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Bring it on: Yen Mei (pic)

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Published: 12 September 2013
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KUALA LUMPUR: Ho Yen Mei is the only Malaysian girl left in the tournament, and with nothing to lose, she is going for broke in the girls’ singles event at the Maybank Malaysia International Youth Under-19 badminton championships.

The 17-year-old beat compatriot Yap Rui Chen 21-16, 21-14 to set up a quarter-final clash against China’s Qin Jingjing on Friday.

The only other Malaysian girl, Sylvia Kavita Kumares, fell to top seed Kim Hyo-min of South Korea 17-21, 17-21 in 33 minutes.

“It’s tough being the only one left in the draw but it happens,” said Yen Mei who has yet to land a title. She emerged runner-up at this year’s Smiling Fish Thailand International Series and Dutch Junior International.Ho Yen Mei: 'I’m determined to go all out against Jingjing tomorrow.'

Jingjing, seeded sixth, fought back after being a set down, to beat South Korea’s Jun Joo-i 19-21, 21-16, 21-14.

While Yen Mei has not gone up against the Chinese player prior to Friday’s match, the fourth seed will be hoping to hold her own against the reigning Asian Youth Games champion in the quarter-final match.

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BJSS players can now spar with Chong Wei under new training set-up (pic)

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Published: 10 September 2013
Written by Hits: 686

KUALA LUMPUR: World No. 1 Lee Chong Wei is now accessible to all, including to students of the Bukit Jalil Sports School (BJSS) badminton programme.

Previously, Chong Wei was “out of bounds” for the students in terms of sparring sessions.

All that is expected to change under a new training set-up initiated by the newly-appointed Talent Management Group (TMG) director Tan Aik Mong.Lee Chong Wei will spar with Bukit Bintang Sports School under a new training set-up.

Now, the national team have three main groups – elite shuttlers, back-up and the Bukit Jalil Sports School (BJSS) players. There are 121 players and they train under 28 coaches and at different times. There are also two coaches in every state under the payroll of the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM).

Aik Mong said he would brainstorm with the 28 coaches to come out with the best formula to facilitate the new set-up.

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Razif back in BAM fold as independent assessors’ unit chief (pic)

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Published: 10 September 2013
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KUALA LUMPUR: Former men’s doubles specialist Razif Sidek is back in the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) fold after 16 years and he is eager to contribute to the sport in the country.

The 51-year-old has been invited to assist newly-appointed Talent Manage-ment Group (TMG) director Tan Aik Mong. Razif will be heading the independent assessors’ unit, which will evaluate the players and coaches at all levels. Former Thomas Cup captain Razif Sidek.

Razif did the country proud when he won the country’s first Olympic medal – a bronze – with his brother Jalani at the 1992 Atlanta Games. He also won the All-England doubles title with Jalani in 1982 and was a member of the 1992 Thomas Cup winning team.

He was also once the chief coach from 1994-1996.

Razif, an outspoken critic of BAM in the past, said he was honoured by Aik Mong’s move to rope him in to revive Malaysian badminton.

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Teck Zhi and Joo Ven relish healthy rivalry in youth tourney (pic)

Category: Badminton News
Published: 10 September 2013
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KUALA LUMPUR: With a healthy rivalry going on between reigning Asian junior champion Soo Teck Zhi and Soong Joo Ven, Malaysia can expect a quality showing in the Maybank International Youth Under-19 badminton championships at Stadium Juara in Bukit Kiara on Tuesday.

Teck Zhi and Joo Ven are seeded first and second in the boys’ singles in the tournament, which has attracted the best players from China, South Korea and Indonesia. Soo Teck Zhi is seeded first in the Maybank International Youth Under-19 badminton championships boys’ singles event.

All the players are using the tournament as part of their preparations for the World Junior Championships in Bangkok from Oct 23-Nov 3.

In July, the 18-year-old Teck Zhi stepped out of the shadows of top junior Joo Ven at the Asian Junior Championships in Sabah to show that Malaysia have more than one singles player to challenge for honours.

Joo Ven said the healthy rivalry among the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) players would push them to raise their standard.

“Teck Zhi and I are competitive in nature and this only motivates us to do well in the international arena. Both of us have the same goal – to win honours for the country,” said Joo Ven.

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BAM to have open, transparent national selection

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Published: 10 September 2013
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KUALA LUMPUR: States, clubs and independent players are set to get a fair chance of making the national team under the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM)’s new management structure.

On Saturday, BAM president Tengku Tan Sri Mahaleel Tengku Ariff said that the national body would be open and transparent with the selection of national players under their umbrella and would give everyone an equal chance.

This step is expected to rid any notion that the national body practises favouritism.

“Non-BAM players can challenge national players during our new ranking tournaments. They could come from professional club Kuala Lumpur Racquet Club (KLRC) or even Machang Badminton Club in Kelantan but if they do better than any of the national players, they will be roped into the national team. National shuttlers who perform poorly will be dropped and they must prove themselves again to get in,” said Tengku Mahaleel.

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