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Badminton: Chong Wei ready to walk with Misbun

Posted: 10 Jan 2011 04:02 PM PST

By K.M. Boopathy



LEE Chong Wei is not ready to change coaches and will quit the national squad if Misbun Sidek is not persuaded by the BA of Malaysia (BAM) executive council (exco) to reconsider his decision.

Chong Wei, who returned from Taiwan yesterday, said it will take at least six months to adapt to the training methods of a new coach and the World No 1 does not want to risk his preparations for the 2012 London Olympics.

The BAM exco meeting will be held tomorrow where president Datuk Seri Nadzmi Salleh is likely make an official announcement on the Misbun issue.

The majority of exco and council members favour accepting Misbun's resignation which means Chong Wei's departure also looks inevitable.

"I don't want to train under anyone other than Misbun and if he decides to leave, I will join him. If BAM accepts his resignation, I will leave immediately," said Chong Wei yesterday.

"It takes about six months to adapt to the training of a new coach and I don't want to take the risk at this stage of my career. I need to prepare for the 2012 London Olympics and I want to be under Misbun."

Chong Wei also disclosed that Misbun had been calling him in Taiwan and helping him during the World Super Series Masters Finals which the former won.

Chong Wei is also looking forward to a confrontation with China's Olympic champion Lin Dan in a likely semi-final encounter in the Malaysia Open, and no matter what transpires in the next few days, he is certain Misbun will be guiding him in the Super Series event next week.

"People are expecting a battle against Lin Dan in the Malaysia Open and Misbun will be there to guide me, no matter what happens in the coming days," said Chong Wei.

"If a decision is finalised on Wednesday (tomorrow) where Misbun's resignation is accepted, I will go out (of the national team) but I will compete in the Malaysia Open as I am serious about defending the title."

It appears that BAM should be prepared to let Misbun and Chong Wei go and this could be followed by the departure of several elite players like Tan Chun Seang, Chan Kwong Beng and Liew Daren.

However, BAM may have to accept that the only way it can persuade Misbun to stay is by making an about-turn on the recently revamped national training structure.

That prospect doesn't look bright if the mood of the BAM management and council members is any indication.

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Athletics: Athletes scream for changes in MAAU

Posted: 10 Jan 2011 04:00 PM PST

Ajitpal Singh

 Sports Minister Datuk Seri  Ahmad Shabery   chairing the Malaysia Games supreme council meeting in Bukit Jalil yesterday. — Picture by Fariz Iswadi Ismail.

Sports Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Shabery chairing the Malaysia Games supreme council meeting in Bukit Jalil yesterday. — Picture by Fariz Iswadi Ismail.

EIGHT disgruntled track and field athletes are up in arms with the the Malaysian Amateur Athletic Union (MAAU) for failure to provide adequate needs for them to become world class competitors.

These athletes met Sports Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Shabery Cheek at the National Sports Council (NSC) in a closed-door meeting yesterday.

They want a change in the MAAU system, which they claimed was the main contributing factor to the dismal showing in recent competitions and multi-sports games.

Malaysia, who were once among the best nations in track and field in Asia, produced their worst ever showing in the Sea Games at the 2009 Laos edition by returning with only six gold while in last year's Guangzhou Asian Games, they failed to win medals.

Among those who met the minister were hurler Norasheela Khalid, Norbani Hassan, Roslinda Samsu and Lee Hup Wei.

"These athletes are concerned about the current state of the sport. They want changes in the training and coaching system and also want more competitions," said Ahmad Shabery after chairing the Malaysia Games supreme council meeting in Bukit Jalil yesterday.

"I have to admit that our performance in competitions has not been encouraging of late. Even our youngsters are staying away and we can't even attract a respectable number of participants in local meets.

"We don't even have enough athletes with potential coming through the ranks. It is a serious matter and we need to address it quickly."

Ahmad Shabery said several athletes are also unhappy with the MAAU plan to move its training centre to Ranau, Sabah.

"They do not agree with it as some of them are still studying while others feel Ranau is too far," he said.

MAAU deputy president Karim Ibrahim had recently stated that athletes needed to train in isolated areas to avoid distractions and proposed Ranau.

"We do not know whether MAAU needs funding but if does, we will have to make a trip to Ranau. I need to know MAAU's future plans and also make a check on the existing facilities there.

"If they are only laying a track without other facilities like a gym, then it will not be adequate for the athletes," said Ahmad Shabery, adding that he will speak to MAAU on these complaints and other pending issues after its elections later this month.

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