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Published: 26 January 2009
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PREPARATIONS for the All England and Swiss Open Super Series will begin with separate motivational camps for the national singles and doubles squads in Kuching beginning on Friday.

The motivational camps, to be conducted by mental trainer Fred Tan, has been requested by coaches Misbun Sidek and Rexy Mainaky for their players to recuperate from a tough schedule which began with the Beijing Olympics last August.

The players have already started their condition training and Rexy has maintained that the motivational camp is something players need to attend before a tough season resumes with the German Open on Feb 24-March 1.Koo Kien Keat (front) and Tan Boon Heong were first spotted by Rexy Mainaky at the first stint in Kuching in 2006.

"The international calendar has been hectic and we had also started training immediately after the Malaysia Open.

"The motivational camp is needed to inject some freshness into the players," said Rexy.
"The players also need to do something different from the normal training schedule and that's why Kuching has been selected.

"Mental strength is a key factor that players need to improve and I am optimistic the players will gain a lot from the session in preparing for the All England and Swiss Open."

The German Open will only involve the back-up elite players while the national elite shuttlers will compete in the All England on March 3-8 and the Swiss Open on March 10-15.
 

Chong Wei to grace Langkawi tourney

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 26 January 2009
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The world number one shuttler, Datuk Lee Chong Wei will be invited to grace the four-day Langkawi Geopark Anpacs Badminton Open Championship 2009 starting March 17.

Its competition chairman, Datuk Mansor Ismail said Chong Wei would be invited to attend the opening ceremony to enable his fans in Langkawi to meet him.

The championship is open to teams from Thailand, Singapore, Brunei and host Malaysia, Mansor told Bernama today.

He said it targeted 20 teams each in the men’s and women’s categories while national players since 2005 were not qualified to join the tournament.

The men’s team will have one veteran doubles with players aged above 40 while there is no veteran doubles in the women’s category, he added.
He said men’s champions would walk away with RM3,000 and runners-up RM1,500 while women’s champions would receive RM1,000 and runners-up RM500.

The registration fee in the men’s category is RM300 while women’s category RM200.

The championship is jointly organised by the Langkawi Badminton Association, Langkawi Youth and Sports Office, Langkawi Development Authority and Langkawi Tourism Promotion Council. Apacs Sports Sdn Bhd is the main sponsor.

Registration can be made by calling Haso Naradass at 012-4950099, Salleh Awang (012-4722102) or Tan Poo Liong (012-4012282). The closing date is March 1.
 
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Chong Wei is ever ready to take on his challengers

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 26 January 2009
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KUALA LUMPUR: World No. 1 Lee Chong Wei’s bid to end his title drought in the All-England and World Championships may have become tougher but he is ready to take the bull by the horns.

Recent results indicate that the Malaysian will have more than one genuine title contender to deal with at both the All-England in Birmingham from March 3-8 and the World Championships in Hyderabad, India from Aug 10-16.

Both these tournaments are important to Chong Wei.

Chong Wei’s main stumbling block in the past has always been China’s Olympic champion Lin Dan but, recently, others have caught up.

Chong Wei’s defeat to Peter-Gade Christensen of Denmark in the final of the Korean Open recently shows that the Dane, who is making a strong comeback following a year of injuries and illness, is back where he belongs — as one of the main contenders for major titles.

 

Malaysia Not Targeting Any Gold In London Yet

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 22 January 2009
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PUTRAJAYA, Jan 22 (Bernama) -- The Youth and Sports Ministry is not setting any target for a gold medal at the London Olympic Games in 2012 yet but hopes the Malaysian athletes will achieve a better performance than in Beijing.

Its minister, Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob, however, does not rule out that Malaysia may win more than one silver that was won by national singles shuttler Datuk Lee Chong Wei in Beijing.

"One gold, possibly. But we have to be realistic," he told reporters after chairing the first meeting of the Olympic Games 2012 Steering Committee, at the ministry, here today.
 

Shuttlers Want More Practice Partners

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 22 January 2009
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Times are tough all over, it seems.

Even shuttlers, among the most celebrated athletes in Indonesia, are feeling the economic pinch. After the Indonesian Badminton Association, or PBSI, ran out of money in 2008, the players are now struggling just to find training partners.

Markis Kido, one half of the world’s top men’s doubles pair, with Hendra Setiawan, was among a number of top shuttlers complaining about a lack of competition at the PBSI training camp in Cipayung, East Jakarta.

“We’re lacking sparring partners now,” Markis said on Wednesday. “It is not enough just to compete between the six of us. Ideally, we need three more pairs as sparring partners.”

Due to budget shortages, PBSI called just 22 players to the camp in early January, though it announced it would bring in more players in February.

 

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