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British minister promotes London Olympics, dismisses security concerns (pic)

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Published: 14 February 2012
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U.K. Minister Jeremy Browne in town gets a grip on things

Rackets and courts, to borrow an old joke, are usually dreaded in his line of work, but British Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Jeremy Browne eagerly acquainted himself with them here Monday.Browne chose the badminton court of (PPBA) Prakash Padukone Badminton Academy to promote the Games.

On a visit to promote the upcoming London Olympic Games, among other things, Mr. Browne spent time at the Prakash Padukone Badminton Academy (PPBA) in the city, hitting a few shuttles with Padukone and the former National champion Vimal Kumar.

“One purpose of my visit was also to become a better badminton player but I failed,” he joked afterwards. He said he felt the United Kingdom's hosting of the Olympics offered an opportunity to improve relations with India. “Millions will be watching the Olympics on TV, if they're not travelling. It's an opportunity to promote a connection between India and Britain through sports.”

 

Malaysian shuttlers narrowly defeat Hong Kong team in Thomas Cup Preliminary Round (pic)

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Published: 14 February 2012
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Malaysian shuttlers narrowly defeat Hong Kong team in Thomas Cup Preliminary Round

Malaysian squad had to struggle hard to beat Hong Kong shuttlers who put up strong resistance in a Group D match at the Thomas Cup Preliminary Round, on Tuesday, February 14, in Macau. Malaysia emerged as the winner in this team-event encounter with a tight margin of 3-2.Lee Chong Wei in Thomas Cup Preliminary Round

On paper, Malaysian players were quite strong and no one could have expected for such a tough resistance from Hong Kong squad. However, Malaysia remained lucky in winning the match with a 3-2 margin on the board.

The World Number One Lee Chong Wei also remained struggling in the opening clash of Men’s Singles against the World Number 21 Wong Wing Ki of Hong Kong.

However, Chong Wei managed to win the match in straight games with a tight margin.

 

Indonesian Shuttlers Pass Opening Tests (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 14 February 2012
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Macau. The Indonesian men’s and women’s teams had an easy time in their openers at the Thomas and Uber Cup Asia zone qualifying round on Monday.

The women’s team thumped lowly Sri Lanka 5-0 in an Uber Cup Group Y match, while the men’s team routed host Macau 5-0 in their Thomas Cup Group B match at the Macau Forum. Belaetrix Manuputi hits a backhand against Lekha Shehani of Sri Lanka in their Uber Cup qualifying match in Macau on Monday. Belaetrix won 21-17, 21-11 in her debut with the national team

“They were like warm-up matches for us,” said the Indonesian Badminton Association (PBSI) head of athlete development, Hadi Nazri.

“However, we decided to field all of our best players because we wanted them to get a chance to adapt to the wind drift and lighting in the stadium.”

 

Uber Cup Preliminary Round: Thai shuttlers topple Sri Lankan team by 5-0 margin

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Published: 14 February 2012
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Uber Cup Preliminary Round: Thai shuttlers topple Sri Lankan team by 5-0 margin – Badminton news

Thai shuttlers proved their worth against Sri Lanka and won the team-event battle with a stunning margin of 5-0 in Group Y of the Uber Cup Preliminary Round, in Macau, on Tuesday, February 14.

In the opening Women’s Singles fight, Thailand’s Inthanon Ratchanok showed her class against Sri Lanka’s Thilini Jayasinghe and emerged as the winner in straight games.

The World Number 13 Ratchanok did not face any problem from Jayasinghe in the opening set and bagged it with a one-sided score of 21-9.

Ratchanok continued her roller-coaster performance in the second game and ended it with a stunning 21-5 score on the board. The final result of this encounter was 21-9 and 21-5.

In the second Women’s Singles fight, Thailand’s Porntip Buranaprasertsuk toppled Sri Lanka’s Renu Chandrika Hettiarachchige and won the contest in straight sets.

Porntip did not face any trouble from her rival in both games and remained in complete control. She ended the match with a remarkable margin of 21-12 and 21-11.

In the third Women’s Singles battle, Thailand’s Nichaon Jindapon stamped her supremacy over Thilini Pramodika Hendahewa by winning the contest without dropping even a single set.

 

Tien Minh stuns Chen Long in group match at Thomas Cup Preliminary Round (pic)

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Published: 14 February 2012
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Tien Minh stuns Chen Long in group match at Thomas Cup Preliminary Round – Badminton news

Vietnam’s Nguyen Tien Minh delivered a phenomenal performance in a team-event group match against China when he defeated the higher ranked Chen Long at the Thomas Cup Preliminary Round, on Monday, February 13, in Macau.Tien Minh stuns Chen Long in group match at Thomas Cup Preliminary Round

However, Vietnam lost the match to China with a margin of 1-4 as besides Tien Minh, no other shuttler could not win against any Chinese shuttler in all remaining battles.

The World Number Nine Tien Minh played to his maximum potential and registered victory over Long, who is currently number three in the Men’s Singles world standings.

The Chinese shuttler was the favourite for this encounter on paper as he has been playing remarkable badminton for the last six months. However, Tien Minh proved that he can spoil the party of any shuttler in the world on a given day.

 

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