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Top world badminton players coming in June

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Published: 05 May 2009
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The world’s top badminton players are set to invade the Philippines this coming June when the Philippine Open Gold Grand Prix Championships returns after a year’s break from the scene.

Philippine Badminton Association (PBA) chief and former First Lady Amelita “Ming” Ramos said the world’s bests due to visit the Philippines include top players from Malaysia, Indonesia, China, Korea, Vietnam, and England.

“This is a big event since players who will succeed here will get the needed points to qualify into the next Olympics,” said Ramos.

The Philippine Open, supported mainly by Bingo Bonanza, is a “Gold series” tournament which gives the highest Olympic “points,” second only to the bigger “Super Series”.

 
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Yong-dae, Jae-sung to renew partnership (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 28 April 2009
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KUALA LUMPUR: The Sudirman Cup in Guangzhou from May 10-17 will see Lee Yong-dae renewing his partnership with Jung Jae-sung to strengthen South Korea’s challenge.Solid combination: South Korea’s Lee Yong-dae (right) and Jung Jae-sung are teaming up again to beef up their country’s cast at the Sudirman Cup.

And this will surely intensify the fight among the doubles players in the world mixed team event.

Since the absence of Jae-sung, who had to undergo military training back at home in February, Yong-dae had partnered Shin Baek-cheol and the duo did well to reach the All-England semi-finals and win the German Open title.

 
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Shabery: Let’s focus more on nutrition when it comes to elite athletes (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 28 April 2009
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KUALA LUMPUR: Youth and Sports Minister Datuk Ahmad Shabery Cheek wants more emphasis to be placed on nutrition when it comes to preparing the nation’s elite athletes.Let’s talk sports: Youth and Sports Minister Datuk Ahmad Shabery Cheek meeting cyclist Azizul Hasni Awang (right), badminton coach Rashid Sidek (third from right) and former doubles star Jalani Sidek (second from right) at his office yesterday.

Shabery said that while the government had spent a lot of money on infrastructure and coaches, it had failed to stress on the importance of proper nutrition.

“It may be due to our culture that we crave for food like mee goreng, nasi lemak and roti canai. But if we are talking about doing well at the highest level, our athletes will have to change their dietary habits,” he said after visiting the National Sports Institute (NSI) to look at its facilities and support services yesterday.

 

Hafiz, Beng Hong in running for Sudirman Cup spot

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Published: 28 April 2009
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KUALA LUMPUR: A couple of months ago men’s singles shuttlers Mohd Hafiz Hashim and Kuan Beng Hong were going through a slump and were on the brink of being dropped from the national team.

But how their fortunes have changed since.

In the next few days, the duo are likely to be told that they will be retained in the national team. But the best part is that one of them is expected to be named for the Sudirman Cup, which will be held in Guangzhou from May 10-17.

The move is to strengthen Malaysia’s bid to reach their first-ever semi-finals in the world mixed team event. Those already confirmed for the trip to China are world No. 1 Lee Chong Wei, Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong, Wong Mew Choo, Chin Eei Hui-Wong Pei Tty and Ng Hui Lin.

 

Indonesia Faces Tough Road in Search of Sudirman Finals

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Published: 27 April 2009
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If Indonesia reaches its third consecutive Sudirman Cup final, there will be little doubt that it earned it.

Indonesia was drawn alongside host China, Japan and England in Group 1B of the 2009 edition of the world team championship, which takes place May 10-17 in Guangzhou. Denmark, Malaysia, Korea and Hong Kong make up Group 1A.

However, that difficult draw has not changed the Indonesian Badminton Association’s target for the national team — an eighth appearance in the Sudirman Cup final.

“We want to repeat our achievement in Glasgow in 2007, where we finished as runner-up, so the final match is our target in Guangzhou,” national team head coach Christian Hadinata said on Sunday.

A lack of experience could hamper the pursuit of that goal — half of Indonesia’s 22-shuttler squad has never represented its country in team competition. Being drawn in the same group as China, which has won six of its seven consecutive finals appearances, may also pose problems.

 

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