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National back-up doubles players will have to start winning satellite titles if they want to play in higher-ranked international tournaments.
The Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) will have to defuse quickly a #8220;time bomb#8221; which has seemingly appeared in the national training centre at the Stadium Juara in Bukit Kiara.
National number one Wong Choong Hann will spearhead a 12-member team for the All-England badminton championships, which will be held in Birmingham from Feb 12-16.
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.
Shuttler Lee Chong Wei has proven himself in domestic competitions and he should now be given more opportunities to show his worth on the international stage.
Malaysia's second ranked men's doubles badminton pair Chang Kim Wai-Hong Chieng Hun have been warned that they will go into cold storage from international competitions if they perform dismally in the All-England and Swiss Open tournaments.
Malaysia's top guns had little trouble on the opening day of the All-England badminton championships at the National Indoor Arena in Birmingham yesterday but it was a disastrous outing for Indonesia as three of their best players fell by the wayside.