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PBSI Calls In Big Guns for Thomas and Uber Cups (pic)

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Published: 21 January 2010
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If there was any doubt as to the importance of the Thomas and Uber Cups, the latest move by the Indonesian Badminton Association should provide more than sufficient proof. Former Olympic champion and professional badminton player Taufik Hidayat.

With no title in the world’s top team tournaments since 2002, the association, also known as the PBSI, plans to call in Indonesia’s best shuttlers, including those who have walked away from the national team.

Indonesia has a record 13 Thomas Cup titles, but it has not won the men’s tournament since 2002. The Indonesian women last won in 1994 and 1996, the only hiccup in China’s run of titles since 1984.

 

Lin Dan: Why I’m still out of action

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 21 January 2010
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BEIJING: Recent impressive performances by Lee Chong Wei have raised the alarm on Chinese badminton star Lin Dan.

The world No. 2, who withdrew from the Malaysian Open, said that his arch rival showed great promises in the Korean Open, winning the title without dropping a game in five matches last week.

“Although I did not go to Seoul, I followed the tournament closely. Chong Wei is now really in great form. He is a very well-rounded and world-class player,” Lin Dan told sports.cn from his training base here on Tuesday.

On why he withdrew from the Malaysian Open, Lin Dan said that he wanted to train harder and regain tip-top form before going to Kuala Lumpur to compete in the tournament.

“But I have not adjusted to the best of condition. If I go for competitions in a hurry, I will not only be unable to play to my best ability but I will also risk getting injured,” he said.

He added that it was inevitable that other Chinese singles players, Chen Jin and Bao Chunlai, could not play to their true ability in the Korean Open as they had not been training systematically thus far.

Lin Dan said that he would start his season with the defence of the All-England title in Birmingham in March.

 
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Malaysia Open - Chong Wei makes second round, Hafiz crashes out (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 21 January 2010
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MOHD Hafiz Hashim (pic) had made a thorough preparation for the Malaysian Open. But it was a miserable start to the season for him, crashing to a very demoralising first-round de­­feat at the Putra Stadium in Bukit Jalil yesterday.

It was also the end of the road for seasoned campaigner Wong Choong Hann and back-up shuttlers Chan Kwong Beng and Tan Chun Seang.

And it was world No. 1 and top seed Lee Chong Wei who saved the blushes for Malaysia on the first day of action in the second leg Super Series men’s singles competition, advancing to the second round in superb style.

 

Indonesia to send 11 shuttlers to compete in Malaysia Open

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Published: 19 January 2010
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Indonesia will send 11 shuttlers to compete in Malaysia Open of Super Series scheduled on Jan. 19-24, the Kompas daily quoted an official as saying on Tuesday.

Jacob Rusdianto, Secretary General of the Indonesian Badminton Association, said that the 11 shuttlers will play in four divisions, namely women's singles, women's doubles, men's doubles and mixed doubles.

The association did not send shuttlers for the men's singles.

"We will not send for men's singles as they will focus their training on the Thomas Cup," said Rusdianto.

The Thomas Cup and Uber Cup championship will be held on May 6-15 in Malaysia.

 
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Taufik will set up training centre to unearth new talent (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 19 January 2010
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SINGLES star Taufik Hidayat had waited for new blood in Indonesian badminton for a decade. None came through and he has decided to take matters into his own hands.Indonesia's former world champion Taufik Hidayat will set up a badminton school in Jakarta to unearth fresh talent in his country, Malaysian media reported on Tuesday

Taufik will set up a new training centre in Jakarta, the Taufik Hidayat Arena, to unearth new talent.

It is his latest venture since becoing an independent player last year. The 29-year-old came out with his own apparel, Taufik Line, last year.

Taufik said that the centre, which will be built on 6,600 square feet land worth more than US$1mil, was expected to start operations next year.

Besides coming up with his own money, funding for his dream centre will be supported by his family, friends and sponsors.

 

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