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Malaysia has its best ever performance in Rio 2016 even before the games ends this weekend

Posted in Explosive News and Results with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 19, 2016 by vincentloy

I have just watched the live streaming for the semi-final match between Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia and Lin Dan of China in badminton’s men single. Chong Wei lost the first game but fought back to win the second game brilliantly. His first game is full of many careless mistakes but things turned the other way round in second game. Finally, in the third and deciding game, their result was neck to neck and it made me so nervous and worried. When Chong Wei hits 20-mark while Lin Dan was lagging behind a few points, I already started to celebrate.

However, Lin Dan fought back to win few points and leveled the score to 20-20. I was back to the state of extreme nervous again. Fortunately, Chong Wei impressed by winning the last two crucial points to win the match. A big congratulation to him for defeating Lin Dan this time. Lin Dan had defeated Chong Wei in the final in both Beijing 2008 and London 2012 Olympic Games. Now, it’s Chong Wei’s turn to take him out, but this time it’s not the final match yet. However, I’m already very happy that he is now only one step away from the coveted Olympic gold medal of which no Malaysian has win before in the history of the Olympics.

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(Image above from The Straits Times)

Even if he lost in the final (definitely hope not), he would still be one of the greatest badminton players in the world. Who can be the Olympic silver medalist for three consecutive times? No one accomplish that before. But all our wish is now on him winning the gold medal that would be a perfect gift to end his Olympic run (he won’t be playing for the next Olympics anymore) and also a perfect gift to the whole country, Malaysia. But the country didn’t only rely on him this time, as our men doubles pair, Goh V Shem and Tan Wee Keong will be playing in the final later tonight. This is our another chance to win the gold medal. All our prayers and well wishes for them!

On the other hand, in the mixed double final that took place two days ago, Malaysian pair Chan Peng Soon and Goh Liu Ying lost, but had already made us proud. They never expected to reach the final in the first place but they did. The Indonesian pair they dealt with in the final was just too strong. Our Malaysian pair was still impressive and won a silver for Malaysia. To sum it up, this time is already Malaysia’s best ever performance in badminton in Olympic stage. A huge congratulation and thank you to all the Malaysian badminton athletes!

As for the other sports, it is a big letdown from the Malaysian archery team which couldn’t even pass the qualifying round. A good news on top of that is that Azizulhasni Awang managed to win a bronze medal in cycling-keirin event. As for diving of which Malaysia is not bad in (but China always dominated this sport just like badminton), our divers, Pandelela Nirong and Cheong Jun Hoong won silver medal in women’s 10m synchronised platform. Fantastic! However, in individual event, Pandelela Nirong who was bronze medalist in London 2012 in that didn’t manage to perform well this time. But it’s all right. They did their best.

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(Image above from Genting Rewards Malaysia)

So right now, Malaysia has 2 silver and 1 bronze which is already the best ever performance the country has in Olympic history. And then there’s still at least two silver (or hopefully two gold) already in the bag for the country. Well, now I’m hoping to be able to listen to our national anthem (Negaraku) later tonight! I will update this post soon with the latest results in badminton involving Malaysia. And again, all the best to our athletes in the finals!


Update – 20 August 2016

Unfortunately, in our men doubles match last night, our Malaysian pair went down, defeated by the China’s pair in three games. We won in the first game, looking very confident, and I’m impressed by huge improvement on the players. However, we lost terribly in second game. Then, came the deciding game. Malaysian pair was behind few points most of the time but they fought back when it was almost the end which gave us back high hope. They secured gold medal points but they missed them out twice. Luck was not on their side and pressure took the toll on them. Hence, they lost 23-21 in the last deciding game, awarding the gold to China. That’s a huge wasted opportunity. We are so near this time. Anyway, still congratulation to them as they fight to their very best despite some major crucial mistakes in the final game. At least, they got a silver.

Well, I couldn’t watch tonight’s match for the men single because I would be in the aeroplane. I sincerely wish all the best to Dato Lee Chong Wei in that final against Chen Long of China as he is our last hope for Malaysia’s first ever Olympic gold medal now. Good luck and all the best to him! The whole country will cheer behind him!

 

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Malaysia’s journey in Thomas Cup 2016 ended in semi-final.

Posted in Explosive News and Results with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 21, 2016 by vincentloy

Thomas Cup (and Uber Cup) arrived again. These two tournaments (Thomas for male and Uber for female) are one of the most prestigious badminton tournaments and they are held once in every two years concurrently. This year, both are held in China. The reason I’m paying attention to this is because Malaysia is in it for every editions of the tournaments since their inception.

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Malaysia lost out in earlier rounds in the group matches for the Uber Cup. That is expected since our girls team isn’t good all along. We just bank in on our boys team from the very beginning. So, I’ll just put my focus and a bit of my analysis and observation to Malaysia’s performance in Thomas Cup this year. In the earlier group matches, Malaysia won its opponents quite easily, including winning over South Korea. South Korea is now seen as one of the very strong countries in this particular sport and yet, Malaysia defeated them to my surprise. Hence, Malaysia topped the group and was to face Taiwan, a much easier opponent in quarter final.

We had no trouble going through that and then we made it to the semi final. Here, Malaysia was up against Denmark. It should be looking good for our side too especially when we had won the first two matches. We just need to win another match to score 3 points out of five planned matches. However, things started to get unfortunate for Malaysia from the third match onward. In first match, Lee Chong Wei won over Viktor Axelsen as predicted. However, this Denmark player gave Chong Wei a tough time but luckily, Chong Wei managed to win in two games of which their scores in both games were neck-to-neck.

The first men doubles pair, Goh V Shem and Tan Wee Kiong also managed to make us proud by giving us a much needed second point. Then, the second single match arrived where disaster struck Malaysia. Iskandar is our player here and he had won in all his games previously in this tournament before this semi-final. He is over confident and was being too cocky after leading in the first few points. From there on, the opponent strikes back with good tactics and won over Iskandar in the end. I personally don’t like Iskandar’s attitude on court. He had to fix that up soon and he still lacks the experience needed. He must understand that only smashing will not help you to win.

Then, our second men doubles also disappointed us. Koo Kien Keat and Tan Boon Heong whom were once an excellent pair (been former world champion, former Asian Games champion, former Commonwealth Games champion) are getting old and tired already. They won first game easily but performed below expectation in the second and eventually in the rubber game as well. Finally, all hope was on Chong Wei Feng for the last match to determine which country will enter the final. Wei Feng was too slow and steady on his attacking, and he also made mistakes on net. Very obvious and careless mistakes, and he look like he has no ‘fire’ or energy at all even before he started playing. In the end, he got defeated. So, we won first two points but Denmark fought back hard to win the last three points. 3-2. Denmark won and get to proceed to the final which is scheduled to be held tomorrow. They are to face Indonesia. If Denmark win, this would be their first ever Thomas Cup victory.

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The sad face our our team’s captain, Lee Chong Wei shown on TV live with a glimpse of the Thomas Cup trophy on the left of the screen. There are still many things needed to be done to improve on our national badminton team, for both the boys and the girls. Denmark stunned me yesterday in the semi final with some excellent performance that I didn’t expect that could come out from them. They proved that an European country can still do very well in a sport favored in Asia. I was thinking that maybe Malaysia has chance to win the cup for the 6th time this year after we saw the surprising exit of China and South Korea in the quarter final. That hope went to an abrupt end in the semi final yesterday of which I did watch the matches live from YouTube. We have to accept the fact that we lost again and we have to move on. They did their best but certainly could be much better. So now, the next thing I’m looking forward to is seeing some of our players doing very well and winning a medal or two in Rio 2016 Summer Olympic Games that will arrive in less than three months from now.

(Images in this post are from various sources throughout the world wide web)

Lee Chong Wei lost again in BWF World Badminton Championship’s Final

Posted in Explosive News and Results with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 16, 2015 by vincentloy

It has been a busy weekend for me and things didn’t turn out that well as expected. Yesterday, I went to the ARCHIDEX 2015 on its last day of exhibition. This year, I collected very little brochures, bags, and only a single pen. It’s so different to the last few visits to this annual architectural exhibition of which I can have many useful complimentary stuff. On the other hand, I watched two new movies (reviews in my previous post) and they are bad and poorly made. This weekend, I have to spend time working on renovation drawings for my cousin’s shop. That’s a part-time job for me but there is some problem with the 3D modelling and rendering that wasted much of my time which is supposed to be used for other things.

Well, negative feeling isn’t over yet as I watched the final men singles match of this year’s World Badminton Championship just now and Lee Chong Wei lost again. A repeating heartbreak to all Malaysians. He lost to the same guy last year. Who is he? Lin Dan? Nope. It’s Chen Long, the new rising superpower from China. Lin Dan is surprisingly knocked out by Denmark’s Jan O Jorgensen in semi-final, hence making the path slightly easier for Chong Wei. However, his last year’s opponent do managed to climb to the final spot with him, and finally defeated him again to take the championship.

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Chen Long is fantastic on all his attack and defense skills on court. He is energetic (well, he is still young, only in mid 20s) and he is able to control the court easily with little mistakes. On the other hand, Lee Chong Wei seems to be exhausted despite already minimal running around the court. His age puts him down. He is already 33. He couldn’t catch up to the pace and strength from Chen Long whom is now famously known as the next Lin Dan. I pitied Chong Wei. He had won many smaller badminton tournaments but seldom wins the big ones. In fact, he had never win Asian Games gold, Olympics gold, or this World Badminton Championship. I guess he has really no luck on his side in major championships.

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Well, he had to stick to his first runner-up position again in the just concluded match against Chen Long. Forever No.2 placing most of the time. He lost in two straight games, 21-14 and 21-17. Well, he is at least better than all the other Malaysian players who lost out in earlier matches of the championship. The current situation looks horrifying for Malaysia with no steady and excellent talents coming out. We have only Lee Chong Wei for all these years and he is definitely going to retire soon (most probably next year after Rio 2016 Olympics that will give him final chance for an Olympic gold medal after only winning two silvers in the past). Even, I think the chance for an Olympic gold medal from him next year is quite slim with Chen Long on his fantastic form in recent years.

Last time, we had Lin Dan who blocked the way for Chong Wei. Now, Lin Dan seems to be out of sight sometimes and things may be in favor for Chong Wei. However, now China has Chen Long to bank on. Arrggh…that’s bad and sad. But we knew Chong Wei did his very best all the time and he is still our Number 1 (despite everyone agreed that he is actually world number two in terms of achievement and performances in this sport).

(Images in this post are from various sources throughout the world wide web)

Junior Purple League 2015, a great platform to help develop Malaysia’s badminton talent.

Posted in Explosive News and Results with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 11, 2015 by vincentloy

Junior Purple League 2015 is a brand new badminton event in Malaysia targeted toward 13 to 18 years old junior players. It is a league running from 15th August to 18th October 2015 and is comprising of 11 participating badminton clubs of which each club will play every other club in the league. This league will serve as a curtain raiser for the Purple League, Malaysia’s first professional badminton league which will commence in this coming November for its second season. Now, the young Malaysian badminton players who wish to further excel in this particular sport could have a bright future ahead by making his or her first step in this newly-introduced junior league.

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The league would be on a mixed team format consisting of 5 matches; boy’s singles, girl’s singles, boy’s doubles, girl’s doubles and mixed doubles. Every match in a tie shall be played to the best of 5 games to 11 points. The matches will not only be played at the Sports Arena Sentosa, but also at various venues of the participating clubs. The top three teams of the league, ranked according to the highest aggregate of games won against games lost, will share the prize money pool of RM 175 000 as follows; champion will win RM 100 000, first runner-up will win RM 50 000 while second runner-up will win RM 25 000.

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Interested to watch the league? Do check out its official website at this link : http://purpleleague.com/ for all the information regarding the league which will starts in a few days. The tickets to the venues are complimentary. It has also a Facebook page at this link: https://www.facebook.com/purpleleague. Interested to join the league? Well, I encouraged you to join one of the many badminton clubs in Malaysia quick. Don’t put your time and passion on badminton to a waste. Then, you may be the one up on the court in the running for the championship of the league next year!

Well, I myself is too old for this junior league. But what about you? I like badminton. I used to play badminton quite frequently back in the olden days. Now, I have grown up and got myself busy with office works till I have to keep my exercising simple by simply just jogging for once in a week. No more badminton. But my interest in this sport never fades. I still love to watch badminton games especially the world-class tournaments. Most Malaysians adore badminton. It is one of the Olympic sport that we can say that we are good at eventhough we still couldn’t manage to win an Olympic gold medal from it. Well, at least we had two silvers, thanks to our beloved Dato’ Lee Chong Wei (in Beijing 2008 and London 2012) as well as many great achievements by the other Malaysian players in the past.

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I took the effort to produce this blog post highlighting this wonderful event not only because that I’m invited to do so but also that I find this Junior Purple League a really good platform to develop more youngsters to become top players in badminton. A fantastic event. Malaysia is currently in need of more excellent badminton players and this Junior Purple League may be an awesome kick-starter for more future badminton talents. I’m happy to promote this event and I’m glad to be part of this movement to help developing this sport in my country, Malaysia.

(Images in this post are from various sources throughout the world wide web)

The 4 Kings of Badminton.

Posted in Miscellaneous with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 24, 2015 by vincentloy

Badminton has been one of my favourite sports. I seldom play badminton but I love to watch badminton tournaments. There has been quite a lot of talks on this particular sport this month. The first is when Lee Chong Wei can get back to play in badminton tournaments beginning this month after he is banned for eight months from his doping case last year. Next was the prestigious Sudirman Cup 2015, a mixed team championship held this month too and won by the reigning champion and host nation, China as expected. And then, recently, YONEX organized a friendly exhibition match in China and invited the 4 great kings of badminton.

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Who are the 4 kings of badminton? They must possess impressive records in the sport, well known, have held world number one ranked player and considered as icon of badminton respectively. They are Lin Dan of China, Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia, Taufik Hidayat of Indonesia and Peter Gade of Denmark. 4 men, 4 different countries, and they ruled the sport respectively (in men single event) from 2000s.

Lin Dan (China)

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– Age 32 this year.

– Two-time Olympic champion (gold-medalist), five-time World champion, and five-time All England champion.

– By age of 28, he had won all nine major titles in badminton world; Olympic Games, World Championships, World Cup (no more now), Thomas Cup, Sudirman Cup, Super Series Masters Finals, All England Open, Asian Games and Asian Championships, becoming the first and only player in history to achieve that.

– 57 career titles to date.

– Currently in semi-retired position.

Lee Chong Wei (Malaysia)

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– Age 33 this year.

– Ranked first worldwide in men-single badminton player for the longest, for 298 weeks. Have been ranked first worldwide for a consecutive 199 weeks.

– Two-time Olympic silver-medalist, currently the most successful Malaysian Olympian in history, and earned him the title of Dato’. Also two-time Commonwealth Games gold-medalist. Won Malaysian Open for a record 10 times.

– 55 career titles to date.

– Currently still actively playing in tournaments.

Taufik Hidayat (Indonesia)

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– Age 34 this year.

– Olympic champion (gold medalist), also champion in World Championships, Asian Championships, Asian Games, South East Asian Games, and Thomas Cup.

– Won Indonesian Open for a record 6 times.

– Over 27 career titles to date.

– Currently retired.

Peter Gade (Denmark)

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– Age 39 this year.

– 5-time winner of European Championships, All England champion, World GrandPrix champion.

– Over 40 career titles to date.

– Currently retired.

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Out of the 4 great men in badminton, Lin Dan is no doubt the most successful in the history of badminton. Nicknamed ‘Super Dan’, he is simply unbeatable in most of the major tournaments he participated in. No one can challenge his record. Also let us not forget the mighty presence of Lee Chong Wei. Despite not winning all the major titles, but his very active participation in almost all the badminton championships available and winning many of them helped him become the longest number one player in history. Taufik Hidayat and Peter Gade are also awesome in this particular sport.

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Right now, the number one player (in men single) is Chen Long from China. He is one strong badminton player to fear for right now.

(Images in this post are from various sources throughout the world wide web)

Malaysia in Sudirman Cup 2015: Great start but luck didn’t last any longer.

Posted in Explosive News and Results with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 15, 2015 by vincentloy

This year, the 14th Sudirman Cup is currently being held at Dongguan, China from 10th to 17th May 2015. It is a prestigious world mixed team badminton championship which takes place once every two years. There are five matches in every round: men and women’s singles, men and women’s doubles and mixed doubles. The Cup is named after Dick Sudirman, a former Indonesian badminton player and the founder of the Badminton Association of Indonesia (PBSI). There is no prize money in Sudirman Cup and only a trophy to be won; players play for their respective countries and to earn BWF world ranking points and national prestige.

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Nations competing in Sudirman Cup 2015. Only teams in group 1 will have a chance to lift the trophy as the teams in other groups fight for promotion. The teams who finish last in the group will be relegated to the lower group, except the final group:

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How is Malaysia performing in the history of this tournament? Not good. Malaysia has never win this championship before. The best our country did was back in 2009 when we advanced to the semi-final. Just that. Not even a single final appearance in the history of Sudirman Cup. At least we have better records at Thomas Cup. And just like Thomas and Uber Cup, China won the most. They are indeed one super strong nation in this particular sport currently.

I’m particularly interested about the result of this Sudirman Cup 2015 recently, particularly from our Malaysian team as this also marked the return of Lee Chong Wei, our most credible men-single player to the sport after he was banned from playing for eight months due to a doping case last year in World Championship. And as usual, he delivered on all the matches and shown to the world that after a long break, he is still one tough opponent to challenge (besides than Chen Long and Lin Dan of course).

Earlier in the group stage, Malaysia surprisingly knocked down another badminton giant, South Korea by 3-2. I did watched parts of the matches, and I’m quite impressed by my country’s performance. Hey…we stand a chance at least to go to semi-final! South Korea is also unbelievably poor this time and delivered many mistakes and obvious weaknesses. I’m quite shocked that we defeated them. Next was India and we won them too by 3-2. This win is quite predictable.

Then, Malaysia advanced to the quarterfinal. Wait…this is a good sign for Malaysia. Let’s hope that we will be drawn to play against weaker opponent in the quarterfinal like Germany or Chinese Taipei. But, luck is not on our side. Malaysia was drawn to meet South Korea again of which the latter defeated India to get into Top 8 standing too. And so, in yesterday’s quarterfinal, Malaysia lost by 1-3, without the need for final match (mixed-doubles). Luck felt short for our country in the time when it mattered the most. South Korea had a successful revenge on us. And actually, the system is a bit wrong. How can we deal with the same opponent again? Badminton World Federation (BWF) have to look seriously into this matter and improve the tournament’s system.

To be honest with you, after my observation in these recent matches, I find that our boys have the potential to excel to further improve their skills. They always delivered the points for us. But certainly not the girls. Sorry, this is not gender discrimination but a fact. We lost in all of our matches in women categories in the tournament (don’t count the mixed doubles). And yea…only the woman in that mixed-double has some hope. The girls have to really look into themselves and work hard quickly to achieve at least a not so embarassing outcome like this. Not to be harsh to them, but please, all have to improve and should not only depend on Lee Chong Wei to give an almost absolute winning point. Even if that is so, Lee Chong Wei is getting older and his strength and momentum on court is decreasing eventually.

Hmm…when can we go back to our country’s golden era in badminton?

(Images in this post are from various sources throughout the world wide web)

Malaysia’s badminton in Glasgow 2014

Posted in Explosive News and Results with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 3, 2014 by vincentloy

For badminton, Malaysia always perform well in Commonwealth Games as the country is seen as the strongest in this particular sport compared to the other Commonwealth nations. Other strong countries in this sport like China, Indonesia, South Korea, Japan or Denmark are not here. Hence, there shouldn’t be any tough challenge for our Malaysian badminton players to excel in Glasgow 2014.

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Unfortunately, even before the start of the games, our World. No.1 player, Lee Chong Wei decided to drop out of the games due to injury he had earlier. If he is here, I’m like 100% confident that he will win the men single match for us. He had also won in two previous editions of the Commonwealth Games (Melbourne 2006 and New Delhi 2010). So, now it’s up to our other players, Liew Daren and Chong Wei Feng to help deliver a gold in men single. But in the end, disappointingly, both didn’t even get to appear in the final as they were defeated in earlier rounds. What a shocking exit.

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The whole Malaysian badminton team had won the first gold medal of the sport in Glasgow 2014, for the team event. England came in second while Singapore is in third place. None of our team performed good enough to at least obtain any medal for men single and women single categories. We also lost out in mixed doubles. Luckily, we still had hope for men doubles and women doubles as Malaysia will appear in the final of these two categories. This is the reason I’m getting back to my TV on this Sunday’s night; to watch their matches live from Glasgow, Scotland, the host of this 20th Commonwealth Games.

Before the final took place, Malaysia now only had 4 gold medals in overall medal tally. Our women doubles pair, Vivian Hoo and Woon Khe Wei defeated the Indian pair in two straight games to win another gold medal for our country. They made us proud. At first, I didn’t have high expectation on them. This is my first time seeing this pair playing. But they delivered quite a good performance accompanied with multiple mistakes by the Indian pair. Congratulations to them.

Next was the men doubles match. Our representatives, Tan Wee Kiong and Goh V Shem defeated the Singaporean pair in three games. It was like they were against Indonesians, and not Singaporeans as both the opponents are actually Indonesian citizens. I wonder how Singapore can grab them and ask them to perform under their country’s name. Well, these badminton matches were not to the top quality (expected since many other strong countries are not here) but I’m still happy that Malaysia won three golds out of six in badminton of Glasgow 2014. If we think further positive, Malaysia still cemented its position as the strongest Commonwealth nation in badminton.

So, the final tally for Malaysia now stands at 6 golds, 7 silvers and 6 bronzes. We are still one lack from the target of 7 gold medals set earlier. And the worst news is that we performed quite poorly this time compared to the previous Commonwealth Games. In New Delhi 2010, we obtained 12 gold medals. Now, we only had 6. Reduced to half. Quite disappointing. Malaysia now only stands at 12th position in the overall medal tally, even behind Singapore at 11th with 8 golds. Not even in top 10 of which we usually do. Hoping that Malaysia would do better in future games. We can…because of this spirit from the iconic slogan; ‘Malaysia Boleh’!

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