Umar storms into men’s 400m final

PETALING JAYA: Umar Osman rewrote his national 400m record for the second time at the World University Games in Chengdu when he clocked 46.09s in the semi-finals on Wednesday (Aug 2). Umar utilised the opportunity of running in the favoured Lane 4 to smash his previous record of 46.33s he set on Tuesday (Aug 1) by...

Keeping up with the Korean

PETALING JAYA: South Korean shuttler An Se-young is unstoppable right now. And that makes the women’s singles interesting and competitive but also adds immense pressure on all others in the fray to narrow the gap quickly, says Malaysia’s former All-England men’s singles champion Mohd Hafiz Hashim. Hafiz, who is now coaching India’s P.V. Sindhu, knows he has...

James says it’s fair to terminate Misbun if he had been forewarned

PETALING JAYA: Never take sides when you do not have a complete picture of the incident. This was the view expressed by former great Datuk James Selvaraj following the dismissal of Datuk Misbun Sidek from his position as the national junior singles coaching director. Even though Misbun has a contract that runs until the end of this...

Pearly-Thinaah fall in the first round

PETALING JAYA: Pearly Tan-M. Thinaah suffered a blow ahead of the World Championships from Aug 21-27 in Copenhagen after crashing out in the first round of the Australian Open. The duo went down fighting 20-22, 21-17, 17-21 to China’s world No. 6 Zhang Shuxian-Zheng Yu in the women’s doubles event at Quaycentre in Sydney yesterday. Pearly-Thinaah held...

BAM defend decision to keep Rexy following Asian Junior flop

PETALING JAYA: National doubles coaching director Rexy Mainaky’s (pic) job was spared as he had only taken over the junior squad five months ago. This is the response from Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) after recently ousted national junior development director Datuk Misbun Sidek said that he should not be the only one to be blamed...

Lee Yang-Chi-lin re-enact glorious Olympic feat to end two-year drought

PETALING JAYA: Taiwan men’s doubles pair Lee Yang-Wang Chi-lin ended their two-year barren run on the Badminton World Federation (BWF) world tour when they captured the Japan Open in Tokyo yesterday – at the same venue where they were crowned Olympic champions in 2021. Lee Yang-Chi-lin’s success at the Yoyogi National Gimnasium 24 months ago was...

Aaron-Wooi Yik down Indonesians to move into quarter-finals in Japan Open

PETALING JAYA: Aaron Chia-Soh Wooi Yik gave one of their best performances this year to march into the quarter-finals of the Japan Open and emerged as the only survivors for Malaysia. The national men’s doubles pair swept aside Indonesia’s world No. 14 Shohibul Fikri-Bagas Maulana 21-12, 21-10 in the second round at the Yoyogi Gymnasium in...

Misbun parts ways with BAM

PETALING JAYA: National junior development director Datuk Misbun Sidek and the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) have decided to mutually part ways. Misbun, who rejoined BAM for a second stint in 2017, will continue working until Aug 1 before officially leaving. "Misbun has been exemplary in his role as development director," BAM deputy president Datuk V Subramaniam...

Zii Jia out of Korean Open after first-round loss

PETALING JAYA: Lee Zii Jia suffered a first-round exit in the Korean Open after he went down 15-21, 21-18, 17-21 to Hong Kong's Angus Ng Ka Long at the Jinnam Stadium in Yeosu on Wednesday (July 19). In a closely fought match, the independent men's singles shuttler and world No. 17, who was competing for the...