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Pre-Olympic test for shuttlers at Li-Ning Singapore Open

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Published: 08 June 2012
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SINGAPORE - It may be missing the likes of Chinese superstar Lin Dan and world No 1 Lee Chong Wei - as well as top Chinese women Wang Xin, Li Xuerui, and Wang Shixian - but the US$200,000 (S$255,600) Li-Ning Singapore Open promises to serve up thrilling battles for local fans at the Singapore Indoor Stadium from June 19 to 24.

The draw for the OSIM BWF World SuperSeries was held on Tuesday, with the Republic's shuttlers expected to face tough competition on court in their bid to replicate Yao Lei and Shinta Mulia Sari's title-winning run in 2010.

Seeded eighth for the tournament, world No 16 Gu Juan - who is nominated for the London Olympic Games in July - will need to overcome Thailand's Porntip Buranaprasertsuk (17) in the first round of the women's singles, while compatriot Derek Wong will have to battle through the qualifiers of the men's singles before facing Simon Santoso of Indonesia (No 9) in the main draw. Newly crowned Sportswoman of the Year Fu Mingtian was handed an easier draw, and will face a qualifier in the first round.

 

Lee, Lin to Skip Cashed-Up Indonesia Open

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Published: 08 June 2012
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An extra $50,000 in the Indonesia Open Super Series kitty looks unlikely to bring all the biggest names in badminton to Jakarta.

World No. 1 Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia has said he will skip the $650,000 event, which runs June 12 to 17, after suffering an injury during the recent Thomas Cup finals. Second-ranked Lin Dan of China will also sit out for unspecified reasons.

Yacob Rusdianto, head of the tournament organizing committee and Indonesian Badminton Association (PBSI) secretary general, said the field would still be star-studded.

“That won’t reduce the quality of the tournament because all the other top players will be here. The top Chinese female shuttlers have confirmed their participation,” he said on Monday.

 

It's not very serious for Lee Chong Wei (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 31 May 2012
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KUALA LUMPUR, May 31 -- Shuttler Datuk Lee Chong Wei may take longer than four weeks to be 100 per cent fit for competition said National Sports Institute (ISN) physiotherapy expert Sandra Fiedler.Lee Chong Wei looks on prior to his MRI scan at the Kuala Lumpur Sports Medical Centre yesterday.  Read more: It's not very serious

Fiedler said the world number one who injured his ankle may take at least five to six weeks to recover fully.

"I don't' think..(that he can recover within four weeks). It could aggravate the injury if he pushes too hard. However, he is in good physical condition, so the recovery could be a little faster," she told reporters at Juara Stadium in Bukit Kiara here Thursday after a physiotherapy session with athletes.

She said Chong Wei must at all times maintain his fitness to speed up the rehab process.

 
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What now after Wuhan?

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 30 May 2012
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IN the aftermath of yet another Thomas Cup debacle, what is left of Malaysia's badminton, the only sports of Olympics status that we can claim to be of world ranking?

In the 2012 Thomas Cup in Wuhan, China, Malaysia did not even make it to the semi-finals. In the history of this tournament that's the symbol of world team badminton supremacy, only three countries have won it – China, Indonesia and Malaysia.

Perhaps the only "consolation" as we see our badminton fast fading into international obscurity is that Indonesia, with 10 times our population, also failed miserably.

No one is angrier at this state of affairs than Tan Sri Elyas Omar, the man who was president of the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) when we last won the Thomas Cup 20 years ago.

 

Sports Minister remains optimistic of Chong Wei's Olympic gold medal chances

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 30 May 2012
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TANJUNG MALIM, May 29 -- Youth and Sports Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Shabery Cheek remains optimistic that world number one Datuk Lee Chong Wei can still win the country's first ever gold medal at the London Olympics despite his ankle injury.

Ahmad Shabery said since Chong Wei's injury was not serious, it would not hamper his preparations because the world number remained mentally strong.

"Chong Wei's injury is not serious and he will give us the opportunity to win a gold medal in the Olympics.

"Luckily the injury occurred early in the Thomas Cup because injury at the later stage would have taken a longer time to heal instead of the expected four weeks," he told reporters when asked whether the gold medal momentum had shifted to cyclist Azizulhasni Awang.

Ahmad Shabery hoped Chong Wei's injury would heal fast so that he can resume training and preparations for the Olympics.

Chong Wei injured his ankle four minutes into his Thomas Cup tie against Denmark's Peter-Gade Christensen in Wuhan China, forcing him to withdraw from the Thomas Cup tournament.

Upon his return, a second round of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) at the KL Sports Medical Centre (KLSMC) revealed that Chong Wei had indeed suffered nothing more than a partial torn ligament in his ankle.

He subsequently received treatment from two orthopedic surgeons, namely Dr Saw Khay Yong and Dr Nicholas Geary at the KLSMC.

 
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