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Lee Chong Wei appeals to Malaysia fans for calm ahead of crunch Thomas Cup match (pic)

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Published: 12 May 2010
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Lee Chong Wei, Malaysia's revered badminton team captain, has appealed to the nation's passionate fans for calm ahead of the host's crunch Thomas Cup quarter-final tie against Denmark.

Malaysia go into the quarter finals without having won a match, after being awarded a walkover when Nigeria failed to turn up on Sunday and losing 3-2 to Japan on Tuesday.

Their defeat against Japan was compounded when Fairuzizuan Tazari retaliated to heckling and a rude gesture from a fan.

Chong Wei said: "Nobody wants to lose. But there are factors that have a bearing on players winning or losing. We hope the spectators will be more sporting and not jeer the players. Top man: Lee Chong Wei has appealed for crowd calm

"The players will feel pressured if they are jeered at on home ground, and this is not good for team spirit."

Malaysia will have to up their game if they want to win the Thomas Cup in front of their fans, 1,000 of whom jeered the Japan defeat.

Malaysia and Denmark were the two dominant forces at March's All England badminton Championships in Birmingham. Chong Wei won his first singles title in the UK while Denmark's Lars Paaske and Jonas Rasmussen won the men's doubles title.

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Thomas Cup: Malaysian badminton player involved in spat in front of PM's wife (pic)

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Published: 12 May 2010
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Hosts Malaysia are in disarray before the Thomas Cup knockout stages even begin after suffering a bad-tempered group stage defeat to Japan in which one player got involved in a spat with a heckling fan.

The 3-2 loss - Malaysia's first to Japan in badminton's prestigious men's team tournament - leaves the hosts in the side of the draw where champions China loom large.

Fairuzizuan Tazari compounded a miserable Tuesday night for the badminton-mad Malaysians at the Putra Stadium when he retaliated in kind to heckling and a rude gesture from a fan.

Peace wave? Malaysia's badminton squad wave to fans before the tournament proper gets under way

"I apologise to the nation. The prime minister's wife was present among the spectators and I am sorry that this happened," national doubles team coach Rexy Mainaky said.


China marches on while Malaysia stunned at Thomas Cup

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Published: 12 May 2010
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KUALA LUMPUR, May 11  -- The host Malaysian team, a hot candidate for the Thomas Cup, was stunned in its first appearance here Tuesday, losing to Japan 3-2 while the reigning champion China secured a top position in Group A with a 4-1 win against South Korea.

Malaysia's third single Muhd Hafiz Hashim just failed to lift his game in the vital point as Japan came from 2-0 down to beat the host, who were under great pressure of winning the men's team title for the first time in 18 years.


Shuttlers finally receive their RM2mil in bonuses (pic)

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Published: 26 April 2010
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PORT DICKSON: National shuttlers received a timely boost ahead of the Thomas-Uber Cup Finals when the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) cleared a debt of about RM2mil in bonuses accumulated over two years yesterday.

All the players received their dues from the BAM president, Datuk Nadzmi Mohd Salleh, after completing their fun-filled three-day motivation camp at Bayu Beach Resort in Port Dickson.Dressed to kill: Thomas and Uber Cup players participate in a fancy dress contest during their motivation camp in Port Dickson Sunday.

The money was earned by the players through bonuses via the world rankings and winning competitions.

Under the BAM’s incentive scheme, if a player maintains his status in the top 32 bracket in the world, he gets a bonus between RM4,500 and RM45,000 on a quarterly basis. If he wins a tournament, the BAM reward him with an additional RM10,000.

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BAM’s high-tech training centre close to fruition

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Published: 26 April 2010
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PORT DICKSON: The Badminton Association of Malaysia’s (BAM) plan to have their own dream centre is back on track.

The president, Datuk Mohd Nadzmi Mohd Salleh, said yesterday that they had been allotted a new eight-acre land at Cochraine Road in Cheras to build a high-tech national training centre.

He said that there was a delay in the plan because they could not build the centre at the previous given plot of land in Taman Maluri.

“The government has finally given us a new land. Work will start on building our own training centre. This was decided during the executive meeting on Friday,” said Nadzmi.

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