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Olympics-Malaysia investing in four sports for elusive gold

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Published: 15 September 2009
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KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 9 - Malaysia is earmarking around $5 million to train 19 athletes led by badminton world number one Lee Chong Wei to deliver the nation's first Olympic gold medal at the 2012 London Games.

Badminton, archery, cycling and diving have been shortlisted for the "Road to London" scheme, with the government setting aside 16 million ringgit ($4.6 million) for comprehensive training.

"They will be depended upon to deliver Malaysia's elusive gold medal in London," the New Straits Times quoted Malaysian cabinet committee for sports chairman Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin as saying on Wednesday.

"However, 19 is not a fixed number as we may add more athletes and sports under the programme," he said.

($1= 3.5 Malaysian Ringgit)

 
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Ranking system will be back in order

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 15 September 2009
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KUALA LUMPUR: The Badminton World Federation (BWF) have given an assurance that their ranking system will be back in order after the two Super Series events in China and Japan.

The China Masters is the seventh leg of the series and it begins tomorrow in Changzhou and the Japan Open will be held in Tokyo next week.

The BWF had come under flak from players for the lack of information on the world ranking.

Last week, Malaysian veteran Wong Choong Hann highlighted the difficulties in accessing detail ed information on their world rankings.

There is also no Super Series ranking list posted on their website even though the 12-tournament season has reached the half way mark.

The BWF events manager, M. Venugopal, said that they had begun work on keying in details of the world and Super Series rankings. He said that their website was now being managed by a new company.

“We are having test runs and putting together all the information that is needed. For now, it takes 30 minutes to manually rank a player based on their past results,” he said.

“We hope that all these will be rectified after the Super Series tournaments in China and Japan and the players will be able to access the rankings without any problem.”

 
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Coaches struggle to find reliable pair for Thomas Cup

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 06 September 2009
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KUALA LUMPUR: The first two men’s doubles pairs are confirmed. They are Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong and Mohd Fairuzizuan Mohd Tazari-Mohd Zakry Abdul Latif.

But the coaches are finding it hard to find a reliable third pair for the country at next year’s Thomas Cup Finals.

And national doubles coach Rosman Razak has blamed it on the inconsistent performances of the back-up shuttlers.

Currently, the six back-up pairs in the national squad are Mak Hee Chun-Tan Wee Kiong, Chan Peng Soon-Lim Khim Wah, Hoon Thien How-Ong Soon Hock, Vountus Indra Mawan-Goh Wei Shem, Mohd Lutfi Zaim Abdul Khalid-Teo Kok Siang and Khoo Chung Chiat-Mohd Razif Abdul Latif.

Peng Soon-Khim Wah won the men’s doubles title at the Thailand Open last month but lost to an unheralded pair in the Macau Open first round.

Hee Chun-Wee Kiong and Vountus-Wei Shem have achieved good results – albeit in patches.

 

Misbun: Young shuttlers at BJSS need psychologists

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 06 September 2009
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KUALA LUMPUR: National singles coach Misbun Sidek has suggested that the young shuttlers at the Bukit Jalil Sports School (BJSS) be provided with sports psychologists.

This, he said, could help in the Badminton Association of Malaysia’s (BAM) bid to add depth in the men’s singles back-up squad.

He said youngsters these days were distracted by so many things that it was difficult to find one focused on making a breakthrough into the back-up squad.

And that, he added, made it difficult for the national coaches to turn them into complete players.

 

BAM to pick its own for Laos (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 06 September 2009
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IN a move that is sure to attract criticism, especially as the national elite back-up and back-up players are not exactly setting the world alight, the BA of Malaysia has no plans to include professionals in the Laos Sea Games squad. WONG CHOONG HANN

While stressing that this is not a permanent decision, BAM general manager Kenny Goh said the move is because players in its stable are currently performing better.

That, however, is open to argument especially as some -- singles player Wong Choong Hann a prime example -- have performed better than the likes of Hafiz Hashim and Kuan Beng Hong of late.

 

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