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SUDIRMAN CUP: Rest must rise to check China dominance Read more: SUDIRMAN CUP: Rest must rise to check China dominance

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Published: 21 May 2013
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FORMER Olympic champion Park Joo Bong sees China's dominance in the Sudirman Cup as a mixed blessing for the competition.

China have been dominating the mixed team event since its inception in 1989, winning eight times. The team, led by World No 2 Chen Long, are expected to record their fifth straight win on Sunday.

Joo Bong, who led South Korea to wins in 1991 and 1993, said other teams must work harder to catch up with China.

"The Sudirman Cup has not lost its glitter because of China's dominance. Korea managed three titles, the last in 2003, while Indonesia won it once. It was much closer in the past but China have raced ahead due to hard work," said Joo Bong, the head coach of Japan, at Putra Stadium yesterday.


SUDIRMAN CUP: Kim Her stands by fading pair Read more: SUDIRMAN CUP: Kim Her stands by fading pair (pic)

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Published: 21 May 2013
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WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS: Kien Keat-Boon Heong will see action in Guangzhou

KOO Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong can look forward to the World Championships in August as their form, even in its current pathetic state, is of no issue.

National doubles coach Tan Kim Her is sticking with them and the 2006 Asian Games gold medallists will be in Guangzhou, even if it will be just to make up the numbers.Koo Kien Keat (left) and Tan Boon Heong will be rested for Malaysia’s remaining Sudirman Cup matches.  Read more: SUDIRMAN CUP: Kim Her stands by fading pair

Kim Her's argument was that BAM's executive committee (exco) made the decision but isn't he the coach and hasn't Boon Heong admitted that he has lost confidence?

This has prompted Kim Her to consider fielding either Tan Wee Kiong-Hoon Thien How or Goh V Shem-Lim Khim Wah for today's do-or-die Group C clash with Germany.  


SUDIRMAN CUP: Yongbo has Rexy all riled-up

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 21 May 2013
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A WAR of words has erupted between China coach Li Yongbo and Indonesian team manager Rexy Mainaky ahead of today's crucial Sudirman Cup Group A tie.

Yongbo was quoted in the China media as saying that his experienced team would easily beat Indonesia 5-0 to top the group.

"We whitewashed India 5-0 in our first tie ...I want the same result against Indonesia. It will be nice to go on a 10-0 record ahead of the quarter-finals. It will raise my team's confidence," said Yongbo.

Upset with Yongbo's undermining comment, Rexy said his team are also capable of winning 5-0.

"We are not here to make the numbers. The morale of my team is high after today's (yesterday) 4-1 win over India. We are safely through the quarter-finals but of course, we want to do one better by topping the group," said Rexy at Putra Stadium in Kuala Lumpur.


Razif: Indiscipline the cause of senior players’ poor performances (pic)

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Published: 21 May 2013
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FORMER international Razif Sidek believes that there is more than meets the eye following the country’s top men’s doubles pair Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong’s recent fall from grace.

Kien Keat-Boon Heong lost to scratch combination Lee Sheng-mu-Tsai Chia-hsin which led to Malaysia’s 2-3 loss to lower ranked Taiwan in the opening Group C tie of the Sudirman Cup on Sunday.Shameful: Malaysia’s Koo Kien Keat and Tan Boon Heong react after losing to Taiwan’s Lee Sheng mu-Tsai Chia-hsin on Sunday.

They played without any sense of direction on court and Boon Heong even confessed to his coach that he lost concentration – half way through the match – but no reasons were given for his loss of focus.

Razif said that he believed the senior players’ indisciplined lifestyles over the years had snowballed into problems and were affecting their performances on court.


Cool V Shem believes he will be too hot for rivals to handle

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 21 May 2013
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DOUBLES shuttler Goh V Shem is one cool dude with big ambition.

And today, if he gets the chance to play with Lim Khim Wah in Malaysia’s crucial Group C tie against Germany, one can rest assured that he will fight with all his might.

Malaysia will have to beat Germany today to ensure a ticket for the quarter-finals on Thursday.

Only the top two teams in each group make the cut for the top eight and Malaysia are in a cliff-hanger situation after their shock 2-3 defeat to Taiwan on Sunday.

The biggest letdown in Malaysia’s defeat to Germany were top doubles shuttlers Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong.




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