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European stints crucial for Daren's Thomas Cup berth (pic)

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Published: 13 February 2014
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KUALA LUMPUR: A lot is at stake for singles shuttler Liew Daren when he takes part in the back-to-back German Open Grand Prix Gold in Mulheim from Feb 25-March 2 and the All-England from March 4-9 in Birmingham.

A good showing in these Europe tournaments will strengthen his position as one of the members of the team for the Thomas Cup Finals in May in New Delhi. It will restore his self-confidence and it will also stop his world ranking from slipping further.A good showing in the back-to-back German Open Grand Prix Gold and the All-England would strengthen Daren Liew's chances of being selected for the Thomas Cup squad.

Based on the draw for the German Open released on Tuesday and in the absence of players from China in the tournament, world No. 36 Daren has a good chance to redeem himself.

Daren, who is the only Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) singles player going for the GP Gold, has been drawn in the same quarter as third-seed Hu Yun of Hong Kong and 11th seed Rajiv Ouseph of England.

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China, Thailand stumbling block to juniors in Asian Champonships (pic)

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Published: 11 February 2014
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KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia face two big hurdles in the mixed team badminton event of the Asian Junior Championships in Taiwan from Feb 16-23 – namely, China and Thailand.

The 14 participating nations have been split into four groups. Groups A and B will comprise of four teams each while Groups C and D will have three teams each.Cheam June Wei will represent Malaysia in the boys' singles category of the Asian Junior Championships in Taiwan from Feb 16-23.

Malaysia have been drawn in Group D with China and Sri Lanka.

The country will be represented by Cheam June Wei (boys’ singles), Ho Yen Mei (girls’ singles),  Chua Kek Wei-Cheam June Wei (boys’ doubles), Goh Yea Ching-Peck Yen Wei (girls’ doubles) and Chua Kek Wei-Peck Yen Wei (mixed doubles).

The Malaysian team should have no problem getting past Sri Lanka. However they are expected to face a very tough match-up against China, who are the defending champions.

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Singapore’s badminton Open clinches sponsorship by property group OUE (pic)

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Published: 11 February 2014
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Singapore’s badminton body continued its attempted revival of the flagging sport with the announcement of a new title sponsor for the Singapore Open on Thursday evening.

The nation’s largest and longest-running badminton event, formerly known as the Li-Ning Open, will be named after local publicly-listed property giant OUE Limited in a one-year, six-figure deal.Giant red packet presentation from OUE Limited Executive Chairman, Dr. Stephen Riady to President of SBA, Mr Lee

OUE is worth over S$2 billion and best known for operating the Meritus and Mandarin hotel brands in Singapore, Malaysia and the US.

This is the company’s first foray into sports sponsorship, although executive chairman Stephen Riady has served as a patron of the Singapore Badminton Association (SBA) since October 2010.

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New Sponsorship Rules A Win-Win For Indonesia Badminton Association

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Published: 11 February 2014
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Jakarta. Badminton’s new sponsorship scheme, introduced last year, is continuing to pay dividends, with both players and the Indonesia Badminton Association finding new sponsors for the coming year.

Previously, the association, known as the PBSI, would sign a sponsorship deal with a single supplier to cover all its activities. But its new chairman, recently resigned trade minister Gita Wirjawan, has opened the market, allowing companies to sign up individual players.

The PBSI has signed a deal with Chinese sporting equipment manufacturer Li Ning to supply equipment and playing kit for the national team.

At the same time, a number of manufacturers are bidding to supply equipment to individual players as well as two of the national team’s coaches.

“The new scheme went very well with big companies such as Yonex, Li Ning and Victor joining the bid,” said senior PBSI official Joseph Halim.

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Badminton International Challenge kicks off in Lingshui of China

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Published: 11 February 2014
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Badminton World Federation (BWF) International Challenge kicked off on Feb. 12 in Lingshui of Hainan Province.

The tournament attracts more than 150 players from China, the United States, Malaysia, Hongkong, China.

Among the top-ranked players competing in the tournament are Lin Dan of China and Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia as well as Olympic doubles champion Cai Yun and Fu Haifeng.

The tournament will last five days from 12 to 16. And the total prize is 50,000 US dollars.




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