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Li Mao’s new challenge (pic)

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Published: 01 May 2013
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GRASSROOTS: Wants to produce quality players at club level

LI Mao, after travelling around the globe in a bid to produce players who can match the all-conquering China shuttlers, will take on the  new challenge of producing players at club level and turn them into international shuttlers.
Li Mao, whose last involvement as a national coach was with Indonesia until the London Olympics, was also initially linked with a return to Malaysia as  national singles coach for a second time but the BA of Malaysia (BAM) shelved the idea based on  feedback from coaches.Former Malaysia National Coach --- Li Mao
He was the national singles coach and helped in Datuk Lee Chong Wei’s progress, beginning in 2005 but quit in early 2007 to join his former employers South Korea.
Li Mao joined New Vision Badminton Academy, run by former internationals Yeoh Kay Bin and K. Yogendran in late December, and the academy was relaunched as the Kawasaki Badminton Club in Kuala Lumpur recently.

 

Perfect boost for Hafiz as he returns to action (pic)

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Published: 01 May 2013
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SHAH ALAM: Former All-England champion Mohd Hafiz Hashim received the perfect boost ahead of his return to the courts after a six-month injury lay-off.

The 31-year-old, who will compete in the Malaysian Open Grand Prix Gold at Stadium Juara in Bukit Kiara today, was revealed as the ambassador for badminton equipment giants Protech yesterday. He signed a two-year sponsorship deal.New ambassador: Mohd Hafiz Hashim (left) shaking hands with Protech managing director Ronnie Chong (right) as the national doubles chief coach Tan Kim Her looks on during the sponsorship signing ceremony at Kota Kemuning, Shah Alam, Monday.

Hafiz, who underwent an ankle tendon surgery in November, will be playing in the singles as well as the doubles with Mohamad Razif Abdul Latif.

 

Seu Bock wants a Malaysian winner in Chong Wei’s absence

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Published: 01 May 2013
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KUALA LUMPUR: A swollen finger has ruled out world No. 1 Lee Chong Wei from the Malaysian Open Grand Prix Gold starting today at the Stadium Juara in Bukit Kiara.

In his absence, national singles coach Tey Seu Bock has challenged the other men’s singles hopefuls to step up and keep Malaysia’s good tradition going in the GP Gold.

Since its inception in 2009, Chong Wei has made the tournament his own by winning on all four occasions.

Seu Bock said Chong Wei picked up the injury en route to beating Kenichi Tago of Japan in the final of the India Open in New Delhi on Sunday.

 

Coach Hendrawan to put more emphasis on physical training (pic)

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Published: 01 May 2013
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After four years of trial and error, former world champion Hendrawan is ready to do it his way in a bid to whip the back-up shuttlers into world-beaters.

For a start, he will place more emphasis on physical training for his shuttlers in the next six months and cut down on the number of international tournaments.

His players will probably take part in only five more Open tournaments before the year ends. These tournaments will be spaced out so that they can spend more time on their physical training.Through: Nur Mohd Azriyn Ayob beat Indonesia’s Wibowo Henrikho in the first round of the Malaysian Open Grand Pix Gold Tuesday.

His six players – Mohd Arif Abdul Latif, Iskandar Zulkarnain Zainuddin, Goh Soon Huat, Loh Wei Sheng, Goh Giap Chin and Nur Mohd Azriyn Ayub – will focus more on gym work and track running.

 

Kwong Beng pays tribute to coach Li Mao

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Published: 01 May 2013
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KUALA LUMPUR: Former international Chan Kwong Beng paid tribute to his new coach Li Mao after winning his first international Open yesterday - a first in his 11-year badminton career.

Yesterday, the 24-year-old Kwong Beng turned the tables on Hong Kong’s Ng Ka Long with a 21-11, 22-20 win in 45 minutes in the men’s singles final of the Ciputra Vietnam International Challenge in Hanoi.

Last year, he had lost to the same player in the first round of the Vietnam Open Grand Prix Gold.

 

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