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What now after Wuhan?

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Published: 30 May 2012
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IN the aftermath of yet another Thomas Cup debacle, what is left of Malaysia's badminton, the only sports of Olympics status that we can claim to be of world ranking?

In the 2012 Thomas Cup in Wuhan, China, Malaysia did not even make it to the semi-finals. In the history of this tournament that's the symbol of world team badminton supremacy, only three countries have won it – China, Indonesia and Malaysia.

Perhaps the only "consolation" as we see our badminton fast fading into international obscurity is that Indonesia, with 10 times our population, also failed miserably.

No one is angrier at this state of affairs than Tan Sri Elyas Omar, the man who was president of the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) when we last won the Thomas Cup 20 years ago.

 

Sports Minister remains optimistic of Chong Wei's Olympic gold medal chances

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Published: 30 May 2012
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TANJUNG MALIM, May 29 -- Youth and Sports Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Shabery Cheek remains optimistic that world number one Datuk Lee Chong Wei can still win the country's first ever gold medal at the London Olympics despite his ankle injury.

Ahmad Shabery said since Chong Wei's injury was not serious, it would not hamper his preparations because the world number remained mentally strong.

"Chong Wei's injury is not serious and he will give us the opportunity to win a gold medal in the Olympics.

"Luckily the injury occurred early in the Thomas Cup because injury at the later stage would have taken a longer time to heal instead of the expected four weeks," he told reporters when asked whether the gold medal momentum had shifted to cyclist Azizulhasni Awang.

Ahmad Shabery hoped Chong Wei's injury would heal fast so that he can resume training and preparations for the Olympics.

Chong Wei injured his ankle four minutes into his Thomas Cup tie against Denmark's Peter-Gade Christensen in Wuhan China, forcing him to withdraw from the Thomas Cup tournament.

Upon his return, a second round of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) at the KL Sports Medical Centre (KLSMC) revealed that Chong Wei had indeed suffered nothing more than a partial torn ligament in his ankle.

He subsequently received treatment from two orthopedic surgeons, namely Dr Saw Khay Yong and Dr Nicholas Geary at the KLSMC.

 
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China takes Uber Cup from South Korea (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 28 May 2012
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WUHAN, China - "We are the champion!" cried out the whole Chinese team who had a circle dance and hugged each other after winning their 12th Uber Cup trophy.

China on Saturday handed a 3-0 defeat to South Korea, which had stunned the Chinese for the title two years ago.

World No 1 Wang Yihan, a self-claimed "culprit" in China's 3-1 Uber Cup final loss to the same opponent in 2010, didn't lose a single set at the 2012 Uber Cup until her game against Sung Ji-hyun of South Korea.The China team celebrates after defeating South Korea in the final round of the Uber Cup badminton tournament in Wuhan, Hubei province, May 26, 2012.

Taking a 14-12 lead in the first set, Wang slipped into low-battery-mode and allowed Sung grab nine straight points for 21-14.

 

China wins Thomas Cup (pic)

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Published: 28 May 2012
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China retained the Thomas Cup in convincing style by beating arch-rival South Korea 3-0 at the Wuhan Sports Complex Gymnasium here today.

China also won the Uber Cup in similar fashion yesterday against South Korea who had beaten the Chinese in the previous Uber Cup final.

Despite winning the Thomas Cup seven times before, it was the first time China had won it on home soil.China retained the Thomas Cup in convincing style by beating arch-rival South Korea 3-0 at the Wuhan Sports Complex Gymnasium here today.

 

Koo and Tan to go separate ways after London Olympics (pic)

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Published: 25 May 2012
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ALTHOUGH it is not official yet, a break-up after the London Olympics is inevitable for the country’s top doubles pair of Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong.

But rather than worrying about it, the duo should stay focused on restoring their partnership for the Games in July.

It is not too late to give themselves a final chance to redeem themselves and end their seven-year partnership on a high by challenging for a gold medal.

They had started off brilliantly in 2006 but are now in total disarray as nothing seems to be going their way.In disarray: Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong have no major titles to show since winning the Malaysian Open in 2010.

 

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