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London Olympic: Lin Dan in quest for second Olympic title as China set to stamp authority

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Published: 12 July 2012
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Badminton superstar Lin Dan is in quest for a record second Olympic title at the London Olympic Games starting from July 28 to August 5 when star-studded China will be looking forward to stamping its authority.

Different from previous Olympic badminton competitions, the London Games will witness the debut of a new format, to be played on two stages - group play and knock-out stages.

China is still hot favorite in all the five events after claiming three gold, two silver, and three bronze medals in 2008. But rivals will be queuing up to give China a bloody nose on the biggest stage of all at the Wembley Arena.

Although China made a clean-sweep in recent two world championships and swept both Sudirman Cup and Thomas & Uber Cup, Chinese long-time head coach Li Yongbo has attempted to lower expectations for the London Games.

 

London Olympic: Please bring more clothes to London, Ah Jit tells shuttlers

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Published: 12 July 2012
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KUALA LUMPUR: It may be summer time in England but the shuttlers have been asked to bring extra clothes to keep them warm when they leave for Bath today.

The six-member national badminton team, led by Lee Chong Wei, will leave for England tonight with a team of sparring players for an 11-day centralised training at the Bath University. This is part of their preparation for the London Olympic Games.

Besides Beijing Olympic Games silver medallist Chong Wei, the other Olympians are Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong, Chan Peng Soon-Goh Liu Ying and Tee Jing Yi.

Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) high performance director Wong Ah Jit said yesterday that everything is in place in Bath to welcome the players.

“Bath University is very professional in its approach as usual and everything is in order. However, the weather is colder than usual,” said Ah Jit in a telephone interview.

 

Chong Wei To Give His Best Shot At Olympics Before Retiring

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Published: 12 July 2012
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SEPANG, July 12 -- National men's singles badminton champion Datuk Lee Chong Wei said he would focus fully on the squad training at Bath University, United Kingdom beginning this July 15.

"The 12-day training is critical for my team mates and I as my (ankle) injury needs to heal before I face my opponent," he said when met by reporters at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport Thursday.

He left for London with five other national players comprising men's doubles Koo Kien Kiat and Tan Boon Heong, mixed doubles Chan Peng Soon and Goh Liu Ying, women's singles Tee Jing Yi and officials from the Badminton Association of Malaysia, National Sports Council and National Sports Institute.

Lee, 29, has pledged to give his best shot at the Olympics before retiring from the game in 2014.

 
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Enough time for Chong Wei to reach top form Read more: Enough time for Chong Wei to reach top form -- NSI

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Published: 29 June 2012
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KUALA LUMPUR: The two-week period before Datuk Lee Chong Wei sees action at the London Olympics is probably the most critical time to determine the national badminton ace's form, said National Sports Institute (NSI) chief executive officer Datuk Dr Ramlan Abdul Aziz.

 

He said that it was during this period that Chong Wei had to ensure that he was free from injury, apart from not being burdened with personal problems, so as to focus on the game.  
 
"The period from the time he sustained the injury at the Thomas Cup championship in May to the Olympics in July is about 64 days. The recuperating process of his injury is six weeks or 42 days.   
 
"Mathematically, from the first day he sustained the injury, minus the recovering period, Chong Wei has 22 days to return to peak form.   
 
 

Gold target still there (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 29 June 2012
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BA of Malaysia (BAM) secretary Ng Chin Chai has confirmed that the association's one gold target in the Olympics remains but has assured Lee Chong Wei that the pressure is not on him alone to work towards the objective in London.


Chin Chai said BAM's target was set two years ago and nothing has changed despite Chong Wei's ankle injury as he feels that men's doubles Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong or mixed pair Chan Peng Soon-Goh Liu Ying have what it takes to battle for gold in London.Mixed pair Chan Peng Soon (left) and Goh Liu Ying have the potential to go for Olympic gold, according to BA of Malaysia secretary Ng Chin Chai.

The only player who could be out of her depth is women's singles Tee Jing Yi who is unlikely to get past the group stage. "The target is still one gold. BAM is not going to change that because it was set two years ago and every player, not Chong Wei alone, must try hard to achieve it. We can't put too much pressure on Chong Wei," said Chin Chai.

 

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