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World badminton branded 'sexist and dated' over women's dress ruling (pic)

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Published: 17 May 2011
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World badminton's attempts to glamorise the sport with a mandatory rule for women to wear skirts have been branded "dated and sexist" by one of Scotland's leading mixed doubles players.

The Badminton World Federation's new dress code was due to come into effect from Sunday - the start date for Olympic qualification - requiring all female players to wear skirts or dresses "to ensure attractive presentation".

However the BWF has now pushed back the new dress code until June 1 after criticism from players and governing bodies. Skirting the issue: Indian shuttlers Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa

Some players believe that the ruling will hamper their movement on court while Pakistan officials say that it contradicts the country's religious principles.

Those who fail to play tournaments under the new rules will be fined $250, though players may continue to wear shorts but underneath a skirt.

Leading the calls for women to have freedom in what they can wear on court, Bankier, currently inside the world's top 20 with English partner Chris Adcock, told Telegraph Sport: "You can't make demands like that to make women more glamorous.

"It is our right to choose what to wear on court and I will certainly fight to make sure this dated and simply sexist rule doesn't happen.

"It is ridiculous; tennis certainly doesn't have this problem so why should we have to put up with it."

 
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London 2012 Olympics: GB badminton play down Games medal chances (pic)

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Published: 17 May 2011
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British badminton's new performance director has admitted that winning medals for Team GB at London 2012 is a "tough ask".

Jens Grill was last week handed the task of driving Great Britain's team – a mix of experience and youth – towards the Olympics after Andy Wood quit his post in December.

The Dane, who has twice worked for Badminton England in coaching roles over the last decade, takes over after last year's poor showing at the All England Championships, where there were no home seeded players for the first time in the competition's history.Prospect: Rajiv Ouseph (centre) is considered a "great prospect" by Jens Grill

Badminton England has been heavily criticised for recent performances and, following several high-profile retirements, doubles specialist Anthony Wood claimed Britain had fallen behind in the sport.

However Grill told Telegraph Sport: "I think that was a very a strong statement. There are always going to be ups and downs.

"We can't expect to get top players every year and a superstar doesn't come through like that. Even in Denmark that doesn't happen.

"There is clearly a gap between those who have won medals in the past and those we are looking at to win tournaments in the future. But we now have some younger players who are not too far away from that."

Those players include Rajiv Ouseph, ranked 19 in the world for men's singles, and women's doubles specialist Gabby White. Both have come through the national set-up.

 
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Gan-Tan: BAM has wronged us

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Published: 17 May 2011
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MEN'S doubles Gan Teik Chai-Tan Bin Shen believe it is wrong for the BA of Malaysia (BAM) to say that world rankings were disregarded in the selection for the World Championships as this is the main criteria for qualification of Badminton World Federation (BWF) sanctioned tournaments.

In fact, BWF bases the qualifiers of all tournaments, but World Championships and Olympics in particular, on world rankings and a one-year qualification period is set for this purpose.

 
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Lee Chong Wei, Porntip win India Open Super Series (pic)

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Published: 17 May 2011
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World No.1 Lee Chong Wei dug deep to overcome a resilient Peter Gade 21-12, 12-21, 21-15 to win the inaugural $200,000 India Open Super Series badminton men's singles title here Sunday.

In the women's singles final, Thailand's Porntip Buranaprasertsuk had a comparatively easy outing as she beat third-seeded South Korean Youn Joo Bae 21-13, 21-16 in 31 minutes.
Lee Chong Wei, Porntip win India Open Super Series
Gade, 34, showed exceptional skills and energy as he matched the top seeded Malaysian, six years his junior, stroke for stroke. He valiantly countered Lee but fell short at the end of a thrilling 62 minute match in front of an impressive turnout, which was vociferously backing the veteran Dane.

Gade was leading 6-2 in a tense decider and Lee, for the first time in the tournament, reflected nerves. But the Malyasian shot back like a champion and put it beyond Gade.

The Dane fought till the end and went all out to return two powerful strokes from the Malaysian at the match point. He, however, tumbled down while attempting to reach out for the third one.

 
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Chong Wei now on course to beat his career best nine titles (pic)

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Published: 17 May 2011
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ALOR SETAR: The fans adore him. The rivals look at him in awe. And the sponsors just love him.

World No. 1 Lee Chong Wei is enjoying his best years in badminton and with his determination to keep the hot run going for at least one more year, he may nail for Malaysia their first-ever title in the world championships and Olympics.

On Sunday, the 29-year-old Chong Wei captured the Malaysia Open Grand Prix Gold title – his fifth this year and a 36th career Open title since he went on the international stage in 2002.Thanks for the support: Lee Chong Wei has already won five titles this year.

His career best season thus far was last year when he nailed a total of nine titles, including the Commonwealth Games individual gold medal. And he is on track to better the record this season.

The fans flock in droves wherever the megastar goes and his opponents have now rated him as a favourite title contender for the world championships in Wembley, London, from Aug 8-14 and also at the Olympics at the same venue next year.

His career best season thus far was last year when he nailed a total of nine titles, including the Commonwealth Games individual gold medal. And he is on track to better the record this season.

 
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