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Soon Kit vows to unearth badminton talents for Malaysia

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Published: 28 October 2011
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KUALA LUMPUR: Former international Cheah Soon Kit is ready to use his role as chief coach of the Looi Badminton Academy to unearth new talents, especially men’s singles shuttlers.

Malaysia are in desperate need to find new faces to take over from world No. 1 singles ace Lee Chong Wei, who is already 29.

Soon Kit said he was still as passionate to transfer his knowledge and unearth new talents despite having long left the national set-up.

“This is a new position for me. For the first time, I will be overseing the whole age group of players. I have 20 players under Looi Academy.

“My immediate task is to filter the groups and find new talents,” he said.

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What is ailing Malaysian badminton? (pic)

Category: Badminton News
Published: 28 October 2011
Written by Hits: 922

KUALA LUMPUR: Former doubles ace Cheah Soon Kit has an idea what is ailing Malaysian badminton.

He thinks Malaysia lack a supremo – like China’s Li Yongbo.

Soon Kit believes that the absence of a mastermind, in the mould of Yongbo, to chart Malaysian badminton’s fortunes was the reason behind the poor form of top doubles shuttlers Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong and world No. 1 singles star Lee Chong Wei.Rapt attention: Cheah Soon Kit talking to the junior players of the Looi Badminton Academy yesterday. Soon Kit is the chief coach of the academy

In fact, Soon Kit also feels that is also the reason why the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) have failed to find a successor for Chong Wei.

The former ace was commenting on the demoralising early-round exits suffered by Kien Keat-Boon Heong in two international tournaments recently.

Last week, Kien Keat-Boon Heong were sent packing in the first round of the Denmark Open. Then, on Thursday, they crashed out in the second round to Denmark’s Mads Conrad-Pedersen-Jonas Rasmussen in the French Open in Paris.

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Pregnant Zhou Mi claims innocence in doping scandal (pic)

Category: Badminton News
Published: 28 October 2011
Written by Hits: 825

BEIJING — Former top-ranked badminton player Zhou Mi has submitted expert evidence in her latest attempt to overturn a two-year doping ban.

Zhou says she must have unknowingly ingested clenbuterol by eating pork tainted with the banned drug. Clenbuterol has been used in cattle and pig raising in China.Pregnant Zhou Mi claims innocence in doping scandal

China’s official Xinhua News Agency says an independent assessment by a Hong Kong scientist showed the low concentration of clenbuterol found in Zhou’s system was inconsistent with what would have been found in an athlete using the drug to enhance performance.

The world badminton federation handed Zhou a two-year ban in September 2010 after a urine sample came back positive for clenbuterol.


French Open Super Series: Lee Chong Wei tames Marc Zwiebler in the Men’s Singles first round (pic)

Category: Badminton News
Published: 28 October 2011
Written by Hits: 725

The World Number One Lee Chong Wei moves into the Men’s Singles second round as he tamed Germany’s Marc Zwiebler in the first round of the 2011 French Open Super Series, on Wednesday, October 26, at Paris, France.

The top seed played his usual game against the lower ranked German and finished off the battle by taking just 31 minutes in the court. He displayed his elite skills and spared no chance for his challenger to fight back in the match. Zwiebler failed to take even a single game and bowed down in straight sets.French Open Super Series: Lee Chong Wei tames Marc Zwiebler in the Men’s Singles first round

Chong Wei progressed with a wonderful pace in the first game and won it with a reasonable margin. In the second game, the top seed found a good flow by accelerating his speed and won the set without facing any resistance from the German.

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Danish Open: Chen Long overpowers Chong Wei again (pic)

Category: Badminton News
Published: 23 October 2011
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THE revenge that Lee Chong Wei was hoping for didn't materialise as Chen Long of China defeated the World No 1 again to clinch the Denmark Open in Odense yesterday.

Chen Long defeated Chong Wei 21-15, 21-18 in 45 minutes to complete a hat-trick of Super Series titles and also repeat his Japan Open victory over the Malaysian.

Chong Wei had made it clear that before leaving for Odense last week that his intention was not to keep winning every title but the build-up to the London Olympics next year. China’s Wang Xiaoli (back) and Yu Yang won their sixth international title in eight years after beating Tian Qing-Zhao Yunlei 22-20, 21-16 yesterday.

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