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Rashid's resignation a huge loss to badminton in the country

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Published: 21 September 2013
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 KUALA LUMPUR: National Sports Council (NSC) Director-general Datuk Seri Zolkples Embong said national singles coach Rashid Sidek's resignation was a huge loss to the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) and badminton in the country.

 
Zolkples who was shocked with Rashid's resignation said the former shuttler was among a number of prominent local coaches the country had produced but hoped it would not disrupt BAM's plans to strengthen the coaching and training programme.
 
"I am aware of the changes brought about by the new leadership but did not expect it would result in the resignation of Rashid. I only came to know about the resignation (Rashid) through the local dailies," he told reporters at his office, here, today.
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End of road for Indians in Japan Open (pic)

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Published: 21 September 2013
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 HYDERABAD: After creating a wave in the early part of the Japan Open, Indian shuttlers exited en masse from the Super Series as HS Prannoy, Kidambi Srikanth and Ajay Jayram lost their quarterfinals in Tokyo on Friday.India was the only country which had three shuttlers in the quarterfinal stage.

 
Incidentally, India was the only country which had three shuttlers in the quarterfinal stage.
 

Lee Chong Wei reaches Japan Open semis

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Published: 20 September 2013
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Malaysia's world number-one Lee Chong Wei brushed aside Jun Takemura of Japan 21-10, 21-11 to reach the semi-finals of the Japan Open badminton tournament in Tokyo Friday.

The 30-year-old top seed, going for a record fourth Japan Open men's singles title, needed a little more than 30 minutes to book a semi-final clash with Nguyen Tien Minh on Saturday.

The fifth-seeded Vietnamese whipped Japan's Kento Momota 21-18, 21-13 in another quarter-final.

China's Gao Huan struggled in beating Indian H.S. Prannoy 21-11, 20-22, 21-13 to set up the other semi-final clash with Japan's seventh seeded Kenichi Tago.

Tago crushed India's K. Srikanth 21-18, 21-9.

In the women's quarter-finals of the $200,000 tournament, the eighth leg of the 12-round World Superseries, fourth-seeded Wang Yihan breezed past fellow Chinese and fifth-seed Wang Shixian 21-17, 21-15.

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BAM question Rashid's loyalty (pic)

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Published: 20 September 2013
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KUALA LUMPUR: The Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) took a swipe at national singles coach Rashid Sidek by discrediting him and his loyalty as a coach despite his 10-years of tireless service to the nation.

On Friday, president Tengku Tan Sri Mahaleel Tengku Ariff said that the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games bronze medallist and three-time national champion’s decision to leave the national team was not a big loss to BAM.Tengku Tan Sri Mahaleel Tengku Ariff: 'If Rashid goes away, is it a loss for us? It is not a loss. We have a lot of coaches. If the coaches do not agree with our system, then, what can we do.'

And to add salt to injury, Rashid may be referred to the rules and discipline committee over an alleged breach of contract on a separate and unrelated matter altogether.

The BAM is now questioning and investigating Rashid on his one-year contract as a coach with the Delhi Smashers in the recently-concluded Indian Badminton League (IBL).

On Thursday, Rashid had tendered his resignation saying he could no longer stand being undermined as a coach in BAM’s new coaching set-up under the charge of Talent Management Group (TMG) director Tan Aik Mong.

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Tengku Mahaleel to meet privately with players (pic)

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Published: 20 September 2013
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KUALA LUMPUR: Openness, transparency and frankness.

This will be expected from the national shuttlers when Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) president Tengku Tan Sri Mahaleel Tengku Ariff meets up with them during a special meeting with the players after chairing the council meeting Saturday.

A directive has been given to all national players led by world No. 1 Lee Chong Wei to turn up in Subang where the council meeting will be held. The invitation is only for the players and not their coaches. President Tengku Tan Sri Mahaleel Tengku Ariff wants the players to be the first ones to know all the changes in BAM.

It is learnt that Tengku Mahaleel wants the players to be the first ones to know all the changes in BAM and he wants them to be receptive and also open with what they want from the national body.

There has been uneasiness among the players - especially with the directive by the president to halt coaches from sending players for international tournaments.

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