The Star Online > Sports Saturday September 6, 2008 Badminton: No strength in numbers By RAJES PAUL KUALA LUMPUR: Rashid Sidek began with 14 singles players when he became chief coach of the Project 2010-2012 four years ago. Now, only four – Tan Chun Seang, Chong Wei Feng, Liew Daren and Mohd Arif Abdul Latif – are seen as having the potential to qualify for the 2012 London Olympic Games. The fate of six others – Lim Fang Yang, Vountus Indra Mawan, Chan Kwon Beng, Lok Chong Chieh, Zairul Hafiz Zainuddin and Loo Yik Siang – are hanging in balance. They have not been impressive and are waiting for the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) to decide whether to give them a second chance. Four other equally talented shuttlers – Lim Kenn, Chong Li Qun, Beryno Wong and Mohd Syafiq Jamaluddin – had dropped out along the way. Bright hope: Ching Wei Feng is among the four shuttlers seen as having the potential to qualify for the London Olympics in 2012. Rashid is confident that Chun Seang, Wei Feng, Daren and Arif will be able to close the gap on the country’s No. 1 men’s singles shuttler Lee Chong Wei in the next four years. “These players will be sent out more often. They have the potential to be the next Chong Wei,” said Rashid. Two of them – Chun Seang and Arif – will be in action at next week’s Taiwan Open in Taipei and Rashid said he would be satisfied if the duo could pull off one or two upset wins. “My players are quite inconsistent right now. One day, they play brilliantly and the next day I can hardly recognise the player on court. Though dumbfounded, I find it a challenge to help them become more consistent,” said Rashid. Rashid also took a swipe at his former charges for being impatient. “There is no short cut to success. It involves a lot of hard work and discipline. Sometimes, we do not see the results immediately. Players need to be patient,” he said. “I am happy that the current lot are disciplined. They are punctual for training, though sometimes they can be quite playful.” As for the men’s doubles department, Rashid is left with Chan Peng Soon, Mohd Razif Abdul Latif, Khoo Chung Chiat, Mohd Lutfi Khalid, Ong Jian Guo, Goh Wei Shem, Chow Pak Chuu and Poh Chai Boon. Rosman Razak handles the doubles players. The loss of the talented Chang Hun Pin of Penang has been a huge blow for the doubles department. Hun Pin had to give up the game because of kidney failure and now requires dialysis treatment. The women’s singles squad also suffered a setback following Anita Raj Kaur’s decision to leave and pursue her studies overseas. Rashid and Rosman are now left with Julia Wong, Lydia Cheah, Sanatasah Saniru, Amelia Anscelly, Nairul Suhaida Abdul Latif, Lim Yin Loo and Ng Paou Ling. “It can be quite demoralising when some of the players leave after we have spent so much time and effort grooming them. But that is something I have learnt to accept. I am confident though that with regular exposure at a higher level, we will be able to produce world-beaters from this group of shuttlers,” said Rashid. http://www.thestar.com.my/services/printerfriendly.asp?file=/2008/9/6/sports/22254601.asp&sec=sports _________________________________________________________________ hi there extreme, LOL, your article how come half way only? And Chang Hun Pin poor thing, hope his health gets better.