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Malaysia's Women's Badminton Team Make It to The Uber Cup

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Published: 10 March 2014
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KUALA LUMPUR: It was a pleasant surprise for national doubles shuttler Vivian Hoo when she found out that Malaysia have qualified on merit for the Uber Cup Finals in New Delhi from May 18-25.

In the list, released by the Badminton World Federation (BWF) last week, Malaysia’s women’s team qualified by virtue of being the 12th-ranked team out of the 16 qualifiers for the Finals. The Korean women's badminton team celebrating with the Uber Cup trophy after shocking China in the final in KL in 2010.

“At one point, we thought we would not make it as some of our players’ rankings had dropped,” said Vivian, who forms the nation’s No. 1 women’s doubles partnership with Woon Khe Wei.

“This is the first year that teams are qualifying based on overall ranking and thankfully, it has worked out well for us.”

Two years ago, Malaysia did not feature in the Finals in Wuhan when they did not make the cut via the qualifying tournament in Taiwan.

This year though, the BWF have scrapped the qualifying tournament and instead, the 16 teams have been chosen based on their March 5 world ranking.

According to BWF’s new format of qualification, the defending champions and hosts are exempted if they are ranked within the top 14, which then allows the next best team to qualify.

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Thomas Cup trial for independent shuttlers (pic)

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Published: 10 March 2014
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KUALA LUMPUR: Former international Mohd Zakry Abdul Latif was jumping for joy after getting a chance to win a place in the squad for the Thomas Cup Finals from May 18-25 in New Delhi.

The 30-year-old Zakry is one of the few former national players who have been invited by the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) to take part in the Thomas and Uber Cup Finals selection trial on March 19 at Stadium Juara in Bukit Kiara."Mohd Zakry Abdul Latif (left) and his doubles partner Mohd Fairuzizuan Tazari have been invited to attend the Thomas Cup selection trial along with other independent shuttlers on March 19

The other men’s doubles players are Zakry’s partner Mohd Fairuzizuan Mohd Tazari and Koo Kien Keat, who recently quit the national team.

Also invited are the Ng sisters, Hui Lin and Hui Ern, and five men’s singles players – former national champion Misbun Ramdan Misbun, former world junior champion Zulfadli Zulkiffli, Tan Chun Seang, Mohd Arif Abdul Latif and Chan Kwong Beng.

It is the first time BAM are officially conducting a selection trial for the Finals.

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Why BAM Doesn't Want to Select Club Player?

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Published: 10 March 2014
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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.

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Lee Chong Wei Prays for The Missing Flight MH370 (pic)

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Published: 09 March 2014
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SEPANG: World No. 1 Lee Chong Wei showed his mental strength by staying focused on his mission at the recently-concluded All-England despite learning about the missing Malaysia Airlines (MAS) flight MH370.

Chong Wei, who expressed sadness over the missing plane, said on Tuesday: “I was shocked when I heard about it after my semi-final match but I had to stay focused on the final.

“I know the chief steward on that flight, Andrew Nari. I had met and talked to him before, so it did affect me (in the All-England final against China’s Chen Long).

“I pray for the safety of flight MH370 and all the 239 people on board.”Lee Chong Wei, on arrival at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport, showing photographers a picture of him and Andrew Nari, the chief steward on MH370 which has disappeared. Chong Wei had met Nari on a previous flight.

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Europe need to hit back at Asian domination: Badminton chief - Poul-Erik Hoyer

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Published: 09 March 2014
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BIRMINGHAM, United Kingdom: World badminton chief Poul-Erik Hoyer has warned that European players need to find urgent solutions after their disastrous performance at the All-England Open if they want to avoid a permanent power shift to Asia.
Hoyer won two All-England men’s singles titles and an Olympic gold medal  for Denmark during the 1990’s, but last week’s tournament saw Europe fail to  achieve a semi-finalist spot in any of the five events for the first time in  the tournament’s 115-year history.
   
With vast sums invested by some Asian countries, a fear that the sport  could become further dominated by one region, a potential threat to its Olympic  standing, has been increasing.
   
And Hoyer, the President of the Badminton World Federation (BWF), hinted at  possible European solutions needed whilst celebrating the phenomenal Asian  success.
   
“Setting up combined facilities so European players can share and create  higher quality - that could be something which countries should think about,”  said Hoyer, who also became an International Olympic Committee (IOC) member  last month.
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