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Olympic medal is Gopichand’s dream (pic)

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Published: 15 September 2009
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Calcutta: As a player, he won the prestigious All England Championships in 2001. He has also been awarded with the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award, the Padma Shri and, more recently, the Dronacharya Award. But former shuttler Pullela Gopichand feels his list of achievements will be incomplete until one of his students go on to win an Olympic medal.Pullela Gopichand instructs youngsters at a badminton clinic in a city school, on Saturday.

In the city to attend badminton clinics of the East Zone chapter of his academy, Gopichand said: “Winning the All England was great and receiving the Dronacharya was also a great honour… But I’ll be happiest the day one of my students goes on to win an Olympic medal.”

The 35-year-old was also of the view that the sport was on the right track in the country. “The scenes are very encouraging in India. At present, we almost have a top-20 player in each of the categories.

“We just need to graduate to the next level, and that’s very much possible. All we need is some fine tuning and focus on fitness,” he said.

 

Thai badminton looks to advance to the next level (pic)

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Prof Charoen sets sights on Olympic glory after disappointment in Beijing

When Charoen Wattanasin took over as president of the Badminton Association of Thailand, I knew there would be a dramatic change in the sport for the better.PODIUM: Boonsak Ponsana and 14-year-old Rachanok Intanon hold their silverware at the All-Thailand Championships.

Badminton in Thailand has enjoyed a long rich history and one of those who contributed to the advancement of the discipline is Prof Charoen.

My first meeting with Charoen was in the early 1970s at the Royal Bangkok Sports Club when I partnered him in a game of doubles and he told me that my badminton wasn't as good as my table tennis.

We had barely spoken to each other and that was the first time we played together.

I immediately fathomed his honesty and had tremendous respect for him and his straightforwardness.

My first impression of him was high. I said to myself that given his rich background and his contribution to the advancement of the sport as a player, he will do a lot if given the opportunity.

 

China Open redraw pits Chong Wei, Lin Dan in same half (pic)

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Published: 15 September 2009
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KUALA LUMPUR: A redraw for the men’s singles competition of the China Masters in Changzhou next week may have taken away the smile from world No. 1 Lee Chong Wei.No cheer: Lee Chong Wei is the top seed while Lin Dan is seeded fourth in the China Open.

The top seeded Malaysian now finds world champion Lin Dan of China, who is seeded fourth, in his half of the draw.

The Badminton World Federation (BWF) confirmed that yesterday that they opted for a redraw following the withdrawal of world No. 20 Wacha Przemyslaw of Poland.

 

Olympics-Malaysia investing in four sports for elusive gold

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Published: 15 September 2009
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KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 9 - Malaysia is earmarking around $5 million to train 19 athletes led by badminton world number one Lee Chong Wei to deliver the nation's first Olympic gold medal at the 2012 London Games.

Badminton, archery, cycling and diving have been shortlisted for the "Road to London" scheme, with the government setting aside 16 million ringgit ($4.6 million) for comprehensive training.

"They will be depended upon to deliver Malaysia's elusive gold medal in London," the New Straits Times quoted Malaysian cabinet committee for sports chairman Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin as saying on Wednesday.

"However, 19 is not a fixed number as we may add more athletes and sports under the programme," he said.

($1= 3.5 Malaysian Ringgit)

 
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Ranking system will be back in order

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Published: 15 September 2009
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KUALA LUMPUR: The Badminton World Federation (BWF) have given an assurance that their ranking system will be back in order after the two Super Series events in China and Japan.

The China Masters is the seventh leg of the series and it begins tomorrow in Changzhou and the Japan Open will be held in Tokyo next week.

The BWF had come under flak from players for the lack of information on the world ranking.

Last week, Malaysian veteran Wong Choong Hann highlighted the difficulties in accessing detail ed information on their world rankings.

There is also no Super Series ranking list posted on their website even though the 12-tournament season has reached the half way mark.

The BWF events manager, M. Venugopal, said that they had begun work on keying in details of the world and Super Series rankings. He said that their website was now being managed by a new company.

“We are having test runs and putting together all the information that is needed. For now, it takes 30 minutes to manually rank a player based on their past results,” he said.

“We hope that all these will be rectified after the Super Series tournaments in China and Japan and the players will be able to access the rankings without any problem.”

 
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