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Tien Minh ranks among highest-earning athletes in Vietnam

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 06 October 2009
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Nguyen Tien Minh, Vietnam’s number one badminton player, earns approximately VND 100 million per month, becoming one of the highest earning athletes in Vietnam. 

His income comes from a newly signed contract with Becamex Binh Duong which offers VND50 million per month for his progress in the world’s ranking, US$2,000 funded by Victor Company and monthly salary. 

Minh has made great efforts to advance to the 7th place in the world. 
He will protect his championship at the Vietnam Open tournament, which will kick off in Ho Chi Minh City on October 6.

 
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Young local shuttlers skip Alfamart Open to prepare for World Championships

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 06 October 2009
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With South Korea already opting out of the Junior Challenge Open Badminton championships in Jakarta in the wake of the West Sumatra earthquake, local young stars are also steering shy.

The six-day event was touted as a warm-up prior to the World Junior Badminton Championships, but the national badminton authority is sending only five of its 39 junior athletes.

The second edition of championships, co-sponsored by the Tangkas Badminton Club and retail chain Alfamart, commenced Monday in the capital.

The five players from the junior national camp are Kevin Alexander, Suci Rizki Andini, Tiara Rosalia Nuraidah, Della Destiara Harris and Gebby Ristyani Imawan, all playing in doubles.

Suci plays with Kevin in the mixed doubles, and with Tiara in the girls' doubles, while Della and Gebby are also in the girls' doubles.

 

Beng Hong beats Hafiz for the first time to win Terengganu Open (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 04 October 2009
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PETALING JAYA: Kuan Beng Hong beat Mohd Hafiz Hashim for the first time in his career to emerge as the men’s singles champion in the Terengganu Open badminton championships yesterday.

Second-seeded Beng Hong’s 21-18, 21-17 win in the 30-minute final also prolonged Hafiz’s barren run in the National Circuit.Taking off like a shuttle: Kuan Beng Hong’s success in the Terengganu Open will be good for his morale.

And Beng Hong’s victory, after going through a slump, has opened up his chance to be considered for international tournaments again.

Beng Hong had been dropped from the selection of the team for next week’s Vietnam Open due to poor form.

Now, Hendrawan will recommend that the shuttler be included in the squad for the two Super Series in Asia – China and Hong Kong – in November.

Beng Hong is thrilled with his breakthrough.

 

Veteran Beng Hong sees no threat from back-up shuttlers

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 04 October 2009
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PETALING JAYA: The inability of the back-up shuttlers to trouble the seasoned campaigners in the on-going Terengganu Open has made Kuan Beng Hong determined to carry on for another year.

Yesterday, second-seeded Beng Hong tamed Liew Daren 21-12, 21-13 in 35 minutes to reach the final in the second-leg of the National Circuit.

He will take on compatriot Mohd Hafiz Hashim in the final today and will be out to prevent the latter from tasting his first success in the circuit.

Top seed Hafiz also cruised to an easy win yesterday, defeating Mohd Arif Abdul Latif 21-12, 21-9 in 23 minutes.

The Hafiz-Beng Hong final clearly shows that the old hands are still dominant while the youngsters are strugglinlg to make a breakthrough.

Beng Hong, who has been given a chance to prove himself at the Laos SEA Games, said he was happy to have justified his billing.

“I cannot leave the national team when the youngsters are not ready to take over. The seniors’ domination in the National Circuit shows that the back-up shuttlers still have some catching-up to do,” said Beng Hong.

 

Favourable Draw For Malaysia In World Junior C'ship

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 30 September 2009
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ALOR STAR, Sept 30  -- The draw for the Yonex-Sunrise BWF World Junior Championships held here today saw a favourable draw for Malaysia after being drawn against less formidable opponents.

Malaysia who host the championships at the Suka Menanti Stadium here from Oct 23 to Nov 1, were drawn in Group Z, together with Singapore, Japan, France and Cambodia.

Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) treasurer Datuk Lim Teong Kiat who is also the Badminton World Federation (BWF) treasurer said 22 countries, including Malaysia, have confirmed their participation for the team events while entries for individual events has yet to be closed.

"So far individuals from 35 countries have confirmed their participation but since the closing date is on Oct 9, there may be more entries," he told reporters here Wednesday.

Defending champion China were drawn in Group W and have Indonesia, Russia, Macau and New Zealand for company.

In the last championships, Malaysia finished third after beating India.

 
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