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Iskandar makes second round in Macau Open (pic)

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Published: 27 November 2013
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PETALING JAYA: SEA Games-bound shuttler Iskandar Zulkarnian Zainuddin easily cleared the men’s singles first round at the Macau Open GP Gold tournament on Tuesday.

Iskandar took just 15 minutes to dispose of Trinidad and Tobago’s Nicholas Bonkowsky, winning 21-6, 21-7.

He will take on compatriot Ikmal Hussai Jaafar, who received a walkover following eighth seed Indian Anand Pawar’s pull-out, in the second round.Iskandar Zulkarnian Zainuddin advanced to the second round of the Macau Open after easily beating Trinidad & Tobago's Nicholas Bonkowsky in straight sets on Tuesday.

Zulfadli Zulkiffli, the 2011 world junior champion, also reached the second round after scoring an upset win over 13th seed Suppanyu Avihingsanon of Thailand.

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BAM, listen up! (pic)

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Published: 27 November 2013
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EXCLUSIVE: FORMER Kuala Lumpur mayor Tan Sri Elyas Omar flashed a big smile as he wheeled himself into his office on the eve of his 77th birthday.

Smartly dressed in silky purple batik, the wheelchair-bound Elyas showed that he has not lost his charm nor his charisma as one of the most decorated, successful and influential leaders, administrators and mentors.Tan Sri Elyas Omar: ' It has been more than 20 years since we won the Thomas Cup. I think it is time to rebuild a strong team and stop focusing too much on individual pursuit and glory.'

The man, who has been behind the success of many city council initiatives and even breakthroughs in sports – mainly badminton and football, was sharp and witty as he recollected all the past memories over several decades under his leadership.

The twinkle in his eye however, dimmed when he spoke about Malaysia’s future in badminton.

Elyas, who was the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) president from 1985-1993 and who was one of the key men behind the nation’s success in winning the Thomas Cup in 1992 at Stadium Negara, said that drastic changes were needed to take Malaysian badminton out of the doldrums.

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Coach Tat Meng disappointed at Jing Yi’s decision to quit national team (pic)

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Published: 27 November 2013
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PETALING JAYA: National women’s singles coach Wong Tat Meng has expressed disappointment at Tee Jing Yi’s decision to hastily quit the national team – ahead of the Naypyitaw SEA Games next month.

The 22-year-old Jing Yi, currently ranked No. 70 in the world submitted her resignation to the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) last Friday.Tee Jing Yi submitted her resignation to the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) last Friday.

The Penangite who joined BAM as a 13-year-old had felt that she could no longer contribute to the singles department and wanted to switch to doubles but it was rejected, prompting her decision to quit.

And Tat Meng, who rejoined BAM in October 2012 after a year with the Indonesia national team, believes that Jing Yi has made her decision too fast.

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Jing Yi quits BAM (pic)

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Published: 27 November 2013
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KUALA LUMPUR: Women’s singles shuttler Tee Jing Yi has quit the national team – less than a month before the Myanmar SEA Games.

The 22-year-old Jing Yi, who competed in last year’s London Olympic Games, submitted her resignation letter to the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) on Friday.

It is learnt that Jing Yi no longer feels that she could contribute in the singles event. She wanted to switch to the doubles but did not get the blessing and decided to leave. Women's singles shuttler Tee Jing Yi has quit the national team as she felt she could no longer contribute as a singles player.

The Penangite, who joined the BAM Academy as a 13-year-old, won her third national singles title last year. Her best achievement was representing the country in two Uber Cup Finals in 2008 and 2010 and winning a team bronze at the 2011 Indonesia SEA Games.

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A big blow to Thien How-Wee Kiong (pic)

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Published: 25 November 2013
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PETALING JAYA: Hoon Thien How-Tan Wee Kiong have been denied a lucrative payday – no thanks to poor planning by the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM).

The duo were ranked eighth in the Super Series men’s doubles standings after the China Open a fortnight ago but were not entered for the last leg at the Hong Kong Open, which ended on Sunday. Hoon Thien How (left) and Tan Wee Kiong are pipped to a Super Series Finals berth at the Cheras Badminton Stadium (KLBA) from Dec 11-15.

As a result, they were pipped to a Super Series Finals berth at the Cheras Badminton Stadium (KLBA) from Dec 11-15.

Only the top eight are eligible to compete in the US$500,000 (RM1.61mil) and each country is only allowed to have a maximum of two pairs.

South Korea’s Kim Ki-jung-Kim Sa-rang jumped three places from ninth to sixth after making the final in Hong Kong to push Thien How-Wee Kiong to ninth spot.

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