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Badminton stars Hidayat, Lin on Olympic collision course (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 23 July 2012
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LONDON — Taufik Hidayat, the former Olympic champion who is one of badminton's big four, could have an earlier than expected end to his famous career at the 2012 Games.

The Indonesian who took the men's singles gold medal in Athens eight years ago may also be ousted by the man who has been described as his arch-rival, Lin Dan, the defending Olympic champion from China.Taufik Hidayat took the men's singles gold medal in Athens eight years ago

Lin is regarded by many people as the greatest player of all time, and if the elastic left-hander lives up to that billing it could well bring curtains for Hidayat as early as Wednesday week (August 1st).

These two greats are drawn in adjoining groups and would meet in the last 16 if, as expected, Lin beats Scott Evans, the world number 76 from Ireland, and Hidayat overcomes Pablo Abian, the world number 34 from Spain, and Petr Koukal, the world number 78 from the Czech Republic.

This spectacular denouement though depends on the sometimes controversial 30-year-old from West Java adhering to his feeling that these Olympics are a suitable climax for calling it a day.

 

London Olympic: Joo Bong in BAM's frame (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 20 July 2012
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SECOND COMING: Reputable Korean is prime candidate for director of coaching

THE BA of Malaysia's (BAM) mission in the London Olympics is not just about securing the nation's first gold medal but also to be on the lookout for a candidate to be the director of coaching and a familiar figure, Park Joo Bong, appears  on the horizon.

Joo Bong, seen as  the best doubles player to grace the sport, had his first stint in Malaysia as the men's doubles coach between 2000 and 2003 and has been Japan's head coach since 2005.Park Joo Bong

   The widely travelled Joo Bong was also England's doubles coach between 1997 and 2000 and also had a short stint at home in 2004 to help out South Korea's doubles preparations.

 

London Olympic: All depends on the draw (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 20 July 2012
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OLYMPICS: Boon Heong-Kien Keat must hope to avoid being drawn in same group as favourites

KOO Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong can only hope that fate will be kind to them when the Olympic draw is done on Monday.

If they are drawn in the same group as title favourites Cai Yun-Fu Haifeng of China and South Korea's Chung Jae Sung-Lee Yong Dae, their hopes of reaching the semi-finals will be dimmed.Tan Kim Her believes the draw will be crucial for the top pair.

National men's doubles chief coach Tan Kim Her, in a telephone interview from the University of Bath, said Monday's draw will be crucial and he believes Kien Keat-Boon Heong's medal chances will be boosted if they can avoid the top two pairs.

 

Rashid: Chong Wei will prevail (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 20 July 2012
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HIGH HOPES: Coach believes World No 2 has a chance despite injury woe

CHINA trio Lin Dan, Chen Long and Chen Jin will be oozing confidence while some of the darkhorses will be hoping to take advantage of Lee Chong Wei's injury when the Olympics gets underway on July 27. Lee Chong Wei

Nonetheless, national singles chief coach Rashid Sidek believes Chong Wei's chances of clinching a medal remain bright.

Rashid, in a telephone interview from Bath, said Chong Wei's current condition may make it tough for him to secure gold but he can return with a medal as long as he doesn't give up.

Chong Wei, who will be the top seed, needs to beat two of China's three shuttlersin order to win gold but there are other big names who could spoil his adventure.

 

London Olympic: All’s well for Chong Wei in Bath

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 18 July 2012
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PETALING JAYA: Malaysia’s bid for an Olympic gold medal in London received a major boost with news that world No. 2 shuttler Lee Chong Wei is coping well since returning to full training.

Chong Wei suffered an untimely ankle injury during the Thomas Cup Finals in May but has made a speedy recovery and could very well be up for the challenge against China’s top guns – Lin Dan, Chen Long and Chen Jin.

“He has been making fantastic progress since the injury and all he’s trying to do now is to forget about the pain and focus on his game,” said BA of Malaysia (BAM) high performance director Datuk James Selvaraj in a telephone interview from Bath.

“He has been moving well and is slowly but surely regaining his confidence.

“Right now, the coaches are putting him through different strokes to simulate each and every possible opponent. They’re also trying to get his accuracy back on track and everything is coming along well.

 

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