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Chong Wei feels he is more matured since the birth of his son (pic)

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Published: 30 July 2013
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KUALA LUMPUR: It has been six days since world No. 1 singles shuttler Lee Chong Wei left Malaysia and he is missing his three-month-old son Kingston.
“I miss holding him and seeing his cute face ... Thanks to the social media platforms, I get to see him daily on FaceTime. My wife (Wong Mew Choo) keeps me updated too and that is great,” said Chong Wei when contacted in Hong Kong yesterday.
Chong Wei and 21 other Malaysian shuttlers are in Hong Kong for a 10-day final phase of centralised training as part of their preparations for the World Championships in Guangzhou, China, from Aug 5-11.Lee Chong Wei (right) enjoying some time with his son, Kingston, before departing to Hong Kong.
The team consisting of Chong Wei, Liew Daren, Chong Wei Feng, Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong, Lim Khim Wah-Goh V Shem, Hoon Thien How-Tan Wee Kiong, Woon Khe Wei-Vivian Hoo, Goh Liu Ying-Lim Yin Loo, Ng Hui Lin-Ng Hui Ern, Amelia Anscelly-Soong Fie Cho, Chan Peng Soon, Ong Jian Guo and Tan Aik Quan-Lai Pei Jing will leave for Guangzhou on Saturday.


Painful reminder for Khe Wei (pic)

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Published: 30 July 2013
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KUALA LUMPUR: A painful lesson four years ago will be a good reminder for shuttler Woon Khe Wei to play with courage in her second World Championships in Guangzhou, China, from Aug 5-11.

This time, the 24-year-old Khe Wei will be playing with Vivian Hoo in the women’s doubles.
In her debut at the 2009 world meet in Hyderabad, she competed in the mixed doubles with Mohd Razif Abdul Latif but suffered a disastrous first round loss to Ukraine’s Valerij Atrasjtjenkov-Elena Prus.Woon Khe Wei (left) suffered a painful lesson in 2009 world meet.

Then, she suffered stage fright and allowed her Ukrainian opponents to intimidate her.


You don't teach Lee Chong Wei how to smash, says Aparna Popat (pic)

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Published: 30 July 2013
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Olympian shuttler and national champion for many years during her prime, Aparna Popat is back in business as the coach of Mumbai Masters in IBL. In an exclusive chat to G Krishnan, the 35-year-old can't hide her excitement about being back in business and working with the likes of world No. 1 Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia and reigning All England champion, the retired Tine Baun of Denmark. Excerpts:

It must be a comeback of sorts for you in badminton, isn't it?Indian Badminton League (IBL) will benefit Indian players: Aparna Popat
In a way, it is. I have doing commentary and writing on the sport but this was something I was keen on doing, and IBL is a great platform for me. After being a player representing India for many years, it is interesting to be back in the badminton field. This is something that is really exciting for me. I'm glad to have got the opportunity to be part of the Mumbai Masters team. I am really excited to be involved. Once I am near the court or the badminton fraternity, it is a different high I experience. I've been in touch with the game as I work for Indian Oil, handling sports for them. I have been following the game closely, though I've not been coaching. I've been in tune with what's happening.


Vietnam badminton player inks record deal with Indian club (pic)

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Published: 30 July 2013
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Pune Vijetas has offered Vietnam’s best badminton player Nguyen Tien Minh US$44,000 contract to play in the Indian Badminton League (IBL) from August 14-31.

It is the most money a foreign badminton club has ever offered a Vietnamese player.

The base price at the auction in New Delhi on Monday was $25,000 for male players ranked 6th-12th. Pune Vijetas won in the bidding for 7th-ranked Minh amid fierce competition from other clubs.Vietnam's best babminton player Nguyen Tien Minh

Ho Chi Minh City’s Badminton Federation Vice Chairwoman Huynh Ngoc Lien said, “Tien Minh is completing the final stage of the procedures by signing a contract with the club.

“He will get half of the amount after signing the contract and the other half when the [tournament] ends,” said Huynh Ngoc Lien, vice Chairwoman of the Ho Chi Minh City Badminton Federation.

“Pune Vijetas will also pay for other expenses of travel and accommodation for Minh at the tournament,” she added.

In addition to the cash from at IBL, Minh will still receive his VND50 million per month salary from local sponsor Becamex IDC. Early this month, Tien Minh also signed a three-year deal with Kawasaki that will pay him no less than $3,000 a month, plus cover his expenses at 10 international competitions per year.

Speaking to Thanh Nien, Minh, 30, said he was very gratified to have his talent recognized by the world of badminton.

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Indian Badminton League: Hyderabad, Mumbai splurge on Saina, Lee Chong Wei (pic)

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Published: 30 July 2013
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New Delhi: Star players Saina Nehwal and Lee Chong Wei fetched whopping prices of USD 120,000 and USD 135,000 respectively, while unheralded Pradnya Gadre and K Maneesha received unexpected high bids in the players’ auction of the USD one million Indian Badminton League here today.

The London Olympic bronze medallist Saina was bought by Hyderabad Hotshots for approximately Rs 71,27,796 after beating the bids of Lucknow Warriors and Pune Pistons in the much-awaited auction where over 150 players went under the hammer for 66 slots to fill six teams. Each team will have six Indians, four foreigners and one Indian junior player each.Malaysian World No 1 player, Lee Chong Wei was bought by Mumbai Masters, the franchise that is owned by former Indian cricketer Sunil Gavaskar and Telugu actor Nagarjuna for USD135000.

World number one Lee Chong Wei, however, bagged the costliest deal when he was bought by Mumbai Masters for approximately Rs 8,019,032. The Mumbai franchise beat the bids of Banga Beats and Krrish Delhi Smashers.

Saina, one of the six icon players with base price of USD 50,000 (Rs 29,86,264), had stated that she would prefer to be either in Hyderabad or Lucknow team with a slight tilt towards her hometown.




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