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Friendship can wait (pic)

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Published: 04 October 2013
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KUALA LUMPUR: Rising singles stars Iskandar Zulkarnain Zainuddin and Misbun Ramdan Misbun forged a bond of friendship when they were training under the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) banner last year. 

On Friday, however, they will turn foes when they face each other in the men’s singles quarter-finals of the Kuala Lumpur Open at the Kuala Lumpur Badminton (KLBA) Stadium in Cheras. Misbun Ramdan Misbun will face Iskandar Zulkarnain Zainuddin in the quarter-finals of the KL Open on Friday.

This is their first meeting in a tournament since Ramdan left the BAM set-up to seek newer challenges under the guidance of his father Misbun as an independent shuttler. 

National singles coach Rashid Sidek predicts an evenly-contested match. 

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Chong Wei on a mission (pic)

Category: Badminton News
Published: 02 October 2013
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LEE Chong Wei will aim to better his super series haul of six titles in 2010 when he competes in the Denmark Open on Oct 15-20 and French Open on Oct 22-27.

  This season, the World No 1 has already won five titles: the Korea, Malaysia, India, Indonesia and Japan Opens. And it will be his most successful year if he captures the Denmark and French Open crowns.

  Chen Long of China, the World No 2, will be Chong Wei's biggest threat in both the tournaments but national coach Tey Seu Bock said Chong Wei has maintained his fitness level and is looking forward to winning two titles.

  Bagging the Denmark Open will also mark his 50th career title but much attention will be on Chong Wei's ability to win back-to-back crowns at the age of 31.Lee Chong Wei has already won five titles — the Korea, Malaysia, India, Indonesia and Japan Opens.  Read more: Chong Wei on a mission.

  "Chong Wei wants to better his record in the super series and if he wins the Denmark and French Opens, he will achieve it.

   "He will also compete in the China and Hong Kong Opens in November before taking a break from international tournaments and focus on his training.

   "Chen Long will be his main rival in both the tournaments while Du Pengyu (of China) will be the other player to look out for in Denmark. However, we are still not sure of their condition after the World Championships.

   "It will also be a good test of whether he can sustain his performance in back-to-back tournaments as he is 31 now. If he struggles in Europe and also in China and Hong Kong Opens, we have to review his tournament plan next year."

    Chong Wei won the Denmark Open last year ad withdrew from the French Open due his wedding. In his absence, Liew Daren won the title in Paris.

 

 

Malaysia, South Korea to have joint badminton programmes (pic)

Category: Badminton News
Published: 02 October 2013
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PETALING JAYA: The Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Badminton Korea Association (BKA) to develop badminton as an industry.

Under this MoU, there will be joint training programmes for junior players and friendly matches, while coaches will also exchange ideas and knowledge in terms of sports science.

Slated to last four years, the partnership will see the BAM and BKA planning league tournaments in which players from both countries will participate.BAM president Tengku Tan Sri Mahaleel Tengku Ariff and BKA chief executive director Kim Joong-soo (left) sharing a light moment after the MoU signing in Bukit Kiara on Wednesday. Looking on is Datuk Dr Mohd Al-Amin Abdul Majid, BAM deputy president.

The Koreans headed by Kim Joong-soo, former chief coach and currently the chief executive director of the BKA, arrived on Wednesday with six boys and eight girls who are also preparing for the Asia Under-17 and Under-15 Championships in Kudus, Java, from Oct 8-13.

President Tengku Tan Sri Mahaleel Tengku Ariff explained that the BAM have long thought about a viable partnership with the Koreans.

“South Korea have became a badminton superpower in such a short span of time and we have always talked about working closely with them,” said Tengku Mahaleel after the MoU signing ceremony.

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BAM, BKA To Work Together To Develop Badminton As An Industry

Category: Badminton News
Published: 02 October 2013
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KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 2  -- The Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) today signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Badminton Korea Association (BKA) to develop badminton as an industry.

BAM president Tan Sri Tengku Mahaleel Tengku Ariff said both associations would work together in developing badminton where youth could chose the sport for their living.

"Malaysia has ambitions to be able to create this (sports as a career) and perhaps even export some of our talent as coaches or trainers," he said in his speech at the MoU signing ceremony here.

This exchange programme aims to further improve the understanding and cooperation between BAM and BKA in the spirit of badminton.

Among the exchange programmes agreed were joint training with BAM junior players and friendly matches between both countries, coaches discussion in exchange of ideas and knowledge in sports science and also planning for future league tournaments where players from both countries will be participating.

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Rashid ready to get on with task

Category: Badminton News
Published: 02 October 2013
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Kuala Lumpur: Rashid Sidek who returned to the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) fold to resume his duty as the national singles coach Tuesday hopes to wipe out the bitter memories of his recent spat with the national body.

The former national singles coach started 'work' after deciding to retract his resignation as coach 12 days after he had handed his resignation letter to BAM (Sept 19).

Rashid, the 1996 Atlanta Olympics bronze medallist, had on Sept 19 tendered his resignation, citing interference from BAM's newly-appointed Talent Management Group director Tan Aik Mong, who wished to reshuffle the national badminton training structure.

But in a twist of events, Aik Mong himself tendered his resignation when the BAM decided to return to its old training structure instead of what Aik Mong had introduced.

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