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Malaysia go down to Taiwan in Asian Juniors (pic)

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Published: 19 February 2014
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PETALING JAYA: Shuttler Goh Yea Ching was supposed to deliver two points – in the mixed doubles and girls’ doubles – against host Taiwan in the mixed team quarter-finals of the Asian Junior Championships.

But all she could do was win a point in the mixed doubles with Tan Jinn Hwa. It wasn’t enough to save Malaysia from losing 3-2 to Taiwan.

Malaysia began the day on a high, with Yea Ching-Jinn Hwa downing Lee Chia-hsin-Lee Chia-han 18-21, 21-19, 14-21.Peck Yen Wei (left) and her partner Goh Yea Ching in a file photo. Yea Ching-Yen Wei lost to Taiwan's Chang Ching-hui-Chang Hsin-tien 15-21, 15-21 in the girls' doubles.

Although Taiwan drew level when Lai Yu-hua beat Cheam June Wei 19-21, 22-20, 21-16 in the boys’ singles, Malaysia regained the lead through Goh Sze Fei-Chen Jia Huo, who fought brilliantly to beat Po Li-wei-Yang Ming-tse 21-17, 21-17 in the boys’ doubles.

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Tough draw for Malaysians at All-England (pic)

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Published: 19 February 2014
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KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysian shuttlers have been handed a tough draw for the All-England badminton championships, which will be held in Birmingham from March 4-9.

According to the draw released Tuesday, world No. 1 Lee Chong Wei has a tricky first round match against Thailand’s Tanongsak Saensomboonsuk, who has a knack for rising to the occasion.Chen Long has an easier path than Lee Chong Wei at the All-England next month. Chen Long's opening round match is against former world junior champion Viktor Axelsen of Denmark.

The others in top seed Chong Wei’s top half of the draw are Denmark’s Jan O Jorgensen, China’s Du Pengyu, Malaysia’s Wei Feng and Japan’s Kenichi Tago and Kento Momota.

If Chong Wei wins the opener, he will meet either Wei Feng or Marc Zwiebler of Germany before either Pengyu or Momota awaits him in the quarter-finals.

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Clock's ticking for duo

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Published: 17 February 2014
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URGENT: Daren, Wei Feng must start delivering or make way

LIEW Daren and Chong Wei Feng can still become quality internationals if they can perform consistently as national singles coach Tey Seu Bock feels it will take another three years for the current batch of junior shuttlers to make a breakthrough.

However, Daren and Wei Feng must produce improved results by the end of the year to convince the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) they can still be depended on until the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro as both are already 27.

The chasing pack comprises Chong Yee Han and Tan Kian Meng, both 21, while three 19-year-old shuttlers -- Soo Teck Zhi, Soong Joo Ven and Lim Chi Wing -- are also being groomed to fill the vacuum which will be created should Lee Chong Wei retire at the end of the year.

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Morten Frost asking for too much

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Published: 17 February 2014
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THE BA of Malaysia's (BAM) attempt to hire Morten Frost Hansen as the national director of coaching has been unsuccessful as the Dane's asking price is too steep.

According to sources, Frost had demanded a monthly salary of close to RM100,000, which was twice the amount he received when working in a similar position at BAM between 1997 and 2000.

The newly formed Capabilities, Skills and Research (CSR) committee, at a meeting on Thursday, felt it was simply not possible to employ Frost.

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Thumbs up for local flavour

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Published: 17 February 2014
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HIRING OF LOCAL COACHES: Ex-internationals applaud faith shown by BAM

FORMER internationals Kwan Yoke Meng and Yap Kim Hock welcomed the BA of Malaysia's (BAM) move to give local coaches the chance to plot the course of the national team after the attempt to hire Morten Frost Hansen as the director of coaching has fallen short.

BAM has no choice but to shift attention to local candidates after Frost had apparently asked for a monthly salary of RM100,000, and the association is set to initiate a move to bring Misbun Sidek back as the supremo of the national team.

Yoke Meng, who served as the national singles coach in the 1990s, supported the move to give local coaches the opportunity but he also felt that it would be good to get a person who can can manage the team while the coaches should be solely allowed to focus on improving the performance of the players.

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