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East Asian Games: China misses badminton clean-sweep

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Published: 15 October 2013
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China missed out on a clean sweep of badminton golds at the East Asian Games but locked up the remaining table tennis titles to stretch their big lead in the medals table Sunday.

World number three Du Pengyu beat Wang Zhengming 22-20, 21-17 to win the men's singles badminton and Han Li upstaged ex-number one Wang Shixian in another all-Chinese final for the women's title.

China also won the mixed and women's doubles but Lee Sheng-mu and Tsai Chia-hsin crashed the hosts' party when they beat fellow Taiwanese Chen Hung-ling and Lu Chia-pin to win the men's doubles.

China won all five badminton golds at the 2012 Olympics, despite a fixing scandal involving two of their players, but surprisingly won only two titles at this year's world championships on home soil.

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High Court seeks info on shuttlers selected in national team by Badminton Association of India (pic)

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Published: 15 October 2013
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A division bench of Chief Justice Mohit Shah and Justice M S Sanklecha sought the affidavit while hearing an application made by shuttler Prajakta Sawant stating that BAI's selection committee headed by chief national coach Pullela Gopichand was not selecting her.
 

The Bombay High Court on Tuesday directed Badminton Association of India (BAI) to file an affidavit indicating the performance of those shuttlers selected for the national team to participate in upcoming international tournaments.High Court seeks info on shuttlers selected in national team by Badminton Association of India
A division bench of Chief Justice Mohit Shah and Justice M S Sanklecha sought the affidavit while hearing an application made by shuttler Prajakta Sawant stating that BAI's selection committee headed by chief national coach Pullela Gopichand (in pic) was not selecting her.

Sawant had earlier in a petition alleged mental harassment by Gopichand after she was refused entry to the All India National Coaching Camp in Hyderabad. She had also claimed Gopichand promoted players from his own private academy.

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BAM does it again

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Published: 12 October 2013
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PUZZLING MOVE: Tengku Mahaleel postpones the announcement on new men's doubles

BADMINTON Association of Malaysia (BAM) president Tengku Mahaleel Tengku Ariff prevented coaches Paulus Firman and Pang Cheh Chang from revealing the new men's doubles combinations to the media yesterday.

Tengku Mahaleel offered a perplexing "No, no, no" when reporters turned up at the Juara Stadium in Bukit Kiara waiting for the announcement.

The men's doubles pairings were supposed to have been announced yesterday but Tengku Mahaleel gave no explanation for his silence before retreating into a corner for a discussion with the doubles coaches.

With the exception of the two main doubles pairs of Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong and Hoon Thien How-Tan Wee Kiong, a reshuffle of the other pairings were expected yesterday.

But the latest media snub is just one of several missteps by Tengku Mahaleel since his election as BAM president on July 27.

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Kien Keat wants BAM to lay off the pressure (pic)

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Published: 12 October 2013
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 KUALA LUMPUR: Top national doubles shuttler Koo Kien Keat values loyalty in a partnership.

That’s why the 28-year-old Kien Keat has stuck with partner Tan Boon Heong for the last 7½ years despite their roller-coaster ride as the country’s number one pair since 2006.A photo of newly-weds Koo Kien Keat and Audrey Tan Su Yen. Kien Keat and on-court partner Tan Boon Heong will be flying off to Odense for the Denmark Open on Sunday.

And now Kien Keat has vowed to stay loyal to another partner – his adoring wife Audrey Tan Su Yen, whom he wed on Wednesday in a traditional Chinese ceremony.

On Saturday, the dashing Kien Keat and his demure former personal assistant celebrated their matrimony by hosting their family members and relatives as well as the badminton fraternity and close friends to a gala dinner.

Kien Keat hopes that his marriage to Audrey will be the start of another great and fulfilling journey in his life.

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Wee Kiong makes mixed doubles comeback

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Published: 11 October 2013
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TAN Wee Kiong has accepted a challenge from Jeremy Gan to make a comeback in the mixed doubles in order to strike up a formidable partnership with Vivian Hoo. This doesn't mean that Wee Kiong is neglecting his duties in the men's doubles where he is ranked World No 13 with Hoon Thien How but Jeremy wants his protege to make it big in both events.

World No 5 Chan Peng Soon-Goh Liu Ying have been the only established Malaysian pair on the international stage but their performances have deteriorated of late due to pressure.

Wee Kiong is not a newcomer to the mixed doubles as he was an Asian junior champion with Woon Khe Wei in 2007 and both had also tried out full-time for two years in 2008.

Lack of results forced them to focus on the men's and women's doubles respectively and Jeremy has made it clear he only wants senior players who are capable of maintaining their performance in both events.

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