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Archive for May 18th, 2009

Kien Keat-Boon Heong earn praises from Rexy for their fighting displays

Posted by SEJAHTERA BADMINTON on May 18, 2009

KUALA LUMPUR : Doubles shuttlers Koo Kien Keat and Tan Boon Heong have broken the jinx as a pair in team events as far as chief coach Rexy Mainaky is concerned.

Kien Keat-Boon Heong failed to keep a clean slate in the Sudirman Cup world mixed team championships in Guangzhou when they went down fighting to Cai Yun-Fu Haifeng in the semi-final tie against China on Saturday. With their defeat, Malaysia went down 0-3 to the formidable Chinese.

China had nailed the first two points through He Hanbin-Yu Yang, who defeated Mohd Fairuizizuan Mohd Tazari-Wong Pei Tty in the mixed doubles, and Lin Dan, who beat Lee Chong Wei in the men’s singles.

Despite the failure of Kien Keat-Boon Heong to save the tie, Rexy gave thumbs up to the duo for their fighting display.

“By far, this is Koo-Tan’s best performance in a major team event. They showed positive vibes throughout the match and I am satisfied with that,” said Rexy in a telephone interview from Guangzhou.

Rexy pointed out that the duo had failed to make a mark during the team event at the 2006 Asian Games in Doha, 2007 Sudirman Cup in Glasgow and the 2008 Thomas Cup Finals in Jakarta.

“They did well in the 2006 Asiad by winning the individual gold medal. But they played poorly in the earlier team event,” he said.

“They also fared poorly in two other major team events, the previous Sudirman Cup and Thomas Cup Finals. Their defeats led to some to believe that they are not team players.

“But in Guangzhou, the duo showed great team spirit. They lost but not after giving their all. Cai Yun-Fu Haifeng were more experienced and took advantage of the home support.”

Rexy added that he would send Kien Keat-Boon Heong to as many tournaments as possible to get them well prepared for the World Championships in Hyderabad from Aug 10-16.

“Currently, Kien Keat-Boon Heong do not have good and quality sparring at home. They are one class above the other pairs in the country,” he said.

“I had hoped for Fairuzizuan and Mohd Zakry (Abdul Latif) to challenge them but this pair have yet to meet my expectations. They did well in the beginning but have lost focus along the way.”

Kien Keat-Boon Heong have four tournaments lined up for them — the Pahang Open (Kuantan, May 26-29), Singapore Open (June 9-14), Indonesian Open (June 16-21) and Malaysian Gold Grand Prix (Johor Baru, June 23-28).

On the overall performances of the team in Sudirman Cup, Rexy said: “I have been with the team for some time now but I sensed some difference this time. All the players stuck together like a family,” he said.

“I hope that they will maintain this feeling of oneness in the team until the next major team event, the Thomas Cup Finals (next year).”

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Tong Sin Fu Masalah Kewarganegaraan Membuatnya Hijrah

Posted by SEJAHTERA BADMINTON on May 18, 2009

Tang Xianhu (The Thing)Miris, melihat kesuksesan pemain-pemain China terutama di tunggal putra ternyata diarsiteki oleh Putra Bangsa Indonesia “TONG SIN FU”. Selain Lin Dan, sederet pemain China juga berhasil dipoles oleh tangan dingin Om Tong, demikian biasa beliau dipanggil. Adalah Chen Jin. Bao Cun Lai memperpanjang daftar keberhasilan Om Tong. Tong Sin Fu memang warga keturunan. Namun beliau Lahir di Indonesia, besar di Indonesia, berkarya di Indonesia. Hanya karena masalah kewarganegaraan memaksanya hijrah ke negeri ”Tirai Bambu”. Tanyalah kepada beliau betapa besar cintanya kepada Indonesia, betapa besar keinginannya untuk kembali berkarya di Indonesia. Namun perhatian pemerintah terhadap masalah kewarganegaraan membuatnya urung kembali ke negara tercintanya. Seandainya pemerintah tanggap dan peduli akan permasalahan ini, bukan tidak mungkin melalui tangan dinginnya Indonesia akan melahirkan pemain-pemain tingkat dunia yang handal. Kasus serupa pernah menimpa pemain-pemain Indonesia lainya dan bahkan sampai saat ini mereka masih mengalami hal serupa. Jika kasus ini kembali terulang, maka akan lebih banyak Tong Sin Fu, Tong Sin Fu lain yang akan hengkang ke luar negeri. (Arief Rachman)

Tang Xianhu – The Thing  (Is He The Greatest Ever ?)

Tang Xian HuI was wondering if someone would volunteer to consolidate whatever material we have on The Thing – Tang Xianhu.

It’s a shame that many of us don’t really know the man who was perhaps the greatest badminton player of the last century.

Although Chinese, Tang Xianhu was born in Indonesia (Teluk Betung, Lampung) on 13 March 1942 (yes, on Friday the 13th)

He grew up in Jakarta speaking Bahasa Indonesia… and, to this day, he is not fluent in either Cantonese or Mandarin.

In the late 1950s, Tang was the leading Indonesian junior and was originally called Thing Hian Houw (which is how he got the nickname ‘The Thing’).

He represented Indonesia in the Malayan Open Championships before a forced ouster programme in Indonesia made him migrate to China.

From 1961 to 1979, Tang Xianhu (representing China) was active in competitive badminton and went on to absolutely dominate the sport.

The unfortunate part was that China’s political compulsions kept him away from Europe, which was quite a good thing for European players.

It’s also reported that Erland Kops, Europe’s finest player, was steamrolled (15-0, 15-0) by Tang Xianhu when they met for an exhibition series.

Well, so much for Kops’ legendary victories at All England !

Tang Xian Hu was literally unbeatable.

Only two players were anywhere in his league – they were his team-mate Hou Jia Chang (who was quite familiar with Tang’s play) and the mercurial Indonesian shuttler Iie Sumirat (possibly the most unreadable badminton player ever).

Rudy Hartono never played Tang, but it is ardently argued by old-timers that Hartono wouldn’t have stood a chance against him. (Well, I know this is gonna raise a few hackles somewhere)

After retiring from competition, Tang took up advanced coaching, first in 1982 as China’s National Coach.

In 1987, he began coaching the Indonesian National Team and stayed put until 1998 when he returned to China.

He was then attached to the Fujian Provincial Badminton Team and was later appointed Head Coach, first for men’s singles and later for men’s doubles.

At the 2000  Sydney Olympics, Tang had the dubious pleasure of watching his pupils from China and Indonesia slug it out. Xia Xuanze lost to Hendrawan who then lost to Ji Xinpeng.

Tang’s biggest mission began in 2002, when he took over as Head Coach for China’s Men’s Doubles of the Chinese National Team (men’s doubles)

The ‘mental toughness training’, which has repeatedly allowed China to fight back even from the brink, is Tang Xian Hu’s contribution.

(One recent example: the MD match at the Singapore Open 2007 where China’s Cai Yun & Fu Haifeng kept their cool to snatch an amazing victory from Malaysia’s Tan Fook Chong & Wan Wah Lee who were frozen on Match Point.)

(One older example: the 2000 Olympics where an unfancied Ji Xinpeng clawed his way to the gold with Tang’s combination prescription of ‘aggression and flexible tactics’.)

In fact, ‘The Thing’ has coached so many top players that the upper tier of the Indonesian and Chinese teams since 1987 owes much to Tang Xianhu.

Principal Competitive Achievements :

Singles Champion – 1963 Games of New Emerging Forces

Singles Champion – 1966 Asian Games of New Emerging Forces

Singles & Team Champion – 1965 to 1975 National Games, China

Mixed Doubles Champion – 1978 Asian Games
Principal Coaching Achievements :

2000  Olympic Games – Men’s Singles Gold (Ji Xinpeng)

2004  Thomas Cup – China – Champions
The Kason TSF 86Ti, used by China’s U-19 national team, was reportedly designed by Tang Xianhu.

Apparently, he wanted a racquet with a range of properties that he specified, including a stiff shaft.

The shaft design (graphite enhanced with titanium) was tailored for short, hard-hitting players.

(Well, only Sir Panda would be able to explain whether this is true)

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China’s dominance ‘may make badminton boring’

Posted by SEJAHTERA BADMINTON on May 18, 2009

GUANGZHOU, China (AFP) — World badminton is in danger of becoming “boring” if China continue to dominate, Malaysia’s team manager said ahead of the Sudirman Cup final between the hosts and South Korea. China, holders of the world team championships trophy, beat Malaysia 3-0 in a one-sided semi-final on Saturday – they have not lost a single match on the way to the final and are strong favourites to retain their crown. “I hope other nations will be able to do more to challenge China, otherwise it will become boring,” Maijol Mahap said immediately after seeing his side flattened by the hosts in the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou. “I hope someone can challenge China, it’s good for badminton as a whole.” China has countered suggestions it is damaging the game with its dominance, saying it is prepared to send its coaches abroad to spread the secrets of its success. But asked if he felt China was doing enough to help other countries improve, Mahap said: “So far I haven’t seen that happening.

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