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Easy Path For Malaysia To Thomas Cup Quarterfinals

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Published: 09 March 2010
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KUALA LUMPUR, March 9  -- Malaysia have a clear path into the quarterfinals of the Thomas Cup Finals to be held at Putra Stadium here from May 9 to 16 but will face an acid test in the knockout battle to make it into the last four.

In the draw for the groupings by the Badminton World Federation (BWF) here today, Malaysia, ranked as the third seed, were in Group B with Japan (6th seed) and Nigeria (11th seed) for company.

The hosts led by world singles ace Datuk Lee Chong Wei are tipped to easily top Group B with Japan in tow.

Only the two top teams from four groups will move to the next knockout stage of the sport's prestigious men's team event to determine the semifinalists.

Defending champions and top seeded China are in Group A with South Korea (5th seed) and Peru (10th seed).

Group C comprises Denmark (4th seed), Germany (8th seed) and Poland (9th seed) while Group D pools Indonesia (2nd seed), India (7th seed) and Australia (12th seed).

 

Malaysia avoid Koreans in Thomas Cup draw

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Published: 09 March 2010
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KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia avoided South Korea in the preliminary round for the Thomas Cup Finals when the draw was made yesterday. But the hosts may meet up with the Koreans when a new draw is made after the preliminary rounds.

This year, a new format is being introduced in the Thomas Cup Finals to keep alive the suspense and excitement in the world premier event, which will take place at Putra Stadium in Bukit Jalil from May 9-16.

For the knockout stage, a fresh draw will be held.

Previously, the draw was held only once, where by all three teams from each of the four groups progressed to the next stage.

 

European champion Jonassen to join BADMINTON England as singles coach

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Published: 09 March 2010
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BADMINTON England finally got their man today when Kenneth Jonassen was confirmed as their new GB and England men’s singles coach.

The 35-year-old will take up his role on July 12 but his appointment will be a big boost to the GB players going into the Yonex All England Championships, which start tomorrow (Tues) at the National Indoor Arena in Birmingham.

Jonassen will also be in Birmingham for the 100th All England as singles coach with the Denmark squad.

Adrian Christy, BADMINTON England Chief Executive, said: “We are delighted to acquire Kenneth’s services. It has been a long wait to get all the details confirmed but Kenneth is the man our Performance Director Ian Moss has always wanted.”

 

Stars, past and present, will dazzle at All England

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 09 March 2010
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A hundred years of the world’s greatest badminton tournament — no matter how much one associate’s history and tradition with the All England, it is still an incredible feeling.

As the 100th version opens today, all those who are part of it — players, coaches, officials — will consider themselves lucky. There has been a buzz for weeks leading up to the big day. Few events in badminton now have that effect.

In recent years, the circuit has fallen into rote, a predictable chain of events; hopefully, the All England will come to the rescue and revitalise public interest in the world’s fastest racket sport.

Organisers have planned various events to commemorate the 100th year, such as a ‘history zone’ and an ‘avenue of champions’ that will bring alive moments from earlier championships. Several former champions are expected to attend.

 

Rising Indonesian Badminton Star Takes it to Next Level

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 09 March 2010
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Dionisius Hayom Rumbaka will open two new chapters in his career when he starts play at the All England Super Series.

Having been touted as one of Indonesia’s rising stars in men’s singles, the 22-year-old initially rejected a pair of call-ups to the national camp before finally signing on in January. Now he makes his national team debut in badminton’s most prestigious championship.

“I had to drop the first two proposals because I thought I was not ready to join the national team. I thought I wasn’t good enough to accept the offer,” Dionisius told the Jakarta Globe. “But now I’m ready as I have been improving and also have a better world rank now.”

 

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