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BAM, BKA To Work Together To Develop Badminton As An Industry

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Published: 02 October 2013
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KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 2  -- The Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) today signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Badminton Korea Association (BKA) to develop badminton as an industry.

BAM president Tan Sri Tengku Mahaleel Tengku Ariff said both associations would work together in developing badminton where youth could chose the sport for their living.

"Malaysia has ambitions to be able to create this (sports as a career) and perhaps even export some of our talent as coaches or trainers," he said in his speech at the MoU signing ceremony here.

This exchange programme aims to further improve the understanding and cooperation between BAM and BKA in the spirit of badminton.

Among the exchange programmes agreed were joint training with BAM junior players and friendly matches between both countries, coaches discussion in exchange of ideas and knowledge in sports science and also planning for future league tournaments where players from both countries will be participating.

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Rashid ready to get on with task

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Published: 02 October 2013
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Kuala Lumpur: Rashid Sidek who returned to the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) fold to resume his duty as the national singles coach Tuesday hopes to wipe out the bitter memories of his recent spat with the national body.

The former national singles coach started 'work' after deciding to retract his resignation as coach 12 days after he had handed his resignation letter to BAM (Sept 19).

Rashid, the 1996 Atlanta Olympics bronze medallist, had on Sept 19 tendered his resignation, citing interference from BAM's newly-appointed Talent Management Group director Tan Aik Mong, who wished to reshuffle the national badminton training structure.

But in a twist of events, Aik Mong himself tendered his resignation when the BAM decided to return to its old training structure instead of what Aik Mong had introduced.

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BAM yet to submit names for SEA Games (pic)

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Published: 02 October 2013
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PETALING JAYA: World No. 1 Lee Chong Wei may yet be selected for the Naypyidaw SEA Games although he would certainly prefer not to compete.

Chong Wei, who turns 31 on Oct 21, is still on the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) provisional list as the coaches – Tey Seu Bock, Rashid Sidek and Hendrawan – have yet to submit any names.

The SEA Games is one of the few tournaments – apart from the World Championships and the Olympics – that Chong Wei has yet to win, with only a bronze medal from the 2005 Games in the Philippines.Lee Chong Wei: 'I would prefer not to go, in order to prepare for the tough year ahead.'

The two-time Olympic silver medallist however admitted that it would be better if he were allowed to skip the event which will be held from Dec 10-14, as well as the Super Series Finals which coincidentally falls on Dec 11-15 in Kuala Lumpur.

“I honestly do not know yet if I am required to go for the SEA Games. There have been some changes recently and the coaches have not submitted the names yet,” said Chong Wei.

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Korean, Chinese pairs hit splitsville (pic)

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Published: 02 October 2013
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PETALING JAYA: Winning eight titles over the course of a year was still not enough to save South Korea’s Ko Sung-hyun-Lee Yong-dae from being split up.

Sung-hyun-Yong-dae made their debut as a pair at the Denmark Open last year and are currently the top ranked pair in the world.

But they have struggled notably against the likes of Indonesia’s Mohd Ahsan-Hendra Setiawan and China’s Liu Xiaolong-Qiu Zihan, losing to both pairs three times this year.Shin Baek-cheol (left) and Yoo Yeon-seong in a file photo. Baek-cheol will now partner Ko Sung-hyun, while Yeon-seong will team up with Lee Yong-dae.

They were also sensationally beaten by Taiwan’s Lee Sheng-mu-Tsai Chia-hsin in the second round of the World Championships in August.

That proved to be the last straw and although Sung-hyun-Yong-dae won the China Masters last month, it proved to be their last outing as a pair.

Yong-dae will now partner Yoo Yeon-seong while Sung-hyun will team up with Shin Baek-cheol. Both pairs will make their debut at the Denmark Open from Oct 15-20.

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Rajiv Ouseph aims to lead English badminton revival (pic)

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Published: 01 October 2013
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Commonwealth silver medallist Rajiv Ouseph wants to lead a revival of English badminton fortunes.

Ouseph, 27, was among four players in the Great Britain squad for last year's Olympics, but they failed to challenge for medals after early defeats.Rajiv Ouseph

    “Consistency is key for me against the top guys, which I've struggled with in the past”

Rajiv Ouseph

He will compete in the inaugural London Grand Prix,  which will take place at the Copper Box from 1 to 6 October.

"I'm one of the senior players now and I want to lead by example and inspire some of the youngsters," he said.

Ouseph said that he had been helped early in his international career by Nathan Robertson and Gail Emms, who were mixed doubles silver medallists for Britain at the 2004 Olympics in Athens.

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