Peng Soon-Liu Ying grateful to sponsors

Rio Olympic Games silver medallists Chan Peng Soon-Goh Liu Ying are grateful to have their sponsors stand by their side, especially during these trying times. As independent players, making ends meet can be tough without any tournaments. Peng Soon-Liu Ying have not seen international action since the All England in March due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Following the recent postponement of the Asian leg of the World Tour, the World No 7 will only go full swing next year. “As independent players, we are definitely affected as we do not…

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Thomas and Uber Cup postponed

Badminton’s showpiece Thomas and Uber Cups were postponed Tuesday after a string of countries withdrew over coronavirus fears, officials said, in a major blow to the sport’s restart. The men’s and women’s world team championships had been set to take place in Denmark next month, and would have been the first international tournaments since the pandemic halted badminton in March. But the Badminton World Federation (BWF) said it was not in a position “to deliver the level of competition reasonably expected” after the pull-outs, and the event was being delayed…

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Japan's First Olympic Badminton Gold Winner Akaya Takahashi Retires

Ayaka Takahashi, who won Japan’s first ever badminton Olympic gold with her doubles partner in Rio 2016, has retired conceding she no longer has the “inner fire” to compete. “After winning the gold medal in Rio, I’d been struggling to maintain morale,” she confessed at an online press conference this week. Despite training hard with Matsutomo, she said she had struggled with “records that were not satisfying enough in 2019, the suspension of tournaments, and the postponement of the Tokyo Olympics”. “I doubt if my inner fire and body will…

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Chong Wei: I made right decision to hang up racquet

Malaysia’s badminton legend Datuk Lee Chong Wei (pic) recounted his journey to retirement on June 13 last year, describing it as a heavy but right decision. “It was heavy, very heavy, ” he said in a posting on his official Facebook and Instagram in conjunction with a year of his retirement. The three-time Olympic silver medallist admitted to struggling over whether to retire until the moment he decided to call it quits, with a bit of help from his wife Wong Mew Choo. “After a long warm bath, I looked…

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BAM not throwing door wide open

IT is status quo for the BA of Malaysia who are in no rush to get all their shuttlers back at the Academy Badminton Malaysia (ABM) in Bukit Kiara. This is their stand after the government gave the nod for sporting and recreational activities to resume on June 15, amid the Covid-19 pandemic, under the new Recovery Movement Control Order (RMCO). For now, BAM will stick to the small group of players under the Road to Tokyo (RTT) programme at least until July 1 before making any further announcement. A…

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Goodbye to the gentle giant of badminton

Malaysia lost a badminton legend with the passing of Tan Aik Mong. Fondly known as the gentle giant in the badminton fraternity, Aik Mong, lost his battle against liver cancer Sunday (May 31) at the age of 70. Aik Mong and his elder brother Tan Aik Huang, the former All-England champion, were household names during the 1960s and 1970s. The Penangite was a singles and doubles player with the national team from 1966 to 1975. He was disciplined and firm but had a heart of gold and would always go…

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Former shining star Ee Wei set to return to national fold

Promising doubles shuttler Toh Ee Wei, who quit the national team in January last year, is set to return to the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) fold. However, the 19-year-old, who won the girls’ doubles silver medal with Pearly Tan Koong Le at the World Junior Championships in Canada in 2018, will have to wait until the full resumption of the national team’s training, expected to be in July. Ee Wei had earlier accepted the BAM’s invitation to rejoin them in March but the return had to be deferred due…

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Choong Hann: Shuttlers can succeed under tighter rules

It’s all up to the shuttlers to make it work when they begin centralised training at the Academy Badminton Malaysia (ABM). If the relevant authorities give the approval and all goes according to plans, the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) coaching director Wong Choong Hann is expecting to start their training in batches from June 1, although an earlier start would be better. National shuttlers have not been training since Malaysia imposed the movement control order (MCO) on March 18 due to the Covid-19 pandemic. While other countries have already…

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Shuttling back home

Malaysia’s top badminton shuttlers are all likely to be back “at home” after Hari Raya. And, obviously, they are all smiles about it. Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) have announced that they will invite the independent shuttlers who are “most likely to qualify” for next year’s Tokyo Olympics to join the national team in training twice a week, starting from July 15. They can even train at the Academy Badminton Malaysia on a full-time basis once they secure their qualification. The mixed doubles pair of Chan Peng Soon and Goh…

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Haikal targets lost glory

It has been nine years since Malaysia’s status as the top nation in the boys’ doubles event of the World Junior Championships (WJC) came to an end. Mohd Haikal Nazri has now vowed to reclaim the lost glory for Malaysia with his partner Wan Arif Wan Junaidi at the tournament – if it gets the go-ahead in Auckland, New Zealand from Sept 28-Oct 11. Haikal-Arif, who are ranked first in the world junior rankings, and world No. 10 Mohd Fazriq Razif-Justin Hoh, are the nation’s best bet to end a…

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