It’s Badminton World, the show that brings
you all things badminton from the four corners of the globe
Apart from bringing you the latest world rankings and results from the Adidas
China masters our feature this month centers on
dynasties and badminton plus we speak to a player who harbours
the hope of emulating his father.
Welcome to another episode of Badminton World Such is the game of badminton that
appeals to all strata of society and across all ages. It’s not unusual for badminton
to involve the whole family A family affair that can metamorphosise into a family dynasty Through the pages of history badminton
dynasties are aplenty Indonesia boasts the Mainaky brothers who
have a world champion in their midst The Sidek siblings are continued to be held
in high esteem in Malaysia and abroad either by luck all by design Malaysia
seems to be producing badminton families more than any other badminton-mad nation The Latif siblings — Zakry, Arif and Razif –
have made their mark in the Malaysian scene. They are the latest in a long
line of badminton families who have set the local sporting fraternity alight The way Eddy and David Choong in the 50’s,
Tan Aik Huang and Tan Aik Mong in the 60’s, the Sideks in the 80’s and 90’s, the Saha brothers, the Yap twins, and
the Hashim family of Roslin, Hafiz, and Muhammad.
Let’s get to know the Latif brothers who strengthened their family bond through badminton.
There’s one good thing about my family my family’s unique because
all of us share the same interest, so in a sense we are united If one of us wants to play badminton, then the
rest will follow suit. Each and every one of us have the basic fundamentals in badminton, which strengthens our shared interest,
plus our social life revolves around sports. Our family is unique as there are not
many siblings active in the badminton world. So from there people can see that
there’s a family of badminton players playing from Malaysia. And
people can see for themselves how, as siblings, we thrive on
each other support and encouragement. From family bonding to global stardom that is their ultimate ambition. “As a family our hopes are that we can go far in badminton. If possible, be on par with the Sidek family, God’s willing” When you are involved in an elite
surrounding, having a family members nearby is an added advantage.
“During a match if we know that our siblings are watching this
play, automatically our spirit will rise because they are cheering for you. Even if my game is at 9am they are willing
to wake up early to cheer me on. So why can’t I do the
same for them? Sometimes when we are at a loss during a match
but suddenly hear the voices cheering us on, it will renew my determination.
Sometimes when I get tired and my game slows down, I will hear my
father shouting at me to keep on going The voices of the people that we love are an automatic boost.”
But how did it all begin? “My sister started playing first, followed by
brother Najib, after that Zakry, then me.”
Seven of the nine Latif siblings have played at state level at least a remarkable feat.
“All of us became serious when we were in primary two, we started training seriously then we
qualified to play for the state, after that it was full-time training so from then on we
became serious.” Naturally they owe it to their parents. “My father was always interested in
badminton and encouraged us from the start Our training will begin after Maghrib
from 8 till 10:30 at night My father was extremely busy at that time.
After work he would play badminton with his friends, then rush home to spend time with his
children, then send us off for training, wait for us for two
hours, take us home and he would still go to work the next day.
My father sacrificed for us and no matter how tired he was, he never
missed sending us for training. That’s how much he supported us.” “Teachers used to ask their students what they want to be when they grow up.
The standard answers would either be a doctor or a pilot. And back in the day, badminton was just a hobby. At first I started playing because my
father asked me to. Since I like the game
I entered a few tournaments From there my skills evolved and my farther
started sending me for full time training until I was 13 years old.
That was when I decided to turn badminton into a career.”
When the tough gets going their father Latif remains a
symbol of faith and perseverance. “My father is like my idol. He is always very encouraging and I believe
he gave us that gift. For example my little brother was a little
down in his game we guided and supported him until he was
back in his game and there was once when I was 15 years
old I told my father I wanted quit. He told me to be patient
and not to give up He believed in me.”
The 2014 season promises to be a challenging one for the siblings “My two targets for 2014 are to play in the Asian Games and to improve my ranking. Right now I
am in the top 4 of Malaysia but I’d like to be in the top 3 so we
shall see if I’ll be given a chance to go.” But they remain focused by keeping each
other on their toes. “There were many a time that my brother
has cautioned me in my training schedule and my technique because ever since I
left the BAM I’ve had to rely on myself. I have to
improve my self discipline.” Motivating each other has become a daily
routine for the siblings “We have always discussed among
ourselves for example before a game we will
discuss gameplay if you’re playing against a certain
player his strong points would be researched.
So from there we will plot our strategy. As my
brothers have more experience than me their words give me strength and
confidence to face my opponents.” With the new year just around the corner Zakry is still fired up although he realizes time is running out “I will keep on playing for another 2 or 3
years until the 2016 Olympics who knows I may get a chance
to enter the Olympic In 2008, I almost had the chance.
I was automatically qualified but
each country has a quota of only two pairs.
Koo Kien Keat and Tan Boon Heong and Choong Tan Fook and Lee Wan Wah.
So I missed the opportunity” Zakry has aim for the sky for 2014 “My target for 2014 is to qualify
for World Championships that’s my main target. And if there’s a chance
I would like to get a place in the Thomas Cup team.
God’s willing.” Finally we ask them their
hopes for the future “I haven’t won lot of titles so my
hope is that my brothers will be able to better my achievement.
I always challenged them to break my record” “My hopes are that all of us will achieve our targets in
badminton plus whatever that we aim for in our personal lives” “Actually I hope that one of us
will make it to the top Last time we nearly saw the light with
Arif and Zakry in 2008 while he was under
the guidance of coach Rexy he became a champion. Ideally all three of us will qualify for
the Olympics” To the new badminton dynasty we wish you the best of luck Badminton No sport comes close. Stay tuned as we discuss a new
legacy created by an Irish family only on Badminton World. Hi I am Lee Chong Wei you’re watching Badminton World Welcome back to Badminton World.
Sliced drop shot, flat high clear, smash, intricate net play, all part and parcel
of the daily grind that a badminton player has to undergo in
order to fulfil his or her dreams.
Malaysia too remains loyal to the script The Malaysian formulae providing
training for all levels of badminton is the one that involves governmental and
non-governmental organizations. This smart partnership which involves the
BA of Malaysia with government agencies such as the National Sports Council and the National Sports Institute to
agencies under the purview of the Youth and Sports Ministry has helped to preserve badminton status
as a national passion If BAM provides the technical expertise NSC is the financing body
NSI provide sports scientist and support group.
BAM has a large pool of coaches to help shape the future badminton in the
country In the elite group, Rashid Sidek,
Tey Seu Bock, and Hendrawan are in charge of men’s singles, while Tan Kim Her,
Paulus Firman and Rosman Razak monitor the doubles’ and Wong Tat Meng putting the women’s
singles players through their paces the coaching structure in BAM ensures it is designed to meet the needs of the
individual rather than the large group concepts a dedicated group of coaches responsible
on all aspects of training such as technique or match play will
ensure a bright future BAM development plan is on the right
track with a healthy pool of players at the
Bukit Jalil Sports School and excellent infrastructure.
This bodes well for the future of Malaysia badminton The rugged terrain of Donegal County
in Ireland houses Beltany Hill, where one of the finest stone circles
reputedly older than Stonehenge is found. But we shall not touch on history.
Just over a mile from that hill is Raphoe, a small-town that has produced a badminton-mad family — the Magees
When Samuel and Audrey Magee introduced the game to their offsprings over
a decade ago, little did they know that they would be shaping the future of the
game in Ireland from a building with one small court in Raphoe emerged Daniel, Sam, Chloe and Joshua.
After flirting with fame for a fleeting moment Daniel 27 became a coach in 2009 it was just a year after sister Chloe
had become the only second Irish female badminton players to play at an Olympic
Game With Beijing 2008 and London 2012 Olympic under her belts, Chloe enjoyed the growing
reputation in the women’s singles In the mixed doubles Chloe joins forces
with younger brother Sam Much of the progress is attributed to
Danish coaching “I think in Ireland, its based on European Danish style coaching. I thnk Asians can do it a lot longer harder training I think in Ireland we do shorter quick intervals, maybe 2 minutes
whereas Asians can do 10 minutes. That’s definitely different. I think it is
more European, Irish style.” “I think we do mostly everything we can maybe in the Danish way, we had Danish coaches in the past I think in Ireland we don’t have as many
technique coaches so we do need a lot of work there’s no doubt about that. We focus on mostly all there is.”
Chloe who laments the lack of players in Ireland to help us stretch
her boundaries intends to give back to the game one day. “I don’t think after retiring I would go into coaching. I would like to get away from badminton. I’d like to think I would also give back, help the younger players
when I go back maybe spar with them because for me the biggest problem in Ireland
is that I don’t have so many girls to play against. when it comes to tournaments i can be a little bit behind but
that’s what i would like to do when I’ve retired help the younger ones, go play with them but
as for coaching I don’t think I would like to be a coach” Compared to the Asian opponents Ireland
is lagging behind in the coaching aspect “I think the coaching method Ireland,
it’s quite.. the standards are quite low in Ireland,
like a lot of coaches are still learning Our main coach has gone off we’ve had Danish coaches in the past come
and Swedish coaches and I thhnk you know as they started getting older
they will get better Our main coach is good but other than that
it’s quite low level.” Things are looking up though.
With Dan as the chief coach Sam has won a European junior gold
medal in the men’s doubles as well as Norwegian, Lithuanian, and
Turkish international titles and taken a growing list of Irish titles.
Chloe with whom he reached the final of the Dutch Open mixed doubles in April is a seven-time
Irish Champion and Ireland badminton poster girl.
Nonetheless, Sam knows much needs to be done to close the gap with the superpowers. Strength is the uppermost in his mind. “I think the Asians are more powerful
I think maybe their bodies are a little bit better built, quick muscles in their body whereas
Europeans are quite slower I don’t why that is but I don’t think we are less powerful but just not as powerful like the Asians.” Badminton No sport comes close. Coming up on Badminton World results of the Adidas China Master, plus
an exclusive interview with the legendary player and his prodigal son. My name is Ville Lang. I am from Finland and you’re watching Badminton World Welcome back to Badminton World.
China badminton stars celebrated victory on home soil claiming all but one of the five titles up for grabs on the final day at the China
Masters tournament at Changzhou. 7 seed Wang Zhengming took the men’s
singles title after a marathon one hour and fifteen minute game against
South Korea’s Son Wan Ho which he eventually won 11-21, 21-14, 24-22 in the women’s final Thailand’s
Porntip Buranaprasertsuk failed to clinch a fairy tale title
after she was overcome by China’s Liu Xin 21-4, 13-21, 21-12. Top seedsKo Sung-hyun
and Lee Yong-dae of South Korea beat second seed here Hiroyuki Endo and
Kenichi Hayakawa of Japan in the men’s doubles, the only final to
witness a non-Chinese winner In the mixed doubles final, second seeds
Zhang Nan and Zhao Yunlei of China claimed a 21-18, 21-12 victory against South
Korea’s Yoo Yeon-seong and Eom Hye-won. The South Koreans
were runners-up for the second year in succession In the women’s doubles top seeds Wang Xiaoli
and Yu Yang beat second-seeded Ma Jin and Tang Jinhua 21-17, 21-16 in an all-China final.
Now let’s take a peek at the world rankings so far Lee Chong Wei remains firmly in the
driving seat on the top of the men’s singles as the top five remains unchanged.
However Jan O Jorgensen of Denmark climbed three spots to take number six.
Those still in the top 10, Tommy Sugiarto drop one spot to number seven China Masters winner Wang Zhengming
climbed one spot to take number nine Although her China Masters adventure was
halted at the semi-final stage Li Xuerui remains the top-ranked women
shuttler. She’s closely pursued by world champion Ratchanok Intanon Ko Su Hyung and Lee Yong Dae are firmly
on top of the men’s double section which sees no change in the top five
pairs .The same story goes for women’s doubles with the top five
pairs remain the same with Wang Xiaoli and Yu Yang remaining at the top however plenty of changes in the mixed
doubles Olympic champions Zhang Nan and Zhao Yunlei are
back as the world number one after winning the China Masters swapping places with Xu Chen and Ma Jin, followed
by three-time world champions Tontowi Ahmad and Liliyana Natsir at number three The pick of the events in October are…
the Superseries Premier Yonex Denmark Open on the 15th till the 20th, the Yonex French
Open on 22nd till the 27th as well as the BWF World Junior
Championships in Bangkok from 23rd October to 3rd November where we hope there will be more gems to
be uncovered. For more info you can visit BWF official website.
Welcome back to Badminton World as we speak exclusively to a father and
son combo Icuk Sugiarto was an accomplished
shuttler winning the World Championship in Copenhagen thirty years ago after an
epic battle against his compatriot Liem Swie King.
Months after climbing the podium Icuk married Nina Yaroh and they were
blessed with three kids, one of which is carrying forward his legacy Born five years after Icuk lifted the world
title, Tommy showed a glimpse of his potential of becoming a chip off the old
block by winning the World Junior silver medal
in 2006 If Icuk was known for his supreme
fitness, impregnable defense, excellent backhand and brute strength,
Tommy has more of a rounded game The difference in style has a lot to do
with the new points system but comparison between the two is
unavoidable of which Tommy is quick to shrug off. “Pressure will always be there that’s
normal especially when you’re
representing your country every player will face a huge burden My motivation is to do my best for
Indonesia and to be a champion for my country and
of course for myself.” Parental support has been crucial behind
Tommy’s emergence “My father gives me plenty of
support he motivates me to be a fighter so that when I play I can face anyone in whatever condition even if I’m under
tremendous pressure or I am too tired, I must a soldier on and keep on fighting.”
Icuk’s pointers are allied with divine assistance in order to maintain his focus Tommy
observes certain routines before setting foot onto the court.
“I do observe a few routines before match I will call my parents and
ask for their blessings I will also pray and ask for strength before entering the court.” Divine assistance aside, Tommy was taught by Icuk to have tons of self-belief. “He told me to be confident and to
believe in myself he said I must show to everyone that I
am confident of my capabilities and whoever is my opponent no matter how hard it is or how great
the pressure is, all can be faced down if I’m confident with myself .” Having listened to Tommy side of the
story, now speak to the proud father “I am so proud and happy to see Tommy giving his best for Indonesia and for himself I always say to him if you want to be the best you must be the best, and if you want to be a champion he must defeat a champion.” But as Icuk insisted Tommy is thousands of miles away from reaching the promised land “Right now Tommy is on a roll but his journey is still very long but
hopefully with each step he’ll be more confident
he must believe that you can and will make it That’s the only way to reach the top and
that’s what I always tell him” Tommy is fortunate not only to have
inherited the DNA of the world champion like other children of former athletes he
was given an early start “To be a champion he must go through pain. He must go
through hardships He needs discipline. He must want
to defeat everyone while he’s still in his teens
and he has proven he has all the above and I will continue to
support him I shared with him everything that I had
gone through when I was a player. For me supporting
him mentally is more important in order for him to be
a great player.” Icuk is generous in sharing his years in
badminton to jump-start Tommy’s career “We always talk about the years
when I was an athlete I was so confident during that time
that my preparation was designed in such a way that I would not allow
myself to be defeated by anyone I told him how determined I was
in beating players who were better than me and
the preparation that I had to go through in order to achieve that. Nowadays I barely see Tommy. Every month is always off to many tournaments. so it’s hard to meet up with him.
So he must be prepared and work harder than ever I always remind him about that and take
an interest in his daily training and what he’s improved so far and I
tell him if you have prepared properly all
that you strike for will be yours. The most important thing is that you must always believe in your
abilities.” Icuk is living proof how hard work can reap the desired results.
“I have matured as I told him my secrets. i said, look at me I have nothing but I have heart and I have
determinations and most of all I believe in myself.” We shall wait and see whether or
not Tommy can emulate his father by conquering the world That’s all the time we have for you this month
with the exception of this month’s selected Superseries moment.
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