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Chong Wei's chance for a winning return

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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.


Kwong Beng wants to revive his fortunes under Hendrawan (pic)

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Published: 30 August 2012
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KUALA LUMPUR: Singles back-up shuttler Chan Kwong Beng is banking on a change of coach to give his career a new lease of life.

The 24-year-old is ready to part ways with national chief coach Rashid Sidek because he strongly believes that he can revive his fortunes under former world champion Hendrawan of Indonesia.

Kwong Beng has been training under Rashid since 2010 when his previous coach, Misbun Sidek, left the national team.If I still do not excel under Hendrawan, it is a clear sign for me to end my career. - CHAN KWONG BENG

Kwong Beng is hoping that the coaching and training committee, who will meet on Sept 8, will agree to his request. He claims that he has spoken to Rashid and Hendrawan and that both coaches have agreed to the swap.

It is learnt that Mohd Arif Abdul Latif may go the other way – leaving Hendrawan to train under Rashid.


Lin Dan’s absence won’t make it easier for Malaysians

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 30 August 2012
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KUALA LUMPUR: Reigning Olympic champion Lin Dan has pulled out from the China Masters from Sept 11-16 but it will not make it any easier for the four Malaysian hopefuls in the tournament.

Lin Dan’s younger compatriot Chen Long is now the top seed and in his half are Malaysians Mohd Hafiz Hashim of KLRC and back-up shuttler Chong Wei Feng.

In the draw released by the Badminton World Federation (BWF) on Tuesday, Hafiz faces India’s rising star R.M.V. Gurusaidutt in the opening round. A win will see him up against another Indian in P. Kashyap next.

Chen Long awaits him in the quarter-finals.


Kim Hock: Junior shuttlers lack basic skills when they join elite school (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 29 August 2012
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KUALA LUMPUR: The badminton programme at Bukit Jalil Sports School (BJSS) is going on just fine as far as its role as the feeder for the national team is concerned. The problem lies with the periods before and after the players join the elite sports school.

This is the frank assessment of BJSS doubles chief coach Yap Kim Hock.

He feels there is a serious lack of focus on the 8-12 years old and a veritable ‘black hole’ in the transition period when a player leaves the school to join the national back-up squad.Right track: Yap Kim Hock has been producing world junior doubles champions at the BJSS.

Kim Hock feels there will be no shortage of credible talent if the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) tie up these two lose ends so that there can be a seamless production process.

This will be Kim Hock’s feedback when the coaches come together at the coaching and training committee meeting on Sept 8 to chart the future of Malaysian badminton.




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