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Malaysia avoid Koreans in Thomas Cup draw

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Published: 09 March 2010
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KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia avoided South Korea in the preliminary round for the Thomas Cup Finals when the draw was made yesterday. But the hosts may meet up with the Koreans when a new draw is made after the preliminary rounds.

This year, a new format is being introduced in the Thomas Cup Finals to keep alive the suspense and excitement in the world premier event, which will take place at Putra Stadium in Bukit Jalil from May 9-16.

For the knockout stage, a fresh draw will be held.

Previously, the draw was held only once, where by all three teams from each of the four groups progressed to the next stage.

 

European champion Jonassen to join BADMINTON England as singles coach

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Published: 09 March 2010
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BADMINTON England finally got their man today when Kenneth Jonassen was confirmed as their new GB and England men’s singles coach.

The 35-year-old will take up his role on July 12 but his appointment will be a big boost to the GB players going into the Yonex All England Championships, which start tomorrow (Tues) at the National Indoor Arena in Birmingham.

Jonassen will also be in Birmingham for the 100th All England as singles coach with the Denmark squad.

Adrian Christy, BADMINTON England Chief Executive, said: “We are delighted to acquire Kenneth’s services. It has been a long wait to get all the details confirmed but Kenneth is the man our Performance Director Ian Moss has always wanted.”

 

Stars, past and present, will dazzle at All England

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 09 March 2010
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A hundred years of the world’s greatest badminton tournament — no matter how much one associate’s history and tradition with the All England, it is still an incredible feeling.

As the 100th version opens today, all those who are part of it — players, coaches, officials — will consider themselves lucky. There has been a buzz for weeks leading up to the big day. Few events in badminton now have that effect.

In recent years, the circuit has fallen into rote, a predictable chain of events; hopefully, the All England will come to the rescue and revitalise public interest in the world’s fastest racket sport.

Organisers have planned various events to commemorate the 100th year, such as a ‘history zone’ and an ‘avenue of champions’ that will bring alive moments from earlier championships. Several former champions are expected to attend.

 

Rising Indonesian Badminton Star Takes it to Next Level

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 09 March 2010
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Dionisius Hayom Rumbaka will open two new chapters in his career when he starts play at the All England Super Series.

Having been touted as one of Indonesia’s rising stars in men’s singles, the 22-year-old initially rejected a pair of call-ups to the national camp before finally signing on in January. Now he makes his national team debut in badminton’s most prestigious championship.

“I had to drop the first two proposals because I thought I was not ready to join the national team. I thought I wasn’t good enough to accept the offer,” Dionisius told the Jakarta Globe. “But now I’m ready as I have been improving and also have a better world rank now.”

 

Malaysia's Lee Chong Wei unfazed by All England badminton draw (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 25 February 2010
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Malaysia's Lee Chong Wei, the world No 1, is unfazed over who he will face in the upcoming All England Badminton Championships, preferring to focus on his preparation for the oldest tournament in the sport.

Top seed Chong Wei, who lost to Lin Dan in last year’s final when China took all five titles, begins his title bid against India’s Chetan Anand with the Malaysian likely to meet Sony Dwi Kuncoro of Indonesia in the second round. Top seed: Malaysia's Lee Chong Wei is men's No 1 seed

Ahead of the 100th edition in Birmingham, which starts on March 9, he said: "What is important is to make the best preparation, whether physically or mentally.

"I don't think of defeat. I don't really think of my opponent, whether Sony Dwi Koncoro from Indonesia in the quarter-final or Lin Dan in the final.

 

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