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Tan Aik Mong has instructed coaches to conduct a ranking tournament starting Sept 9.
KUALA LUMPUR: Shuttler Koo Kien Keat is a doubles player but he will now have a ranking in the men’s singles event. Liew Daren is a singles player but he will have a ranking in the men’s doubles.
It may sound queer but this is one of the steps taken by the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) management under president Tengku Tan Sri Mahaleel Tengku Ariff to streamline the in-house ranking of players in the national team.
It is learnt that the coaches have been instructed by former international Tan Aik Mong to conduct a ranking tournament starting Sept 9 to determine the ranking of players. All singles players will also be ranked in the doubles and vice versa.
Aik Mong, who is currently assisting Tengku Mahaleel and strongly tipped to play a role in the coaching and training committee, met all the coaches in a series of meetings over the last few weeks.
More than 30 national and back-up players will be involved in a series of matches over the next one week and only world No. 1 Lee Chong Wei is exempted.
After the session is completed, the Form 1-5 players at the Bukit Jalil Sports School (BJSS) will also be subjected to a similar ranking tournament.
Currently, all the players - both seniors and juniors - have a ranking with the Badminton World Federation (BWF) but some feel it does not reflect the current form of the national players.
When asked about this new ranking tournament, national singles coach Rashid Sidek said: “This is the instruction that was given to the coaches and we will just follow orders. I have decided that Daren will partner Chong Wei Feng in the doubles event for the ranking tournament.
“Chong Wei is exempted because he is preparing for the Japan Open.”
The in-house ranking will be used to determine the selection of players for international tournaments.
Currently, all the players except for Chong Wei and Chan Peng Soon-Goh Liu Ying, have been withdrawn from international tournaments and they are waiting anxiously for the coaches to unveil which tournaments they will be participating in.
The 30-year-old Chong Wei and Peng Soon-Liu Ying have been named for the Japan Open from Sept 17-22 and they are targeted to defend their titles in the men’s singles and mixed doubles respectively.
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