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Indon show puts Iskandar in the Thomas Cup mix (pic)

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Published: 06 February 2014
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KUALA LUMPUR: National singles shuttler Iskandar Zulkarnain Zainuddin won only one match in the Indonesia Super League (ISL) but he has certainly gained in terms of experience.

In fact, the exciting adventure in Surabaya has sparked the fire in him to go all out and win the right to represent the country in this year’s Thomas Cup Finals in May at New Delhi.

Malaysia’s campaign in the ongoing ISL ended on Friday after the Iskandar-led Malaysian Tigers lost three out of their four Group ties.Back-up shuttler, Iskandar Zulkarnain did well in the recently concluded Indonesian Super League to stake his claim in the Malaysian Thomas Cup team.

Their record reads: Lost to Taiwan Cooperative Bank 4-1 (Tuesday); beat SGC Thailand 3-2 (Wednesday); lost 5-0 to Jaya Raya Jakarta (Thursday); and lost 3-2 to Hi-Qua Wima Surabaya (Friday).

For Iskandar, who played first singles in all the ties, the highlight was when he held world No. 3 Tommy Sugiarto of Jaya Raya Jakarta by the throat before going down 21-23, 18-21 in 43 minutes.

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June Wei revels training with national team (pic)

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Published: 06 February 2014
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KUALA LUMPUR: National junior shuttler Cheam June Wei will never forget his first experience of playing with his childhood idol, world No. 1 Lee Chong Wei, during a training session recently.

It was only a seven-point match but it is still one that he will cherish.Cheam June Wei posing for a photo after training at the Bukit Kiara Sports Complex on Friday.

“The first time I played against Chong Wei, I was only able to get one or two points. I was so nervous ... I couldn’t believe I was playing a one-on-one match with him. But after that I was able to perform better and pick up like four to five points,” said the soft-spoken June Wei after a training session at Stadium Juara in Bukit Kiara on Friday.

He said that Chong Wei “is my inspiration because of his intelligent style of play and skills”.

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Khim Wah gets cracking to improve serve (pic)

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Published: 06 February 2014
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KUALA LUMPUR: It is no secret that doubles shuttler Lim Khim Wah’s weak link is his service.

Instead of whining about it, the diminutive Khim Wah has been spending extra hours perfecting his service so that he and his partner Goh V Shem can end Malaysia’s long wait for the men’s doubles title in the All-England from March 4-9 in Birmingham.Lim Khim Wah (left) and Goh V Shem after they won the Malaysian Open on Jan 19, 2014. Khim Wah admits that part of his problem with serving is that nerves tend to get the better of him.

Last month, Khim Wah and V Shem brought great joy to the doubles department when they defeated Hong Wei-Chai Biao of China in the final of the Malaysian Open and end the country’s four-year wait for a home title.

Although they won, Khim Wah’s poor service was glaring – 10 of his services ended up in the net, much to the dismay of the home fans.

Khim Wah admitted that his service problem is due to nerves.

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Poul-Erik Hoyer becomes IOC member (pic)

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Published: 06 February 2014
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KUALA LUMPUR: Badminton is set to be an Olympic sport for a long time.

On Friday, the sport received a huge boost when Badminton World Federation (BWF) president Poul-Erik Hoyer was elected as the newest member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC).Poul-Erik Hoyer was the sole nominee for membership at the 126th session of the IOC, which was held on the eve of the Sochi Winter Olympic Games.

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National Badminton: Sarah Walker wary of being 'target' (pic)

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Published: 05 February 2014
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 Defending singles champion Sarah Walker feels her England team-mates will target her at the National Badminton Championships this weekend.

Walker, 24, is the highest ranking female English player in the world at 72nd, and will be the top seed at the women's tournament in Milton Keynes.The main training centre is in Milton Keynes so a lot of us train together

"Anyone who wins the nationals is there to be shot down," she told BBC Essex.

"I'm playing quite well at the minute but nationals are always a tough one mentally, for everyone I think."

She added: "You're kind of turning against your teammates and playing against everyone that you train with.

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