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World Championships - Don't let it go to waste, says Danish official (pic)

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Published: 05 August 2013
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The future of men doubles shuttlers Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong hinges on them reaching the final in the World Championships.

However, whether they will be split, dropped or retained, will be decided by the soon to be appointed Badminton Association of Malaysia’s (BAM) new coaching director or the coaching and training chairman.Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong need to reach the final of the World Championships but their future as a pair are still not guaranteed.

Denmark’s coaching director Finn-Traerup Hansen advocates the continued usage of experienced players.

“I am not sure how far Koo and Tan have declined in their game but they have the experience. In terms of age, they still have many years ahead of them,” said Hansen.

“Danish pairs bloom at a later age but then, they do start late. It is important for the strategist to know how to make use of the “older” players’ experience. In the case of Koo and Tan, I think, their experience can be managed.

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Lucky Koo-Tan through to third round without lifting racquet (pic)

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Published: 05 August 2013
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Lady luck is shining bright on beleaguered men’s doubles pair of Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong in the city of light but will they take their chances well?

Yesterday, the duo continued to enjoy another stroke of luck as three pairs withdrew from their quarter to give them a danger-free passage into the quarter-finals of the World Championships.Men's pair Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong during a training session at the Tianhe Gymnasium. The world No.2 have been given a free ride into the third round following the withdrawal of three other pairs.

After the team managers meeting yesterday, it was confirmed that Thailand’s Maneepong Jongjit-Nipitphon Puangpuapech had withdrawn because Maneepong had been served a three-month ban by the Badminton Association of Thailand for his involvementin an ugly brawl with Bodin Issara at the Canadian Open.

Two others – Germany’s Peter Kaesbauer-Josche Zurworne and India’s Pranaav Jerry Chopra-Akshay Dewalkar – have also pulled out from the tournament.

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World No1 badminton player Lee Chong Wei eyes fourth Olympics bid (pic)

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Published: 02 August 2013
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World No1 has shelved retirement plans as he continues the chase for his country's first gold

World badminton number one Lee Chong Wei has set sights on a fourth Olympic campaign in 2016 with an attempt to win the first Olympic gold medal for Malaysia.

The two-time Olympic silver medallist was planning to retire from international competition after the Asian Games in Incheon next year, but the 30-year-old has had a change of heart.

"The plan has been modified," said Lee yesterday at the Sports Institute in Fo Tan where he is in a 10-day training camp before next week's World Championships in Guangzhou.World No1 badminton player Lee Chong Wei eyes fourth Olympics bid

"Next year will be very busy as there will be the Thomas Cup, the Commonwealth Games and the Asian Games, but if I find my form and condition after the Incheon Games and I am injury free, I will give the 2016 Olympic Games a go."

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World Championship: Young pairs the favourites

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Published: 02 August 2013
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THE big names are not going to win the men's doubles crown in the World Championships as former doubles ace Cheah Soon Kit expects Indonesia's Hendra Setiawan-Mohammad Ahsan or one of China's young pairs to create a shock in Guangzhou next week.

Soon Kit said Hendra-Mohammad have been going great guns in recent times while China's All England champions Liu Xiaolong-Qiu Zihan and Hong Wei-Shen Ye have also been impressive.

Hendra-Mohammad were paired off after Indonesia's failure to win a medal in men's doubles for the first time in the London Olympics last year and they have won the Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia Opens this year.

Soon Kit, a two-time silver medallist in the World Championships with different partners, added that the leading trio of World No 1 Ko Sung Hyun-Lee Yong Dae, China's four-time champions Cai Yun-Fu Haifeng and Mathias Boe-Carsten Mogensen of Denmark are set to have a difficult time in Guangzhou.

Soon Kit said the open affair in the men's doubles should also give Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong some hope provided they are mentally strong and in good physical condition.

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World Championship: Lee Chong Wei is Primed for Assault (pic)

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Published: 02 August 2013
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WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS: A ‘new’ Chong Wei can end Malaysia’s barren run

LEE Chong Wei was under tremendous pressure when he let slip a golden opportunity to win the 2011 World Championships crown but two years on, he is approaching the same event in Guangzhou with a cool head backed by solid preparation.

This relaxed approach, national singles chief coach Rashid Sidek believes, gives Chong Wei his best shot to win this major title despite the challenges of the usual suspects -- Lin Dan, his conqueror in London two years ago, and Chen Long.

Chong Wei squandered two match points when leading 20-19 and 21-20 to eventually lose 20-22, 21-17, 23-21 to Lin Dan in what many consider the best men's singles final in the World Championships.Lee Chong Wei will take on a more relaxed approach to the World Championships unlike in 2011 when overwhelming pressure saw him lose to Lin Dan in the final.

However, in that episode the pressure was on Chong Wei due to continuous speculation about Lin Dan's injury and lack of preparation but that only worked in the China shuttler's favour.

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