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Published: 14 August 2013
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LEE Chong Wei may have had his final shot at a World Championships title when dehydration and cramps robbed him of his chance of winning the crown, thus allowing his nemesis Lin Dan of China to clinch a record fifth world title in Guangzhou on Sunday.

Lin Dan can now lay claim to being the greatest badminton player ever, while Chong Wei will have to learn to live with being second best and probably never laying his hands on a major title.

The Malaysian camp was quite sure that this would be Chong Wei's year after Lin Dan seemed past his prime, having, competed in just one tournament -- the Asian Championships -- in the last 12 months leading to coaches Tey Seu Bock and Rashid Sidek believing that their charge would finally bag a big one. How wrong they were.

Lin Dan's absence from tournaments leading up to the World Championships must have been a ploy which many fell for.

It is virtually impossible to keep a true champion, who is still hungry for more titles, down and Lin Dan is certainly that.


Rexy finds the perfect formula

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Published: 14 August 2013
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AS far as Rexy Mainaky is concerned, an effective system with the right blend of coaches is very crucial in turning a nation into a world powerhouse and the former Olympic champion is grateful that Indonesia is blessed with such a set-up at the moment.

Indonesia’s pride took a severe beating in last year’s London Olympics when they returned without a medal.

However, the silver lining was that it resulted in former players closing ranks while the management of the Indonesia BA (PBSI)  was shaken up with the country’s finance minister Gita Wirjawan, only 48, taking over as the president.

Rexy said the new structure is highly  professional and  gives the administrators and coaches a free hand.

The former doubles ace, as the high performance director, has the  power to hire and fire.  Among Gita’s first tasks was replacing  coaching legend Christian Hadinata with  Rexy’s former partner Ricky Subagja. Christian is now an adviser.


Chong Wei returns to less fanfare (pic)

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Published: 12 August 2013
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SEPANG: World No. 1 Lee Chong Wei returned home today to less fanfare after failing in his bid to win Malaysia’s first world title in badminton.

On Sunday, the 30-year-old suffered leg cramps in his final match against old foe Lin Dan in Guangzhou, China, and was forced to retire.

Chong Wei, was trailing 21-16, 13-21, 17-20 when he retired, allowing the Chinese superstar to claim a record fifth world title.

The Penangite was notably sad after landing at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport at 6.35pm.Lee Chong Wei kisses his son Kingston at the KLIA on his return from Guangzhou.

He was greeted by former Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) president Datuk Sri Nadzmi Salleh and gave a short press conference to members of the media.


Hardship spurs Ratchanok and Sindhu (pic)

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Published: 12 August 2013
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ONE came from a poor family. The other had to sacrifice comfort for the sake of badminton. 

For both the 18-year-olds, Ratchanok Intanon of Thailand and P.V. Sindhu of India, hardship has taken them far in their badminton career and it was evident at the recent World Championships when they shone the brightest. 

Ratchanok stunned Olympic champion Li Xuerui of China in her own den to become the youngest player in the singles event of the series to win the world title while Sindhu took an instant hit in China after dumping defending champion Wang Yihan and former champion Wang Shixian. Up and coming: Women's singles champion Intanon Ratchanok of Thailand lifts up her Dongfeng Citroen Cup. On the podium with her is China's Li Xuerui (far left) and third place finishers India's P.V. Sindhu (second from right) and Korea's Bae Yeon Ju (right).

The three-time world junior champion Ratchanok, who hails from a poverty stricken family, was penniless when she picked up the sport but after reaching the All-England final for the first time this year, her fortunes changed. 

“I bought my parents their first car. They are now no longer labourers but are managing a school badminton hall,” said the soft-spoken Ratchanok.

Sindhu had travelled 46km ­– one way ­– every day for almost four years in order to train at P. Gopichand’s Academy. 


Indonesia proves pairing senior with junior works (pic)

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Published: 12 August 2013
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GUANGZHOU: Malaysia’s doubles department can take a leaf out of Indonesian Hendra Setiawan’s commitment to raise younger players to stardom.

On Sunday, the seasoned campaigner combined forces with first-timer Mohd Ahsan to win the men’s doubles title by beating Denmark’s Mathias Boe-Carsten Mogensen 21-13, 23-21 in the final of the World Championships at the Tianhe Gymnasium. Mohd Ahsan and Hendra Setiawan (left) celebrate after winning the men's doubles final at World Badminton Championships in Guangzhou.

In less than a year since they teamed up, Hendra has guided the 26-year-old Ahsan to win three Open titles - Malaysia, Indonesia and Singapore before their big one on Sunday.

Before the partnership, Ahsan had played with Bona Septano but that partnership was not heading anywhere.




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