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Chong Wei will not allow Misbun’s illness to distract him at Malaysian Open

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Published: 05 January 2009
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KUALA LUMPUR: Coach Datuk Misbun Sidek is lying sick in bed but Lee Chong Wei will keep his mind on the job to prepare well for the defence of the Malaysian Open men’s singles title at the Putra Stadium in Bukit Jalil next week.

Misbun was re-admitted to the Tawakkal Hospital here for lung infection on Monday and can only expect to be discharged in a few days more when he regains his strength.

Misbun has been ill since returning home from pilgrimage on Dec 19. He was admitted to hospital on the same night and went home the following day. But he was unable to be with Chong Wei for the Super Series Masters Finals in Kota Kinabalu.

“It’s unfortunate that Misbun is not able to help me prepare for the Malaysian Open. But that is not a big problem even if he is unable to be with me for the tournament as I still have the other coaches (Rashid Sidek and Tey Seu Bok) to help guide me,” said Chong Wei.

“Misbun was also not around when I was gearing up and playing in the Masters Finals. And things turned out all right.”

The 27-year-old world number one visited Misbun in hospital after training on Tuesday together with his girlfriend and fellow national team shuttler, Wong Mew Choo.


All-Klang Valley final in mixed team tournament (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 05 January 2009
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PETALING JAYA: It will be an all-Klang Valley final in the 100Plus National Junior inter-state mixed team badminton championships.

Defending champions Kuala Lumpur advanced beating Kedah 6-3 in the semi-finals at the Juara Stadium in Bukit Kiara yesterday. And Selangor qualified with a 6-5 win over Johor.It’s mine: Muhd Syawal taking a shot during the semi-final match with Johor as his partner Harn Xin watches. The pair clinched the winning point for Selangor.

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Hafiz’s baby girl inspires him to try and salvage his career (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 05 January 2009
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KUALA LUMPUR: Singles shuttler Mohd Hafiz Hashim has given himself one more year to try and salvage his badminton career.

And, this time, the person behind his comeback is his new-born baby girl.

Hafiz resumed training a week ago and will compete in the back-to-back Malaysian and Korean Opens.

The Malaysian Open, which serves as the season opener of the Super Series, will begin on Wednesday at the Putra Stadium in Bukit Jalil and it will be followed with the Open in Seoul.

Hafiz had been busy since the birth of Hanna Sofileah in November — keeping late nights with his wife Nadzatul Shima Mohd Nazari to take care of their baby girl.My inspiration: Mohd Hafiz Hashim with his baby girl, Hanna Sofileah, and wife, Nadzatul Shima Mohd Nazari, at their home in Kota Damansara Saturday.

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PHILIPPINE Badminton body hires Indonesian coach

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 05 January 2009
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PHILIPPINE badminton will undergo yet another facelift this year.

Despite the on-going leadership dispute, the Philippine Badminton Association is holding try-outs for the national training pool and has also tapped the services of an Indonesian coach to spearhead the team’s rebuilding.

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Sihasale making badminton flick (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 05 January 2009
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JAKARTA: Inspired by badminton champion Liem Swie King, actor and film producer Ari Sihasale plans to launch his third children’s film — about badminton — in June.

“It’s badminton players who make this country become known to the world but they are usually forgotten. They are treated like a king or queen only at the moment they win, but after that nobody really cares about them,” Ari told The Jakarta Post.JP/R. Bertho Wedhatama

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