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Top Chinese badminton players to compete in Taipei

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Published: 04 February 2013
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Taipei, Feb. 4  Most of China's top badminton players will compete at the annual Badminton Asian Championships being held in Taipei this year in April, the secretary-general of the Chinese Taipei Badminton Association said Monday.

Lin Dan, the men's singles gold medalist at last year's Olympic Games in London, and women's singles gold medalist Li Xuerui will lead the Chinese team, said Tsai Hung-peng.

Li is currently the top ranked women's singles player in the world, while Lin, currently ranked 14th in men's singles, also won gold at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

Other top name Chinese players scheduled to compete are Chen Jin, the men's singles gold medalist at the 2010 World Championships, Wang Yihan, the women's singles silver medalist in London, and Zhao Yunlei and Tian Qing, the world's top-ranked women's doubles team, Tsai said.


Shuttlecocked and Loaded: Badminton Makes SEA Games (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 31 January 2013
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Score one for Indonesia: After some uncertainty, it turns out that badminton, the country’s best sport, will be a major part of the 2013 Southeast Asian Games.

The sport had been dropped from the Games because host Myanmar said it lacked the proper facilities.

But at a meeting of the SEA Games Council in Naypyidaw, Myanmar, earlier this week, the Indonesian contingent pushed for the inclusion of badminton, Indonesia Olympic Committee official Ade Lukman told the Jakarta Globe on Wednesday. Former world No. 1 Taufik Hidayat is one among many in Indonesia who will be happy to hear of badminton's reinstatement in the 2013 SEA Games.

“The proposal was taken into the Executive Committee meeting and the committee agreed to put badminton and one more sport, table tennis, on the SEA Games’ sports list,” Ade said.

“Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand supported the proposal as they will also fight for medals. And, their support made it easier.”


Over to you, Paulus (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 31 January 2013
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BAM'S LATEST: Indonesian coach ready to help Kien Keat-Boon Heong recapture the form that use to worry their opponents

MANY have tried and failed since Rexy Mainaky but newly-hired coach Paulus Firman believes he can turn former Asian Games champions Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong into an effective combination.Newly-appointed national doubles coach Paulus Firman (second from left) meets up with some of the players at the training centre in Bukit Kiara yesterday.

Paulus, who represented Indonesia in mixed doubles in the 1990s, has been hired by the BA of Malaysia (BAM) on a two-year contract and the 44-year-old will officially start work on Friday.

The Bandung-born, formerly a coach with the Indonesia BA (PBSI), has been entrusted to coach three pairs -- Kien Keat-Boon Heong, Hoon Thien How-Tan Wee Kiong and the newly formed combination of Lufti Zaim Abdul Khalid-Tan Wee Gieen.


Hoyer Larsen wants BWF top post

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 31 January 2013
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DATUK Seri Nadzmi Salleh has to contend with another challenger for the presidency of the Badminton World Federation after Denmark’s Poul-Erik Hoyer Larsen announced his candidacy on Thursday.


Hoyer Larsen, who stunned the badminton world when he won the men’s singles gold in the 1996 Atlanta Olympics, is the current Badminton Europe (BEC) president.
He was elected to BEC in 2010 and also serves on the Denmark Olympic Committee.
Hoyer Larsen said he was encouraged to run by several colleagues from all over the world after current president Kang Young Joong said he would not seek re-election. 
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IN REMEMBRANCE: Thank you, Eddy Choong (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 31 January 2013
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THE Malaysian sporting community has lost another legend, badminton great Datuk Eddy Choong, at the age of 82. News of his death came as a shock to many fans.

Many of us are still mourning the loss of another badminton great, Datuk Punch Gunalan, and now Eddy is gone.

Eddy was an inspirational player and coach to many of the present generation of national players. He was one of the most successful badminton players ever, winning more than 400 titles worldwide.Datuk Eddy Choong in action in 1953.

He was also the coach of Misbun Sidek and 20 other world champions.

He was the first sportsman to be inducted into the Olympic Council of Malaysia's Hall of Fame in 1995. He was also included in the Badminton Hall of Fame in 1997 by the International Badminton Federation (IBF). It also declared him Player of the Year.

Eddy was considered a magician on the court despite lacking in height because he could drive the shuttlecock to any designated spot and hit the bull's eye. He was also noted for his quickness, tenacity and stamina -- important ingredients for any sportsman.




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