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Coaches struggle to find reliable pair for Thomas Cup

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Published: 06 September 2009
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KUALA LUMPUR: The first two men’s doubles pairs are confirmed. They are Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong and Mohd Fairuzizuan Mohd Tazari-Mohd Zakry Abdul Latif.

But the coaches are finding it hard to find a reliable third pair for the country at next year’s Thomas Cup Finals.

And national doubles coach Rosman Razak has blamed it on the inconsistent performances of the back-up shuttlers.

Currently, the six back-up pairs in the national squad are Mak Hee Chun-Tan Wee Kiong, Chan Peng Soon-Lim Khim Wah, Hoon Thien How-Ong Soon Hock, Vountus Indra Mawan-Goh Wei Shem, Mohd Lutfi Zaim Abdul Khalid-Teo Kok Siang and Khoo Chung Chiat-Mohd Razif Abdul Latif.

Peng Soon-Khim Wah won the men’s doubles title at the Thailand Open last month but lost to an unheralded pair in the Macau Open first round.

Hee Chun-Wee Kiong and Vountus-Wei Shem have achieved good results – albeit in patches.


Misbun: Young shuttlers at BJSS need psychologists

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 06 September 2009
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KUALA LUMPUR: National singles coach Misbun Sidek has suggested that the young shuttlers at the Bukit Jalil Sports School (BJSS) be provided with sports psychologists.

This, he said, could help in the Badminton Association of Malaysia’s (BAM) bid to add depth in the men’s singles back-up squad.

He said youngsters these days were distracted by so many things that it was difficult to find one focused on making a breakthrough into the back-up squad.

And that, he added, made it difficult for the national coaches to turn them into complete players.

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BAM to pick its own for Laos (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 06 September 2009
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IN a move that is sure to attract criticism, especially as the national elite back-up and back-up players are not exactly setting the world alight, the BA of Malaysia has no plans to include professionals in the Laos Sea Games squad. WONG CHOONG HANN

While stressing that this is not a permanent decision, BAM general manager Kenny Goh said the move is because players in its stable are currently performing better.

That, however, is open to argument especially as some -- singles player Wong Choong Hann a prime example -- have performed better than the likes of Hafiz Hashim and Kuan Beng Hong of late.

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Thomas Cup challenge yet, says Rashid (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 01 September 2009
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KUALA LUMPUR: National men’s singles chief coach Rashid Sidek is resigned to the fact that old faces are set to feature for Malaysia in the Thomas Cup campaign next year.

Rashid said that the back-up shuttlers were a letdown in the two back-to-back Open tournaments in Macau and Taiwan.Hafiz: Showed fire in his game recently.

He added that if they continued to make up the numbers in the national team, there was no other choice but to bring back veteran Wong Choong Hann and Mohd Hafiz Hashim to support Lee Chong Wei for the challenge in the world men’s team championships.

Malaysia are hosting the Finals at the Putra Stadium in Bukit Jalil. They last won the Thomas Cup on home ground at the Stadium Negara in Kuala Lumpur in 1992.

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Taiwan wins 2 golds in badminton tourney

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Published: 30 August 2009
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Taiwan badminton players recorded the best performance ever in a major international tournament hosted by the island by taking the top prize for women's singles event plus a gold medal in men's doubles.

Cheng Shao-chieh captured the women's singles title by beating Bae Seung Hee from Korea 17-21, 21-12, 21-15 to win the first prize in the Yonex Open Chinese Taipei 2009, commonly known as Taipei Badminton Open.

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