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01-18-2012, 11:25 AM #443
Zulfadli Zulkifli be given the chance to play in the Thomas Cup qualifiers in Macau?
Datuk Eddy Choong giving some tips to World Junior Champion Zulfadli Zulkifli as Teh Kew San looks on.
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The Star Online
Focus on the juniors to produce world beaters like Lee Chong Wei.
That is the the clarion call of the former greats, who turned up for a special ceremony organised by the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) to honour them yesterday.
The legends were members of the Thomas Cup-winning teams of 1949, 1952, 1955, 1967 and 1992 and also Olympic Games medallists.
Datuk Eddy Choong, from the Thomas Cup class of 1955, suggested that junior players should train together with the top players. “That will help raise the standard faster,” said Eddy.
Teh Kew San, 77, called for changes in the state development programmes.
“We should create a vibrant inter-state programme. There should not be any age limit so every player has an opportunity to show who’s the best in the state,” said Kew San.
“Let a youngster play against a senior as this will speed up his progress.”
Former doubles great and 1992 Thomas Cup winner Razif Sidek said Malaysia must focus on developing their world junior champions.
He suggested reigning world junior champion Zulfadli Zulkifli be given the chance to play in the Thomas Cup qualifiers in Macau next month.
“Zulfadli must be given the right exposure.
“He is a world junior champion and now’s the time to push him.
“He should join the centralised training with the Thomas Cup team as he will benefit a great deal from it,” said Razif.
Cheah Soon Kit, Razif’s 1992 Thomas Cup team-mate, said the juniors should always be given priority.
“While we always send the best team for the Thomas Cup, we should give youngsters a break if they’re good enough. Training with the seniors can only do them good.
“We must put more emphasis on the juniors if we are to produce more future champions.”
All the former greats were given a trophy and RM1,000 as appreciation of their continuous support and contributions to Malaysian badminton.
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01-18-2012, 11:07 PM #444
The suggestions by Malaysia's past great players above are very logical.
That's one reason why I don't understand why ZZ chose to be away from the from the national team by not joining BAM.
01-18-2012, 11:30 PM #445
01-19-2012, 12:20 AM #446
the official list already out
and we all know how brainless bam is
so why bother?
01-19-2012, 12:30 AM #447
01-19-2012, 01:27 AM #448
01-19-2012, 01:38 AM #449
It is to shut their big mouth la... lol. BAM under pressure. lol. You think they will give money freely? lol.
All the former greats were given a trophy and RM1,000
01-19-2012, 02:54 AM #450
I shall be waiting to witness independent Zulfadli becoming MAS first No.1 player
Thanks eaglehelang for the info. It looks like Zul needs LCW to retire first.
As you know, I support independent players, and I shall be waiting to witness independent Zulfadli playing as MAS first No.1 player, just like independent Taufik playing as INA first No.1.
01-19-2012, 02:59 AM #451
01-19-2012, 03:15 AM #452
01-19-2012, 03:17 AM #453
01-19-2012, 03:30 AM #454
On ZZ, I think if he had chosen BAM instead of KLRC, he would have been exposed much more than currently and perhaps increased his ability a rung or two by training with the national team, especially sparring with the Dato.
He would be specially accorded with the best that BAM has to offer and probably be included in the TC team.
His WJC Danish rival, Viktor Axelsen, may be doing better now.
01-19-2012, 03:33 AM #455
I hope Badminton can be played as an individual sport, just like Tennis
You think of money and Datukship, while I hope LCW would think only of Badminton as an individual sport, just like Tennis.
You already know my thoughts when I created this thread;
I am very grateful to what our Australian Rod Laver has done for Tennis worldwide, and also to Li Na has done for Tennis in China.
Anyway, perhaps I, in Australia, think differently from many BCers from Asia.
01-19-2012, 03:38 AM #456
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01-19-2012, 03:52 AM #457
Already the Tennis world is more or less divided over the question of prize monies. Professional players are now demanding a greater share of the increased revenue that organizers are able to generate.
LCW is a professional badminton player. He can't play all this adult life, maybe maximum up to 35 years old and just like PG and TH, he will decline and lose in tournaments. He has to think of his future, his children's education, etc,. etc., just like any responsible husband and father will do.
LCW's rewards, both monetary and non-monetary, came as a result of years of hard training, discipline and personal resolve and sacrifice. He is not a charity. And he wants to return the benefits and trust that BAM and MAS have given him by fighting hard for the Olympic gold medal in London this summer.
01-19-2012, 04:01 AM #458
I thought Loh WS is not interested anymore.
Exposure will come when the player has proven he is good enough. How many of the current national squad players have impressed at international tournaments? Maybe they have not put in sufficient commitment to become better players?
Don't tell me BAM does not want to expose potential winners?
01-19-2012, 04:09 AM #459