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Li-Ning readies grand opening

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 15 February 2010
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Li-Ning will open the doors tonight to its first North American retail store.

The Pearl District store at 910 N.W. Hoyt St. marks the Chinese athletic footwear and apparel company’s maiden voyage into the U.S. retail market. The store will feature the four core product categories it intends to market to U.S. consumers: badminton, lifestyle, table tennis and basketball products endorsed by Los Angeles Clippers star Baron Davis.

The store will be open to the public for only an hour starting at 5:30 p.m., when customers can buy one of 50 pairs of exclusive Baron Davis Boom shoes and receive a vinyl toy autographed by Davis.

That will be followed by an invite-only event from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m featuring an appearance by Davis.

Earlier this month, Li-Ning launched its first U.S. retail Web site with with a limited offering focused on basketball, kung-fu, table tennis and badminton products, all of which are available at www.li-ningusa.com.

 
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Jakarta Teens Chase Badminton Dreams (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 09 February 2010
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Lya Ersalita sits on the floor catching her breath in the corner of the badminton hall at the Rudy Hartono training center at the Ragunan sports complex in South Jakarta. The white T-shirt that wraps her small frame is soaked through with sweat after an energetic set.

The 13-year-old has been practicing since she was 5, her fondness for the sport Shinta waiting for training to begin.growing as she watched other people play. Her idol is Mia Audina, an Olympic silver medalist for Indonesia in 1996 who then went on to represent the Netherlands after she married a Dutch national and moved there.

“I love Mia. She has excellent technique. She is just so great,” Lya said. “I want to be like her.”

 
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English Badminton Championships signal springboard to medal success (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 09 February 2010
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England’s badminton players got back to what they do best at the weekend as the headlines were firmly driven towards title winning causes after several months where off-court stories – pulling out of Hyderabad’s World Championships and the venue for London 2012 – had ruled the roost for all the wrong reasons. Doubles exposure: Gabby White and Jenny Wallwork (left) are emerging talent for England

With all of England’s top internationals in one place, the National Championships, which took place at the Manchester Velodrome, provided the clearest indication yet as to where future success lies for Badminton England, the national governing body.

 

Nathan Robertson backs badminton venue change in 2012 (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 05 February 2010
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Olympic silver medallist Nathan Robertson has backed a decision to stage badminton at Wembley Arena during the 2012 Games in London.

Organisers decided against building a temporary venue at the Olympic Park, a move that is unpopular with badminton's governing body.

But Robertson told BBC Sport: "For players, Wembley has a lot of history. Robertson won silver at the 2004 Olympics with Gail Emms

"To win a medal there at the London Olympics would give it a bit of extra spice rather than in a new venue."

Robertson won silver with mixed doubles partner Gail Emms at the 2004 Olympics in Athens, but the pair enjoyed less success in Beijing four years later as they were knocked out at the quarter-final stage.

 

Elizabeth Cann goes for fourth national badminton title (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 03 February 2010
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Jersey's Elizabeth Cann says she is ready to prove herself at the English National Badminton Championships.

The 31-year-old is the only player in the draw who has won the title before. Cann is looking for her fourth title in Manchester

The four-time champion told BBC Jersey: "I still want to be number one in the country, and winning the nationals is one sure way to prove it."

Top seed Cann has a bye in the first round, and will meet either Steffi Clark from Yorkshire or Hertfordshire's Helena Lewczynska.

Despite her three previous victories in the women's singles, Cann lost out in the final last year, going down 27-25 in the final game to Jill Pittard.

 

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