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Misbun wants to see a wind of change under Tengku Mahaleel

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Published: 02 August 2013
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KUALA LUMPUR: Former national coach Datuk Misbun Sidek hopes to see a rash of changes under the leadership of newly-elected Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) president Tengku Tan Sri Mahaleel Tengku Ariff.

Misbun, who left the BAM coaching set-up in 2001 due to unhappiness over several decisions made by a few key personnels in the coaching and training committee, described Tengku Mahaleel as a brave man to take up the hotseat.

Tengku Mahaleel was the only BAM council member who showed an interest to occupy the seat vacated by his predecessor Datuk Seri Nadzmi Mohd Salleh.
After his appointment, Tengku Mahaleel promised to take the sport to greater heights.

“I’d like to congratulate Tengku Mahaleel. I’m glad that he has assumed the position. He is brave to take up the role as president and I really hope to see many changes under his leadership,” said Misbun who, however, did not elaborate on the changes.

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Hosts China playing psychological games, claims Seu Bock (pic)

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Published: 02 August 2013
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KUALA LUMPUR: The mind games have started even before the Malaysian team, led by world No. 1 Lee Chong Wei, arrive in Guangzhou for the World Championships which will only begin on Wednesday at the Tianhe Gymnasium.

National singles coach Tey Seu Bock yesterday expressed his displeasure and annoyance with the hosts, China, for not entertaining Malaysia’s request to train at the venue. Formidable foe: Lin Dan of China.

“We’ve asked China to allocate two training slots at the competition hall but we have yet to hear anything from them. They have not even responded, although we have put our names down for scheduled practice,” said Seu Bock.

“We will arrive in Guangzhou tomorrow (today) ... but we still do not know whether we’ll get a chance to have a practice session. This is, however, something that we had expected from China and we are used to it.”

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Mentors harbour hopes Chong Wei will finally realise his dreams (pic)

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Published: 02 August 2013
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KUALA LUMPUR: One has seen world No. 1 Lee Chong Wei’s badminton career turn from rags to riches. The other has kept the megastar at the top level.

Yesterday, two of Chong Wei’s closest mentors – former coach Datuk Misbun Sidek and current coach Tey Seu Bock – revealed how much it would mean to them to see Chong Wei realise his dream of becoming the country’s first champion at the World Championships in Guangzhou from Aug 5-11.

Misbun, who had played several roles – as a father, friend and coach – in Chong Wei’s life before walking out of the national team in January 2011, hopes that his former charge will finally get it right. Former coach Datuk Misbun Sidek and current coach Tey Seu Bock revealed how much it would mean to them to see Chong Wei realise his dream of becoming the country’s first champion at the World Championships in Guangzhou from Aug 5-11.

“I have stopped being his coach for almost three years but I hear that he has never stopped working hard. His hard work will bear fruit, eventually,” said Misbun.

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James in hot demand

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Published: 02 August 2013
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KUALA LUMPUR: Former badminton international Datuk James Selvaraj is certainly a hot property right now.
 
Following his long years of service as a player, coach, administrator and corporate figure, James has been appointed as the new board member of the National Sports Council (NSC) and he started his job by attending his first meeting on Tuesday.

NSC’s director general Datuk Seri Zolkples Embong said that the former Thomas Cupper was appointed by Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin. He came in as a replacement for Malaysian Netball Association president Datuk Suraya Yaacob who opted out. 

“It is a good move. With his experience as an athlete and a corporate figure, we hope that he can contribute ideas to help us in developing sports,” said Zolkples. 

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BAM boss: Koo and Tan must prove their worth

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Published: 02 August 2013
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KUALA LUMPUR: The Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) will not tolerate a lack of discipline from players any more. And coaches will also be held responsible if they do not expose or correct their players’ behaviours.

Yesterday, BAM’s outgoing president Datuk Seri Nadzmi Mohd Salleh said that they were ready to drop any players, including seniors Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong, from the World Championships squad if they found evidence of indiscipline.

National men doubles pair Kien Keat and Boon Heong had not been performing well in recent times and the reason for their drop in form centres around a lack of discipline and indifferent lifestyles.

The duo and three other pairs – Hoon Thien How-Tan Wee Kiong, Lim Khim Wah-Goh V Shem and Mohd Fairuzizuan Mohd Tazari-Mohd Zakry Abdul Latif – will be competing in the world championships in Guangzhou in August.

Kien Keat-Boon Heong are currently in Jakarta and will begin their campaign in the Indonesia Open with a first round match against Indonesians Yonathan Surytama Dasuki-Hendra Gunawan in the first round today.

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