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Wei Feng wants Gold (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 03 October 2012
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PETALING JAYA: National singles shuttler Chong Wei Feng has been playing with an extra spring in his step lately.

His rise to No. 27 in the world rankings has made him the national No. 2 and boosted his confidence ahead of the Taiwan Open GP Gold, which starts in Taipei today.

The 25-year-old Wei Feng is one of the most improved shutlers this year and has been playing with an air of confidence since coming through the qualifiers to make the second round of the All-England in March, before losing to world No. 2 Lin Dan.Dangerman: Chong Wei Feng is confident of a good show in Taiwan.

He has also achieved several creditable results of late, notably making the quarter-finals of the Japan Open last month and the Singapore Open in June.

Wei Feng’s performance in Japan is certainly laudable as he recovered from a terrible start to produce a stunning finish in beating home favourite Kenichi Tago in the first round.

 

Joo Bong on verge of joining BAM

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 03 October 2012
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THE BA of Malaysia (BAM) is in the final stages of hiring Korean doubles legend Park Joo Bong.

BAM will hold a meeting with National Sports Council (NSC) before an expected appointment of Joo Bong as the director of coaching.

BAM officials have held discussions with NSC director general Datuk Zolkples Embong who was supportive of the move.

Zolkples will meet with BAM president Datuk Seri Nadzmi Salleh soon, and this will be followed by an official offer to former Olympic champion Joo Bong.

 

Joo-bong may start job as supremo as early as next January

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 02 October 2012
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KUALA LUMPUR: South Korean Park Joo-bong may start his job as the country’s badminton supremo as early as January next year if negotiations fall into place over the next three weeks.

The Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) have identified Joo-bong as the prime candidate for project manager, who will oversee three squads – the singles, doubles and Bukit Jalil Sports School (BJSS).

The objective of these three squads is to produce a group of potential world beaters to peak at three Olympics – 2016, 2020 and 2024.

Discussions have been held between BAM and Joo-bong and even the National Sports Council (NSC) are ready to make a lucrative offer to lure him to Malaysian again.

Joo-bong was Malaysia’s chief coach from 2000-2003 before he was tempted away by an irresistible offer to be Japan’s head coach.

The BAM were earlier not keen on hiring a foreign coach but Joo-bong emerged as a frontrunner after several local candidates failed to win any favours at the last BAM exco meeting headed by Datuk Seri Nadzmi Mohd Salleh.

 

Parupalli Kashyap, PV Sindhu to clash for maiden National title

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 02 October 2012
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SRINAGAR: London Olympics quarter finalist Parupalli Kashyap and Ajay Jayaram set up the men's singles title clash between them after scoring contrasting wins in their respective semifinals at the 77th Senior National Badminton Championship, on Tuesday.

World number 20 Kashyap, who was the runners up at the 2010 edition, spanked K Srikanth 21-5 21-8 in a completely lopsided semifinal, while Jayaram tamed sixth seed Nanda Gopal K 21-14, 21-15 in the other semifinal.

Neither Kashyap nor Jairam has won a national title before and whoever wins tomorrow will celebrate his maiden trophy.

Kashyap hardly broke a sweat against Srikanth as he outplayed his rival. In the first game he created a 11-3 lead and in the second he opened up a 16-7 lead, not allowing his young rival to put up any challenge.

 

Mew Choo quits as BJSS coach and sparks speculation of early wedding (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 02 October 2012
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KUALA LUMPUR: Former women’s singles star Wong Mew Choo has quit as Bukit Jalil Sports School (BJSS) coach after only 16 months – sparking speculation that her marriage to Lee Chong Wei may take place sooner than expected.

Yesterday, Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) secretary Ng Chin Chai confirmed Mew Choo has tended her resignation, citing personal reasons.

Mew Choo, the 2007 China Open champion, retired as a player last year due to a string of nagging injuries. She became a coach in BJSS in May.In the mood for marriage?: Wong Mew Choo tended her resignation as BJSS coach citing personal reasons.

Mew Choo’s resignation, however, will not jeopardise the women’s singles players’ preparations for the World Junior Championships from Oct 25-Nov 3 in Tokyo as China’s Chi Shanrong will take over as coach.

 

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