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Lin Dan’s absence won’t make it easier for Malaysians

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Published: 30 August 2012
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KUALA LUMPUR: Reigning Olympic champion Lin Dan has pulled out from the China Masters from Sept 11-16 but it will not make it any easier for the four Malaysian hopefuls in the tournament.

Lin Dan’s younger compatriot Chen Long is now the top seed and in his half are Malaysians Mohd Hafiz Hashim of KLRC and back-up shuttler Chong Wei Feng.

In the draw released by the Badminton World Federation (BWF) on Tuesday, Hafiz faces India’s rising star R.M.V. Gurusaidutt in the opening round. A win will see him up against another Indian in P. Kashyap next.

Chen Long awaits him in the quarter-finals.

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Kim Hock: Junior shuttlers lack basic skills when they join elite school (pic)

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Published: 29 August 2012
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KUALA LUMPUR: The badminton programme at Bukit Jalil Sports School (BJSS) is going on just fine as far as its role as the feeder for the national team is concerned. The problem lies with the periods before and after the players join the elite sports school.

This is the frank assessment of BJSS doubles chief coach Yap Kim Hock.

He feels there is a serious lack of focus on the 8-12 years old and a veritable ‘black hole’ in the transition period when a player leaves the school to join the national back-up squad.Right track: Yap Kim Hock has been producing world junior doubles champions at the BJSS.

Kim Hock feels there will be no shortage of credible talent if the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) tie up these two lose ends so that there can be a seamless production process.

This will be Kim Hock’s feedback when the coaches come together at the coaching and training committee meeting on Sept 8 to chart the future of Malaysian badminton.

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Chong Wei wants state sports leader to stay on

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Published: 29 August 2012
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TWO-TIME Olympic silver medallist Datuk Lee Chong Wei urged the Penang government to persuade Datuk Ong Poh Eng to reconsider his decision to resign as Penang Sports Council deputy chairman, Nanyang Siang Pau reported.

Lee said he hoped the state government, led by Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng, would persuade Ong to stay.

“It will be a loss to the Penang sports industry if Ong leaves the council.

“I do not know what actually happened but it is very rare to have a leader like him. He has a heart to serve,” Lee said.

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Penalties on players, coaches in badminton match-throwing scandal reduced

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Published: 29 August 2012
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SEOUL, South Korea  - Badminton authorities in South Korea have eased penalties against four players who tried to lose their last group matches at the London Olympics.

A Badminton Korea Association disciplinary committee had earlier barred the two women's doubles pairs from international and domestic play for two years after they were ejected from the Olympics for trying to deliberately lose in order to gain an easier path to the final. The players appealed for leniency.

The association lowered the punishment to six months on Wednesday, saying their earlier decision was too harsh.

The association says the players' two coaches are barred from working for the national team for four years. They had previously been expelled from the association.

Two other doubles teams, from China and Indonesia, also were kicked out of the Olympics.

 

Lee Chong Wei highlights five Men’s Singles shuttlers to lift Malaysian flag at international stage (pic)

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Published: 28 August 2012
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The Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) is passing through a critical phase as currently there is no worthy successor of the top player Lee Chong Wei but the shuttler has highlighted five players who have potential to become world beaters.

The London Olympics silver medallist Chong Wei, who has been positioned at number two in Men’s Singles world ranking, expressed that it is a tough task for BAM to replace him as there is no shuttler who could challenge the world.Lee Chong Wei highlights five Men’s Singles shuttlers to lift Malaysian flag at international stage

The 29-year-old Chong Wei pointed five potential shuttlers to life Malaysian flag at international stage and these shuttlers are Liew Daren, Mohd Arif Abdul Latif, Chan Kwong Beng, Misbun Ramdan and Chong Wei Feng.

The Malaysian mega star wants all shuttlers to give their best in training and improve in every department of the game in order to become potential contenders for title in major international tournaments.

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