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Malaysians top seeded in two events, none for Chinese

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Published: 17 July 2009
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KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia have the top seeds in two events for the first time in the world badminton championships. And for the first time too, formidable China have none at the top for the championships scheduled for Aug 10-16 in Hyderabad.

But national doubles chief coach Rexy Mainaky said that it was nothing really to get excited over the seedings released yesterday.

He hoped that the top billings and also strong seedings in the other events would not put undue pressure on the players in their bid to nail an elusive world title.

 

The fastest sport you’ve never seen (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 17 July 2009
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Badminton’s bad rap blocks the sport’s full potential

Take 100 random athletes from across North America and ask them what sport they play. You’ll hear a lot about the big four: hockey, basketball, baseball and football. You’ll probably hear a bit about cross-country, swimming or track. But I doubt you’ll hear badminton mentioned.

Most North Americans considers badminton a “backyard” sport, something they played in gym class back in junior high. But, in fact, statistics show that badminton is the second most popular sport in the entire world, complete with national rivalries that evoke enthusiasm that could challenge European soccer or college football. Badminton’s amazing athletic grace, complete with its breathtaking dives, superhuman reflexes and massive jump-smashes clocked at over 320 km/h make it the fastest sport in the world, and, arguably, the most difficult.

 
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Indian shuttler shines in Junior Badminton championship

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Published: 16 July 2009
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Indian shuttler started their campaign at a winning note in the Asian Junior Badminton championships in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on Wednesday.

India’s P. C. Thulasi, Rane Saili and N. Sikki Reddy has entered in to the second round of the women’s single event while H.S. Prannoy won his first round match in the boys singles event.

Thulasi has defeated Korean Lee So Hee in straight sets by 21-16, 21-18 while Saili outplayed Filipchuk Ilyana of Kazakhstan by 21-4, 21-4.

N. Sikki Reddy also has a easy going as he thrashed Chehera Lashini of Sri Lanka in the straight sets by 21-7, 21-10 to move into the second round.

P.V. Sindhu of India lost to Malaysian Ng Florah Siew Fong in a close match by 20-22, 20-22.

H.S. Prannoy also advanced to second round after defeating Fayaz Ismail of Maldives by 21-5, 21-8 in the first round.

While Sai Praneet, Sumeeth Reddy and Naqvi Eshan have moved to second round after receiving a bye in the first round.

 
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Jing Yi reaps the fruits of going the extra mile (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 16 July 2009
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KUALA LUMPUR: Singles shuttler Tee Jing Yi did some extra training on her own prior to the Asian junior championships.

And the hard work and steely determination to prove that she can make a difference in the Malaysian team paid off yesterday.Determined display: Malaysia’s Tee Jing Yi in action against China’s Chen Xiaojia during the Asian junior championships mixed team final Wednesday.

The 18-year-old won an important point in Malaysia’s 3-1 victory over China in the mixed team final, beating Chen Xiaojia in the girls’ singles match.

Jing Yi, who failed to earn a promotion to the elite squad after struggling to find her footing last year, said that she became more determined to succeed after being sidelined.

“This is my last Asian Juniors. It is important for me to prove that I can play well after the disappointment last year,” she said.

Jing Yi failed to win a point in Malaysia’s semi-final defeat by South Korea in the mixed team competition last year and she crashed out in the early rounds of the individual competition.

 

Producers want badminton included in school curriculum

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 16 July 2009
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Racket producers in Klayatan village, Malang, have called on the central government to include badminton in the school curriculum in a bid to help maintain the industry.

Despite positive impacts from various badminton tournaments, their business fluctuated because after the tournaments business usually slowed down again.

"Including badminton in school curriculums would guarantee work for racket makers and thousands of people here, because orders for rackets could be guaranteed," Iwan, the producer of Butterfly brand badminton rackets, said recently.

Another producer, Dadang Prayoga, 39, producer of Aero and Atlanta brand rackets, shared a similar opinion.

"Such a move *to put badminton in the national curriculum* could also net new badminton talents in Indonesia," said Dadang, who supplies products to various cities including Surabaya, Surakarta, Jakarta and Medan.

"Many people would benefit if the government included badminton in the national education curriculum, as it could minimize unemployment because each producer would employ an average of 10 workers, so 150 producers would hire at least 1,500 workers," he said.

"The government should be concerned and pay attention to the fate of racket producers here, because many people depend on this industry," Dadang said.

Klayatan is home to around 150 cottage industries producing badminton rackets.

Of these, around one-fifth are seasonal producers. The more orders that are placed, the more producers would operate, but when orders drop, the seasonal producers prefer to stop operating.

In 2008 the domestic badminton racket industry was badly hit by an influx of imports of Chinese-made rackets, but the government was quick to provide protection by slapping huge import taxes on such products.

 
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