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Published: 31 December 2013
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INDEPENDENT shuttlers can harbour hopes of playing for the country in the Asian Games, Commonwealth Games and Thomas Cup Finals as the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) will hold open trials to select the squads next year.

Previously, the selection for these events had been based on world rankings and results but the BAM executive committee (exco), chaired by president Tengku Mahaleel Tengku Ariff, has approved a proposal to have open trials for the first time.

Tengku Mahaleel said while most of the players would be from the national team, he also wants to make sure that external options, including from the states, are not discounted to give Malaysia a better chance of doing well in the three events.

This will come as good news for professional players Misbun Ramdan Misbun and Zulfadli Zulkifli and men's doubles Zakry Latif-Fairuzizuan Tazari and Gan Teik Chai-Ong Soon Hock.

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BAM looking into equal prize money for all

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Published: 31 December 2013
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KUALA LUMPUR: Efforts will be made for all the winners to enjoy equal prize money in local tournaments in future.

Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) secretary Ng Chin Chai gave the assurance after mixed doubles specialist Chan Peng Soon expressed his unhappiness over a huge disparity in prize money distribution in local tournaments.

On Monday, Peng Soon and Lai Pei Jing won the mixed doubles title at the National Grand Prix Finals in Putrajaya and they went home with a paltry sum of RM1,600 each. It was the lowest amount when compared with the winners of the other events.

Chin Chai said it would be ideal for the National GP Finals to offer the same prize money for all the winners like the Badminton World Federation (BWF).

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State badminton talents to get financial boost (pic)

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Published: 31 December 2013
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KUALA LUMPUR: The Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) will invest RM1,000 a month on every potential player earmarked by them at state level.

The BAM decided to take the step in an attempt to find new talents, especially in the men’s singles department. World No. 1 Lee Chong Wei is the only singles player producing results at international level for the national body.The Badminton Association of Malaysia will provide RM1,000 to state players identified by the state BA in a bid to nurture their talent.

David Wee, the BAM talent search chief, David Wee said the exco had approved the funding.

“The BAM cannot cater to all the players. I have 10 people in my committee, including some national coaches, and they will help to identify the talents in the states,” said David, who is also the president of the BA of Negri Sembilan

“Every potential player will be given RM1,000 a month and monitored under our programme.”

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Venue not fit to hold badminton tournament (pic)

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Published: 31 December 2013
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PUTRAJAYA: National singles shuttler Chong Wei Feng won his opening group match in the Maybank National Grand Prix Finals at Precinct 11 Sports Complex here on Friday but he was not jumping in joy.

He felt that the new venue was not an ideal place to host the tournament.National singles shuttler, Chong Wei Feng said the air-conditioning in the sports hall is affecting the players' game in the on-going National Grand Prix Finals in Putrajaya.

“I can’t help but feel disappointed. The venue is not conducive for a big event like this. Can you imagine that the cool air from the air-conditioners was aimed directly at us from above. It affected the flow of the shuttle,” said Wei Feng after beating R. Satheishtharan 25-27, 21-12, 21-8 in his first Group A match.

“The quality of the match is affected. I hope that the hosts will, at least, switch off the air conditioner for the next few days.

“The hall can hardly fit three courts. My team-mate Iskandar (Zulkarnain Zainuddin)’s court was so close to the wall that it affected his play. This is the national championships and I wished it would have been held at a bigger place.

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Interview with India's badminton star PV Sindhu: I would like to finish among the top six in 2014 (pic)

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Published: 30 December 2013
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Only 18, PV Sindhu is pushing the envelope like no teenage badminton player had done before in the history of women’s badminton in India. After a sensational year both on and off the court, the teenager is busy preparing for another action packed season.PV Sindhu

Sindhu shall kickoff 2014, traveling to Kuala Lumpur for the Maybank Malaysia Open that starts on Sankranti day. Soon as she is back in India, Lucknow beckons as the Syed Modi Indian Open is scheduled for the week immediately after the event in Malaysia.

Here are some excerpts from the conversation with Sindhu -

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