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Koo-Tan’s stunning loss rocks Malaysian camp

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Published: 20 May 2013
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THE misery for Malaysia’s beleaguered doubles pair Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong continued at the Sudirman Cup yesterday.

The world No. 3 Kien Keat-Boon Heong took another huge beating to their morale when they went down 18-21, 18-21 in a horrid 31-minute match to Taiwanese Lee Sheng-mu-Tsai Chia-hsin.

Theirs was the first match during Malaysia’s opening Group A tie against Taiwan in the Sudirman Cup at the Putra Stadium in Bukit Jalil.

Malaysia had hoped for a flying start – as the duo had beaten the same pair en route to reaching the final of the Hong Kong Open last year but they failed – big time.

Their awful defeat came just two weeks after they to their younger compatriots Lim Khim Wah-Goh V Shem in the final of the Malaysian Open Grand Prix Gold tournament at the Juara Stadium in Bukit Kiara.

 

Khim Wah-V Shem deserve to be fielded, says ex-Olympic champ

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 17 May 2013
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HOW brave are the Malaysian coaches? That’s what Indonesian Rexy Mainaky intends to find out when at the Sudirman Cup takes off at the Putra Stadium in Bukit Jalil this Sunday.

Rexy said it would take a brave coach to go with world No. 15 Lim Khim Wah-Goh V Shem in the mixed team competition, which will be held from May 19-26.

Two weeks ago, Khim Wah-V Shem achieved a breakthrough when they beat Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong for the first time in the final to win their first international title as a pair at the Malaysian Open Grand Prix Gold at the Juara Stadium in Bukit Kiara.

 

Rexy calls the shots as Indonesian badminton supremo (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 17 May 2013
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FORMER Olympic gold medallist Rexy Mainaky is loving every minute of his high-profile job as Indonesia’s high performance director.

Rexy left Malaysia last year after serving for seven years. But not before pushing for the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) to name a chief coach or a high performance director to chart the country’s badminton fortunes.

It did not work out for him in Malaysia but at least Rexy is glad that he’s got the chance to do it the right way for Indonesia.Dynamic duo: Ricky Subagja (left) and Rexy Mainaky posing for the camera during the BWF press conference yesterday.

As the new supremo, Rexy is ready to revive the flagging fortunes of Indonesian badminton.

The ever jovial and friendly Rexy officially started work last month – almost a year after leaving the BAM in February last year and trying his luck with the Philippines for a while.

 

Malaysia cry foul over Lin Dan wildcard (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 10 May 2013
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Malaysia's singles coach has suggested a conspiracy after badminton chiefs handed four-time Chinese winner Lin Dan a wildcard for this year's world championships, a report said on Friday.

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia's singles coach has suggested a conspiracy after badminton chiefs handed four-time Chinese winner Lin Dan a wildcard for this year's world championships, a report said on Friday.Lin Dan hits a return against Tuan Duc Do during their men's singles first round match at the Badminton Asia Championships in Taipei.

Tey Seu Bock told the New Straits Times that the wildcard entry for the double Olympic champion -- which could affect the chances of Malaysia's world number one Lee Chong Wei -- gave China an unfair advantage.

"I don't understand the reason behind BWF's decision to give Lin Dan a wildcard despite China having three players in the men's singles. I cannot help thinking that people want China to win the title," he said.

 

How long more, BAM?

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 08 May 2013
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THE BA of Malaysia's (BAM) tolerance level has no bounds when it comes to men's doubles Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong and their embarrassing defeat in the Malaysia Open grand prix gold is not going to affect their future in any way.

BAM had already thrown a lifeline to Kien Keat-Boon Heong last September by giving them until the World Championships in Guangzhou on Aug 5-11 to prove their worth and also gave them a rather unusual target -- at least a place in the final -- despite recommendations from the coaching and training committee that they be split.

It was the BAM executive council which decided to give them a lengthy extension although there were plans to combine Boon Heong with Goh V Shem, while Kien Keat was to be paired with either Lim Khim Wah or another player.

BAM's apprehension in making that move now has it ruing as Kien Keat-Boon Heong have reached a point of no return.

 

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