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Malaysia's Lee Chong Wei unfazed by All England badminton draw (pic)

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Published: 25 February 2010
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Malaysia's Lee Chong Wei, the world No 1, is unfazed over who he will face in the upcoming All England Badminton Championships, preferring to focus on his preparation for the oldest tournament in the sport.

Top seed Chong Wei, who lost to Lin Dan in last year’s final when China took all five titles, begins his title bid against India’s Chetan Anand with the Malaysian likely to meet Sony Dwi Kuncoro of Indonesia in the second round. Top seed: Malaysia's Lee Chong Wei is men's No 1 seed

Ahead of the 100th edition in Birmingham, which starts on March 9, he said: "What is important is to make the best preparation, whether physically or mentally.

"I don't think of defeat. I don't really think of my opponent, whether Sony Dwi Koncoro from Indonesia in the quarter-final or Lin Dan in the final.

 

Coach Hendrawan believes his charge can be a champ again (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 25 February 2010
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PETALING JAYA: The stage is set for men’s singles shuttler Mohd Hafiz Hashim to be a champion again.

And national coach Hendrawan wants Hafiz to be brave enough to seize the opportunity at the German Open, which will be held in Mulheim from March 2-7.Money as promised: Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor receiving a mock cheque from Iris Corporation Berhad managing director Datuk Tan Say Jim at a luncheon in Putrajaya yesterday. Looking on are (from left) Lee Chong Wei, Datuk Razali Ibrahim, Tan Boon Heong and Koo Kien Keat.

A good outing in Germany should give Hafiz the confidence to face tougher challenges in the All-Eng­land at Birmingham from March 9-14.

Hafiz, who last won a title at the Philippines Open in 2006, is seeded eighth in the German Open and, barring any upsets, should make his way to the quarter-finals, at least.

He is in the lower half of the draw with second seed Chen Long of China, Taiwan’s Hsieh Yu-hsing (fifth seed) and three European trouble-makers – Germany’s Marc Zwiebler (fourth), England’s Andrew Smith (ninth) and Poland’s Wacha Przemyslaw (13th).

 

Debut Regional Project in Turkey

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Published: 25 February 2010
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From the 15 – 21 February, the Turkish Badminton Federation successfully held their first Badminton Europe supported Regional Project activity in Istanbul. The aim of the project was the development of U13 and U15 badminton players from 5 different countries from the southeast of Europe. After the training camp, the young players participated in the Turkiye Junior International tournament.

Organised by the Turkish Federation, the training camp included participants from Bulgaria, Macedonia, Serbia and Romania. All together, there have been 46 players and 12 coaches. Two instructors have guided them: Tan Phick Eng from Malaysia and the Turkish Hakan Avci. Together they successfully presented different basic techniques and tactics to all participants.

 

Young shuttlers battle for glory in Penang (pic)

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Published: 25 February 2010
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GEORGE TOWN: A total of 270 young shuttlers will battle it out for supremacy in the opening leg of the 100PLUS National Junior Badminton Circuit Zone A competition at the PBA Hall in Bukit Dumbar here today.

The Penang BA (PBA), who last hosted the tournament in 2005, have divided the boys and girls into four categories – Under-12, Under-14, Under-16 and Under-18.Kuala Lumpur’s Ho Yen Mei

PBA secretary Tony Tan Gim Hin said the four-day competition would involve youngsters from six states – Penang, Perlis, Kedah, Perak, Kelantan and Kuala Lumpur.

“Many of the players are un­­known quantities. But with talent scouts sure to be present at the tournament, the shuttlers will definitely be giving their best so that they can be recruited into the sports schools,” he said.

“As such, we can expect an exciting tournament.”

 
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Viet Nam beat Singapore at Thomas Cup (pic)

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Published: 25 February 2010
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HA NOI - Viet Nam defeated Singapore 3-2 in the first round of the Thomas Cup Preliminary Asia Zone yesterday, a badminton men's team tournament in Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand.Bird man: Top player Nguyen Tien Minh and his teammates helped Viet Nam defeat Singapore 3-2 in the first round of the Thomas Cup Preliminary Asia Zone yesterday, a badminton men's team tournament in Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand.

With the presence of the world No 8, Nguyen Tien Minh, Viet Nam were favourites going in to the tie.

Minh needed only half of an hour to beat Wong Ziliang Derek 21-13, 21-19 to pocket the first win for Viet Nam.
Singapore nearly drew level in the second match when Chen Yongzhao Ashton won the first set 21-17 against Nguyen Hoang Nam.

 
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