Saturday, January 31, 2009

Wong Mew Choo looks abit different here , she looks........different!
younger i think , right ? prettier....?

and if you're thinking who is that lady between them , that lady is a fan i guess
Becoz , she's not mew choo's parents neither chong wei's , so it must be a fan !

Thats all for now ! XOXO !

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Saturday January 31, 2009

Mew Choo left out of All-England squad

KUALA 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 (March 3-8) and Swiss Open (March 10-15) 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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Saturday, January 24, 2009


Badminton : Mew Choo in But Doubt Persists

Wong Mew Choo’s knee injury is so serious she may miss the 2010 Asian Games.
Wong Mew Choo’s knee injury is so serious she may miss the 2010 Asian Games.

INJURY-PRONE Wong Mew Choo is the latest to be included in the 2012 London Olympics programme as questions are raised about keeping faith with a bunch of shuttlers who will be in their late 20s or may have even hung up their racquets by then.

Sports Minister Datuk Ismail Sabri Yaakob, however, defended the London 2012 steering committee's decision as the shuttlers were selected based on their world ranking and have the experience to go for medals again, despite fears they could be past their prime.

Mew Choo's career has been constantly hampered by injury problems and she is currently recovering from a serious knee injury, which makes even an appearance in the 2010 Asian Games doubtful.

World No 1 Lee Chong Wei, 27, World No 5 Zakry Latif-Fairuzizuan Tazari, both 26, women's doubles World No 2 Wong Pei Tty (pic) and Chin Eei Hui are 28 and 27 respectively were all named as medal prospects by the committee on Thursday.

Only Koo Kien Keat, 24, and Tan Boon Heong, 22, will be in their prime.
"We have to go by the current world ranking as the level of the back-up players is way below par. But this doesn't mean that we will sideline the back-up players as they will be considered in the list if they prove their worth."

"We have considered the age factor but there have been instances where older players have won gold, such as Poul Erik Hoyer Larsen (of Denmark) who was past 30 when he won in 1996.

"However, if the listed players' performance deteriorates, we will consider others who have shown progress."

Pei Tty-Eei Hui have already indicated their objective is to play until the 2010 Asian Games while Chong Wei, who is still good enough to play in another Olympics, may not be good enough for a second medal.

Zakry-Fairuz's inconsistency means younger pairs like Mak Hee Chun-Tan Wee Kiong and Goh Wei Shem-Ong Jian Guo are better prospects for the future.

Still, it is not too late and the steering committee must review the performance of those shortlisted at the end of the year and decide accordingly.

My comments : oh god ! is it that bad ?

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Saturday January 24, 2009

Ismail admits to blunder in naming badminton squad


KUALA LUMPUR: The Youth and Sports Minister has admitted to blundering when naming the squads for the 2012 London Olympic Games — especially for the badminton team — on Thursday.

Just 24 hours after leaving out top women’s singles shuttler Wong Mew Choo from the cast for the Road to London programme, Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said yesterday that the 26-year-old injury-prone player was back on the list.

“It was a mistake. She may be injured now. But we hope she will get back on her feet. Her world ranking is still high and she is still considered one of the potentials for the London Games,” said Ismail.

Holding court: Youth and Sports Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaacob (left) visiting the badminton hall at Stadium Juara at Bukit Kiara Friday. — KAMARUL ARIFFIN / The Star

He made the U-turn during a press conference after inspecting a new hostel for the shuttlers at the Rakan Muda Complex, which is adjacent to the national training centre in Stadium Juara in Bukit Kiara yesterday.

Mew Choo is ranked 12th in the world, just four rungs ahead of rising star Julia Wong.

If Mew Choo, who is down with knee and elbow injuries, does not get back to action soon, Julia, who is breathing down her neck, is expected to overtake the Malaysian Open runner-up this year.

National Sports Council (NSC) director general Datuk Zolkples Embong, who also confirmed that Mew Choo’s name was not in the initial list, said they did not want to put undue pressure on the shuttler by adding her name in the first place.

Besides Mew Choo, the others in the badminton squad are Lee Chong Wei (world No. 1), Mohd Zakry Abdul Latif-Mohd Fairuzizuan Mohd Tazari (No. 4), Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong (No. 5) and Chin Eei Hui-Wong Pei Tty (who dropped from the top to No. 2 in the latest rankings list on Thursday).

Except for Kien Keat-Boon Heong, the others will be about 30 when the Olympics are held.

To complicate matters, the BAM’s coaching and training committee have yet to meet to finalise their squad although BAM president Datuk Nadzmi Mohd Salleh, who was at yesterday’s press conference, said that a decision had been made.

Questions were also raised on the early announcement of the badminton squad for the London Games.

Ismail defended the move, saying it was not an oversight although most of the shuttlers would have reached their prime by then.

“We are led to believe that these players will be in good condition until the next Games . We did not name any future potential players because there is a big gap in standard between these youngsters and the current top players,” said Ismail.

“But we are not closing the door on them. The government’s focus will also be on the back-up players. And, if at any time, these players show promise, we will include them in the Olympic programme. For now, their inclusion cannot be justified.”

Meanwhile, the badminton players will have to wait for at least two more years for a new centre of excellence in Taman Maluri to be ready.

The centre was given as a reward by the government following badminton’s feat in winning a silver medal through Chong Wei at the Beijing Olympics last August.

“It will take at least two more years for this new excellence centre to be ready,” said Ismail.

“We have decided to house the players at the Rakan Muda Complex near Stadium Juara so that they will be no delay in the preparation of the squad towards the London Games.”

The shuttlers from Bukit Jalil are expected to move to the Rakan Muda Complex when upgrading work is completed in March.

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Friday, January 23, 2009

Blow to badminton


PUTRAJAYA: Badminton suffered a blow but archery is expected to enjoy a major facelift this year with the government’s decision to officially name three sports under their — Road to London — Olympic Games programme yesterday.

As expected, cycling was also named as the sport with the potential to win medals at the London Games in 2012.

Yesterday, in a bid to get a head start, the names of athletes earmarked for the programme were also revealed. The only notable name missing from the cast was top women’s singles shuttler Wong Mew Choo.

Hard decision: BAM have to decide whether to give Mew Choo more time to come back from her injuries or find a replacement.

The Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) are now left with two options — find a replacement for the injury-prone Mew Choo or give the national No. 1 more time to come back and stake her claim for a place in the Olympic squad.

Yesterday, Youth and Sports Minister Datuk Ismail Sabri Yaakob said that the three sports would enjoy greater attention from the government in the next three years leading to the Games.

“We have formed three sub-committees — finance, planning and preparation and sports science to look into the interests of these three sports,” said Sabri.

“There will be more competitions and attachment programmes to improve their standard.

“For badminton, the focus will also be in the mixed doubles. The names of the potential mixed doubles players will be named later.”

Among the three sports, archery has not enjoyed much foreign outings and Sabri said the government had given the green light for archery to enjoy more exposure.

“Archery has shown that it have the potential. But the archers have only enjoyed five to six international competitions in the past. Like the Europeans, we want them to go for at least 10 international tournaments a year,” said Sabri.

“They will also have attachment programmes in Europe to get acclimatised to the conditions that they can expect in London.”

Sabri said that a Memorandum of Understanding with the Bath and Marlborough Universities would be signed soon to provide an alternative training ground for the Malaysian Olympians in Europe.

With the bigger budget and more emphasis, Sabri said that it was only natural to expect better results from these sports at the next Games in London.

“All we want is for the squads to do better than at the Beijing Games. Anything more than one silver medal will be an achievement,” said Sabri.

In Beijing, Lee Chong Wei was the sole medal winner when he won the silver after losing to China’s Lin Dan in the men’s singles final last August.

Sabri urged the other sports not to lose heart although they were not under the Road to London programme, which would be officially launched on Feb 2.

He said that sports like hockey might be included if they showed promise before firing a parting shot at those already in the programme: “Do not take your places for granted."

My Opinion , BAM should give Mew Choo some time , I believe she'll be like Zhou Mi , late to shine ( as in late to show their talents ) , ok fine , dun compare with other countries . Let's compare with Malaysian's shuttlers then , CHIN EI HUI - WONG PEI TTY , They've been joining the Olympics since 2000 and they were playing since 1997 I think and NOW oni , they shine their talents , so I believe Mew Choo STILL has her chance .

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Sunday, January 18, 2009

Sorry for the lack updates guys ! here....a recent wan...

It’s all in the mind
By Haresh Deol January 06, 2009 Categories: Badminton

It’s all in the mind
In science we learned that light travels faster than sound. But now it likes like the national singles shuttlers travel faster than light. Yes! This was the scenario when the singles players arrived at the Putra Stadium the lights were out. In actual fact the lights were switched on 30 minutes late yesterday — at 7am, 30 minutes later than the 6.30am time.

Though the players lost 30 minutes, nevertheless, they quickly got to work and trained diligently — occasionally coming out with jokes and laughing it out.

There was no drift in the venue as the air condition was only turned on almost an hour later, just in time for the doubles team to take their positions in court.

The singles players only managed 1 1/2 hours of quality training — minus the presence of national singles coach Datuk Misbun Sidek who is recovering from a lung infection.

Yet, psychologist Frederick Tan believes it is all in the mind.

After spending some time chatting with the players, he picked Lee Chong Wei as an example and said: “I’m not worried about Chong Wei.

He is a disciplined player and knows what to do without being told. It’s all about sitting down and opening up.

He is a very focused player and even without Misbun (Sidek) around, he knows what to do.”

In contrast, Frederick said it is top women’s player Wong Mew Choo that he is worried about.

Mew Choo will not compete in the Malaysia Open due to a nagging knee injury. The KL lass, however, has not been at her best since returning from the Beijing Olympics last August. The once bubbly shuttler now cuts a solemn figure and is hardly seen around.

Even national head coach Rashid Sidek hopes Mew Choo will benefit from the almost two months lay-off and come back strong for the All-England championships.

“Mew Choo needs to build her mental strength. She’s not in her best condition and this has dampened her spirits.

Her mind wants to carry on, but her legs wouldn’t allow it. It can be very frustrating,” added Frederick.

Frederick, who is attached to the National Sports Institute, added the masses are unaware of the pressure absorbed by such players. “There are good days and there are bad days. Statements are made and they are constantly in the limelight — good or bad.

“The players need to learn how to be independent and know how to ward off such pressure so that it will not affect their play.”

“Misbun is not around today but Chong Wei needs to learn that the coach’s ‘shadow’ is lurking around. In the near future, I may not be around too and Chong Wei needs to know that my shadow too will be lurking around as well.

“It’s all in the mind...and we need to keep it that way.”

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Saturday, January 3, 2009

Tuesday June 19, 2007

Malaysia make bid to host 2010 Thomas Cup

PETALING JAYA: Malaysia have made a bid to host the 2010 Thomas Cup Finals (world men's team championship).

But they will not host the Uber Cup Finals (world women’s team championship) if the Badminton World Federation (BWF) decide to stage it separately.

The Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) secretary, Ganga Rao, said yesterday: “We submitted the bid in December last year and it was brought to the attention of the delegates at the annual general meeting (AGM) in Glasgow over the weekend.”

However, a final decision on the bid is expected to be made later in the year.

Besides Malaysia, China and Brazil have applied to stage the Thomas Cup Finals while Japan are interested to play hosts to the Uber Cup Finals.

The Thomas Cup was first staged in 1948 while the Uber Cup made its debut 1956. And both competitions were staged simultaneously biennially from 1984.

Indonesia hold the record of being the most successful country in the Thomas Cup, having won the event 13 times while China dominated the Uber Cup with nine championship to their name.

Malaysia last hosted the Thomas Cup at the Putra Stadium in Kuala Lumpur in 2000 and was eliminated in the group stages.

Malaysia have won the Thomas Cup six times with the last victory achieved when they were the hosts in 1992.

Sorry guys , I din read the news as I wasn't IN to badminton when i was 13 years old ( 2007 ) , I got interested in Badminton when i was 14 ( 2008 ) and now I'm 15 ! !!!!!!!! and I'm CRAZY about badminton especially WONG MEW CHOO !

haha , k thats all for now . good night people !

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MAS[MAS] Mew Choo WONG [6]

Wong Mew Choo will meet Pia Zebadiah of Indonesia in her first round , I expect Mew Choo to win this match , I mean her chances are high ...YAY....................

Rashid hands Lydia and Julia a challenge
Friday, 02 January 2009
Lydia Cheah (left) and Julia Wong will play a crucial part in Malaysia’s bid for the women’s singles title in the World Championships in Hyderabad on Aug 10-16.
Lydia Cheah (left) and Julia Wong will play a crucial part in Malaysia’s bid for the women’s singles title in the World Championships in Hyderabad on Aug 10-16.

NATIONAL singles chief coach Rashid Sidek has challenged Julia Wong and Lydia Cheah to utilise the opportunities they receive from the BA of Malaysia (BAM) to turn into quality international players this year.

The marked decline of Wong Mew Choo, who has been Malaysia's sole flag-bearer in the women's singles for several years, due to injuries has exposed Malaysia to a bleak future in the women's singles.

Mew Choo, ranked World No 11, has lost in all the preliminary rounds in the tournaments she competed since the Beijing Olympics and is currently undergoing rehabilitation for knee and ankle injuries.

Malaysia's main target will be the World Championships in Hyderabad on Aug 10-16 where Rashid expects Julia to carry the burden should Mew Choo remains injured.

Rashid also said Julia and Lydia's progress will be crucial for the Uber Cup Final, which will be held in Kuala Lumpur next year, where Malaysia need to assemble a decent squad as hosts.
"Mew Choo is struggling with injuries and it is going to take some time before she recovers. In the meantime, Julia and Lydia must stand up and be counted," said Rashid.

"Both players have been given regular exposure over the last two years but have not been very consistent.

"Julia has a better temperament and battling skills while Lydia is easily rattled when the going gets tough.

"They must make breakthroughs this year and play the leading roles as Mew Choo is far from her best and this means one of them will get the chance of playing in the World Championships."

Julia and Lydia would be competing in the Malaysia and Korea Opens and Rashid expects them to produce a good result and avoid suffering defeats to unknown players.

Julia has an easy draw in the Malaysia Open where she should make at least the quarter-finals where she is expected to meet World No 1 Zhou Mi of Hong Kong while Lydia must overcome another Hong Kong player Yip Pui Yin, the 2006 Asian Games silver medallist, in the second round.

oh well...........Hopefully Mew Choo will recover SOON ! I have a tiny question here , Malaysia will be hosting Uber Cup 2009 or 2010 ? scroll back up and see the words I highlited

Lee Chong Wei is the heavy favourite to win both of these tournaments and in Malaysia, both he and women's doubles pair Chin/Wong will bear the home country's hopes as top seeds. Wong Mew Choo will be looking for her first ever win at home but she has her work cut out for her as she is likely to meet defending champion Tine Rasmussen in the quarter-finals.

MEW CHOO !! Malaysia needs you !!! Badminton Queeeeeeeeeen !

Thats all for now !

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Thursday, January 1, 2009

well , this is a very common picture . Everyone has seen it right ? well . I've found few more...

2003 Sea Games

and This was recently , both of them went and visit their Coach Misbun Sidek . ( 2 days ago )

guys ! Happy new year !! 2009 and I'm 15 , Sitting for PMR this year , so i'm not very sure whether I'll update that much of news anot . But I'll try my best to update AT LEAST 1 post everyday , K guys ?

thats all for now ! bye !!

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