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01-08-2012, 10:02 PM #1
[BAM]Malaysia in danger of missing Thomas Cup FinalsMalaysia in danger of missing Thomas Cup Finals
Saturday, 07 Jan 2012
By RAJES PAUL
There is a growing fear that Malaysia may suffer the humiliation of not qualifying for the Thomas Cup Finals for the first time ever.
The defeat of the country’s top men’s doubles pair Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong by Taiwanese Fang Chieh-min-Lee Sheng-mu in the Korean Open on Thursday certainly does not offer much optimism. Given the duo’s wretched form, Malaysia can only count on Lee Chong Wei for the Thomas Cup qualifiers in Macau from Feb 13-19.
Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong’s winless run is certain proof that the beleaguered pair cannot be depended on for a point. To make matters worse, the inconsistency of the back-up players has further dimmed Malaysia’s prospect of making the cut for the 12-team Finals.
Without much depth in the team, a big question mark has been raised whether Malaysia can win one of the four tickets available in the qualifying tournament.
China are assured of a berth by virtue of being the defending champion and hosts of the Finals, which will be held in Wuhan from May 20-27. The other tickets for the Finals go to Europe (four), Oceania (1), Africa (1) and Pan-America (1).
In the battle among the Asian teams, it is clear that South Korea, Indonesia and Japan have better depth than Malaysia. This means Malaysia will have to fight with Taiwan, Hong Kong and India for the last spot.
A desperate Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) have indicated that they are willing to open up the selection to non-BAM players to come up with the best possible team.
BAM general manager Kenny Goh said: “All the national singles and doubles coaches have been instructed to select the best players for the qualifying tournament in Macau. We are even willing to open the selection to players who are not part of the BAM set-up.”
This means non-BAM players like Wong Choong Hann, Mohd Hafiz Hashim, Lee Wan Wah, Chan Chong Ming, Zulfadli Zulkifli, Gan Teik Chai, Tan Bin Shen, Mohd Zakry Abdul Latif, Mohd Fairuzizuan Mohd Tazari could make the squad for badminton’s most prestigious team event.
“BAM will be sending the best team for the qualifiers. It does not matter whether the players are in or out of the BAM set-up. The coaches have been asked to pick the best players available. They may even want one of the doubles players for the singles if they show the potential,” said Kenny.
“We are confident that the team will qualify for the Finals and, as usual, we are looking at every aspect to ensure that we only send the best to the competition,” he added.
For most of the players vying for the spot – both the back-up and former internationals – the Maybank Malaysia Open, which starts on Tuesday with the qualifying tournament at Putra Stadium, will be the final platform to impress the national coaches.
This will certainly raise the standard of the competition in this year’s home tournament.
All countries have to acknowledge their interest to compete in the qualifiers to the Badminton World Federation (BWF) by Jan 10. They must name their 10-man squads by Jan 24.
At for the Uber Cup Finals, which will also be held in Wuhan, the weakened national women’s team can virtually forget about winning one of three tickets up for grabs.
Courtesy of The Star
01-11-2012, 10:57 PM #2
i officially declare that malaysia need a miracle to qualify for the finals
01-11-2012, 11:05 PM #3
i don't think Malaysia needs a miracle to beat Taiwan, if it comes down to that.
this is Thomas Cup. Malaysia will have problem beating Taiwan in Uber or Sudirman Cup, however.
01-11-2012, 11:17 PM #4
Desperate is a good word. It brings up a few points.
1) Let me think...wasn't there a time when BAM actually chose the third ranked MD pair to attend the world championship. The second ranked pair were an independent pair
2) there is an independent player who is banned from Asian tournaments.
3) sounds like the KKK/TBH pairing have hit a block and taken their partnership as far as it can go. Would a change of partners be appropriate for tactics?
01-11-2012, 11:26 PM #5
a lot will depend on the draw and the tournament format.
does anyone happen to know what tournament format will the qualification be in?
01-11-2012, 11:28 PM #6
KG (1 of 3 stooges) 'willing to open selection to non-BAM players' NOW...that is desperation at the utmost to save their skin to avoid a 1st time exit from TC finals after all, the 3 stooges have been running this ship to the ground and abusing their powers when it came to selecting players to WC11. Other countries can blame lacking funds, not BAM for sure and what to show for - 1 lone 29-yr old world class MS player and that is about it folks. And still business as usual, tidak apa attitude...Malaysian badminton is so screwed by these 3 clowns and the circus continues....amazing.
01-11-2012, 11:37 PM #7
Looks like a funding cut is on the cards for BAM. Would Ong Ewe Hock respond to emergency call?
01-11-2012, 11:38 PM #8
01-12-2012, 12:09 AM #9
01-12-2012, 12:20 AM #10
01-12-2012, 02:08 AM #11
Well, it might surprise most of the normal Malaysians but most of us in BC are already aware of this...
After MAS men's defeat to Japan in TC 2010 and Thailand to AG 2010, we know that we are hopeless in team events...
01-12-2012, 08:50 PM #12
01-12-2012, 09:02 PM #13
01-12-2012, 09:27 PM #14
I am watching the SEA games in 2011. Badminton of course.
Malaysia only sending their amateur squad for team event. Meanwhile, both Thailand and Indonesia sending their full squad.
Amazingly, Malaysia qualified for the final round of team event against Indonesia. I don't remember the result of the final. What can you deduce from that?
01-12-2012, 09:49 PM #15
i am watching malaysia open 2012 which indicate the latest progress of player
no need to mention ina,korea,china who mas sure lose
mas vs chinese taipei
lcw vs hsu jen hao
hafiz vs hsueh hsuan yi,high probability hafiz lost,80%
liew daren vs chou tien chen,65% chou will win
koo/tan vs lee/fang,they just beat koo/tan
goh/lim vs chen/lin,65% chinese taipei will win
mas vs japan
lcw vs sho sasaki
hafiz vs kenichi tago
liew daren vs kazushi yamada
koo/tan vs hirokatsu/hirata
goh/lim vs naoki/sato
mas vs thailand
lcw vs boonsak ponsana
hafiz vs tanongsak
liew daren vs suppanyu
koo/tan vs bodin/jongjit
goh/lim vs songphon/sudket,50%- 50%
see? or anyone think suddenly koo/tan found their form?
hafiz yoyo up?
goh/lim play their best game ever?
liew daren suddenly wake up?
how high the probability all the thing above will happen togather?0.000001?
01-12-2012, 11:54 PM #16
01-13-2012, 08:37 PM #17
MAS official Thomas Cup Team
Mens Team members:
Lee Chong Wei
Mohammad Hafiz Hashim
Koo Kien Keat/Tan Boon Heong
Goh "V" Shem/Lim Khim Wah
Hoon Thien How
Teo Kok Siang
Women Team members:
Tee Jing Yi
Lydia Cheah Li Ya
Sonia Cheah Su Ya
Wong Pei Thy/Chin Ee Hui
Vivian Hoo Kah Mun/Woon Khe Wei
Goh Liu Ying/Lim Yin Loo
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