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Indian Badminton League: Hyderabad, Mumbai splurge on Saina, Lee Chong Wei (pic)

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Published: 30 July 2013
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New Delhi: Star players Saina Nehwal and Lee Chong Wei fetched whopping prices of USD 120,000 and USD 135,000 respectively, while unheralded Pradnya Gadre and K Maneesha received unexpected high bids in the players’ auction of the USD one million Indian Badminton League here today.

The London Olympic bronze medallist Saina was bought by Hyderabad Hotshots for approximately Rs 71,27,796 after beating the bids of Lucknow Warriors and Pune Pistons in the much-awaited auction where over 150 players went under the hammer for 66 slots to fill six teams. Each team will have six Indians, four foreigners and one Indian junior player each.Malaysian World No 1 player, Lee Chong Wei was bought by Mumbai Masters, the franchise that is owned by former Indian cricketer Sunil Gavaskar and Telugu actor Nagarjuna for USD135000.

World number one Lee Chong Wei, however, bagged the costliest deal when he was bought by Mumbai Masters for approximately Rs 8,019,032. The Mumbai franchise beat the bids of Banga Beats and Krrish Delhi Smashers.

Saina, one of the six icon players with base price of USD 50,000 (Rs 29,86,264), had stated that she would prefer to be either in Hyderabad or Lucknow team with a slight tilt towards her hometown.

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New chief must act without fear or favour Read more: New chief must act without fear or favour

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Published: 29 July 2013
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TENGKU Mahaleel Tengku Ariff will bring a breath of fresh air to the badminton fraternity but it is equally important that the new BA of Malaysia (BAM) president makes drastic changes that the sport badly needs.

As always, there will be scepticism as Tengku Mahaleel is seen as a newcomer to the badminton scene, coming into the sport as the Kelantan BA president less than three years ago, but there is a clear reason for him taking up the challenge.

Tengku Mahaleel had a successful stint as the chief executive officer (CEO) of Proton Holdings from 1996 to 2005 and was named the CEO of the Year in 1999. He also helmed a number of well known companies as a corporate leader for over 40 years.

Known for his outspoken nature, bold decision-making and hands-on approach in the corporate world, he has all the ingredients needed for guiding BAM.

However, these changes will only be possible if Tengku Mahaleel is given a free hand but already the affiliates have created a tricky situation in naming his predecessor Datuk Seri Nadzmi Salleh as BAM honorary president.

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Fighting badminton players make public apology (pic)

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Published: 29 July 2013
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The two brawling Badminton players have come face-to-face again, but this time to apologise.Bodin Issara lunging at his ex-partner Maneepong Jongjit and chasing him around the court, then onto a neighboring court before repeatedly punching him and kicking him on the ground.

 

Bondin Issara and former doubles partner Meepong Jongjit appeared together in Bangkok to shake hands and say sorry to all of Thailand for their behaviour at the Canada Open.Bondin Issara and former doubles partner Meepong Jongjit appeared together in Bangkok to shake hands and say sorry to all of Thailand for their behaviour at the Canada Open

While it didn't help them avoid bans from the Thai Badminton Association, they're hoping it will lead to leniency from the international federation who are still deciding on further sanctions.

 

Badminton goes bad

Category: Badminton News
Published: 29 July 2013
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A sheer lack of self control was displayed for all to see and sent shock waves through badminton fans when, instead of the Canada Open 2013 men's doubles final in Vancouver, we witnessed punches and kicks between Thais Maneepong "A" Jongjit and Bodin "Art" Issara. It was later reported that A received five stitches to his ear and both were disqualified from the game by the match official.

Opponents Bodin and Maneepong unleashed furious blows on each other's torso in a manner that seemed clearly about settling personal scores. The embarrassing incident has left the reputation of Thai badminton players in tatters, to put it lightly.

The former Olympic partners, who reached the quarter-finals last year, parted ways when Bodin announced his retirement earlier this year. He made an about-turn a few days later, and since has been paired with players other than Maneepong.

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Lee Chong Wei wins Indonesia Open title (pic)

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Published: 29 July 2013
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World number one Lee Chong Wei easily defeated Germany's Marc Zwiebler on Sunday to win the Indonesia Open for a fifth time.

 

JAKARTA: World number one Lee Chong Wei easily defeated Germany's Marc Zwiebler on Sunday to win the Indonesia Open for a fifth time.

The Malaysian ace hardly broke a sweat against the unseeded Zwiebler in the men's singles final in Jakarta, winning the match 21-15, 21-14 in just 40 minutes.

Lee dominated from start to finish, with a string of smashes which proved too difficult for his left-handed opponent to return.

"As I had expected, it was a very hard match against Lee Chong Wei," Zwiebler said.

"He was not that kind of player who will give any mercy if I made weak shots. He was always in control. I have tried everything I can."

Lee praised his opponent: "Zwiebler played well today. He showed a lot of progress."

The 30-year-old said he was "very happy" to win the title, which has prize money of $52,500, for the fifth time.Malaysia's Lee Chong Wei bites his medal after defeating Marc Zwiebler of Germany during their final match at the Indonesia Open badminton championship at Istora stadium in Jakarta, Indonesia.

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