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Kien Keat-Boon Heong safe for now

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Published: 22 May 2013
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THE playing future of men's doubles Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong is safe at least until the World Championships but appropriate action will be taken against them if they fail to achieve the target of reaching the final set by the BA of Malaysia (BAM).

BAM secretary Ng Chin Chai, who is also the coaching and training committee (CTC) chairman, said Kien Keat-Boon Heong will still play in the World Championships in Guangzhou in August but also confirmed that emphasis will be given to backup-pairs Goh V Shem-Lim Khim Wah and Tan Wee Kiong-Hoon Thien How in the build-up to the major event.

Kien Keat-Boon Heong's performance has hit rock bottom and their latest failure came when they lost to scratch pair Lee Sheng Mu-Tsai Chia Hsin which saw Malaysia suffer a shock 3-2 defeat to Taiwan on Sunday.

 

BAM: There will be no more sweeping under the carpet

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Published: 22 May 2013
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THE Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) are aware of the disciplinary problems in the national team – and have already taken actions to tighten up their act.

The BAM had, in fact, decided at their last Coaching and Training (CNT) committee meeting to prevent players from visiting gaming houses or casinos during training or competitions.

The panel will also closely monitor the players’ attendance in training and, most importantly, nip any disciplinary problems in the bud. In other words, no more sweeping things under the carpet.

On Monday, former international Razif Sidek had blamed top men’s doubles pair Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong’s significant drop in form over the years to the national body not being strict enough in enforcing action against disciplinary problems.

 

It’s the last $traw thanks to the BWF

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 22 May 2013
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THE Sudirman Cup will probably be the last major event that Malaysia will host – and it’s got nothing to do with the poor fan turnout.

It’s just that the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) are unhappy with the Badminton World Federation’s (BWF) new ruling that limits the national body from making some extra money through commercial rights.

The BWF have, since the Thomas Cup Finals in Wuhan last year, come out with a new contract for all hosts of major events whereby the world body take 80% of the profit from the commercial rights.

 

Dane loves to unwind with her Modern Family

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 22 May 2013
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WE all indulge in a little guilty pleasure now and again.

It could be anything from randomly belting out cheesy love songs to watching Dirty Dancing on DVD – or even digging into our favourite ice-cream straight out of the tub!

But for Danish women’s and mixed doubles player Christinna Pedersen (pic) it’s watching the hit American TV series Modern Family.

“Travelling to different cities all year round can get a little bit monotonous at times ... so, it’s nice to be able to unwind in front of the TV,” said Pedersen.

“I like to watch movies and TV shows – my favourite now is Modern Family.”

The premise of the show, currently in its fifth season, revolves around Jay Pritchett as the patriarch of a “modern family” made up of his wife much younger wife Gloria (Sofia Vergara), stepson Manny (Rico Rodriguez) and new baby Fulgencio as well as his two other children from his previous marriage – Claire and Mitchell, played by Julie Bowen and Jesse Tyler Ferguson – and their respective families.

 

Japanese upset Danes and Joo-bong is all smiles (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 22 May 2013
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JAPAN chief coach Park Joo-bong was in good mood after avoiding China in the quarter-finals.

Yesterday, Japan upset Denmark 3-2 for the first time in the Sudirman Cup series to top Group D while eight-time champions China oozed class to romp past Indonesia 5-0 to top Group A.

Being seeded teams, they will not meet each other in tomorrow’s quarter-finals and that will surely strengthen his team’s chances of making the semi-finals for the first time.Joy and sorrow: Japan’s Kenichi Tago celebrates his win over Denmark’s Jan O Jorgensen Tuesday.

“We have a fighting chance against any team but we sure are glad to have avoided China,” said Joo-bong.

“Japan have only beaten Denmark once in a team event and that was in the Uber Cup. We are truly pleased with the victory today.”

There was more joy for Joo-bong when his women’s doubles shuttlers Misaki Matsutomo-Ayaka Takahashi delivered on their promise by stunning the more-fancied Christinna Pedersen-Kamilla Rytter Juhl to clinch the winning point.

 

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