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Misbun's good enough: Sports Minister (pic)

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Published: 17 February 2014
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KUALA LUMPUR: Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin has given the thumbs-up on a proposal for former national coach Misbun Sidek to become the Badminton Association of Malaysia’s (BAM) national coaching director.

On Sunday, world No. 1 Lee Chong Wei had suggested that Misbun, his former coach, be named for the job based on his experience.Misbun Sidek (left) seen here coaching his son, Misbun Ramdan at the 2014 Malaysian Open last month.

On Monday, Khairy said it was time for the BAM to find someone as a coaching director to strengthen the coaching and training set-up.

“Misbun is a great coach and he has proven that by producing good players, including Chong Wei. It is a good proposal but I will leave it to the BAM to find the ideal candidate,” said Khairy.

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Lee Chong Wei: Hire Misbun (pic)

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Published: 17 February 2014
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KUALA LUMPUR: World No. 1 Lee Chong Wei has recommended his former coach Datuk Misbun Sidek to be the head coach for the national training centre.

The 31-year-old Chong Wei gave this opinion when he attended the Corporate Skills and Research (CSR) meeting chaired by acting chairman Tan Sri Tengku Mahaleel Tengku Ariff last week – before he left for China to play in an exhibition match with five-time world champion Lin Dan of China. The student and his mentor. This filepic shows Lee Chong Wei and long-time coach Misbun Sidek together at the Malaysian Open tournament in 2011 before Misbun left the BAM.

Chong Wei, when contacted after the exhibition match, said that the national team needed a supremo to manage the players and coaches – similar to how other countries are running their programmes.

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Koo Kien Keat: I'll be Back (pic)

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Published: 17 February 2014
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KUALA LUMPUR: National men’s doubles shuttler Koo Kien Keat will report for training at Stadium Juara in Bukit Kiara this week.

The 29-year-old Kien Keat failed to turn up since training resumed after the Chinese New Year break on Feb 4. But he had informed the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) of his intention to go for an eye treatment. He went for the treatment last Monday. Koo Kien Keat (left) said he will be back in training either on Tuesday or Wednesday.

Earlier, there were speculations that Kien Keat was not interested to play badminton any more.

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Tan Yee Khan: Time to let Koo Kien Keat go (pic)

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Published: 17 February 2014
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KUALA LUMPUR: Former badminton great Datuk Tan Yee Khan feels that it’s time to let men’s doubles shuttler Koo Kien Keat go.

Kien Keat and Tan Boon Heong’s future as a pair is under scrutiny following their first round defeat in the Malaysian Open in January.

The Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) have put them in cold storage until a decision is made whether to keep them as a pair or split them up. The other options are to let them turn professionals or use them as sparring partners. Koo Kien Keat (front) and doubles partner Tan Boon Heong seen here in a Filepic after they lost a match in the Sudirman mixed team championship last year.

Since the national team resumed training after the Chinese New Year, only Boon Heong has been back in action. Kien Keat turned up for just a day to inform the BAM management that he would be on leave after deciding to go for an eye treatment, which he underwent last Monday.

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Ng sisters want back into BAM (pic)

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Published: 17 February 2014
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KUALA LUMPUR: Former internationals Ng Hui Lin and Ng Hui Ern are keen to rejoin the national badminton team after completing their tertiary studies in June.

The return of this women’s doubles pair should be well received by Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) as it will strengthen Malaysia’s depth in the women’s team event for the Asian Games in Incheon in September. Ng Hui Lin (left) and Ng Hui Ern in action during the World Championships in China last year.

Since leaving the national team to pursue degrees in Economics at the University of Loughborough in Britain in 2011, sisters Hui Lin and Hui Ern have done well to strike a balance between studies and badminton.

The duo are in the final year of their studies and have somehow done well to maintain a good world ranking.

The are now 23rd in the world – just seven spots behind Myanmar SEA Games gold medallist Woon Khe Wei-Vivian Hoo and four ahead of Amelia Anscelly-Soong Fie Cho.

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