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James believes Chong Wei will not end up empty-handed in London Olympic (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 13 July 2012
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KUALA LUMPUR: The biggest fear of every Malaysian must be that Lee Chong Wei will end his last Olympics empty-handed – denied by China’s badminton assassins Lin Dan, Chen Long and Chen Jin.

But BA of Malaysia (BAM) high performance director Datuk James Selvaraj strongly believes that is unlikely to happen. He described Chong Wei’s determination and resolve over the past month as quite unbelievable.

James is amazed at how fast world No. 2 Chong Wei has recovered from the ankle injury he picked up at the Thomas Cup Finals in Wuhan in May. He declared that the Malaysian ace was ready for the battle in London.London calling: (From left) Chan Peng Soon, Goh Liu Ying, Tee Jing Yi, Lee Chong Wei, Tan Boon Heong and Koo Kien Keat at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport before their flight to England Thursday.

“Physically, he has got himself back to where he was before the injury. All he needs now is a good measure of confidence to go with it,” said James before leaving with the Olympic shuttlers for England yesterday.

“Three weeks after the injury, he was running. He was back on court sooner than expected. It speaks volumes of his sheer determination to do well. I’m happy with the commitment shown by him and the others.”

 

London Olympic: Now or never for Koo-Tan

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 13 July 2012
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FINAL FLING: Kien Keat may not get another shot at the Olympics


KOO Kien Keat may not get another crack at an Olympic medal in 2016 and this, according to national men's doubles chief coach Tan Kim Her, is reason enough for the player to regain his big match temperament for the London Games.

Kien Keat, 27, missed out on his first opportunity with Tan Boon Heong in Beijing 2008 when they were still among the favourites but lost to eventual champions Markis Kido-Hendra Setiawan of Indonesia. Their form has dipped tremendously ever since.Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong may not get another chance to play in the Olympics together.

However, Kim Her said Kien Keat had previously shown that he is a big match player and has it in him to prove the critics wrong by playing above himself in London. Come the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Games he will be 31.

 

London Olympic: It doesn't get anymore tempting (pic)

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Published: 13 July 2012
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HUGE INCENTIVE: Gold medallist will be rewarded with a 12.5kg gold bar worth a fortune


WITH Malaysians hoping the elusive Olympic gold medal will be delivered in London later this month, KL Racquet Club owner Datuk Seri Andrew Kam has promised a gold bar, worth RM2 million, to a local gold medallist in badminton. This is in addition to the government and private incentives already on the table.Malaysia Gold medallist in London Olympic will be rewarded with 12.5kg gold bar

The 12.5kg gold bar will be shared should there be more than one gold medallist but it applies only to badminton.

The incentive is on top of the national sports scheme of RM1 million for a gold medal along with the RM1 million carrot pledged by furniture company, Three V Holdings, recently.

 

Londan Olympic: Tiger-powered Badminton racquet (pic)

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Published: 13 July 2012
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The Olympic-bound badminton team, led by Lee Chong Wei, admiring the special racquet presented to them by Maybank president and chief executive officer Datuk Seri Wahid Omar at Menara Maybank in Kuala Lumpur on Monday.Lee Chong Wei and the Tiger-powered racquet

The names and well wishes of 44,215 Malaysians were nano-etched onto the racquet strings by the University of Canterbury in New Zealand.

 

 
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London Olympic: Lin Dan in quest for second Olympic title as China set to stamp authority

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Published: 12 July 2012
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Badminton superstar Lin Dan is in quest for a record second Olympic title at the London Olympic Games starting from July 28 to August 5 when star-studded China will be looking forward to stamping its authority.

Different from previous Olympic badminton competitions, the London Games will witness the debut of a new format, to be played on two stages - group play and knock-out stages.

China is still hot favorite in all the five events after claiming three gold, two silver, and three bronze medals in 2008. But rivals will be queuing up to give China a bloody nose on the biggest stage of all at the Wembley Arena.

Although China made a clean-sweep in recent two world championships and swept both Sudirman Cup and Thomas & Uber Cup, Chinese long-time head coach Li Yongbo has attempted to lower expectations for the London Games.

 

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