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Justme123
19-08-2009, 12:13 PM
Here is an interesting badminton story from the 50-60s
by Dr. Oon Chong Teik.

http://www.viweb.freehosting.net/OonCT.htm

Sentinel
19-08-2009, 12:26 PM
Those were the great days... we have a local hero here (Penang) Eddy Choong. Now Lee Chong Wei...

besitai2007
19-08-2009, 01:02 PM
In that story there is a hint of rivalry between Eddy Choong and Wong Peng Soon. Hint of Eddy being the cause of our loss of the Thomas cup to Indonesia by influencing the selection process. In the process Eddy overstretched himself by playing in the singles and doubles and being totally deflated in the process. I do sense some biases as Oon Chong Jin is related to Wong Peng Soon. In spite of all that, we should honour the achievements of our badminton greats because they did all that on their own and for their love of the game.

bslee
19-08-2009, 01:21 PM
In spite of all that, we should honour the achievements of our badminton greats because they did all that on their own and for their love of the game.

Its only in well written memoirs that its often we read the real story, nostalgia and their true feelings behind it all, maybe a special documentary on TV once a while. About LCW, currently all we get is from the mass media mainly on achievments and random interviews. We can't tell to what extent LCW loves the game or its just another professional sport he's coincidently have extraordinary talent for. I don't think we really know much about LCW other than his achievments to date. What about our other badminton greats?..Punch Gunalan, Tan Aik Huang, Ng Boon Bee, Abdul Rahman Mohamed, Foo Kok Keong, James Selvaraj, Saw Swee Leong, Moo Foot Lian..so many others more... all faded into history?

Sentinel
19-08-2009, 01:51 PM
Its only in well written memoirs that its often we read the real story, nostalgia and their true feelings behind it all, maybe a special documentary on TV once a while. About LCW, currently all we get is from the mass media mainly on achievments and random interviews. We can't tell to what extent LCW loves the game or its just another professional sport he's coincidently have extraordinary talent for. I don't think we really know much about LCW other than his achievments to date. What about our other badminton greats?..Punch Gunalan, Tan Aik Huang, Ng Boon Bee, Abdul Rahman Mohamed, Foo Kok Keong, James Selvaraj, Saw Swee Leong, Moo Foot Lian..so many others more... all faded into history?
Sexist! Why never mention Sylvia Ng? Punch Gunalan was also my captain at my old alma mater King George V School, Seremban. :D

VeeJay
19-08-2009, 01:58 PM
Thanks for sharing, Justme123.

We really lack appreciation for such historical sports story!

Hope to see one day, RTM together with Discovery Channel comes with a recorded history of Malaysian Badminton.

bslee
19-08-2009, 02:01 PM
Sexist! Why never mention Sylvia Ng? Punch Gunalan was also my captain at my old alma mater King George V School, Seremban.:D

Hahaaha!... and...Rosalind Singah Ang?... who else? What happened to them or where are they now?.. anyone knows?
Anyway, I think I've seen some youtube clips in B & W of 60's and 70's All England matches.. just too blurrr lah!

Justme123
19-08-2009, 02:02 PM
In that story there is a hint of rivalry between Eddy Choong and Wong Peng Soon. Hint of Eddy being the cause of our loss of the Thomas cup to Indonesia by influencing the selection process. In the process Eddy overstretched himself by playing in the singles and doubles and being totally deflated in the process. I do sense some biases as Oon Chong Jin is related to Wong Peng Soon. In spite of all that, we should honour the achievements of our badminton greats because they did all that on their own and for their love of the game.IMO, the story is very interesting and it expand my knowledge about badminton. I found this link while trying to find out about 'the Thing' who was mentioned in today Star.

‘The Thing’ reveals why Lin Dan is still on top of the world' (http://thestar.com.my/sports/story.asp?file=/2009/8/19/sports/4535581&sec=sports)

There is bound to be some degree of biasness when it is written by a single author, but i found Dr. Oon Chong Teik to be a sincere person from his words. I would like to stories from other badminton greats to verify what he said and get a balanced view.

I was surprised that Wong Peng Soon was a coach of Thailand who beat Indonesia in the 60s. I wonder whether he was considered a traitor then.

bslee
19-08-2009, 02:06 PM
I've met Hou Chia Chang in person, I think Tang "The Thing" was there too... way back in 1984 when they were all here in Kuala Lumpur Thomas Cup finals.
Someone was amazed at how good the Chinese players were, and implied they trained with a bayonet behind the backs... :D
Sentinel bro!.. It just happens that the men took the limelight most of the time in this sport... still happening mah!...no?