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Category: Badminton News
Published: 04 September 2012
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DECISION: Koo-Tan could leave national team for local club

  KOO Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong could resign from the national team if the BA of Malaysia (BAM) decides to split them.

   Their future will be deliberated by BAM's coaching and training committee (C&T) on Saturday.

   It is learnt that BAM wants to split Kien Keat and Boon Heong following a series of average results despite the pair showing slight progress of late.

   Doubles coach Pang Cheh Chang, who coaches Kien Keat-Boon Heong, wants the World No 7 to remain as a pair as others in the national team have stagnated.


Kwong Beng holds the key to reviving his career (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 31 August 2012
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KUALA LUMPUR: National chief coach Rashid Sidek has advised back-up shuttler Chan Kwong Beng to help himself first if he harbours hopes of reviving his flagging badminton career.

Rashid said that he did not stop Kwong Beng from turning to Hendrawan for help but “I told him that the change must start from himself”.

“I also advised him to be more committed in training,” said Rashid.A coach contributes 20% to the rise of a player, the other 80% is all down to the players’ hard work, sacrifices and commitment. - RASHID SIDEK

On Wednesday, the 24-year-old Kwong Beng said that his progress had stagnated over the last two years under Rashid and he wanted to train under Hendrawan in a bid to re-ignite his career.

Besides Kwong Beng, Rashid had also focused more on Liew Daren and Chong Wei Feng during training.

All three have also been sparring daily with world No. 2 Lee Chong Wei at the national centre.


Rashid: Leave it to us

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 31 August 2012
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CONFIDENT: He believes current coaches capable of producing winners

NATIONAL men's singles chief Rashid Sidek is confident it is  possible to help the  men's singles squad progress fast without further additions to his coaching staff.

Rashid and Tey Seu Bock are in charge of Lee Chong Wei and three other shuttlers while Hendrawan looks after the other seven players but a possible reshuffle will see all three playing significant roles in guiding the combination of seniors and back-up players.

The BA of Malaysia (BAM) is keen to add Li Mao in the set-up but the China coach's troubled previous stint doesn't make him a favourite among the current group of coaches in the national team.

Li Mao, who was hired in April, 2005, only lasted until January, 2007, as he decided to leave without offering a concrete reason although it was understood some of the changes he wanted to implement didn't get the greenlight of BAM and there was also a fallout between him and Chong Wei.

However, Rashid said Li Mao is not a factor at this point as there has been no confirmation of his arrival but he is more concerned about the role the current singles coaches will be playing.


Chong Wei's chance for a winning return

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 31 August 2012
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TWO-TIME Olympic champion Lin Dan of China has delayed his return to the international circuit by skipping the Japan Open but a repeat of last year's final is on the cards as Lee Chong Wei and defending champion Chen Long will see action in Tokyo on Sept 18-23.

Chong Wei is the top seed while China's Chen Long, bronze medalist in the London Olympics, will be seeded second in a met which also includes veterans Peter Gade Cristesen of Denmark and Taufik Hidayat of Indonesia.

Japanese duo Kenichi Tago and Sho Sasaki are the only ranked outsiders who are capable of denying a Chong Wei-Chen Long final but current form suggests otherwise.


Think it through before re-hiring duo

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 30 August 2012
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KUALA LUMPUR: Speculation is rife that China’s Li Mao and Wong Tat Meng may make a return to the national badminton team as coaches.

Li Mao had coached the men’s singles department for more than two years from 2005 to 2007 before leaving the national team in a huff to take up an offer in Indonesia. Tat Meng joined him when he too was offered a lucrative deal.

There is no doubt that Li Mao played a significant role in improving Lee Chong Wei’s game during his tenure but the coach left on a sour note, citing his unhappiness with the management for not giving him the full power to manage the players.

If the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) are actually thinking about re-hiring him, they had better remember that this was the man who did not even have the courtesy to hand over his job responsibilities in a proper manner before walking out on them.

If BAM are seriously considering Li Mao as an option, then they must be willing to give the man full authority to run the programme or they may risk losing him the same way again.




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