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Don't give up on Koo-Tan, says Wan Wah (pic)

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Published: 31 July 2013
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KUALA LUMPUR: Many have ruled out Malaysia’s chances of glory in the men’s doubles event at the World Championships, which will be held in Guangzhou from Aug 5-11.
 
But former ace Lee Wan Wah begs to differ.
 
The Malaysian men’s doubles pairs are not really red-hot favourites but they have, he said, come close four times in the last 26 years of the world meet.Koo Kien Keat (right) and Tan Boon Heong have an equal chance of winning the world title.
 
And that’s why he feels there is a chance, however slim, that one of these four pairs – Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong, Hoon Thien How-Tan Wee Kiong, Lim Khim Wah-Goh V Shem and Mohd Fairuzizuan Mohd Tazari-Mohd Zakry Abdul Latif – could end Malaysia’s wait for the elusive world title at the 20th edition in Guangzhou. 
 
Kien Keat-Boon Heong are one of the four Malaysian pairs to have reached the final in the world meet. They made it to the final in 2010 but let victory slip through their hands when Cai Yun-Fu Haifeng of China came from behind to seal the title in Paris. 
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Wan Wah ready to offer his services to BAM

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Published: 31 July 2013
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 KUALA LUMPUR: Another former international – Lee Wan Wah – is ready to do his bit to support the efforts of new Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) president Tengku Tan Sri Mahaleel Tengku Ariff to revive the national body. 

 
Wan Wah, who briefly held the world No. 1 ranking with Choong Tan Fook in 2004, said yesterday that former national shuttlers were keen to help out if their services were needed by Tengku Mahaleel. 
 
“I’ll think about it if BAM want our services. Some of us have not been out of the game for a long time ... but we can contribute,” said Wan Wah. 
 
Wan Wah and three others – Wong Choong Hann, Chan Chong Ming and Chew Choon Eng – jointly own the Pioneer Sports Management (M) Sdn Bhd, which operates four badminton halls. They also conduct coaching sessions in the Klang Valley.
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Badminton news: Lee Chong Wei and the Great Wall of China (pic)

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Published: 31 July 2013
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Rivalry (noun) – competition for the same objective or for superiority in the same field

Nemesis (noun) – the inescapable or implacable agent of someone’s or something’s downfall

A sporting rivalry occupies a unique place in the minds of sports fans. It gives an added edge to the contest and provides a story within a story in the context of the game’s end result.

A rivalry in an individual sport is all the more special; there’s one and only one person around whom the entire show revolves. There are no teammates around, no different positions, no main actor or side actors. The man/woman at the centre of proceedings receives the highest accolade in victory and the most exasperated gasps in defeat.

Lee Chong Wei and Lin Dan bring that special intensity to a badminton match. Just as when Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal line up across the net to each other in the final of a Grand Slam, like when Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier went head to head in their heydays.Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia with his Silver medal on the podium after the Men’s Singles Badminton Gold Medal match at London 2012 Olympic Games

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Kien Keat remains cautious despite Thais' absence (pic)

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Published: 30 July 2013
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KUALA LUMPUR: Koo Kien Keat is not smiling although his path in the World Championships has become easier following the forced withdrawal of Thailand’s Maneepong Jongjit-Nipitphon Puangpuapech.
 
Second seeds Kien Keat and Tan Boon Heong were expected to cross swords with the Thais in the men’s doubles third round of the world meet.

The Malaysians had lost to the Thais in the second round of the All-England in March this year.Koo Kien Keat (front) and Tan Boon Heong have been given an easier run to the quarter-finals of the World Championships.
 
Maneepong will not be in Guangzhou as he was one of the two players banned by the Badminton Association of Thailand (BAT) on Sunday for an ugly brawl during the final of the Canadian Open last Sunday. 

Bodin Issara, who punched and kicked Maneepong during the men’s doubles final, was handed a two-year ban while Maneepong, who instigated the fight, received a three-month sentence.

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Being fair to all (pic)

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Published: 30 July 2013
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KUALA LUMPUR: National doubles chief coach Tan Kim Her has stopped pitting Lim Khim Wah-Goh V Shem and Hoon Thien How-Tan Wee Kiong against each other in training ahead of the World Championships in Guangzhou, China, from Aug 5-11.
 
This is Kim Her’s way of being fair to them. 

Barring any upsets, world No. 10 Thien How-Wee Kiong and world No. 17 Khim Wah-V Shem and are expected to face each other in the second round and Kim Her does not want to take sides.Hoon Thien How (right) and Tan Wee Kiong are seeded 11th for the World Championships at Guangzhou.

The 11th seeded Thien How-Wee Kiong have a first round bye while Khim Wah-V Shem take on Scotland’s Martin Campbell-Patrick Machugh in their opener. If they do clash in the second round, the winners are expected to face four-time world champions Cai Yun-Fu Haifeng of China in the third round.

“It is an unfortunate draw for them. I am quite certain that they are likely to cross path in the second round. Khim Wah-V Shem should get the better of their Scottish opponents to set-up a meeting with Thien How-Wee Kiong,” said Kim Her.

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