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New elite-level development from Badminton Europe

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 27 February 2009
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Badminton Europe is delighted to announce two new initiatives to help increase the level of elite badminton players in Europe. The first is to establish a network of Badminton Europe Certificated Training Centres. Secondly Badminton Europe will award scholarships to players to enable them to stay at Certificated Training Centres. This will be for players who have the potential to qualify for future World Championships and the London 2012 Olympic Games.

Badminton Europe Certificated Training Centres

Badminton Europe would like to create links with the National Training Centres of excellence within the Member Associations.  The idea is to certificate those centres that have the required standard and to cooperate on offering training for talented players from other Member Associations by awarding scholarships.

 

The criteria

In order to attain the status of a Badminton Europe Certificated Training Centre the following criteria must be met:

 

- have a venue dedicated for national team training

- have a group of players that can compete at European level

- have organised trainings of the national team at least 5 times per week

- have high class experts affiliated to the centre

- have other facilities like gym

- have organisational staff to facilitate the proper training environment

- be willing to accept players on conditions agreed in advance between the Certified Training Centre and Badminton Europe

 

Olga Konon at the Beijing 2008 Olympic GamesBadminton Europe scholarships

Badminton Europe will award scholarships to players to enable them to stay at Certificated Training Centres.  Scholarships will only be awarded to players that Badminton Europe considers to have the potential to qualify for future World Championships and the London 2012 Olympic Games.  Information on Badminton Europe player scholarships will be announced in the near future.

 

Certification

Badminton Europe Certificated Training Centres will be listed on the Badminton Europe website.  All centres will receive an official certificate which can be used to verify Badminton Europe’s endorsement.

 

The Certification will be valid for a two year period from 1 June 2009 – 31 May 2011.  A review will take place in 2011 to decide whether the Training Centre and Badminton Europe wishes to renew the Certification.

 
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Chetan Anand in German Open quarters

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 27 February 2009
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Second seeded Chetan Anand was the only Indian shuttler to reach the men's singles quarterfinals at the German Open badminton championships after Anup Sridhar and Arvind Bhat made a third round exit.

In the mixed doubles, the fourth-seeded Indian pair of Diju Valiyaveetil and Jwala Gutta on Thursday dispatched American pair Halim Haryanto Ho and Yun Peng Halim 21-10, 21-12 to enter the quarterfinals. The Indians will now play Chinese Bo Zheng and Jin Ma.

According to the information received in New Delhi, Anand warded off a stiff challenge from 16th seed Dane Hans-Kristian Vittinghus to win 21-14, 18-21, 21-12 in the third round on Thursday. Anand will next meet Chinese Weijie Gong, who shocked sixth seeded Japanese Sho Sasaki 21-15, 21-18.

Sridhar, seeded 15th, was shown the door by third seed Malaysian 21-16, 21-18 Choong Hann Wong while ninth-seeded Bhat went down fighting to fifth-seeded Briton Andrew Smith 16-21, 21-11, 21-19.

 
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Saina: I am fit and ready to go (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 27 February 2009
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Indian badminton sensation Saina Nehwal, in an exclusive chat with espnstar.com says she is ready for the challenges.

By Sudeer Mahavaadi  

Q: Tomorrow you are leaving for the all-England meet -are you ready for the challenge?

Ans: Certainly. I have trained pretty hard over the last four weeks. It has been really tough for me after the injury. But I am mentally and physically prepared for the challange. I know it is going to be tough for me in the All-England as I am going to play World No4 in the very first round. I will try my best to perform better.

Q: Have you completely overcome the injury?

Ans: Well not completely. But it is much better now comapred to the tournaments I played in January in Korea and Malaysia. I have made a great recovery and now feeling fitter and stronger.

Q: Why do you think is tough for you in all-England?

Ans: As I said playing world No 4 is always going to be a big challenge. The way I have prepared, I think I should do better. But even losing is not going to bother me in the sense that you are playing all tough players there . If I win, nothing can be greater, and if I make an early exit I should think I was beaten by stronger opponents. This will certainly be a great experience for me, in the coming All-England and Swiss championships.

Q: You mean to say that will help tune yourselves for the tourneys coming up in India?

Ans: Well certainly I am just looking forward to the coming two tournaments. Yes I think it should help me. Now my main concentration is on these. But playing in India is tougher than playing at other places. Although you enjoy home advantage, home pressure will be certainly different. Since most of the top class players are going to take part, I can't take anyting for granted from now onwords.

Q: You mean to say life is getting touger and tougher?

Ans: Well life has been tough from the word go. I mean from the time I started playing badminton, there has been lot of practising, training and far too much moving around. But I have alwyas been positive in my life. I have faced struggles and reaping success now. I am certainly happy the way I have progressed in this sport. Yes tougher situations are ahead of me and am ready to face any now.

Q: Pressure you is building everyday?

Ans: Certainly. But again if you cannot handle the pressure you cannot perform to the expectations. I have been able to handle it pretty well, thanks to my parents' support and my coaches' guidance. I just want say to myself that I am Saina Nehwal playing, not representing anything so that I don't feel the pressure. I have always made efforts to win laurels for my coutry and my state and I will continue to do so.

Physio Heath Matthwes happy

South African physiotherapist Heath Matthews, who trained Indian tennis sensation Sania Mirza in 2007 is now specially attending to Saina Newhal .

And in an exclusive chat with espnstar.com, he said Saina's injury is now much better and should not bother her much. He said he worked hard on her injury and is happy the way she has recovered. Talking about her talent he said, she is a great competetor and a jewel in India's shuuttlers camp and in the years to come he hoped she should do better.

 
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M'sia Lee as Unicef ambassador (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 27 February 2009
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KUALA LUMPUR - BADMINTON'S world-number-one Lee Chong Wei has been appointed a Unicef goodwill ambassador, joining the ranks of soccer's David Beckham and tennis champion Roger Federer.

'I am determined to maintain a good image and be a good role model. Hopefully, I will be able to inspire many children along the way,' Lee said according to The Star newspaper. 'I am determined to maintain a good image and be a good role model. Hopefully, I will be able to inspire many children along the way,' said Lee

 

Ball Barometer Forecast: Soccer with a Chance of Badminton (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 26 February 2009
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HONG KONG, February 23, 2009 – The global trade in sports balls may have taken a dramatic bounce for the better because of the 2008 Beijing Olympics, according to data collected by Alibaba.com (HKSE: 1688; 1688.HK), the worlds largest business-to-business e-commerce company.

 

Despite the downturn in the worldwide economy, interest in sports showed a significant upturn according to the figures revealed by search requests made on the online international marketplace.  Soccer balls and basketballs were the top two types of sports balls sought after for mass purchase in 2008, followed closely by badminton shuttlecocks.

 

All three product types gained in popularity during the year, with soccer balls posting a 77 percent year-on-year increase and basketballs rising 6 percent as of January 2009.  Badminton shuttlecock search requests rose 133 percent.  Volleyballs, which were the seventh most searched balls last year, rose 17 percent.  In total, searches for sports balls, which also included shuttlecocks and hockey pucks, measured in January 2009 rose nearly 31 percent year-on-year.

 

The common thread between soccer, basketball, badminton and volleyball is that all four sports were featured prominently during the 2008 Beijing Olympics; all had strong competitors from a number of nations around the world in contention for medals; and searches for all four surged after the Olympics from September through to December.  The implication is that many companies around the world may have ordered more of these items for the holiday season to meet the growing appetite,” said Sabrina Peng, Alibaba.com vice president of website operations.