02-18-2008, 09:45 PM #69
from The Star
Badminton: Kim Hock sets lofty targets for men and women in qualifiers
By RAJES PAUL
PETALING JAYA: It will only be considered a successful outing for Malaysia in the Thomas-Uber Cup qualifying tournament if the men emerge as the champions and the women qualify for the Finals on merit.
But, on paper, it looks easier for the men than the women to make it a double joy for Malaysia in the Asian qualifiers, which begins today in Ho Chi Minh City.
The Malaysian men will swing into action tomorrow when they take on the Philippines and Cambodia in their Group A ties.
The women, meanwhile, will begin their campaign against India in Group D on Thursday.
In the absence of defending champions China and Indonesia, who will host the Finals from May 11-19 in Jakarta, there is no reason for the Malaysian men not to emerge champions.
Their only stumbling block will be South Korea, who are powered by the resurgent Lee Hyun-il.
National chief coach Yap Kim Hock said their priority was to improve the players’ individual world rankings.
“The target for the men here is to win one of the four slots for the Finals. But the main concern is for the players to improve their world standings,” said Kim Hock in a telephone interview from Ho Chi Minh City.
“Currently, the Malaysian men’s team are ranked fourth (behind China, Indonesia and Denmark) and we want to be seeded second at the Finals in Jakarta.
“The tournament is also important for several of our men’s singles and doubles players as far as collecting Olympic qualifying points are concerned. This will be an extra motivation for them to win all their matches.”
World No. 2 Lee Chong Wei will lead the men’s team. The others in the team are Wong Choong Hann, Mohd Hafiz Hashim, Mohd Arif Abdul Latif, Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong, Choong Tan Fook-Lee Wan Wah and Mohd Fairuzizuan Mohd Tazari-Mohd Zakry Abdul Latif.
Seasoned campaigner Choong Hann, Hafiz and Fairuzizuan-Zakry are the ones determined to strengthen their bids to qualify for the Beijing Olympics.
Kim Hock said the women, led by China Open champion Wong Mew Choo, had a fighting chance of making the top three. (Only the top three nations get automatic berths to the Finals.)
But even if Malaysia were to finish fourth, they could still have a shot at making it to the Finals.
“Scotland are the fourth-ranked team in the European Zone. If Malaysia finish fourth here (at the qualifiers), we will make it to the Finals because we are ranked higher than the Scottish team,” said Kim Hock.
A new Badminton World Federation (BWF) rule states that only one of the fourth-ranked teams at the European and Asian Zones will make it to the Finals based on their overall world rankings.
“But I want the women to look beyond that. I want them to try and reach the Finals on merit,” said Kim Hock.
Malaysia have to beat India tomorrow if they want to avoid facing South Korea in the quarter-finals.
If they can do that, they should meet Singapore in the last eight.
Malaysia’s likely semi-final opponents are Japan. If they lose to Japan, they can still qualify for the Finals as their third-placing playoff could be against either Hong Kong or Taiwan.
The only time that the Malaysian girls have made it to the Finals on merit was in 2004 – but that was achieved on home ground.
02-18-2008, 09:56 PM #70
02-18-2008, 10:43 PM #71
thank u eaglehelang.im looking for this info.
im sure MAS will make it to thomas cup n Uber cup.
for men team,finish at 4th is good enough,isnt is??im sure they can do better than this.
just want to see our players there.
can they play well??
especially the younger one.in my book,its arif.
02-19-2008, 05:03 AM #72
Malaysia will not tolerate if it is anything less than 1st in the Qualifier Tournament. If it doesn't happen, then it would be hard to go on from here.
Last edited by X Ball; 02-19-2008 at 05:10 AM.
02-19-2008, 06:50 AM #73
To Malaysia Bc members
I am a true Malaysian supporters. I believe that we will qualify for the finals in Indonesia. All Malaysia supporters,lets join hands together and shout "Malaysia Boleh".Malaysia players make the country proud of you. Tiger of Malaya ready to roar.
02-19-2008, 07:14 AM #74
www.thestar.com.my, www.nst.com.my, www.utusan.com.my for the reports every day during this qualifiers.
On Arif, Misbun already commented a couple of times...
19 February 2008
Badminton/Thomas Cup Qualifier: Failure is not an option
By : K.M. Boopathy
Malaysia, the top seeds, have listed their best squad save for young Arif Latif, who is being given a chance to gain experience and exposure as a singles reserve, and everything points to a likely showdown against South Korea in Sunday's final.
Lee Chong Wei, Wong Choong Hann and Hafiz Hashim make up the singles line-up while the doubles will have Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong, Choong Tan Fook-Lee Wan Wah with Zakry Latif-Fairuzizuan Tazari as reserves.
Four teams will qualify for the finals in Jakarta on May 11-18 and Malaysia should have little trouble being one of them.
However, as singles coach Misbun Sidek has urged, the players should think beyond the qualifying campaign and look to the All England in Birmingham on March 4-9.
Misbun has warned the players not to take the qualifier for granted because should any player lose, it could affect his form in the All England which comes only 10 days later.
He said the players need to win in Vietnam and then maintain or improve their form.
In Ho Chi Minh City, Malaysia are in an easy Group A with Cambodia and the Philippines, who they play tomorrow, and Taiwan, who they meet on Thursday.
Malaysia have a tricky match against either Japan or India in the quarter-finals but an upset is unlikely which means they qualify for the finals in Jakarta.
But Malaysia still have the semi-finals to play in Ho Chi Minh City and their likely opponents should be Thailand, and a win will set up a a showdown with South Korea
For the Uber Cup, Malaysia are in Group Z with India and both teams qualify for the last eight regardless of the outcome of their match on Thursday but the Malaysians will be looking for a win to avoid second seeds Korea and instead play Singapore in the quarter-finals.
A win against Singapore will most likely pit them against favourites Japan in the semi-finals which will not see them qualify for the finals as only three teams go through, so Malaysia's chances hinge on the third placing playoff
02-19-2008, 07:28 AM #75
For those interested about seeing Arif in action :
Utusan Msia, 19 Feb, "Peluang Arif buat penampilan sulung"
Basically, Yap Kim Hock said on Wed, Msia had to play 2X in one day, maybe all players will be fielded, where Arif has chance to play. It's because in the tie against Philipines & Cambodia, Msia is expected to win hands down, no matter which player is fielded (those from Philipines & Cambodia dont get angry, this is what was reported)
If Arif is fielded is best chance for Arif to show his ability to compete at senior level.
We'll see what's the line-up tommorrow.
02-19-2008, 10:20 AM #76
Predcitons for MAS Line-up
MS1 : HH
MS2 : WCH
Vs The Philipines
MS 1: LCW
MS 2: HH
MS 3: ARIF
MD1 : KOO/TAN
02-19-2008, 11:43 AM #77
I dont know why they put Arif in action as he is ranked 96, while TCS is ranked 50. sigh...........politics, MAS team isnt going anywhere with this kinda management in BAM. sad.......and this favoritism over real performance isnt a new thing, happened so many times already.
02-19-2008, 12:58 PM #78
Since both are training under Misbun & both in Rashid's squad, favouritism shouldnt be the reason. If the player fail, reflects on Rashid & Misbun.
TCS & Arif are now best back-up players. Chan KB is 3rd.
02-19-2008, 08:11 PM #79
02-19-2008, 08:32 PM #80
Eaglehelang,i mean to log on that website,read it,edit to find main points.
then post it here..
i appreciate ur effort la kak.Thats all.
02-19-2008, 08:38 PM #81
02-19-2008, 09:29 PM #82
TCS has already been involved in Thomas Cup before (if I recall correctly), so I guess maybe it's a baptism of fire for Arif this time.
Come the Thomas Cup Finals, I don't think Arif will be sent as the competition is very serious.
02-19-2008, 10:39 PM #83
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