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“I’m weighing another offer” – doubles coach Jeremy Gan decides it’s time to leave BAM

National men’s doubles coach Jeremy Gan has decided that it is time for him to part ways with the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM).

Jeremy Gan tendered his resignation last Friday after receiving an offer from “another country”, but he did not specify any name.

His illustrious career with BAM spanned over 15 years, and he has coached the likes of Tan Wee Kiong, Woon Khe Wei, Chan Peng Soon, Goh Liu Ying, Goh V Shem, Tan Wee Kiong, and more.

“I’ve been approached by another country and I’m weighing the offer. I’ll decide soon,” The Star quoted Jeremy Gan as saying.

BAM president Datuk Seri Norza Zakaria accepts Jeremy Gan’s decision – while adding that no one is bigger than the institution.

“No one is indispensable and he has his own reason.” Datuk Norza said, according to NST.

“The current structure is led by head coaches, and each head coach must have their assistants to work together to fulfill their targets and objectives.”

“This (Jeremy’s resignation) is all part and parcel of this new transformation. As I have said before, no one is bigger than the institution.” he added.

National shuttler and 2016 Rio Olympics silver medalist Goh V Shem wishes his coach all the best in his future undertakings. Jeremy Gan was responsible for grooming Goh V Shem and his partner Tan Wee Kiong to become world no 1, and he was the mastermind behind the pair’s 2016 Rio Olympics success.

“I don’t know why he (Jeremy) resigned. But I hope he will carry on as a coach and I wish him all the best.” V Shem told Harian Metro.

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#JapanOpen: Lee Chong Wei fall to Viktor Axelsen during his 100th career final

Malaysia’s badminton king Datuk Lee Chong Wei’s dream to bag the Japan Open title was thwarted by Denmark’s Viktor Axelsen on Sunday night.

The Dane proved too strong an opponent for Lee Chong Wei as he dominated the game from the first set. Axelsen outclassed Chong Wei 14-21 as the latter tried to catch up but to no avail.

Lee Chong Wei bounced back in the second set to show just what he’s capable of — he claimed the second set in an intense bout emerged victorious with 21-19.

However, Axelsen came back to take charge of the third set and crushed Chong Wei’s 100th career final by winning 14-21 and take the Japan Open title home.

The scoreline marks Chong Wei’s second defeat to Axelsen out of their 11 meetings.

Watch the 2017 Japan Open final match here:

 

 

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Goh V Shem & Tan Wee Kiong get new partners ahead of French Open

Badminton Association of Malaysia recently decided that the Goh V Shem – Tan Wee Kiong partnership has to come to an end.

This decision to terminate the partnership was made in light of the pair’s inability to emulate their stunning performance in other tournaments since the 2016 Rio Olympics.

The two shuttlers have been given new partners; Goh V Shem will be paired up with Teo Ee Yi, while Tan Wee Kiong will partner with Ong Yew Sin for the upcoming French Open which will take place in Paris from 24th until 29th October.

“I sensed an end to my partnership with Wee Kiong after our second-round defeat at the World Championships in Glasgow last month. I was prepared,” V Shem told The Star.

“Our personalities are different. We’ve tried all that we could and it’s best we try something new. It was good while it lasted. I’ll always remember how we defeated Lee Yong-dae-Yoo Yeon-seong of South Korea en route to winning the silver in the Olympics in Rio.” he added.

 

“It’s time to move on. I’ll try to make it work with Ee Yi. We need to move up the rankings fast as there are many major tournaments next year.”

Tan Wee Kiong also remains optimistic and it determined to make his new partnership work in the impending tournaments.

“Yew Sin has lots of potential. I’ve played with him before. The next two European tournaments will give us an indication as to where we stand on the international stage.”

Apart from the French Open, the new pairs will also be testing their partnership at the Bitburger Badminton Open that will take place in Germany from the 27th October until 1st of November 2017.

No more Goh V Shem-Tan Wee Kiong for Malaysia?

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Confirmed: Morten Frost Hansen resigns as BAM technical director

Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) president Datuk Seri Norza Zakaria has confirmed that Morten Frost Hansen has resigned from his position as the technical director of the association.

“Morten has resigned. We have accepted his decision,” BAM president Datuk Seri Norza Zakaria told the press after the coaching and training committee (CNT) meeting.

“We take it in an amicable way. We thank him for what he has done and wish him the best.” Datuk Seri Norza Zakaria added.

Amidst all the rumours, Morten Frost asserts that his resignation was tendered due to personal reasons – and has absolutely nothing to do with Malaysia’s mediocre performance at the 2017 Kuala Lumpur SEA Games and the recent Badminton World Championship in Glasgow.

“I’m sad but there’s no regrets. I resigned due to personal reasons that I cannot divulge.” Harian Metro quoted him as saying.

“But I can assure you that it has nothing to do with Malaysia’s performance in badminton tournaments this year. In sports, there are always ups and downs.” Frost added.

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Morten Frost joined BAM back in 2015 and his contract is supposed to end only in 2020.

Since his abrupt resignation, there has been no names proposed for the position of BAM Technical Director so far.

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No more Goh V Shem-Tan Wee Kiong for Malaysia?

It’s been a tough year for top national shuttlers Goh V Shem and Tan Wee Kiong.

2016 Rio Olympics silver-medallists’ partnership is destined for doom as the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) has been thinking of dissolving their partnership.

Badminton Association of Malaysia have decided that the Goh V Shem – Tan Wee Kiong partnership can no longer continue. This decision comes in light of the pair’s inability to emulate their stunning performance in other tournaments since the 2016 Rio Olympics.

Rumour has it that the two shuttlers will be paired with younger partners, although there is no official confirmation on names so far.

According to BAM’s technical director, Morten Frost, they have had discussions with both V Shem and Wee Kiong and decided that splitting up the pair will be the best way to alleviate and improve performance in the men’s department.

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“We (Frost and coach Cheah Soon Kit) have had discussions with them. Both players have agreed to the split, but they’re not quitting the sport,” The Star quoted Frost as saying.

“The World Championships in Glasgow last month was their final platform to impress but they failed.” he added. The duo suffered early exit as they crashed out in second round to Korea’s Chung Eeu-seok-Kim Duk-young.

“This is the best option. There’s no point trying to force something that doesn’t work,” said Frost.

“We have worked hard with this doubles pair and turned every possible stone to revive their fortunes, but it’s simply not working.”

BAM will announce the official decision regarding Goh V Shem and Tan Wee Kiong’s partnership after the Coaching and Training Committee (C&T) meeting which will be chaired by president Datuk Seri Norza Zakaria. The meeting is set to take place next Monday.

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2017 Vietnam Open: 10 Malaysian shuttlers march into quarterfinals

Malaysia’s top men’s doubles pair Chooi Kah Ming and Low Juan Shen suffered an unfortunate fate the 2017 Vietnam Open.

The duo lost 16-21, 22-20, 15-21 to Thailand’s Tinn Isriyanet-Kittisak Namdash in the second round bout at the men’s doubles category.

Chooi Kah Ming and Low Juan Shen also crashed out of the 2017 Glasgow World Championship in a similar fashion – succumbing to Denmark’s Mathias Boe and Carsten Morgensen.

“We played quite badly. We made simple mistakes in the third game and that broke our confidence,” The Star quoted him as saying.

However, a number of other Malaysian shuttlers have made it to the quarter-finals after clearing their round two matches.

Chan Peng Soon and Cheah Yee See will be going up against Taiwan’s Tseng Min Hao and Hu Ling Fang.

In men’s singles, Goh Giap Chin will take on Darren Liew.

Soong Fie Cho and Tee Jing Yi will meet Thailand’s Chayanit Chaladchalam-Phataimas Muenwong; Chow Mei Kuan-Lee Meng Yean to take on Misato Aratama and Akana Watanabe in women’s doubles.

Shia Chun Kang-Tan Wee Gien will face Taiwan’s Lin Shang Kai-Yang Po Hsuan in men’s doubles.

 

Photo: Sports Malaysia

The YONEX Sunrise 2017 is happening from 4th until 10th September.

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Badminton: Soniia Cheah and Goh Jin Wei are through to the finals!

Malaysian shuttlers Soniia Cheah and Goh Jin Wei are through to the finals!

Soniia Cheah only needed to sets to outclass her opponent, Indonesia’s Gregoria Mariska Tanjung in the women’s singles event. Sonnia defeated Gregoria 22-20, 21-13.

Meanwhile, Goh Jin Wei also put up a stellar performance against Thailand’s Pornpawee Chochuwong. Goh Jin Wei took the first with an impressive 21-9, but let her lead slip in the second set by succumbing 10-21 to Chochuwong.

However, she bounced back in the third set to snatch the victory after upsetting her opponent 21-18 in an intense battle.

Malaysia’s mixed doubles team Goh Soon Huat and Shevon Lai also successfully made it to the finals after defeating Thailand 18-21, 26-24, 21-18.