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Being fair to all (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 30 July 2013
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KUALA LUMPUR: National doubles chief coach Tan Kim Her has stopped pitting Lim Khim Wah-Goh V Shem and Hoon Thien How-Tan Wee Kiong against each other in training ahead of the World Championships in Guangzhou, China, from Aug 5-11.
 
This is Kim Her’s way of being fair to them. 

Barring any upsets, world No. 10 Thien How-Wee Kiong and world No. 17 Khim Wah-V Shem and are expected to face each other in the second round and Kim Her does not want to take sides.Hoon Thien How (right) and Tan Wee Kiong are seeded 11th for the World Championships at Guangzhou.

The 11th seeded Thien How-Wee Kiong have a first round bye while Khim Wah-V Shem take on Scotland’s Martin Campbell-Patrick Machugh in their opener. If they do clash in the second round, the winners are expected to face four-time world champions Cai Yun-Fu Haifeng of China in the third round.

“It is an unfortunate draw for them. I am quite certain that they are likely to cross path in the second round. Khim Wah-V Shem should get the better of their Scottish opponents to set-up a meeting with Thien How-Wee Kiong,” said Kim Her.

 

Chong Wei feels he is more matured since the birth of his son (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 30 July 2013
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KUALA LUMPUR: It has been six days since world No. 1 singles shuttler Lee Chong Wei left Malaysia and he is missing his three-month-old son Kingston.
 
“I miss holding him and seeing his cute face ... Thanks to the social media platforms, I get to see him daily on FaceTime. My wife (Wong Mew Choo) keeps me updated too and that is great,” said Chong Wei when contacted in Hong Kong yesterday.
 
Chong Wei and 21 other Malaysian shuttlers are in Hong Kong for a 10-day final phase of centralised training as part of their preparations for the World Championships in Guangzhou, China, from Aug 5-11.Lee Chong Wei (right) enjoying some time with his son, Kingston, before departing to Hong Kong.
 
The team consisting of Chong Wei, Liew Daren, Chong Wei Feng, Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong, Lim Khim Wah-Goh V Shem, Hoon Thien How-Tan Wee Kiong, Woon Khe Wei-Vivian Hoo, Goh Liu Ying-Lim Yin Loo, Ng Hui Lin-Ng Hui Ern, Amelia Anscelly-Soong Fie Cho, Chan Peng Soon, Ong Jian Guo and Tan Aik Quan-Lai Pei Jing will leave for Guangzhou on Saturday.

 

Painful reminder for Khe Wei (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 30 July 2013
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KUALA LUMPUR: A painful lesson four years ago will be a good reminder for shuttler Woon Khe Wei to play with courage in her second World Championships in Guangzhou, China, from Aug 5-11.

This time, the 24-year-old Khe Wei will be playing with Vivian Hoo in the women’s doubles.
 
In her debut at the 2009 world meet in Hyderabad, she competed in the mixed doubles with Mohd Razif Abdul Latif but suffered a disastrous first round loss to Ukraine’s Valerij Atrasjtjenkov-Elena Prus.Woon Khe Wei (left) suffered a painful lesson in 2009 world meet.

Then, she suffered stage fright and allowed her Ukrainian opponents to intimidate her.
 

 

You don't teach Lee Chong Wei how to smash, says Aparna Popat (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 30 July 2013
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Olympian shuttler and national champion for many years during her prime, Aparna Popat is back in business as the coach of Mumbai Masters in IBL. In an exclusive chat to G Krishnan, the 35-year-old can't hide her excitement about being back in business and working with the likes of world No. 1 Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia and reigning All England champion, the retired Tine Baun of Denmark. Excerpts:

It must be a comeback of sorts for you in badminton, isn't it?Indian Badminton League (IBL) will benefit Indian players: Aparna Popat
In a way, it is. I have doing commentary and writing on the sport but this was something I was keen on doing, and IBL is a great platform for me. After being a player representing India for many years, it is interesting to be back in the badminton field. This is something that is really exciting for me. I'm glad to have got the opportunity to be part of the Mumbai Masters team. I am really excited to be involved. Once I am near the court or the badminton fraternity, it is a different high I experience. I've been in touch with the game as I work for Indian Oil, handling sports for them. I have been following the game closely, though I've not been coaching. I've been in tune with what's happening.

 

Vietnam badminton player inks record deal with Indian club (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 30 July 2013
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Pune Vijetas has offered Vietnam’s best badminton player Nguyen Tien Minh US$44,000 contract to play in the Indian Badminton League (IBL) from August 14-31.

It is the most money a foreign badminton club has ever offered a Vietnamese player.

The base price at the auction in New Delhi on Monday was $25,000 for male players ranked 6th-12th. Pune Vijetas won in the bidding for 7th-ranked Minh amid fierce competition from other clubs.Vietnam's best babminton player Nguyen Tien Minh

Ho Chi Minh City’s Badminton Federation Vice Chairwoman Huynh Ngoc Lien said, “Tien Minh is completing the final stage of the procedures by signing a contract with the club.

“He will get half of the amount after signing the contract and the other half when the [tournament] ends,” said Huynh Ngoc Lien, vice Chairwoman of the Ho Chi Minh City Badminton Federation.

“Pune Vijetas will also pay for other expenses of travel and accommodation for Minh at the tournament,” she added.

In addition to the cash from at IBL, Minh will still receive his VND50 million per month salary from local sponsor Becamex IDC. Early this month, Tien Minh also signed a three-year deal with Kawasaki that will pay him no less than $3,000 a month, plus cover his expenses at 10 international competitions per year.

Speaking to Thanh Nien, Minh, 30, said he was very gratified to have his talent recognized by the world of badminton.

 
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