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Archive for February 13th, 2009


Posted by SEJAHTERA BADMINTON on February 13, 2009

The Star Online : 10 February 2009

Three-day camp helps boost confidence

KUALA LUMPUR: Some were in tears. A few vomited. And there was pain and humiliation for some too.

But, at the end of the three-day motivation and training camp in Kuching on Sunday, national badminton chief coach Rexy Mainaky only has renewed respect for his doubles players.

For Rexy, the camp for the 16 men’s and women’s doubles player was a success.

He felt that the players had come out of it with more confidence and showed strong character in enduring hardship.

And that, he said, would take the players far as they try to establish themselves as reliable players for the country this year.

All his four elite players – Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong and Mohd Fairuzizuan Mohd Tazari-Mohd Zakry Abdul Latif – received the thumbs-up sign yesterday.

Rexy said Boon Heong had finally come out of his cocoon.

“He has been in the shadows of Koo. This time, he took the lead. He showed positive traits in his attitude,” said Rexy.

“In team activities, he would always choose Koo as his partner. He showed that he has complete trust and faith in Koo. And that is good for their partnership.

“Koo was the captain. He showed great confidence and did his best to lead the group. He joked and said that he understood the job of a coach better.

“There was so much of improvement in Zakry and Fairuzizuan too. Zakry showed that he had the self-belief that anything was possible while Fairuz gave total focus.”

Rexy highlighted a few activities planned by National Sports Institute (NSI) psychologist Frederick Tan that tested the true characters of the players.

“On the day they arrived, all the players had their faces painted in black. Then, they were sent to have meals at a shopping mall. It was quite embarrassing but the players went through it,” said Rexy.

“Fred placed several packets of RM1.50 in several rubbish bins at the mall.

“Their job, as a team, was to find the money and buy a tube of toothpaste and tooth brushes for all. They managed to pull it off although (Tan) Wee Kiong and Khoo (Chung Chiat) vomited in the process.”

Rexy also made a special mention of women’s doubles shuttler Amelia Anscelly, who overcame her fear of heights.

“She was Fred’s first target when the players had to jump from a 25m spot during an activity conducted by the army. She cried all the way down. But she improved after a few jumps.

“Later, when she was challenged to jump into a tub of cold ice, she did without flinching! This was the positive attitude that I was happy to see.”

Rexy hoped that the players would apply these traits – confidence, self-belief and ability to handle any situation – when they are up against their opponents on court, starting with the three back-to back Open tournaments in Europe – German , All-England  and Swiss Open .

“They should maintain this positive attitude and justify the efforts of their coaches, association, Fred and the army personnel to toughen them up – physically and mentally.”

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Posted by SEJAHTERA BADMINTON on February 13, 2009

The Star Online : 31 January 2009

wongKUALA LUMPUR: National women’s singles shuttler Wong Mew Choo has been left out of the squad for next month’s All-England and Swiss Open tournaments.

And this is bound to jeopardise her participation in the World Championships in India in August.

Yesterday, the BAM dropped Mew Choo from the squad for the All-England  and Swiss Open following the National Sports Institute’s (NSI) report that the top women’s singles shuttler had yet to recover from her knee and elbow injuries.

Her absence from the two tournaments could see her drop from her 12th spot in the world rankings. She must be in the world’s top 16 by May 1 to be guaranteed a place in the world meet.

There was, however, good news for back-up men’s singles shuttlers Liew Daren and Chong Wei Feng, whose names were listed in the squad for the All-England. The duo will join world No. 1 Lee Chong Wei in the prestigious All-England.

The mixed doubles event will also see the participation of two back-up pairs – Mohd Razif Abdul Latif-Woon Khe Wei and Chan Peng Soon-Goh Liu Ying. They will be joined by Koo Kien Keat-Ng Hui Lin.

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