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Soon Huat to go for surgery (pic)

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Published: 27 September 2013
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KUALA LUMPUR: Badminton will have to take a back seat for top back-up men singles shuttler Goh Soon Huat for a while.

On Thursday, the 19-year-old Soon Huat fainted while trailing against Reksy Aureza Megananda of Indonesia 18-21, 9-15 in the second round of the Indonesian Open Grand Prix Gold at Yogyakarta.

The reigning Malaysian Open Grand Prix Gold runner-up was rushed to the hospital and on Friday, he returned home for further treatment.

He is suffering from an illness and is expected to go for an operation as soon as possible. Due to his unstable condition, he has been withdrawn from the Kuala Lumpur Open from Oct 2-6. Goh Soon Huat will be out of the badminton scene for the duration as he resolves his health issues.

In fact, Hendrawan wants Soon Huat to take a long break and recover from his illness before he makes a comeback.

“I have not trained him for the last 10 days due to the changes in BAM’s (Badminton Association of Malaysia) coaching set-up. I was not sure of his condition before he left for the Indonesian Open GP Gold. He did not complain of anything,” said Hendrawan.

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Coaches given free rein for training and schedule (pic)

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Published: 27 September 2013
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KUALA LUMPUR: Former international Razif Sidek knows how to win the hearts of the national badminton coaches.

On Friday, Razif, who was the captain when Malaysia won the 1992 Thomas Cup, announced that power and authority has been given to the national coaches in the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) set-up.

With power, though, the coaches will have to be accountable for every decision they make. Razif Sidek: 'At the end of the day, the coaches will have to call the shots and justify their decisions. They will be accountable for the decisions they make.'

Razif, who is the BAM’s head of assessors unit, said that the coaches have been given free rein to draft their training programme and tournament schedule, which will project their plans on a quarterly basis.

Their main goal is to prepare a solid team for next year’s major tournaments - Thomas Cup Finals, World Championships, Commonwealth Games and Asian Games.

Razif said that his team would monitor and assess their coaches’ plans. Currently, the only other member of the unit is former doubles chief coach Tan Kim Her.

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Bad day for Malaysians at Indonesian Open (pic)

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Published: 27 September 2013
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KUALA LUMPUR: It was a double blow for Malaysia’s second echelon of men’s singles shuttlers in the Indonesian Open Grand Prix Gold in Yogyakarta Thursday.

None of them made the cut for the third round. It was a day to forget for Goh Soon Huat, the country’s top back-up shuttler.

Soon Huat, the Malaysian Open GP Gold winner, was forced to concede a walkover to Reksy Aureza Megananda after suffering an injury. He was then trailing 18-21, 9-15.

It was also a bad day for Iskandar Zulkarnain Zainuddin, Loh Wei Sheng and independent shuttler Mohd Arif Abdul Latif. Malaysian Open GP Gold winner Goh Soon Huat conceded a walkover to Reksy Aureza Megananda after trailing 18-21, 9-15 in the second round.

Iskandar and Wei Sheng cleared their second round matches in convincing fashion but they were a class below the Indonesians in the next round round.

Iskandar was beaten 13-21, 12-21 by second seed Sony Dwi Kuncoro, the 2007 World Championships runners-up, in just 32 minutes. The former No. 1 Indonesian shuttler is coming back from a back injury and out to prove to coaching director Rexy Mainaky that he still deserves a place in the national team.

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It's all over for Malaysia at Indonesian Open (pic)

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Published: 27 September 2013
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KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia’s challenge in the Indonesian Open Grand Prix Gold at Yogyakarta came to an end when mixed doubles pair Ong Jian Guo-Lim Yin Loo went down fighting in the quarter-finals on Friday.

Jian Guo-Yin Loo, the world No. 37 and currently the third ranked pair in the country, fought gallantly for one hour and 14 minutes before losing 21-18, 19-21, 19-21 to Indonesians Edi Subaktiar-Gloria Emanuelle. file photo of Ong Jian Guo-Lim Yin Loo. The mixed doubles pair went down fighting in the Indonesian Open Grand Prix Gold quarter-finals on Sept 27, 2013. They lost 21-18, 19-21, 19-21 to Indonesians Edi Subaktiar-Gloria Emanuelle.

With their narrow defeat Friday, Malaysia’s interest in the tournament is over.

In the absence of Malaysia in the men’s singles event, Indonesia’s top four men singles players – Sony Dwi Kuncoro, Simon Santoso, Dionysius Hayom Rumbaka and Tommy Sugiarto – lived up to their billings to check into the semi-finals.

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Third ranked pair Khim Wah and V Shem’s situation remains unclear (pic)

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Published: 25 September 2013
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PETALING JAYA: Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong may have retained their status as a pair, but the situation regarding Lim Khim Wah-Goh V Shem is still a little unclear.

Khim Wah-V Shem are the third ranked pair in Malaysia at No. 15 in the world and are only behind Kien Keat-Boon Heong (No. 4) and Hoon Thien How-Tan Wee Kiong (No. 12).

But since their second round knockout at the World Championships last month to Thien How-Wee Kiong, things seemed to have fallen apart for Khim Wah-V Shem.Goh V Shem (right) returns a shot to Ko Sung-hyun and Lee Yong-dae of South Korea as his partner Lim Khim Wah looks on during a men’s doubles semi-final match at the Badminton Asia Championships in Taipei on April 20.

They were overlooked for the recent Japan Open and have also been left out of the squad for the Denmark and French Opens next month, bringing about speculation regarding their future as a pair.

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