confident start while Hoon Thin How-Tan Wee Kiong made it 2-0 with a 21-14, 15-21, 21-18 win over Rian Sukmawan-Rendra Wijaya in the first doubles. 
 
   Musica Champion survived when Tommy Sugiarto defeated Chong Wei Feng 21-15, 24-22 but Goh V Shem-Lim Khim Wah registered a 21-16, 21-14 win over Sigit Budiarto-Fran Kurniawan to give Tigers an unassailable 3-1 lead. 
 
   Arif Latif lost 21-16, 21-10 to South Korean player Lee Hyun Il but it didn't matter as Tigers earned a crucial win. 
 

Top Chinese badminton players to compete in Taipei

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 04 February 2013
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Taipei, Feb. 4  Most of China's top badminton players will compete at the annual Badminton Asian Championships being held in Taipei this year in April, the secretary-general of the Chinese Taipei Badminton Association said Monday.

Lin Dan, the men's singles gold medalist at last year's Olympic Games in London, and women's singles gold medalist Li Xuerui will lead the Chinese team, said Tsai Hung-peng.

Li is currently the top ranked women's singles player in the world, while Lin, currently ranked 14th in men's singles, also won gold at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

Other top name Chinese players scheduled to compete are Chen Jin, the men's singles gold medalist at the 2010 World Championships, Wang Yihan, the women's singles silver medalist in London, and Zhao Yunlei and Tian Qing, the world's top-ranked women's doubles team, Tsai said.

 

Shuttlecocked and Loaded: Badminton Makes SEA Games (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 31 January 2013
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Score one for Indonesia: After some uncertainty, it turns out that badminton, the country’s best sport, will be a major part of the 2013 Southeast Asian Games.

The sport had been dropped from the Games because host Myanmar said it lacked the proper facilities.

But at a meeting of the SEA Games Council in Naypyidaw, Myanmar, earlier this week, the Indonesian contingent pushed for the inclusion of badminton, Indonesia Olympic Committee official Ade Lukman told the Jakarta Globe on Wednesday. Former world No. 1 Taufik Hidayat is one among many in Indonesia who will be happy to hear of badminton's reinstatement in the 2013 SEA Games.

“The proposal was taken into the Executive Committee meeting and the committee agreed to put badminton and one more sport, table tennis, on the SEA Games’ sports list,” Ade said.

“Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand supported the proposal as they will also fight for medals. And, their support made it easier.”

 

Over to you, Paulus (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 31 January 2013
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BAM'S LATEST: Indonesian coach ready to help Kien Keat-Boon Heong recapture the form that use to worry their opponents

MANY have tried and failed since Rexy Mainaky but newly-hired coach Paulus Firman believes he can turn former Asian Games champions Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong into an effective combination.Newly-appointed national doubles coach Paulus Firman (second from left) meets up with some of the players at the training centre in Bukit Kiara yesterday.

Paulus, who represented Indonesia in mixed doubles in the 1990s, has been hired by the BA of Malaysia (BAM) on a two-year contract and the 44-year-old will officially start work on Friday.

The Bandung-born, formerly a coach with the Indonesia BA (PBSI), has been entrusted to coach three pairs -- Kien Keat-Boon Heong, Hoon Thien How-Tan Wee Kiong and the newly formed combination of Lufti Zaim Abdul Khalid-Tan Wee Gieen.

 

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