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It has been an agonising two months for veteran shuttler Ong Ewe Hock. He had merely wanted to defend himself against 'baseless' statements made by the then secretary of the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM), Zolkples Embong. But he found himself in hot soup with a disciplinary case against him and he will know his fate after the Chinese New Year. In an interview with STARSPORT's RAJES PAUL, Ewe Hock maintains that he has done no wrong to face the flak.
None of the five recipients of the Eddy Choong Players of the Year Award thus far is a Malaysian. And doubles chief coach Yap Kim Hock feels that national shuttlers should draw inspiration from the Award and strive to win more honours for the country.
Denmark's Peter Gade-Christensen is Europe's best bet to break Asian players' domination of the men's singles event in the All-England competition, which starts today at the National Indoor Arena in Birmingham.
Malaysia's All-England men's singles champion Mohd Hafiz Hashim leapfrogged 15 places to No 16 in the world and is now staking a strong claim for a place in the World Championships from May 12-18 in Birmingham.
National singles coach Misbun Sidek has narrowed down the fight for the three men's singles slots in the World Badminton Championships to just four players. Of that number, two are shoo-ins, leaving the other two fighting it out for one last slot.
South Korea foiled China's bid for a fifth consecutive world mixed team badminton championship on Sunday when they lifted the Sudirman Cup with a 3-1 victory.