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01-02-2008, 08:22 AM #1
Rexy cracks whip
Badminton: Rexy cracks whip
By LIM TEIK HUAT
PETALING JAYA: It is hard to discard old habits but coach Rexy Mainaky wants the top doubles pair of Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong to stop the tendency to experiment with their game in what will be a defining year for them.
The duo, who are now ranked number one in the world, have a bright chance to end Malaysia's 12-year medal drought in the Olympics in Beijing in August. Having won seven international titles since they formed a combination in October 2006, Kien Keat-Boon Heong are seen as good bets to win the first Olympic gold medal for Malaysia.
»I am more worried about the players' attitude. They can be stubborn at times« REXY MAINAKY
Vying to be the second Malaysian pair to qualify for the Beijing Games are veterans Lee Wan Wah-Choong Tan Fook, who are ranked at number five, and Copenhagen Masters runners-up Mohd Fairuzizuan Mohd Tazari-Mohd Zakry Latif, who are in 16th spot.
The other doubles pairs under the charge of Rexy are Tan Bin Shen-Ong Soon Hock and Gan Teik Chai-Lin Woon Fui, who are ranked at 19th and 35th respectively.
A country can be represented by two pairs if both are inside the top 16 by the end of April and Rexy said that the Olympics will be the main focus of the year for Malaysian badminton.
“More emphasis will be placed on the preparations for the Olympics and we are looking at two pairs making the cut,” said Rexy.
“Tan Fook-Wan Wah have the better chance to join Kien Keat-Boon Heong as qualifiers but in case of injuries, we still have Fairuzizuan-Zakry.
“Attention will be given on these three pairs to ensure that they get among the top 16.”
All three pairs will feature in six Open tournaments offering ranking points before the Olympics. The season will kick off with the Malaysian Open from Jan 15-20 followed by the Korean Open (Jan 22-27).
The Thomas Cup Asian qualifying rounds will take place in Ho Chi Minh City from Feb 19-24 and the other Opens tournaments ahead of the Olympic qualifying deadline are German Open (Feb 26-March 2), All-England (March 4-9), Swiss Open (March 11-16) and Asian Championships (April 15-20).
Rexy added that he was not worried about the physical conditions of his charges but expressed his hope they would not repeat past mistakes.
“I am more worried about the players' attitude. They can be stubborn at times and do not listen to what we tell them to do,” he said.
“Many times, they play well at the start but tend to vary their game when they get comfortable in the lead. Then they start to panic and don't know how to get out of the situation.
“This happens to all the pairs frequently, especially Kien Keat-Boon Heong.
“They have beaten all the top pairs in the world but they are also starting to lose to the underdogs and this is what I hoped do not happen from now.”
Kien Keat-Boon Heong lost in straight games to Taiwanese Tsai Chia-hsin-Hu Chung-hsien, who are ranked 41st in the world, in the second round of the China Open in November.
They were surprisingly outplayed by the veteran Indonesian-American partnership of Candra Wijaya-Tony Gunawan in the semi-finals of the Hong Kong Open last month.
01-02-2008, 08:39 PM #2
I think Rexy's whip is a little worn out. I mean he has been cracking his whip and pulling his hair on this KKK/TBH for sometime. Maybe Rexy should just accept the fact that KKK/TBH aint gonna be like him & Ricky during their playing days. Rexy should just 'enjoy' his tenure in BAM and not add to his blood pressure. You know, take the salary and go for the makan angin etc. Go with the flow of Malaysia Boleh culture.
It is obvious to me Rexy's standards and expectations are just too high for our glamour duo, KKK/TBH. Cannot win the OG or WC, its ok la, after all they have won the AG gold , All England, PO etc .
By now Rexy should know our shuttlers or the Malaysian mentality. I mean, we are over the moon about our 'big success' at the recent SEA games, but lets see where we stand in the Asian games or the Olympic games. Thats the real test. We should benchmark ourselves against China, India, Japan, Korea in the Asia and USA, Australia, France in the world. But we are celebrating because we won more gold medals in the SEA games than Laos, Cambodia etc etc.
So, Rexy if you are reading this ... relax la bro.
01-02-2008, 08:45 PM #3
If REXY does not crack his whip now, when will he ? After the Olympics ?
01-02-2008, 08:53 PM #4
Its like taking a cane and whipping it against an elephant's behind.
After the Olympics?? Well if didnt win, then we take out that violin and play that old tune "they are still young and there are many more Olympic games in the future"
01-02-2008, 11:24 PM #5
something that have to b consider is rexy,(non-malaysian) did think on how to improve kkk/tbh.suggest n act.
please give some respect to rexy for that.
01-02-2008, 11:27 PM #6
01-02-2008, 11:37 PM #7
01-02-2008, 11:48 PM #8
Pemuda, I think you read too much into the news. Go and approach Rexy and I believe he will tell you from his heart that he really wants our guys to be the best. I seldom got the chance to talk to a person such as him, but somehow I managed talk to him during one of our inter church tournaments and I asked him about kkk & tbh. From his expression and emotions you can see a genuine duty by him to make sure to the best of his ability teach and train our national doubles shuttlers to be the best that they can be and not go by the "malaysia boleh attitude" that you so called mentioned.
01-02-2008, 11:52 PM #9
Rexy is an innovator. He has got them to win many titles last year. As far as I am concerned he has managed them very well. No two ways about this.
Of course, I can always expect you to be 'rubbishing this' as you have not stopped since you started.
01-02-2008, 11:56 PM #10
an advice.dont start the argument.u will take at least 3..4..pages.i mean at least.u are provoking pemuda.got me?
an advice from younger sister.listen to me please.
01-03-2008, 02:32 AM #11
Fu/Cai from China (China players supposed to have better mental strength) flopped in their 1st OG outing in 2004 - they themselves admitted they were not mature enuf then, and pressure.
It's better for Rexy not to put hopes too high. Pressure will too high for the young lads. It's also good for KKK/TBH not to participate in too many tourneys, they are high enuf in the ranking to effort to do so. Lin Dan seems to have same strategy & is missing Msian Open.
I see it also as a veiled message to the relevant authorities, namely NSC & sports ministry - "dont pressure too much for gold". Now NSC soften the stance, used to be 'must get gold from badminton', now is 'medal of any colour in OG'.
01-03-2008, 02:35 AM #12
You jumped the gun by saying that I be 'rubbishing' your opinion. I respect your opinion, so you need not throw all your toys out, ok?
01-03-2008, 02:38 AM #13
01-03-2008, 02:40 AM #14
01-03-2008, 02:52 AM #15
01-03-2008, 02:52 AM #16
But anyway, lets put aside that crystal ball of yours as I am intrigued with your "dont put too much pressure on KKK/TBH" thing.
Ok, lets look at those world champions out there ... Roger Federer, Tiger Woods, do you see them going " ahhh ... relaxs la, let me approach my next tournament with no expectations etc"??
Or lets look at Sir Alex Ferguson, the man is a winner, like it or not. But do you think he will tell his players " ahhhh ... in your next game against Fulham, just relax la, no pressure, dont win also ok"???
I like that basketball legend, Micheal Jordan. And I can tell you, he always pressure himself to do better.
If KKK/TBH aspire to take that OG in Beijing and win that next WC, they gotta set high targets and be able to live and strive under pressure because thats the hallmark of a true champion.
.... but if you are happy with a SEA games gold, Disneyland Open, Phillippines Open title, then the usual "dont put too high hopes, less pressure should be applied la.
Last edited by Pemuda; 01-03-2008 at 02:55 AM.
01-03-2008, 03:52 AM #17
2) I dont have crystal ball - but it's a proven fact - Msian players buckle under intense pressure, less pressure they perform better,and I'm not the only one who say so.
Sure, setting goals & high targets are good. Too much will cause a meltdown as the media calls it.
Drilling & pounding them - "You must win gold or else, you must win gold or else", -ve reinforcement. It's demorilizing. It's called old style of management. You also know.
+ve motivation would be - "you are good, work hard, you can beat them."
(And all this are proven by very successful people, so we no need to debate)
Remember Park Joo Bong when asked why KKK/TBH lost to Japan's pairs, both times he say they're under pressure as top pair, too nervous. For Japanese pairs, only good performance. I dont qualify to comment but PJB was World Class player, his comments, diplomatic or not, should count for sthing.
And yes, you'll say if they want to be champs, overcome it, etc, etc, etc. Sure they must rise higher, work harder and all that. Will putting them in pressure cooker them the next 8 months do any good?
And about celebrating SEA Games thingy, huh? who's celebrating?? The Sports Minister & Prime Minister said the good results must be continued to OG.
In real life, I've found that +ve motivation works gets better results, with my subordinates & my superiors, regardless of race, country, religion. Hitting hard doesnt do any good long term.
Msian players are faced with intense criticism in everything they do, worse than celebrity. And worse than the sportsmen you mention, at least they earn millions per year - so the pressure also equivalent to the millions that they earn.
In my humble opinion, the pressure doesnt correspond with the rewards, not for badminton. After they retire at 30+, most still have to slog just to make ends meet. But that's another issue.
And again, do you see Indonesia's fans, sports association, etc, pressurizing and critizing their players as much? Or South Korea? Or Denmark ? Or even China. And they have won OG gold.
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