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Ministry to name badminton court after Eddy Choong Read more: Ministry to name badminton court after Eddy Choong

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Published: 31 January 2013
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GEORGE TOWN: The Sports Ministry will propose to the Cabinet to name one of the badminton courts at the National Badminton Academy in Bukit Kiara after the late Datuk Eddy Choong.

Its minister, Datuk Seri Ahmad Shabery Cheek said Eddy, after all, “had brought glory to the country during his heyday."
 
He was speaking to reporters after paying his last respects to Choong, who died on Monday, at his residence in Jalan Bell.

Ahmad Shabery said it was not the first time the ministry would name a sporting facility after a sport personality.

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Overweight Thien How gets help

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Published: 25 January 2013
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NATIONAL doubles chief coach Tan Kim Her, having lost patience with an overweight Hoon Thien How, has asked a nutritionist from the National Sports Institute to help him.

Kim Her felt that the results of Thien How and his partner Tan Wee Kiong could be better if he can overcome his weight problem.

The second ranked national men's doubles have not reached the final of an international tournament despite having partnered each other for more than seven months.Hoon Thien How (left) and Koo Kien Keat (who partners with Tan Boon Heong) are 2 players that has serious weight problem. Perhaps Malaysian foods are too tasty and really hard to resist ;-)

Thien How, whose height is 172cm, weighs between 82kg and 85kg, and this has affected his speed and he tends to struggle when a match goes into three games.

Kim Her said the nutritionist will monitor the 27-year-old Thien How's food intake, body fat and body mass index.

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Chong Wei’s reign set to continue as youngsters fail to impress

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Published: 23 January 2013
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KUALA LUMPUR: No one can take the credit away from world No. 1 Lee Chong Wei for winning a record ninth Malaysian Open title on Sunday although badminton giants China did not send their best line-up.

But it was sad to note that despite a weakened field, none of the local men’s singles back-up shuttlers stepped up and be counted.

Liew Daren, Chong Wei Feng and Mohd Arif Abdul Latif failed miserably.

Daren lacked punch in his loss to Denmark’s Jan O Jorgensen while Wei Feng and Arif could not even take a game off Indonesian veteran Sony Dwi Kuncoro and Japan’s Kenichi Tago respectively.

Independent players – Misbun Ramdan Misbun, Zulfadli Zulkifli and Tan Chun Seang – had mixed fortunes. Ramdan, who left the BAM set-up on Jan 9, did not make the main draw while Chun Seang and Zulfadli did not clear the opening round.

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Chong Wei eyes capturing All-England from Lin Dan (pic)

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Published: 23 January 2013
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AFTER emerging as Malaysia Open champion for the ninth time, world number one Datuk Lee Chong Wei is now targetting to seize the All-England title from arch rival Lin Dan of China.

In the All-England last year, Chong Wei was forced to concede a walkover to the 13th ranked player in the world after suffering a shoulder injury in the second set.Chong Wei celebrates with his trophy and his gold medal during the awards ceremony after defeating Indonesia's Sony Dwi Kuncoro in the men's single final at the Malaysia Open Badminton Superseries in Kuala Lumpur on Jan 20

Earlier, Chong Wei, who was first seed and Malaysia Open defending champion, easily pushed aside eight seed Sony Dwi Kuncoro of Indonesia in straight sets, 21-7 and 21-8 in 32 minutes in the men's singles final.

"There were no top players in this competition and hopefully, if Lin Dan plays in the All-England in March, that will be a real challenge for me.        

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Saina Nehwal aiming for top slot this year (pic)

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Published: 23 January 2013
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Mumbai:  Indian shuttler Saina Nehwal, who became the world number 2 last week after a gap of two years, on Tuesday said she is aiming for the top slot this year.

"I am working hard and performances are coming. Now that I am number 2, I will definitely reach number 1," Saina told reporters on the sidelines of Samsung Galaxy Grand event launch here.Saina Nehwal

"There are so many tournaments this year. Almost 15-20 tournaments. The goal is to perform well in all the events and do well in the World Championships, which is important. World number 1 is also my aim, so hopefully I will achieve it. Let's see," she added.

Asked how she keeps herself motivated, the Olympic bronze medallist said, "It's a difficult job to do. Chinese are really tough to play against. The number one is also Chinese, with almost 12,000 points more than me. It is not easy to become world number one. I will try to do it. Nothing is impossible.

"I have made many things possible, so I hope I can make this also possible. The amount of hard work which I put in my game is really important. Motivation comes from winning, and that is what keeps me going," she said.

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