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Shuttler Iskandar wants to justify SEA Games selection (pic)

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Published: 06 December 2013
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KUALA LUMPUR: After starting the year on a wrong footing, men’s singles back-up shuttler Iskandar Zulkarnain Zainuddin is determined to end the season on a right note in Myanmar.

The 19-year-old Iskandar is hoping to come good in his first major tournament – the SEA Games badminton competition from Dec 10-14 in Naypyitaw – although he will be the one least expected to shine in the biennial Games. National singles shuttler Iskandar Zulkarnain Zainuddin is determined to make the best of his first major tournament at the Myanmar SEA Games starting Dec 10.

Iskandar, who was involved in a freak motorcycle accident in January that saw him ruled out of competition for 1½-month, will leave for Naypyitaw on Friday with his team-mates. The other men’s singles shuttler is Chong Wei Feng.

Iskandar is happy that he came out of the accident stronger and a more determined player.

“At the start of the year, after the accident, I was quite doubtful about my future as a badminton player. That’s why I cannot believe that I will now be making the trip to my first SEA Games,” said Iskandar.

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Singles shuttler Jing Yi makes quit U-turn

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Published: 06 December 2013
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KUALA LUMPUR: Women’s singles shuttler Tee Jing Yi is back in the national team after changing her mind about quitting.

The 22-year-old Jing Yi represented the country at last year’s Olympic Games in London but dropped a bombshell by walking out on the national team two weeks ago.

Yesterday, however, she said that she had withdrawn her resignation letter after meeting with the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) president Tan Sri Tengku Mahaleel Tengku Ariff on Monday.

Jing Yi, who went to see the BAM boss in Kelantan, said that a pep talk by Tengku Mahaleel made her change her mind and she now wishes to continue serving the country.

“I was not in a good frame of mind when I decided to leave,” said Jing Yi, who submitted the resignation letter on Nov 22.

“At that time, I felt that my game was going nowhere and I could not contribute anymore.”

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Ex-BAM players Ramdan and Chun Seang reach semi-finals (pic)

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Published: 06 December 2013
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KUALA LUMPUR: Two former BAM players, Misbun Ramdan Misbun and Tan Chun Seang, continued to show that they have not lost their touch when they reached the men’s singles semi-finals in the Carlton Irish Open in Dublin and the Vietnam Open Grand Prix Gold in Ho Chi Minh City respectively. Ex-BAM shuttler Misbun Ramdan Misbun reached the semi-final of the Irish Open after beating Emil Holst of Denmark in straight games in the quarter-final on Friday.

On Friday, national champion Ramdan stayed on track for his fourth international title this year after beating Emil Holst of Denmark 21-10, 21-13 in just 29 minutes in the quarter-finals.

He will meet unseeded German Lukas Schmidt in the last four.

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Foreign players await Indian Badminton League payment (pic)

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Published: 05 December 2013
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More than three months after the completion of the Indian Badminton League, a few top players of the Pune Piston are yet to receive part of the payment promised to them. According to the IBL contract, players were to be paid in four equal installments, with the final 25 percent to be released within 15 days of the completion of the event.

A foreign player, who requested anonymity, said: "I have been sending constant reminders to the franchise owners about the pending 25 percent of my contract money. I am given a new date every time but the money has not arrived so far. There are other foreign players from my IBL team also awaiting payment." Juliane Schenk, Tan Wee Kiong, Joachim Fischer-Nielsen and Tien Minh Nyugen were the four imports for Pune Pistons

Juliane Schenk, Tan Wee Kiong, Joachim Fischer-Nielsen and Tien Minh Nyugen were the four imports for Pune Pistons, the team that reached the semi-finals of the inaugural IBL edition. While Schenk was picked up for $90,000 at the auction, the Pistons forked out $44,000 and $35,000 for Nyugen and Fischer-Nielsen respectively. Tan Wee Kiong was signed for $15,000. The auction for all players, whether Indian or from abroad, was conducted in US Dollars, with the contract stating that the IBL had capped the exchange rate at Rs 54.54 to a dollar as per the contract.

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Rituparna Das, Aditya Joshi bag junior national badminton titles (pic)

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Published: 05 December 2013
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Kolkata girl Rituparna proved too good for the defending champion to win 21-14, 21-7 to add the U-19 national title to the U-13 and U-17 national crowns she had won in the past. She completed a double crown by also bagging the girls doubles title with J. Meghana.

Rituparna Das ended G. Ruthvika Shivani's hopes of a second consecutive double crown with a straight games hammering in the U-19 girls singles final while second seed Aditya Joshi defeated Kerala's Arun George to lift the U-19 boys title at the 38th Junior National Badminton Championships on Thursday.Rituparna Das

Kolkata girl Rituparna proved too good for the defending champion to win 21-14, 21-7 to add the U-19 national title to the U-13 and U-17 national crowns she had won in the past. She completed a double crown by also bagging the girls doubles title with J. Meghana.

Rituparna never allowed her opponent to get a foot-hold in the match. She was deceptive at the net and came up with some timely drops to tackle the reach of her lanky opponent, who had earlier got the better of Maharashtra's Karishma Wadkar in the U-17 final.

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