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Aditi makes winning start in Badminton Asia Championships

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Published: 14 April 2010
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NEW DELHI: Aditi Mutatkar is no stranger to injuries and comebacks. The young Pune girl was all smiles on Wednesday after her thrilling opening round triumph over Singapore's Fu Mingtian in the Badminton Asia Championships and feels the win has given her the much needed confidence after a two a month injury absence.

Once touted as the most talented among Indian women players, Aditi's career has been strewn with injuries, which has time and again marred her potential stride to the top.

She showed signs of revival in December when she reached the final of Syed Modi International Grand Prix but soon found herself out of action with a dodgy right knee.

 

Rashid on a double mission at Asian Badminton Championships (pic)

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Published: 14 April 2010
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KUALA LUMPUR: National singles chief coach Rashid Sidek will be on a double mission at the Asian Badminton Championships (ABC), which begins today in New Delhi.

He will have to take over Hendrawan’s duties, including charting the strategies of the singles players, headed by Mohd Hafiz Hashim, after the Indonesian coach was prevented from making the trip to India because of visa problems.Busy man: Rashid Sidek (left) will chart the strategies of the singles players, headed by Hafiz Hashim (right), in the Asian Badminton Championships.

And Rashid will also be busy collecting data on the Thomas Cup rival teams.

For a start, his main target is Japan, who are in Group B with Malaysia and Nigeria in the Finals, which will be held at the Putra Stadium in Bukit Jalil from May 9-16.

He will also be keeping an eye on China, South Korea and Indonesia, who are using the ABC to finalise their respective teams.

 

Badminton England set high targets for European Badminton Championships (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 07 April 2010
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England have been set an ambitious target of four medals at next week's European Championships in Manchester.

Denmark will go into the tournament - which takes place at the M.E.N Arena from April 14-18 - as favourites to top the medal table after success in both singles and doubles at last month's All England Championships.

But England's management will be heartened by new-partner performances in the mixed doubles at Birmingham and Ian Moss, Badminton England Performance Director, believes that his contingent can also pick up one gold. Jenny Wallwork and Gabby White celebrate a victory at All England Championships

Moss said: “We have set ourselves this target as an achievable but difficult challenge.

“I’m confident that if we can get our top players playing at the best of their ability then the Europeans will be a very successful tournament for us.

Playing events of this magnitude on home soil is a great boost for the players as well as the country’s badminton fans and I hope we will have a lot to be happy about come April.”

 
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Rashid wants camaraderie in Thomas Cup cast

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Published: 07 April 2010
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KUALA LUMPUR: There is no place for individual heroes in the squad gearing up for the Thomas-Uber Cup Finals, which will be held at the Putra Stadium in Bukit Jalil from May 9-16.

National chief coach Rashid Sidek wants to have camaraderie among the players ahead of the world premier team events for men and women.

There will be a three-day motivation camp in Port Dickson from April 23-25 and it will be conducted by National Sports Institute’s (NSI) mental trainer Frederick Tan.

The players will also mingle over dinner and participate in fun games for two days on April 21 and 22.

Rashid, who was a member of the Malaysian team who last won the Thomas Cup Finals in 1992, said that team unity was the key to success.

 
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Chong Wei’s All-England final T-shirt nets RM1,400

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Published: 07 April 2010
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PETALING JAYA: The T-shirt Lee Chong Wei wore in the All-England final last month has been auctioned off for US$437 (RM1,400).

The world No. 1 defeated Kenichi Tago of Japan to emerge as the 100th All-England men’s singles champion.

The auction was carried out by Solidarity Badminton Foundation (Solibad) and the money raised will be used to help under-privileged children.

 
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