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Joo-bong set to return as director of coaching

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 04 October 2012
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KUALA LUMPUR: South Korean Park Joo-bong is set to make a comeback to Malaysia in January as the director of coaching, rather than a project manager, with the BA of Malaysia (BAM).

After a meeting between BAM’s top brass and National Sports Council (NSC) director-general Datuk Seri Zolkples Embong, it appears that Joo-bong will be on the first flight to Malaysia come January.

But BAM president Datuk Seri Mohd Nadzmi Salleh stopped short of revealing the name of the candidate they are looking to hire, although there were enough hints to confirm that Joo-bong is their man.

Joo-bong, who is contracted to the Japan BA as head coach until next March, had earlier revealed his interest to take up a position with the BAM.

He also became the frontrunner for the position after several local candidates failed to win any favours during the last BAM exco meeting, headed by Nadzmi.

 

Looking good for the final (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 03 October 2012
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DENMARK OPEN: Chen Long stands in Chong Wei's route to the title

 

LEE Chong Wei looks good to reach the final of the Denmark Open in Odense on Oct 16-21 but men's doubles Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong face a first round exit.

Kien Keat-Boon Heong don't look like they can make it past South Korean new but dangerous combination of Koh Sung Hyun-Lee Yong Dae.

Chong Wei will open his campaign against former world junior champion Viktor Axeslen of Denmark and is expected to meet Boonsak Ponsana of Thailand in the second round.Lee Chong Wei has a fairly easy path to the final of the Denmark Open.

Sho Sasaki of Japan is likely to be his quarter-final opponent and Chong Wei should meet third seed Chen Jin of China in the last four.

 

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.

 

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