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Chong Wei looking forward to Laureus Awards (pic)

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Published: 09 February 2014
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KUALA LUMPUR: World No. 1 Lee Chong Wei will be one of the guests in this year’s Laureus World Sports Awards on March 26 and he is thrilled with the prospect of meeting a gala of sports stars.

On Monday, the two-time Olympic Games silver medallist Chong Wei said he had received an invitation letter to attend the awards ceremony, which is dubbed the Oscars of sports. World record holder Usain Bolt in a file photo. Lee Chong Wei is looking forward to meeting Bolt at the Laureus World Sports Awards.

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Gail Emms’ badminton comeback gets 
off to winning start (pic)

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Published: 09 February 2014
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Gail Emms got her badminton ‘comeback’ off to a winning start at the English National Badminton Championships in Milton Keynes today.

The 36-year-old 2004 Olympic silver medallist and former world, European and Commonwealth champion teamed up with last year’s mixed doubles runner-up Marcus Ellis to defeat Ben Stawski and Alex Langley in their second-round contest after an opening bye.Gail Emms

But their performance was not without a minor hiccup at the start. Ellis and Emms let slip the opening game as she looked a little rusty before settling down and turning things round 13-21 21-10 21-6.

Emms, who won this mixed doubles title six times with three different partners before retiring after the 2008 Olympics, will now face 2012 champions and the world’s fifth-ranked pair in Chris and Gabby Adcock when the tournament moves to the arena:stadiumMK tomorrow for the quarter and semi-final stages.

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IOC elections at Sochi Olympics includes Badminton Champion (pic)

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Published: 09 February 2014
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Badminton Olympic champion and Badminton World Federation Poul-Erik Hoyer was elected as an International Olympic Committee member before the Olympic Ceremony for the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games.Poul-Erik Hoyer became IOC Member

Zaiqing Yu replaced newly-elected IOC President Thomas Bach as IOC vice president, while Turkey’s Ugur Erdener was elected to the IOC Executice Board, replacing Sam Ramsamy.

Beatrice Allen, Nicole Hoevertsz and His Royal Highness Tunku were reelected after discussions regarding the preparations for the 2016 Lillehammer Youth Olympic Games.

 

Sridhar, Ashwini clinch senior ranking badminton title

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Published: 09 February 2014
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Beijing Olympian Anup Sridhar and former Junior National Champion Tanvi Lad today crowned themselves as singles champions after notching up contrasting victories respectively in the men's and women's finals of the All-India Senior Ranking Badminton tournament here.

Former National champion Sridhar shocked his rival Sourabh Varma, ranked one place below him in the tournament, with his calculated aggression to chalk up a hard-fought 21-18, 8-21, 21-14 win in an hour.Tanvi Lad and Anup Sridhar who won the women's and men's titles.

Tanvi, on the other hand, evaporated the hopes of Rituparna Das into thin air by smacking her out of the title race with 21-17, 21-19 win in straight sets.


Sridhar, seeded second, began the campaign taking initial lead in the closely fought battle in the first game. Varma fought back and brought the game closer only to lose the nerve-wracking first game 18-21.

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Wei Feng upbeat after pep talk from world No. 1 (pic)

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Published: 09 February 2014
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KUALA LUMPUR: National singles shuttler Chong Wei Feng is refreshed and ready to step up to the plate after a pep talk by world No. 1 Lee Chong Wei and a warm gathering among the singles players during the Chinese New Year season.

The 31-year-old Chong Wei spent some time advising and encouraging Wei Feng after the latter’s demoralising first round defeats at the Korean and Malaysian Opens last month. Chong Wei Feng in training recently. He hopes for a breakthrough this year after a disappointing 2013.

Chong Wei even hosted a special dinner for all the singles players during the Chinese New Year – treating them to good food and good fun. He even gave them gifts via a lucky draw.

Wei Feng is grateful to Chong Wei for trying lift the morale of his comrades in the men’s singles department.

“I was down after my recent defeats. The nation is looking for Chong Wei’s successor but I have failed to live up to expectations. All these put some pressure on me and, unfortunately, I could not deal with it. As a result, I did not play true to my form,” said Wei Feng.

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